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Astrakhan Oblast

Big Bogdo

Near the town of Akhtubinsk there is the only mountain in the whole region, whose name is the Big Bogdo. This is a unique phenomenon, shrouded in numerous legends that are hidden in the surrounding caves and grottoes.

The largest and most mysterious of all 30 caves is the Baskunchaksky cave that reaches 1.5 km in length.

One of the legends says that the mountain formed in the steppe from the sacred stone, which had been brought from the distant Tien Shan mountains by the Kalmyk-Pilgrims. Each year, thousands of tourists come to these places and try to unravel the mysteries of the Big Bogdo.

The best time to come here is from March to April, when tulips bloom in the desert and on the slopes of the mountain. This view is amazing.

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