Vodka, caviar, Kalashnikovs, matryoshka dolls and Putin! Besides being the largest country in the world, Russia is famous for all this and other things sweet and vile. But the fact that we know it for so many things is only a testimony to the cultural, artistic, scientific and historical richness of the powerful nation.
Russia does everything on a grand scale. There are tall fortresses that are half a millennium old, there are thousand-kilometre long train rides, and then there are endless vodka-infused nights. In fact, the country is so large that merely a single continent was not enough to stake a claim. It's shared by Asia and Europe, both, and the differences in demeanours and time zones show accordingly. To make things even more tempting, Russia is also next year's FIFA World Cup's sole host.
Keeping further rhetorics for a later day, let us now learn how to visit this country.
How to get a visa to Russia from India?
You can either apply for the visa online or physically visit the Russian consulate in various Indian states to do so. Applying online is a lot more convenient and costs just Rs. 7,000 for a Visa. It is often issued within a day, if everything is fine.
The address of the Russian Visa Centre in Delhi is 809-810, 8th Floor Ashoka Estate, 24 Barakhamba Road, Delhi - 110001.
How to go to Russia?
Taking the direct flight from Delhi to Moscow is the most convenient and cheapest option. If planned well in advance, you can buy a ticket to Moscow for as little as Rs. 12,000. Check out the cheapest flights here.
The best time to go to Russia is between late spring and early June, when you can stay out longer without feeling cold.
Now that the onward journey is taken care of, let us take a look at the best Russia itinerary possible in 10 days.