Mongolia

If you want an ?out of the ordinary vacation? then Mongolia is the place for you. 

The beautiful scenery of the steppes and rich colors you see in the simplest of things, such as a rainbow have to be seen to be appreciated. There is not much luxury attached to a visit to the land of Genghis Khan, but if you are looking for adventure galore without the modern trimmings you have become accustomed to, then Mongolia is for you.

Is Mongolia a Luxury Travel Destination? 

The modern way of life has not touched most of this country and it is very difficult to travel to this country without a guide. Very few people speak English, but if you speak some Russian, you can manage.  Hotels are not abundant to travel here you are best to make your booking through a travel agency. The accommodations you find will be sparse, but comfortable. You can take a train trip from Beijing or Moscow and there is airline service, but it is not very reliable.

The best time to travel here is during the summer from June to August. The winters are bitterly cold and you won?t want to spend a lot of time outdoors. One basic rule of packing for a trip to Mongolia is that if you think you might need it, then bring it with you. All of the land is publicly owned, so you can feel free to set up a camp site wherever you want.

Mongolian Tours

There are a variety of tours you can take within Mongolia. Take a 12 day horseback or wilderness trek to see the main points of this country. The sights and sounds of this rural country will leave you breathless in fascination.


Gobi Desert

The Gobi Desert is in the heart of Mongolia and is the destination of many who really want to experience Mongolia. You can book a tour that takes you to the Gobi Gurvansaikan National park, but even with the expert guides you have to watch where you are going or you can get lost. You drive through the desert during the day and spend the night at ger camps where you can enjoy the traditional food of the country. This is a round igloo-like home that is traditionally found in this country. See the Flaming Red Cliffs where dinosaur bones have been discovered. You are also in the native habitat of rare animals, such as the Bactrian wild camel and the snow leopard when you visit the Gobi Desert.

In Kharkhorin, you can visit the Erdene Zuu Monastery, which is a huge compound with each side measuring and .5 km. Although it is empty, there are several temples still standing. The town itself is quite modern by Mongolian standards and visitors to the monastery also want to see the Phallic Rock. Here you will find a market with vendors selling souvenirs. The stone turtle is another attraction that tourists visit and again here you can purchase souvenirs of your visit.

Ulaanbaatar is the capital of Mongolia and has several museums that you will enjoy visiting. The Museum of Natural History has giant skeletons of dinosaurs in its palaeontology section. Other sites of interest include the Zanzabar Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museuem of Mongolian History and the Military Museum. There are several Buddhist Temples with museums and the Gandan Monastery is still in use. The state library has an amazing collection of over 10,000 manuscripts written in the ancient Sanskrit.

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