The district is located in the eastern part of Buryatia. It was founded in 1940; the area of the district is 7871 square kilometers. The center of the district is Kizhinga village; the distance from the village to Ulan-Ude is 100 kilometers.
In the history of the spread of Buddhism among the Buryats, the Kizhinga Valley played a special role. This area in the 18th century was the meeting point for Shamanic and Lamaist worlds and worldviews, which in parallel formed the beliefs of local people.
Kizhinginsky datsan Dashi Lkhumboling (“Abode of happiness”) is located three kilometers from the village of Kizhinga. At the entrance to the temple, the walls are decorated with picturesque images of Buddhist deities, inside the temple there is a unique composition of Buddhist paradise. This is the only datsan in Buryatia, on the territory of which large statues of Shakyamuni Buddha (7 meters in height) and Maitreya (3 meters in height) were erected.
The Great Stupa Dzharun-Hashor (“Executing desires”) is installed on Mount Chesan – an analog of the stupa in the vicinity of Kathmandu in Nepal. According to the legend, she helps everyone who comes with a pure heart and treats her with reverence.
There are 15 mineral springs on the territory of the Kizhinginsky district, which are used to treat various diseases and rest. This is also a place of religious worship. Each source differs from the other in composition.
A picturesque lake with healing mud, surrounded by forest. Its medicinal properties have been known since 1904.
The reserve was established in 1995 to protect wild animals. The area is inhabited by manul cat, imperial eagle, and eagle owl and some rare plants grow there. And also there are animals in the reserve that are protected by the Red Book: the white-tailed eagle, the cranes, the whooper swan, the black stork, the Eurasian bittern, and the osprey.