Visit Mongolia And See Our 5 Favourite Beautiful Places
When you visit Mongolia, you will want to see our epic hotspots that are beautiful beyond belief.
There are 5 good reasons that Mongolia is known as the ultimate travel destination for adventurous travellers:
These are our favourite BIG 5 to wet your appetite, before you visit Mongolia:
1. The Iconic Gobi Desert Scenery is Just Awe-Inspiring!
- Vast wide open spaces with herds of animals running freely. You will be able to interact with local people, taste the best local cuisine and live in gers under the stars!
- Climb the tall Khongor Sand Dunes in the Gobi Desert to see some stunning beautiful views. Listen out for the sound of moving sound when hiking down.
- The Gobi has a unique natural landscape comprising of high mountains, steep gorges, vast flatlands, and occasionally a green oasis.
- Besides the towering sand dunes, you also get to see Yolyn Am Canyon, and Khavtsgai petroglyphs, and the Flaming Cliffs of Bayanzag - a site of numerous important dinosaur fossil discoveries!
- Experience camel riding and visit local herders in their traditional gers. Superb for photo opss and cultural experiences
2. Khovsgol Lake - Nature Lover Delight!
- The shimmering lake is like a jewel, the blue skies above, the gers on the bank looks so perfect. Take a boat ride to really appreciate its beauty.
- Khovsgol Lake is the second largest body of water in all of Mongolia, with a great dash of blue that hides between the shale peaks and rocky foothills of the Sayan Mountains.
- This lake is uniquely filled with drinkable water, that needs no treatment and the geological history of the spot goes back about 2 million years. It is an incredible sight to behold with a rich history attached to it.
- Khovsgol is the twin sister of Baikal Lake linked with it via Selenge River.
- At its deepest point the lake reaches 267 meters.
- The area of the lake is covered with deep taiga forest. Here Tsaatan reindeer herders who constantly migrate in search for a specific type of moss to feed their reindeer herds.
3. Terelj National Park
- Terelj National Park represents one of the most accessible examples of Mongolia's backcountry, with pine-studded mountain valleys and sculptured rock formation all peppering the vistas.
- The southern portion of the park is a popular tourist zone with numerous resorts and tourist camps.
- As you move towards the north you find yourself in a remote forest-covered, mountainous area perfect for hiking and horse riding. You can visit here such highlights as Khagiin Khar Nuur (Black Lake) and a series of bubbling hot springs.
- Other highlights of this park include Turtle Rock, Meditation Temple Aryabal, and the local nomadic families.
- During the summer, you will get the opportunity to enjoy hiking, horseback riding, rock climbing, flower and bird watching, when you visit Mongolia!
4. Bayan - Ulgii
- This part of Mongolia is overshadowed by the hulking and sinewy massifs of the Altai Mountains which dominate the horizon.
- Once you manage to get over the breath-taking panoramas, you can start to enjoy other highlights of this westernmost part of the country when you visit Mongolia.
- Bayan -Ulgii is home to Kazakh ethnic group practicing Islam and speaking Kazakh language.
- The are is famous for Kazakh Eagle hunters - skillful huntsmen who catch their prey with a help of specially trained Golden eagles. Come in September or October to see them showing their skills at local eagle festivals.
- You also spot here countless ancient petroglyphs, burial mounds, and mysterious deer stones.
5. Orkhon River Valley
- Located some 360 km south-west of Ulaanbaatar Orkhon Rover Valley has been for millennia home to numerous nomadic civilizations.
- Within the valley lie ruins of Khar Balgas, the capital of the Uyghur Kingdom, and Karakorum, the capital of the Mongol Empire. There are also numerous ancient Xiongnu tombs and monuments related to the Turkic Khaganate.
- In the heart of the valley stretches Kharkhorin, a small city standing on the ruins of the Karakorum - the 13th century capital of the Mongol Empire. The site is located between the undulating green hills and stony ridges of the Orkhon Valley. Although the once legendary capital was destroyed after the collapse of the empire some of its remnants survived and are now stored in an excellent local museum.
- On the grounds were once stood the palace of the Great Khan, Ogedei, rises now Erdene Zuu Monastery. The complex came to life in the 16th century and it's said that the stones used for its constructions were once part of the walls of Karakorum.