The feast of 1000 lamps. Sightseeing tour to Kalmykia

The feast of 1000 lamps or Zul is the birthday of the Universe, the Kalmyks are the only ones in the world celebrating this unique and amazing holiday. But it is even more interesting that Zul for Kalmyks is also a new year and a birthday. The spiritual essence of the holiday is reduced, like much in Buddhism, to achieving harmony with the outside world, as well as inner harmony.


G. Elista
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4 Days
3 Nights
  • Group departures
    • 4 – 7 Dec
  • Hotel
    3 nights
  • Midscale
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  • Premium
For any person
Up to 14 people
Minimum age
5 years old
Group meet at
G. Elista
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Tour highlights

The rite of life extension
Let's take part in a unique ceremony, which is held exclusively in Kalmykia
The life of the nomads
Let's get acquainted with the everyday objects of nomads, learn about the traditions and culture of the Mongolian nomadic peoples
The country of "Bumba"
We will visit the Pink Lake, the "singing dunes" and the burning spring


  • Day 1 - Hurul Syakyusn Syume. The National Museum of Local Lore named after N. Palmov. Sightseeing tour of the city of Elista

    14:30 Check-in at the hotel.

    14:45-15:20 Lunch at a cafe of Kalmyk cuisine.

    15:30 Hurul Shakyusn Xume is the embodiment of Kalmyk architecture and Tibetan traditions. 

    The central place of the ground floor of the "Shakyusn-Xume" is occupied by an altar and an almost four-meter statue of Shakyamuni Buddha, covered with gold. 

    Khurul is located on the outskirts of the city beyond its borders, on the way to the village of Arshan.

    The construction site was consecrated by the Dalai Lama XIV during his second visit to Kalmykia in 1992, and the temple itself was built in 1996. 

    There is steppe, winds around the Syakyusn-Syume, and only a few houses where monks live nearby. 

    16:30 National Museum of Local Lore named after N. Palmov.

    The National Museum of the Republic of Kalmykia named after N.N. Palmov was founded on March 25, 1921 and is the only museum where the history, culture and art of the Kalmyk people are most fully represented.

    17:30 Invitation to a sightseeing tour of the city center with a tour of the main attractions. 

    During the tour "Elista – sunny city", we will walk around the city center, spin the prayer drum of the rotunda "Pagoda of Seven Days", walk under the Golden Gate "Altn Bosch", made in the traditions of Buddhist architecture: airy structures, the presence of gold, red, white colors, curved roofs of buildings. 

    The life story of the Kalmyk people stretches along the Altn Bosch, which the artist Nikolai Borisov put into 28 paintings. 

    By all means, under the ringing of the bell, you need to make a wish, it will definitely come true. 

    Free evening. 

    Dinner on your own.

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  • Day 2 - The Oirat parking lot. Bumba Country
  • Day 3 - ZUL Holiday
  • Day 4 - Departure
For any person


  • Hotel
    3 nights
  • Midscale
  • Upscale
  • Premium

The tour provides accommodation in a hotel with all amenities.

The cost of the tour for 1 person, depending on the accommodation, RUB.:

HotelDouble occupancy
Hotel 2* (Asia 2*, Domino 2*, Chance 2*)28 800
Hotel Elista 3*29 500
Hotel Marco Polo Garden 3*35 000
Marco Polo Hotel 4*39 500
The Asia Hotel or The Elista Hotel or 3 nights
The Asia Hotel

Located in the central part of the city of Elista, the Asia Hotel is considered one of the most comfortable in the region. Each of his guests receives conditions as close to home as possible.

All rooms are non-smoking. The design has a classic style, but each of them has its own design personality. For convenience, there is a large bed, a plasma TV, and a separate bathroom.

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The Elista Hotel

Featuring a bar, Elista Hotel is located in Elista. It offers a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk, an ATM and free Wi-Fi. Private parking is available at an additional cost.

All rooms at the hotel are equipped with air conditioning and a TV.

A continental breakfast is served daily at the Elista Hotel.

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Marco Polo Hotel 4*

Marco Polo Hotel is located in Elista, 4.3 km from the center of Elista. It offers a restaurant, free private parking, a shared lounge and a terrace. The hotel is 6.3 km from Shargadyk Farm and Magna Village, and 10 km from Gashun-Bulg Village. The hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, airport shuttle service, room service and free Wi-Fi.

The rooms are equipped with air conditioning. They are equipped with a flat—screen TV with satellite channels, a wardrobe, a refrigerator, a kettle, a shower and bathrobes. Towels and bed linen are provided in all rooms.

The Marco Polo Hotel serves a buffet breakfast or a hearty English/Irish breakfast.

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Tour conditions

up to 14 tourists
Minimum age
5 years old
4 days 3 nights
Group meets at
G. Elista

Included in price

  • accommodation in Elista, 2-bed standard room with separate beds, breakfast at the hotel, 3 nights;
  • excursions according to the program: sightseeing tour of the city, visiting the Oirats, Bumba Country;
  • meals specified in the program;
  • entrance tickets to museums, huruli;
  • master classes: on the preparation of Kalmyk tea, on the manufacture of the Rook of Life;
  • conducting a ceremony and prayer service;
  • group transfers according to the program;
  • guide services.

Paid extra

  • air and railway tickets to Elista/ Volgograd and back;
  • transfer from/to Volgograd airport – 1,500 rubles/person/one way;
  • meals not specified in the tour program;
  • personal expenses.

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour

The winds are always blowing in the steppes, so be sure to bring windproof clothes with you.
Do not forget to take sunscreen, the minimum protection is SPF 20-30, and possibly SPF 50, it all depends on your phototype.

Rules of stay on the territory of the reserve
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    4 – 7 Dec 4 days 3 nights
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