When it comes to finding exotic destinations to visit for a holiday, the world has opened up with the ease of international travel, which means countries such as Mongolia are becoming increasingly popular with tourists. If you are looking for a holiday that is packed full of adventure and offers plenty to see and do, then Mongolia may be an excellent option for you. Below are a few things that you will find when you visit this fascinating Asian country that is steeped in history and culture.
Ulaanbaatar is the capital city of Mongolia, and as with any city, there are lots of things to see and do. Whether you arrive on one of the many Trans Siberian rail tours, or you fly, you will find that there are plenty of choices for the discerning traveller. You can try some of the local delicacies or visit one of the many museums that are packed full of history going back to the times of Genghis Khan and before. From Ulaanbaatar, there are also plenty of destinations that you can visit as part of a day trip, or you can enjoy a few days trekking.
A Horseback Tour
The Mongolians are world-famous for their horses, and it was these animals that helped Genghis Khan conquer so much of Asia, the Middle East, and also Europe. As such, it is a fitting way to explore the vast open plains and get a feel for this fascinating country and its culture. Take in the sights as you ride such as Turtle Rock or the Tuul River, and enjoy a meal with a local family in a traditional home.
A Visit To The Genghis Khan Statue
A popular place for tourists to visit is the Genghis Khan Statue which is found in the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful places in the country, as well as the third-largest national park. The 40-metre statue is around 34 miles from Ulaanbaatar, so you can get there and back comfortably in a day. You will find a restaurant and a museum, as well as the chance to try on a traditional Mongolian costume, and many fantastic photo opportunities.
Experience The Gobi Desert
The Gobi Desert is one of the most inhospitable environments for humans, so it is not advisable to travel to this area alone. However, if you want to experience this fascinating area of the country, you may wish to join one of the organised tours that last for three or four days. You can experience riding camels, camp under the starlight, and join local herding family and experience their way of life, as well as their culinary delights.
Soak Up The Culture
You will also have the chance to experience the traditional dancing and singing of the Mongolian culture, with many shows available to be booked through tour agencies. You will also get to see some traditional art, giving you an excellent insight into Mongolian culture.
If you are looking for a holiday that is different from the norm, consider going to Mongolia and experiencing everything that this beautiful country has to offer.
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