The Ulyanovsk Region was established in 1943. Its area amounts to 37,300 square kilometers, its population — to 1.3 million. The region is situated in the Moscow time zone.
The administrative centre of the region is the city of Ulyanovsk, situated 700 km away from Moscow. The main river of the region is the Volga, with its tributaries Sura, Sviyaga, and others. The climate is moderately continental, with a cold snowy winter (the average temperature of January is —110) and hot summer (the average temperature of July is +190). 25% of the territory is covered with forests, where fur-bearing animals (elk, marten, blue hare) have survived.
Those who are fond of fishing are awaited at the Kuibyshev Water Reservoir, where you can fish breams, pike perches, carps and other fish.
The Undorovskiy mineral spring invites those who need to recuperate their health. Mineral waters of the Serebryaniy Istochnik (Silver Spring) resort are useful for those suffering from cardiac diseases, musculoskeletal disorders; they also facilitate release of stress.
There are a lot of museums in Ulyanovsk: the urban life museum, situated in an old estate; the local history museum named after I.A. Goncharov, with its richest paleontological collection and the collection of ancient ornamentals and clothing, household items and written historical documents. Near the Sibirskaya Zasechnaya Cherta (Siberian Abatis Line) architectural complex, theatrical performances are staged regularly on historical subjects. Those fond of the 20th century history are invited to the V. I. Lenin’s Hometown museum.
Among the Ulyanovsk points of interest is the monument to the historian and litterateur N. M. Karamzin. In the square, the trees and the bush planted in the 1960s have survived. The square near the monument is the local youth’s favorite place of rest and walking, especially in spring, when the square wallows in lilacs. And, naturally, flowers are always lying at the pedestal of the monument, brought by those admiring the talent of the historian and litterateur.
The Lyakhovskie Melovye Gory (Chalk Mountains) reserve is another place linked with the name of Karamzin. The region-oldest parish is situated in the territory of the reserve, which has existed for about three hundred years, and it was its Znamenskaya Church where, supposedly, the future historian was baptized.
Starting from Ulyanovsk, you may take a cruise on the Volga by a motor vessel. Usually, such cruises are most popular in the autumn season, but you may take such a journey from May to August as well.
The Yazykovs country estate has been restored recently within the framework of the Historical Memory project. Now, a unique local history museum is located in the estate. The estate is very popular as a place for holding celebrations, for example, weddings.
Tourist routes are laid over the reserves of the region. You may visit the Sengileevskie Gory (Mountains of Sengiley) national park, the Privolzhskaya Lesostep (Near-Volga Forest Steppe) reserve, or other natural monuments.
If you like nature and the legends related thereto, you should in any event visit the «bewitched forest» near the village of Novocheremshansk. There is a lake in the forest that emits some strange moan-like sounds and the Atamanskaya Gorka (Ataman Hill), which you can reach even if you go in the opposite direction; and the forest paths are able to mislead even the most experienced traveler. It is advisable to take such a trip by a large group, to have a map of the area and the necessities of life along to protect yourself against the tricks of the local wood-goblin.
One of the best-known resorts of the region, Beliy Yar (White Ravine) is situated 85 km away from Ulyanovsk. The sessions of hydrotherapy, phytotherapy and other kinds of therapy recommended at disorders of nervous system, blood circulatory system, respiratory system, digestive organs, and dermatopathias are held there.
A beautiful one is Lake Beloye (White), having got its name for the purest water and the bottom covered with white sand. The surroundings of the lake are referred to as «Russian Finland» for distinctness of its nature. Not far from the lake, a spring having the fame of a holy one is sprouting. Tradition has it that the image of Saint Paraskeva appeared once to a local woman.
Early in the autumn, hunting badgers is permitted in the Ulyanovsk Region; in winter, hunting muskrats and beavers, and also some other animals is permitted. Early in April, the season of hunting winged game is opened. Licenses may be acquired on a daily basis at the Department for Control and Supervision in the Sphere of Protection and Use of Fauna Objects and Their Habitat.
In summer, the Bashnya (Tower) rock-festival is held in Ulyanovsk with participation of rock groups from the region, body art painters and people with fires and petards. On the Air Fleet Day, an air show is held in Ulyanovsk, the programme of which includes the open day at the local aircraft factory. Those taking interest in aviation should also visit the civil aviation museum located not far from the airport of Ulyanovsk. In addition to aircraft and equipment as such, one can also find there simulators used for training pilots.
Early in July, a traditional Tatar holiday of Sabantuy is held in the region. Concerts of folk groups, literature gatherings and dancing in the open air are arranged for; interesting exhibitions are opened in local museums; contests in ethnic sports are held.
For more detailed information on the region, please refer to Internet resources of governmental authorities of the constituent entity of the Russian Federation.