Journey through the most beautiful track in Russia
• of the most beautiful road trip to Russia
The track is a five-hour drive from Novosibirsk declared the most beautiful in Russia - the pictures showed the best views from it.
Route Novosibirsk - Tashanta placed in the top ten most beautiful roads in the world by the popular science magazine National Geographic. At the height of the tourist season, and against the background of mass bankruptcies of tour operators about this in July was quick to remind the ministry of tourism, entrepreneurship and investments of the Altai Republic. What you can see in my Chuysk, with which points are obtained the most impressive pictures and at what cost to build roads.
Each year, thousands of Novosibirsk travel to Altai on one of the world's most beautiful roads. For inconspicuous names route: Novosibirsk - Tashanta, M52 or R256 - worth the incredible beauty that should see at least once in every life.
Photographers who worked in the Altai, the most beautiful place to shoot on the road with one voice called Chike-Taman - mountain pass in 1295 m height, in the 659th km of the route. At Southern Altai language "Chica" means - "direct" and "Taman" - a "base."
In the ranking of National Geographic Chuysk took 5th place in the world of beauty: between the Romanian Transfăgărăşan through the "homeland" Dracula - Transylvania and the "Atlantic road" in Norway, where travelers are waiting for the "Bridge to Heaven" and " Trollstigen ".
Other Russian roads is not listed, and you can drive on Chuysk compared with traveling across Russia - village, town, birch forests, wild rivers, mountains, taiga, steppe: all this can be seen by riding 600 km from Biysk to Tashanta .
Road traffic through "direct sole" became possible in the 20-ies of the last century. A modern asphalt road through the Chike-Taman appeared in 1984 - the builders of the incredible efforts gnaw each meter, they had to move more than half a million tons of soil and rock to blow up more than one.
The picturesque Serpentine raises the motorists on a viewing platform on the one side of the road - the rocks, on the other - a steep cliff. From such a dangerous neighborhood, the abundance of sharp turns and a magnificent view from the road is breathtaking.
Photographer Alexander Simushkin recommended for shooting Seminsky pass (573rd km tract -. NG), or Gyal-Meco, in the Altai "Eternal mane." He is above Chike-Taman (photo view from the observation deck on the Chike-Taman) - the road here passes at an altitude of 1739 meters - but the ascent is more gentle.
"On the one hand, like anything special - says the photographer - but this is the highest pass of Altai, if you leave the car and climb higher Biathlon sports camps, then there is simply fabulous location and views."
The ministry of tourism, entrepreneurship and investments of the Altai Republic for tourists developed several routes, including automotive.
To describe all the mountains, monuments, petroglyphs, caves, waterfalls, lakes, mountain passes, natural parks, countryside and villages that offer visiting tourists - it is a bulky guidebook.
As an example of a place of compulsory visit to the Deputy Minister of Tourism Development Mergen Ekeev called the rock of the famous tract Kalbak-Tash, decorated with ancient images on the rocks - petroglyphs.
Chuiski formerly known as Mughal, the oldest mention of it is about 1 thousand. Years. "Before the beginning of the XX century, it was just a mountain trail that was used by merchants and pilgrims journeyed to the sacred tree in the upper reaches of the river Katun" - like National Geographic.
At the beginning of the last century at the expense of the Siberian railway and donations of merchants "path" was converted into the wheel the way for the strengthening of Russian-Mongolian trade relations. road width was about 3, 5 m, and in impassable places narrowed to 2, 5 m. On it could easily pass small carts.
The Soviet government took over Chuiski in 1920, after he came to the strong decline during the civil war and has not been repaired for a long time. About 10 years the road leveled and covered with gravel, eliminated the dangerous areas. Instead ferries were built bridges.
The completed path adopted in 1934-1935. At that time, along the way there was a lot of camp prisoners - convicts and it became the main labor force in the construction. The bulk of them were among the dispossessed peasants.
In the case of Chui tract beauty demanded terrible casualties. Biysk historian and ethnographer Viktor Shipilov in the archives found out about the terrible details of the construction. Some quotes from the blood run cold.
On the prisoners who did not survive the stress and died, the historian says: "In order not to interfere with the progress of work, them, the stories, buried, blaming each other, in the near-career or, as was the case among the" lesson ", burying the slain (in the name of the temporary assignment of his soldering) directly into the roadway. "
The most spectacular road Russia is beautiful, like a fairy tale. A really good tale, perhaps, be a little scary.