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The Village of Dombay

The tiny village of Dombay in Russia is located in the Karachay-Cherkess Republic, and has a population of less than five hundred permanent residents. Nestled in the Caucasus, Dombay is visited by hundreds of tourists each year, who come to enjoy the natural splendor of the landscapes and the numerous tourist related activities that are offered here. Its surroundings are enhanced by the backdrop of massive mountain ranges and spectacular wildlife, as Dombay is situated in the heart of the Teberda, or Teberdinsky, Nature Reserve.

The Teberda Nature Reserve was established in 1936 and was recognized as a biosphere reserve in 1997. It is known for its diverse range of animal and bird species, and visitors are able to view a great number of the wildlife that call the reserve their home. Of the 43 mammal species in the reserve, sightings of brown bear, wild boar, lynx and deer are quite common, while the 172 bird species include golden eagles, the Caucasus wood grouse, peregrine falcons and griffon vultures. Migratory birds are also seen in the reserve throughout the year, such as harriers and blacks kites. Bird watching enthusiasts will be able to view many of these species while visiting Dombay.

The mountains that embrace Dombay not only offer spectacular views but during the winter months they provide visitors with a snow covered playground for skiing and snowboarding. Snow capped mountains and icy glaciers provide fun and excitement for all skill levels. The skiing season lasts from December to April, and a number of hotels in Dombay offer comfortable accommodation all year round. Exploring the mountains on foot is another activity enjoyed by tourists, with various walking and hiking routes guiding visitors along the ridges and valleys of the nature reserve. For the more adventurous travelers, there are also climbing trails available. No matter what route of activities visitors decide on, it is always accompanied by the breathtaking beauty of the Teberda Nature Reserve. Dombay is a secluded and picturesque destination, which ranks amongst the most popular tourist destinations in Russia. Visiting Dombay is guaranteed to be an unforgettable and truly unique experience.

 



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