city in the south of Russia

The Monastery of Geden Sheddup Choikorling

Elista is the capital of Kalmykia.


The city was founded in 1865, and has a population of just over 100,000.

Get inEdit

By planeEdit

1 Elista Airport (ESL IATA). Flights from Moscow are a few times a week on Rusline. There are more regular flights to Volgograd and Rostov, with transfer to Elista by bus or train respectively.    

By trainEdit

The Moscow-Elista train route goes through Stavropol. However, the most convenient way is travel to Volgograd by train then on to Elista by express minivan, which are relatively cheap.

By carEdit

By busEdit

Several private companies operate a daily bus service between Moscow and Elista. The pickup point in Moscow is Luzhniki Stadium.

Get aroundEdit

Map of Elista

Mini-buses ply routes around the city.


  • 1 Golden Temple of Elista (Burkhan Bakshin Altan Sume). Modern Buddhist temple opened in 2005.    
  • Museum of Kalmyk Buddhist Art.
  • Museum of Local Lore.
  • Museum of Buddhist History.
  • Gallery of Fine Arts.
  • Kazansky Cathedral.
  • 2 Geden Sheddup Choikorling Monastery.    
  • 3 The Golden Abode of the Buddha Shakyamuni (Burkhan Bakshin Altan Sume).    
  • 4 Seven Days Pagoda.  


  • Drama Theatre
  • Puppet Theatre
  • Play chess


  • Kalmyk puzzle närn shanj (нәрн шанҗ)


  • Uralan (Уралан)
  • Khan's Hunt (Ханская Охота)
  • Restaurant Concord (Конкорд)
  • Cafe Kalmyk Cuisine (Калмыцкая Кухня)


  • Restaurant White Lotus (Белый Лотос).


You can drink Kalmyk tea




  • Hotel City Chess, +7 84722 58405. Uralan district.
  • White Lotus Hotel, Khoninova Str., 7


  • 1 Kalmyk Institute for Humanities Research.  


Go nextEdit

  • Khurul Monastery - about 6 km from the city.

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