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Chusky Tract : Offbeat Russia (Day 9)

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On the 9th day of my Russian trip, I started my journey from Gorno-Altaysk to Chusky Tract which is comparatively offbeat in terms of tourism. Andrey, a local hosted me for a night at this home. Watch this video to see how is Andrey house and how does a residential area in Gorno-Altaysk looks. He took me to the city centre to help me buy some essential things for my trip. He also helped me purchase medicine from a local pharmacy. This was the first time when I bought medicine out of India, without doctor’s prescription.

What is Chusky Tract

The road from Biysk to Tashanta (the last Russian village bordering Mongolia) is called Chusky Tract. It Is a traditional route which connects Russia with Mongolia. It is said that Chusky Tract had a great trade significance in ancient time, probably like the Silk route. It passes through the beautiful vistas of Altai mountains. The great philosopher and painter Nicholai Roerich took this course on his 6-year long journey from Himalaya to Altai in the 1920s. I recommend reading ‘Altai-Himalaya – A travel diary‘ written by him.

How to reach Chusky Tract

Bus: There is bus service from Novosibirsk to Gorno-Altaysk and Kosh Agach. The distance between Novosibirsk and Gorno-Altaysk is 990 kilometres.
Train: There are trains from Novosibirsk to Byisk, the starting point of Chusky Tract.
Air: There is a small airport in Gorno-Altaysk.

My Russian Trip – 2017

Here are all the travel videos (playlist) of my Russian trip

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