Russia – earlier part of USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics – popularly known as Soviet Union) became independent country after the dissolution of Soviet Union in December 1991. It is arguable world’s largest country which stretches from Eastern Europe to Northern Asia. Russia is a land of exclamation marks, it is twice as large as Canada, which is second largest country of the world. It is spread across 11 time zones and incorporates one of the most diverse land mass where you will find deserts to snowcapped mountains, from deep dark forests to plain land. It is home to Europe’s longest river Volga and largest Lake Ladoga. Who does not know that it also hosts world’s deepest lake, Baikal. What’s more, the country also records lowest temperature outside North Pole and South Pole.
Some Useful Information before you travel:
Currency in Russia: Russian Ruble
Current Exchange Rate: 1INR = 1.01 Russian Ruble (Almost Equal)
Russian Plug: Same as European
Safety in Russia: Russia is pretty safe, however you always need to be extra cautious, just as you should be in a tourist country while you are travelling. Specially beware of pick pockets in crowded places at tourist hotspots.
Language: Russian – please note not many Russians are good with English. It can be difficult to get directions. Ideally go to a café or Restaurant if you get lost and they will guide you.
Sim Card: Roaming in Russia can be pretty expensive, so it is advisable to have a local sim card for using internet and after that you are sorted. Sim card can be easily procured at the Airport by producing valid id proof.
Major Airports: Two major transit points in Russia are Moscow and St.Petersburg
Time Zone: India is 2.5 hours ahead of Russia
DAY 1 – Arrive ST. PETERSBURG. PULKOVO AIRPORT, HEADING TO THE CITY CENTRE, EVENING TOUR AROUND THE CITY.
Depending on your arrival time on your first day in Russia, you can either spend the entire day exploring the city or you head to the hotel and just sleep.
If you have some time before sleep, you can head to the Nevsky Prospekt metro station and just walk around the city centre. Nevesky Prospekt- means Nevesky Avenue or street.I strongly recommend walking the entire Nevsky Prospekt from the start (near Dvortsovy Bridge) to Ploshad Alexandra Nevskogo. This street which is about 4.5 Km Long is the main street of St.Petersburg and needs an entire day to explore.