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Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, is located on the bank of the Tuul River and surrounded by majestic mountains. The combination of these pine covered mountains, wide boulevards, vast public squares and parks give the city a feeling of spaciousness, while the ger communities, Buddhist temples, and bustling marketplaces give it a rustic charm. Ulaanbaatar is Mongolia's cultural, political and economic center. Nowhere in the world is there a city of such rich contrasts. In the uniqueness which is Ulaanbaatar, ancient nomadic culture peacefully coexists with the dynamic changes of modern society. On the streets of city, you will pass nomads dressed in traditional deals as well as elegantly attired business people rushing to the Stock Exchange.

Ulaanbaatar - Sukhbaatar square and Gandan Monastery

Terelj, about 50 miles northeast of Ulaanbaatar, is a popular destination in the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. This area is cool and the alpine scenery is magnificent. There are great opportunities for hiking, rock climbing, rafting, horse riding. Open year-round, Terelj camp is set in the spectacular Gorkhi River valley. Visitors can take leisurely strolls on green meadows carpeted with edelweiss and a dazzling variety of other wildflowers; view fascinating rock formations against a backdrop of pine-covered mountains; and wander along the wooded banks of a mountain stream. The Turtle Rock, created by nature, and the man-made dinosaur statues are the key attractions. Guests can stay overnight in Mongolian gers or cozy guest rooms.

Terelj National Park

Hustai National Park lies in the foothills of the southern Khenti Mountain Range about 100km south west of Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia. It is a fine example of the wide river valleys separated by hilly terrain that characterise forest steppe. Hustai National Park has three main management aims. The first is the long term conservation of the ecosystem's biodiversity. A sustainable ecosystem is being restored using modern genetic and geographic principles and nature management is being integrated with social-economic processes to allow local people to benefit from wildlife conservation. In line with this aim, many buffer zone programs have been initiated in the area surrounding the park. The second aim is the establishment of a viable, self-sustaining population of Takhi. The Takh is the world's last truly wild horse. It is critically endangered and it is hoped that in the future, Hustai National Park may serve as a breeding centre for Takhi re-introduction programmes throughout Mongolia and the Central Asian Steppe. The final aim is the formation and management of a training and research centre. The centre's facilities are available for local and international researchers and students to study a wide range of fields.
Hustai National Park

The Gobi desert is one of the untouched, unique, and mysterious places on the world. The site of ancient inland seas, the Gobi desert is a treasure chest of fossilized dinosaur bones and eggs. The Mongolian Gobi is a vast zone desert and desert steppe covering almost 30% of the Mongolian territory. This is the second biggest desert in the world. The Gobi is often imagined as a lifeless desert, similar to African desert. In reality, most part of the Gobi is a land of steppes and mountains and this the incredible land mass is home to wild sheep, wild ass, Gazelle, Havtgai (wild camel), Mazaalai (Gobi bear) and Desert Ibex. Travel to the legendary Bayan Zag (Flamming Cliffs), site of the most important paleontological discoveries. In 1920 the first nest of Dinosaur eggs the world had ever seen were discovered by American paleontologist R. C. Andrews. Now many unique archeological findings are discovered at this rich site. Visit Gurvansaikhan National Park, covering rocky and sandy plains, cliffs, salt pans and oases.
The Gobi desert

Amarbayasgalant, one of the most well known and largest monasteries of Mongolia, is located in the beautiful Iven Gol River valley on the foot of Burenkhan Mountain in Baruunburen som of Selenge province. Visitors especially enjoy the magnificent art and architectural construction.The beauty, decorations and construction of this monastery have made it one of the most magnificent architectural monuments not only in Mongolia, but in the whole Asia.

Amarbayasgalant

The legendary birthplace of Chingis Khan is Dadal sum of Hentii province, set in an attractive wooded area 254 kilometers north-west of Undurkhaan. About 20 kilometers of Dadal sum is a group of hills known as Deluun Boldog, which is exact place of Chinggis Khan's birth according to book "The Mongolian Secret History". As Deluun Boldog is one of the most important historic locations in Mongolia, one should definitely take the time to visit the historic sites and monuments, while visiting the camp. In addition, locals can take you to explore a number of secret locations, such as the unusual natural formations and healing rocks in the area.

Deluun Boldog - Chingis Khan birthplace

Khuvsgul. Try to imagine a 2760 sq km alpine lake, with water so pure you can drink it. Then add dozens of mountains 2000m high or more, thick pine forest and lush meadows with grazing yaks and horses, and you have a vague impression of Khuvsgul lake, Mongolia's top scenic attraction. In surface area, this is the second - largest lake [125 km long and 30 km wide] in Mongolia, surpassed in size only by Uvs lake, a shallow, salty lake in the western part of the country. Khuvsgul lake is the deepest lake [up to 262m] in Central Asia, and the 14th -largest source of fresh water -containing 2% of the world's fresh water. The lake is full of fish, such as lennok and sturgeon, and the area is home to argali sheep, ibex, bear and moose, as well as over 200 species of birds. The region also hosts three separate, unique people; Darkhad Mongols, Buryad Mongols and Tsaatan people, who care for the deers. The lake is now part of the Khuvsgul Lake National Park Visitors also come to fish, swim in the icy water, watch the ducks, seagulls and other birdlife, hike or horse -back ride along the shoreline, or just find a comfortable sport to say and soak in all the fresh air and natural beauty.

Khuvsgul

The Eagle Valley is about 10km long and is completely shaded from the sun in some parts by the high cliff walls. It is possible to walk through the valley and out the other side. You may be lucky enough to spot wild sheep and goats grazing high on the cliff walls. The valley is also full of soaring eagles hunting for prey. At the opening of the valley is a local Natural History Museum displaying interesting information about the animals of the area.

 

Eagle Valley

Erdene Zuu monastery is the first Buddhist monastery in Mongolia.It was built at the initiative of the most influential Khalkha lord Abtai Khan, in 1586 on the spot where Kharkhorin, the famous capital of the Mongolian Empire of the 13th century .The territoryof the monastery occupies an area of 400 square meters and is surrounded by a stone wall with 108 stupas. The stone columns, blocks and sculptures excavated from the ruins of the city show that various building materials were used in the construction of this monastery, which began in the 16th century and continued until the 19th century. Erdene Zuu monastery was severally damaged at the end of the 17th century and the beginning of the 18th century at the time of the struggle of the Mongolians against the Manchuinvaders. It was restored several times, in 1760-1796 and in 1808-1814.

Erdene Zuu monastery

Dalanzadgad is the capital of Ömnögoi aymag, Mongolia. It is located 540 kilometers (336 miles) south of the national capital Ulaanbaatar. When you travel through Gobi, Dalanzadgad is a main transfer station.

 

Dalanzadgad

White Great Lake is the one of the most beautiful lakes in Mongolia. The lake is 16 kilometers wide, 4 to 10 meters deep and over 20 kilometers in length. It flooded 61 square kilometers. The lake supports Pike, Taimen, Lenok, Sig, Siberian Grayling, Roach and Burbot. Sig is a hunting fish. Rare birds are found here.

White Great lake

Kharkhorin is the site of Chinggis Khan's capital city. The ancient city was destroyed by the Manchu, with only two stone sculptures of turtles standing as testament to its glorious past. The stones of the ruined city were used to build Erdene Zuu monastery complex.

kharkhorin


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