Guests usually prefer to go to the warm lakes of the Shira district – Lake Shira, Lake Tus, Lake Belyo, Lake Itkul and others. The lakes are quite warm during a sunny summer. Due to the highly mineralized water of the lakes containing the healing mud you can have pleasant and revitalizing vacation. There are many entertaining courts surrounding the resort areas and summer camps, but you can also find quite places. There are also a lot of famous places of interest around the Shira lakes: the Tuim chasm, Borodinskaya cave, the mountain range Sunduki, the Ancestor’s path, ancient menhires and petroglyphs.
There are well-preserved ancient relics nearby the capital town Abakan – the burial mounds of the Scythian kings, rock drawings of the Tagar and Okunev epochs, ancient hillforts and sites. In addition to the city sightseeing tour, we also advise guests to visit the Oglakhty eco-tourist complex with its eco-trail steps leading to ancient petroglyphs. Not far from Abakan there is also an open-air museum called «Ancient burial mounds of the Salbyk steppe» with the ruins of Great Salbyk mound. This monument was built 2500 years ago for a Siberian Scythian warrior leader and it is 30 metres high.
Khakassia will totally amaze you! The legends of ancient warriors and heroes, power places, sacral shaman practice, old traditions and rites, everyday wisdom and vibrant culture attract tourists to the Askizsky and Tashtypsky districts.
The ethnography of the Khakas people is extraordinary. The ethnic culture is vitally represented in the Museums of Kazanovka, Ulug Khurtuyah Tas, Ust-Sos and others. Try your best to visit one of the national festivals, where you will see vibrant samples of the Khakas culture. In 2016 and 2018 Khakassia was recognized as one of the best places for ethnic tourism by the National geographic traveler awards contest.
Come to Khakassia, the land of five forces of nature, and remember that wonders are closer than they appear