Updated: Feb 9, 2020
By: The PH Team
Dagestan, officially the Republic of Dagestan, is a republic of Russian located in the North Caucasus region of southern Russia.
The word Dagestan is of Turkish and Persian origin. The Turkish word dağ means 'mountain', and the Persian suffix -stan, as is present in many other countries and areas in the region, means 'land'.
The current borders of the Republic of Dagestan were created with the establishment of the Dagestan Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, under the Soviet Union in 1921.
With dozens of distinct ethnic groups and languages, the region of Dagestan is in fact the most diverse region in all of Russia.
Dagestan has much to offer international tourists. However, because of much skepticism by international tourists regarding regional turmoil in the 1990s and early 2000s, the region is largely looked over.
As such, even though Dagestan is home to a large amount of different cultures, important historical sites and landmarks and immense natural beauty, only a small number of Western and international tourists actually make it to this little-known Russian republic.
Today, the region is definitely as pristine destination for adventurous tourists looking to go way off-the-beaten-path for their next travel experience.