Central Mosque, Ulan-Ude
I had set couple of alarms in my mobile so that I don't miss my station in early morning, but even before any of those alarms rang, wagon attendent woke me up at 5:25 AM. Got down from train at Ulan-Ude, walked to Wellhome hostel which was just 12 minutes walk from the Vokzal. Checked in and slept for couple of hours.
Got up, got ready and drank some tea. Checked my mobile and went outside to see few things in Ulan-Ude city. I walked to the square where they kept the big head of Lenin. I didn't had any roubles with me, so I first went to the VTB bank just next to Buryatia hotel and exchanged 150 USD for 13805 roubles.
I was not sure what to do next, then I decided to go to Rinpoche Datsan, walked to the bus stop to catch the marshrutka 97, got into the marshrutka 97 only to figure out later that I took the marshrutka in the opposite direction. At the last stop paid the driver 30 roubles and went back to my seat. Driver turned the marshrutka and started in the direction in which I had to go. Rinpoche Datsan was the last stop of the marshrutka 97, the weather was very good, little cold but not too cold with a pleasant wind. Walked down the stairs which are on the boundary of the site. Also you can see the entire city from there as it is on quite a height. After spending some time at Rinpoche Datsan, came back to my hostel, took some rest.
In the evening I went to Central Mosque in Ulan-Ude, took the marshrutka 80 to reach there. The mosque's name is Prophet Mohammed ﷺ mosque. Prayed there, talked to the Imam of the masjid, he was an Uzbek from Osh in Kyrgyzstan, also met his two sons, Abdullah and Abu Bakr. Left from the masjid after some time, on my way to hostel.
Went to a supermarket to buy some food items, I was searching for some vegetable noodles but could't find it, there were dossirak and rollton but they were not halal, bought some biscuits, coffee and sugar for my long train journey next morning from Ulan-Ude to Vladivostok. After coming back to the hostel, ate some food, drank a coffee, talked at home and went to sleep. I kept four alarms to make sure I get up well before my train in the morning.
Some of the photos that I took in Ulan-Ude