Omsk Oblast (Russian: О́мская о́бласть OHM-skuh-yuh OH-blust') is a region in Western Siberia, which borders Tyumen Oblast to the northwest, Tomsk Oblast to the northeast, Novosibirsk Oblast to the east, and Kazakhstan to the south.
- 1 Omsk — One of Siberia's most important cities and one of Russia's largest, an excellent stop on the Trans-Siberian Railway
- 2 Tara — one of Siberia's first cities in the 16th century and the "mother" to many of Siberia's most important cities as it was an expeditionary base; it is a sleepy town home to a number of historical churches
- 3 Bolsherechye — a historic old Siberian fortress town (1627), which contains a huge zoo; its hippopotamuses made the news by turning up in a nearby lake and giving a couple drunk fishermen a real scare!
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Expect that some knowledge of Russian will greatly assist you in your travels here.
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- 1 Achair Convent. A beautiful convent outside Omsk, which was used as a gulag in the 1930s, where over 100,000 perished from malnutrition and the cold
- Cruising, whitewater rafting, and canoeing along the Irtysh, Tara, and Shish rivers
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The next major stops on the Trans-Siberian Railway are Tyumen to the west and Novosibirsk to the east. The first major stop to the west along the South Ural Branch of the Trans-Siberian Railway is Petropavlovsk, Kazakhstan.