Mordovian State Smidovich Nature Reserve

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You can finish your road trip at Mordovian State Smidovich Nature Reserve. Leaving Temnikov, drive to Pushta. During the drive, which should take you about half an hour, you will see the small Endovische karst lake. Once you reach the nature reserve, drive to Pavlovsky lodge with its guest houses and banya for a night in the middle of the woods.

Additional information: You can take a bus from Saransk to Staroye Shaygovo that costs about 200 rubles. Another 50 rubles will get you on the bus to Staraya Terizmorga. If you come by car from Saransk, take the R180 main road for 61 km (38 miles).