Valdaisky National Park is a specially protected natural territory. It was established on May 17, 1990, to preserve the unique forests and lakes of the Valdai hills. The National Park is located on the territory of the Okulovsky, Valdaisky, and Demyansky regions of Novgorodskaya oblast. The overall surface area of the park is 158,400 hectares. In 2004, the park received the status of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Apart fr om the natural landmarks, the park has plenty of attractions of historical and cultural interest, including 18 neolithic dwelling sites and the burial mounds from the 6th-9th centuries.
Every year the park is visited by up to 60,000 people. The tourists are attracted primarily by the lakes, the largest of which are Valdaiskoe, Velye, Polnovsky ples of Lake Seliger, and Borovno. Valdaisky Park offers more than 100 recreational sites wh ere one can set up camp.
The visitor's center of the National Park is located on the Obraztsova mountain and offers a great view on the transparent waters of Valdai Lake. Many events are organized in Valdaisky every year. In the summer, the Biankovskie readings take place on Borovno Lake. Then there is Fisherman's Day. Artists of all sorts congregate for the Nord Vest Festival of Amateur Artists. On July 9, for the holiday of the Tikhvin Icon of the Mother of God, a Cross procession and consecration of waters take place at the Tekunok water source near Novotroitsa village. In the beginning of October, the Kalevala Festival is organized on Lake Uzhin.
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