Russia

Flag of Russia

World’s largest country by land, bordering with Asian and European countries, indeed, Russia has a lot to offer to tourists from ski resorts to beaches and from forests to tundra.

Useful info:

Currency: Russian Ruble.

Language: Over 100 languages are spoken in Russia; however, the official language is Russian. Very few people speak English even in Moscow, making it quite difficult for the travellers to communicate.

Visa: Pakistanis need to prearrange visa for Russia. If you are applying from Dubai, they have recently appointed VFS Global, and you need to direct your visa application through them. All tourists must need to provide tourist voucher which can be bought through a local travel agency. Single entry visa fee with normal processing is 90 US$ +30 US$ service fee.

Climate: Most of the parts in Russia has humid continental climate, with warm to hot, dry summers and freezing winters with temperatures of -30°C

Trivia: Russia has 11 time zones, more than any other country.

Food:

Russia has quite a diverse cuisine reflecting several influences.  Here are some dishes which a local recommended me to try.

Borsch, Pelmeni, and Napoleon Cake

Transportation:

Russia has over 1200 airports, in Moscow alone there are three busy airports connected to the city by aero express. Moscow metro (subway) is quite popular amongst tourists. 

Accommodations:

Talking about Moscow, there is a range of hotels matching your needs. You can find a 3-star hotel room starting from 20$/night in the city centre and a guesthouse starting from 10 $.

There are many listing available on Airbnb as well (use this link to get 25$ off).

You can also check other travel resources which will help you plan your trip better.

Nightlife:

From bars to nightclubs, Russian DJ’s to live music, there are plenty of options. After all, you are in Moscow.