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Be one of the few who are daring enough to visit Chernobyl, Ukraine

Visiting Chernobyl might not be a tour that involves a lot of fun and enjoyable activities, but it will be a somber reminder of the effects it had to the world and to a country.

 In 1986, the worst nuclear power plant accident in history happened at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the town of Pripyat, Ukraine. There were a number of causalities and the entire area was evacuated. For years, no one was allowed in the area but in 2011, the government announced that it was going to open the area for tourism purposes. Pripyat where the power plant is located was a thriving town of more than 49,000 people before the accident happened. The locals were all evacuated two days after the incident in 1986, leaving their homes and belongings in a haste. Although the town remains unfit for human habitation, it can be visited by joining a tour provided by tour operators in Ukraine. The town is about two hours away from the city of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine.

Most of the areas in Pripyat’s radiation level are the same as Kiev so there is nothing to worry about when you take a tour of the town, but as an added security measure, everyone visiting the area has to pass a check on the radiological control upon leaving. Abandoned buildings and hotels, personal belongings, toys scattered, decaying schools, a swimming pool without water, a Ferris wheel in a deserted amusement park are stark reminders of what is left of Pripyat. It is a visual testament of what the town and its people went thought after the incident. What makes the tour eerier is that you can see nature overtaking the town with trees and plants growing inside abandoned buildings, and grass pushing in the cracks of its unused roads. Aside from the town, you will be able to visit the Chernobyl Reactor #4, and see the Radar system Duga-1, once a secret military facility.

Taking the tour will undoubtedly put you in a somber mood, but it is a must visit to understand what happened and the effects of the worst nuclear power plant accident in history. For more information and details, contact your travel agent. 

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