It’s hard to believe that there are still people who don’t know about the technogenic ecological and humanitarian catastrophe caused by two thermal explosions – the Chernobyl disaster – especially after watching the series ‘Chernobyl’ from HBO. Someone delighted with the acting someone doesn’t. There are also those who blames director for the unreliability of the facts. Nevertheless, this topic is becoming more and more discussed.
Pripyat – is a small abandoned city in the Kyiv region located on the banks of the Pripyat River within 3 km from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. People who could survive, now tell that it was one of the most incredible and modern cities of that time. The population of the Pripyat in 1986 was over forty thousand people. After the disaster, residents were forced to leave the city and now they can return there only as part of a paid Pripyat tour, accompanied by a guide.
Pripyat Today – is it Dangerous?
To watch the serial and to see everything in real life – are different things. The exclusion zone is not allowed to visit on your own. It’s impossible to see Pripyat illegal. The territory is protected by law enforcement officers. Pripyat today is regularly inspected by patrols – this is primarily due to looters, who take out the radioactive metal to make money. Today, the difference between Chernobyl and Pripyat is that people still live in Chernobyl – they are employees of the institutions and enterprises of the Zone, as well as people who still did not dare to leave the city after the disaster – the so-called self-settlers. In the city of Pripyat, you will not find a single person. The legal and safe way to visit Pripyat is to use the services of professional travel agencies.
To know the Pripyat better, we recommend to choose the private 3-5 days Pripyat tours which costs from 73 euro. This tour will allow you to spend more time there and to see a wide range of so-called attractions. Guides will show you to:
•Red Forest (So called because of their inherent red color caused by large amounts of radiation);
•Death bridge (The legend said that in the day of the catastrophe lots of people came to this bridge to see how a nuclear power plant burns. All of them received a large dose of radiation and in a short while died.);
• Park of attraction (Race track, chamomile, boats, ferris wheel.);
• The factory ‘Jupiter’ (After the Chernobyl disaster it was officially stopped, however, it continued to work as a radiological laboratory for the development of dosimetric devices till 1996 year).
People left their homes in a hurry in complete chaos. As it was forbidden to take anything with you except documents – Pripyat tours give you an opportunity to see all the household items of the distant USSR. That’s why Pripyat tour will inspect with you:
• Five-story, nine-story, sixteen-story houses;
•Pripyat Children's Hospital (Before the Chernobyl accident, Soviet babies and pregnant women walked along the corridors of this hospital. But now only abandoned medical things and damp concrete walls, which have already lost their light appearance, can be seen here);
• Pripyat bus station (It’s also called ‘The stop which lasts for life’.) etc.
To visit the exclusion zone, you will need a passport, special clothing and all visitors must draw up documents for entry. At the entrance, the groups undergo radiometric control. Professional guides who have already conducted breathtaking, safe and legal excursions to the most interesting places in Pripyat, will help you with all the documents and will answer all your questions.
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