The Altai Territory is one of the most beautiful and original places in the
world. Its forests are rich in animals, its rivers are abundant in fish, and
its meadows are inimitably colourful.
The nature here is unique: relict pine forests that can be seen from space,
caverns with traces of ancient people that form an intricate underground maze,
and the head of the Ob River.
The mild climate favors the growing of great gardens in the foothills and
a huge variety of agricultural products in the vast steppes. The Altai wheat
is a world-class quality product, which is why Altai is called "the Granary
of the Country". Altai honey, elite cheeses, maral breeding products,
and many other goods are well known far beyond the region.
The Altai Territory is the perfect place for health improvement and therapy.
Mineral springs, salubrious air, wild-growing medicinal herbs, therapeutic
muds of steppe lakes... There exists a wide range of medical products based
on the antlers of marals that improve health and extend the human life. The
main resort of the region, Belokurikha, is the only restorative medicine centre
beyond the Urals, known for innovative balneology. It is located by the thermal
radon water springs and provides a wide range of hotel services. Altai has
always been a crossroad of civilizations. This cultural and historical centre
of Russia has been formed by mixing ancient and modern, Asian flavour and
Russian initiative. Nowadays there still can be found a good many places that,
at the very sight of the old mines, weirs, and the remains of ancient fortifications,
literally take away the breath of a person interested in history.
Today hundreds of thousands of tourists are attracted to the Altai Territory.
The interest in the region deepens year by year. Here people can hike or drive,
ride a horse or a bicycle, raft the white waters of mountain rivers, ski down
the steep slopes, fly a helicopter, paraglide, or explore the mysterious caverns
with the help of special equipment.
Nowadays it is hard to imagine a tourist activity that is impossible within
the Altai Territory. That is why visitors of Altai have no problems with choosing
an interesting route.
One of the complex currently implementing projects is the Minor Golden Ring
of Altai, which is bound to become a trademark of the region.