Udmurtia is a secret and unique republic in the center of Russia, like an island embraced by two great rivers—the Kama and the Vyatka. Visitors come to this land to experience the national character and its mysterious ancient customs. People still come here to receive advice from shamans and to be cured by healers. The republic is home to two unique health resorts and therapeutic mud-baths with high-quality mineral waters—Varzi Yatchi and Uva. The Kama River is fed by thousands of transparent springs with healing properties. The energy centers found in every district heal both body and spirit.
The Udmurt people have preserved their ancient language and culture, and pantheists still deify nature. The indigenous people have worshiped nature's spirits since ancient times and believe in the power of the universe. They worship the supreme god Inmar and try to please him in all they do. They live in harmony with nature and protect it. They are environmentally aware and do not use resources without reason.
The Udmurts are strong and hardy; they are well known for being hard-working, kind, and hospitable; they are also famous for their singing and their national costumes that are more beautiful than any other.
The republic is inhabited by Russians, Udmurts, Tatars, Chuvash, Mari, and Besermyans. Udmurtia is home to 136 nationalities who leave peacefully together in an area the size of Switzerland. The republic covers 42,000 square kilometers and contains 9,000 rivers, springs, mountains and plains, coniferous forests and large fields, water meadows and strawberry fields. Elk, bears, foxes, and hares live in the wild forests.
Udmurtia is also rich in archaeological monuments; Karakulinsky district alone has more than 150 monuments of more than 5,000 years old. Before the arrival of Russian princes, local inhabitants were involved in metalworking and jewelery making.
Udmurtia is an industrial, military center that has not lost its original character. High-tech plants and age-old traditions live together on this land. Internal parts for space craft and the most reliable assault rifles are made here; 95 % of small weapons are produced in Udmurt plants.
The most famous person of the 20th century, and a legend in Udmurtia, Mikhail Kalashnikov made his first AK-47 here. The great history of the assault rifle begins here.
Lovers of music are keen to visit the town of Votkinsk, the birthplace of the great composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaykovsky.
On the banks of the Kama River lies the merchant town of Sarapul with its unique merchant buildings and a new walking tourism project—the museum quarter.
The home of Tol Babay, the Udmurt Father Frost, is located in the mountainous Sharkansk district, which is as beautiful as the Alps. Visitors come from all over Russia to see this fairy tale character.
The northern and southern branches of the Siberian Route meet at Debyosy, in the north of the republic. Convicts used to be transported along this road to Siberia; it was considered to be the main route connecting the east and west of the country.