The Ural Mountains and the Ural Mountain System, Secrets and Mysteries

Ural Mountains

The Ural Mountains are a mountain system which divides the west and the east, it is the pride of Russia. The Ural Mountains are more than 2,000 km long and up to 1,895.00 m high.

Ural Mountains from the Arctic Sea to the deserts of Kazakhstan

The ancient Ural Mountains separating Asia and Europe. The mountains stretch from the far north to the borders with Kazakhstan, from the polar tundra to the arid steppes. These unique places are extremely rich in natural, archeological, historical and cultural sights.

There is an opinion that the Urals is the ancestral home of the ancient race of the Aryans, who had unique knowledge. Many adventurers rush to these regions in the hope to get closer to unraveling the mysteries of ancient civilizations. One of the most attractive places for researchers is the mysterious ancient city of Arkaim.

In the Urals there are many places, causing the increased interest of researchers of the paranormal phenomena. One of such places – Taganai National Park, which is a twenty-kilometers long stone range, consisting of three ridges. Taganai in translation from the language of the ancient Bashkir tribes, who inhabited these lands long ago, means “stand for the moon”. A great number of legends, legends, and stories about amazing events are connected with this place.

They say that on Taganai local residents and tourists more than once found traces of Bigfoot, saw ghosts and UFO landings, came into contact with the Higher Mind and got into a loop in time. Who knows how true such stories are.

There is no doubt that Taganai is really the anomalous zone, and it’s confirmed by generally accepted facts: in this region unexplainable failures of any equipment constantly happen, ball lightnings often form over the mountains, and absolutely healthy people are visited by strange visions.

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One more incredible place – Man-Pupu-Ner plateau, nicknamed “the Ural Stonehenge”. As the local legend says, the huge stone pillars located on the plateau are petrified giants.

The height of the largest of seven stone giants is 80 meters.

Having visited this ancient sacred place, everyone feels its powerful positive energy: all worries and gloomy thoughts disappear, and you feel lightness and groundless joy.

Vera Island, which is located on Lake Turgoyak, is also considered a mystical “place of power”.

Many religious pilgrims from all over Russia attract the Ural temples and monasteries. Of particular interest not only to believers, but also to all those interested in the history of the country, is the Ekaterinburg Church on the Blood. This is not only a functioning temple but also a museum complex devoted to life of the Romanov Imperial family – exactly in these places the life of the last emperor of Russia came to an end.

Tours are also conducted to the place of the last resting place of the imperial family, known as “Ganina Yama”. At present on a place of the mine where the bodies were thrown, the memorable temple complex is erected.

Traditionally the Ural Mountains are very popular among the adherents of active recreation. All kinds of trekking, rafting, horse, motorcycle and bicycle tours – this is just a small list of entertainments offered to tourists.

And in winter, traditional sledding, skiing and snowboarding on the ski slopes are added.

Combined tours that combine active recreation with educational and informative programs are very popular. One of the most popular of these routes is a hike on the footsteps of the Diaghilev expedition.

In recent years, there are new fascinating routes associated with the fall of the Chelyabinsk meteorite. Tourists are invited to travel to Lake Chebarkul – the place of the meteorite fall, to visit the local museum of local history, to talk to eyewitnesses.

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The Ural mountains are a true paradise for speleologists. The most interesting caves of the region are considered: Divya, Ignatievskaya, Kungurskaya, Kapovaya caves, as well as the cave complex Sikiyaz-Tamak.

Devout adventurers prefer to travel along the most difficult in respect of tourism region, the Polar Urals. During the winter months, the air temperature in these places drops below -50°. There are very few warm days a year, mostly in July. The sun in this month does not go below the horizon all day and night. Difficult climatic conditions are compensated by the fantastic beauty of nature. Impregnable mountain peaks, glaciers and picturesque lakes, waterfalls and rock canyons can impress even the experienced travelers who have seen a lot.

Routes along the Usa and Shchuchya rivers are very popular with tourists. It is believed that only skilled watermen are able to pass the most difficult rapids on these mountain rivers.

Recently, gastronomic and ethnographic tourism has become fashionable. One of the best places where you can learn more about the culture and life of the Ural people, enjoy traditional dishes of local cuisine – the museum of wooden Russian architecture in Nizhnyaya Sinyachikha.

In any case, a trip to the Urals is a wonderful opportunity to distract from everyday problems and cares, to find yourself in an unreal, fabulously beautiful world and to touch the sources of the national spirituality and culture.

Mysteries and mysteries of the Urals: 7 places with interesting history

The Ural Mountains are a natural border between Europe and Asia. These lands hold many mysteries that scientists and amateur researchers alike have been trying to unravel for centuries.

Mysteries and mysteries of the Urals for several centuries are trying to solve both scientists and amateur explorers. In this article we have described 7 places with unusual history and facts.

Ignatievskaya Cave

This cave was first described by a correspondent of the Imperial Academy of Sciences Peter Rychkov in the book “Topography of Orenburg” in 1762. It got its present name because of the legend of the elder Ignatius, who allegedly lived in the cave in the 19th century.

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In the 1980s, Soviet researchers discovered a large number of microliths (miniature stone tools), rock carvings and animal remains. The gem of the cave is a human silhouette protruding from the wall, located in one of the distant “halls.

Locals believe it to be an image of the Virgin Mary, which is not made by hand, and sometimes they come to pray to it. Scientists tend to believe that the image was carved from limestone by someone who lived here several centuries ago, and its good condition is the merit of the cave’s microclimate.

Ignatievskaya cave

Ignatiev Cave


Arkaim, a fortified settlement of the Bronze Age, was discovered quite accidentally. Archaeological expedition led by S.G. Batalov in June 1987 surveyed the place, planned for the construction of the Bolshe-Karagan water reservoir. The territory was considered unpromising in terms of finds, until archaeologists noticed an unusual for the steppe relief. Further excavations nullified all plans to build a water reservoir, but opened Arkaim to the world. It is still not precisely established, which culture could erect this settlement and for what purpose. However, a group of scientists (who are regarded with distrust in the academic community) has been trying for decades to impose the theory of the Aryan origin of the city and consider it “the cradle of human civilization”.



Dyatlov Pass

The pass located between the Holatchahl mountain and the altitude #905. It got its name because of the events of February 1959. A group of tourists consisting of nine people, led by Igor Diatlov had to ski for 16 days to go 350 km, climb the mountain Otorten and reach the village Vizhay.

The tourists never got to the final point. A few months of excavation work found the bodies of the dead skiers, which bore traces of strange mutilations. The official cause of their deaths was considered an insurmountable force of nature. However, for more than 50 years the debate about the cause of death of the tourists did not cease. Theories of Bigfoot, aliens and Soviet military secrets are becoming more and more frequent.

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The people of Itkul.

The shore of Lake Itkul is one of the favorite places of archaeologists. According to their assurances, they never left here without “booty”. Traces of ancient settlements of a previously unknown people – Itkulians – were found here. According to the findings, they were great blacksmiths and metallurgists. It is believed that these people appeared there about three thousand years ago, and disappeared without a trace four centuries later.

The Itkuli settlements were the main place of trade between the northern and southern tribes of the Urals. This idea was suggested to historians by many items made in imitation of steppe nomads, as well as traces indicating that the tribe had a large number of horses, which is uncharacteristic for forest settlements.

Itkul lake

Itkul Lake

Azov Mountain

According to popular belief, the name of the mountain comes from the Tatar word “azau”, which means “tooth” or “fang”. It is believed that the mountain is haunted by the ghost of the “Azov maiden”, and that at different times there were many hidden treasures. If the ghost – the fact is not confirmed, but about the treasures there is no doubt.

In 1940, a group of schoolchildren led by geologist Botanov at the top of Azov found 44 cult objects of copper and bronze under a small layer of soil. A little later a grotto was discovered, in which there were 10 idols depicting birds and people. They were all facing east. According to research it was concluded that they were made in the period from IV to II century BC by Mansi tribes, who most likely used the mountain Azov as an altar.

Azov mountain

Azov Mountain

Golden Baba

This is probably the most ancient and the biggest mystery of the Urals. The first mentions of the golden idol go back to the Viking tribal sagas. During one of the campaigns, the northerners discovered a secret sanctuary, where they saw a statue of a woman holding a bowl full of silver coins. Her neck was adorned with a necklace and her head with a golden crown. She was also mentioned in Russian chronicles of the late 14th century and in the books of Western European travelers of the 16th century. Modern researchers do not deny the possibility of the existence of Golden Baba. In their opinion, it could be an idol of an ancient Komi deity, which pagans took with them when trying to avoid baptism.

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Big Mossy Swamp

This swamp is really big – 36 square kilometers. It is located in a tectonic depression that is bowl-shaped. In this place most often fix the appearance of bigfoot, glowing balls and other “unclean force”.

According to geologists, this is due to natural gases that come out of the deep fault. Methane and carbon dioxide they contain have a strong psychotropic effect on humans. Those who choose to wander through these marshes can experience hallucinations and disorientation. Such walks are quite risky, many of the brave never returned. Most likely, having been poisoned by gases, they got lost and drowned in the swamp.

Big Mossy Swamp

Big Mossy Swamp

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