What to see in Mongolia
Spend a single night in Mongolia under a canopy of stars and it's easy to mistake it for another planet. There are few tarred roads in this rugged terrain and the main urban centre, Ulaanbaatar, is small, so don't expect modern luxury. Rather, people come here for its natural beauty, unaffected by the bustle, stress and pollution of modern life; every journey through the wilderness here is an adventure into remote territory.
From the ice-capped peaks of Bayan-Olgii, to the roaring river mouth at the Yolin am, the surreal white limestone cliffs at Tsagaan Suvarga to the lush lakes in the Khuisiin Naiman Nuur Natural Reserve, strap up your boots and step down the rough and rewarding pathways of Mongolia. Whether for hunting, fishing, horse riding or trekking, most tourists come in the summer, when you're least likely to be stuck in the mud!
A visit to Mongolia is incomplete without accepting local hospitality and experiencing their traditions. The famous Nomadic lifestyle of the Mongols exists as part of everyday life here and the people are warm and friendly to foreigners, and proud to share their customs and heritage.
The Amarbayasgalant Monastery (the 'Monastery of Tranquil Felicity') is one of the few Buddhist temple complexes in Mongolia…
The Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape is located in central Mongolia, about 225 miles (360km) west of the capital Ulaanbaatar.…
For those who are serious about exploring Mongolia's furthest corners - or for those deeply interested in the origins…
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