The Republic of Kalmykia is located in the southern Volga region by the Caspian sea, bordering the Volgograd and Astrakhan region as well as Dagestan. This is the only Buddhist region in Europe.
Kalmykia is a unique yet little known corner of Russia where buddhism rules, sand sings and antelopes roam the steppe.
Kalmykia is Europe’s only buddhist “nation” and a hidden gem in the southern Volga region. I’ve never heard about it until my last minute planned hitchhiking itinerary made me cross…
Republic of Kalmykia is located in the southern Volga region, just north of the Caucasus, bordering the Caspian Sea. It’s mostly known for being the only Buddhist region of Europe…
Is Kalmykia a country ?
No, Kalmykia is an autonomous republic within the Russian Federation.
Why is Kalmykia Buddhist ?
Kalmyk people are descendants of nomad Oirats from Western Mongolia who converted to Tibetan Buddhism in the early 17th century.
What is Kalmykia known for ?
Kalmykia is known for being the only Buddhist region in Europe and home to the last eurasian antelope called saiga.