The best places to visit in Mongolia
By Carissa Hickok
Despite the prominence of Mongolia as a popular travel destination being somewhat lacking, it still has an amazing number of sightseeing spots, which are somewhat undiscovered. From many natural wonders to the cultural monument that the capital city of Mongolia Ulaanbaatar represents, you’ll be sure to find adventure on the way. Mongolia is definitely a place to add to your travel list!
Gobi desert has one of the rarest desert landscapes in the whole world, which is covered in rocky outcrops and gravel plains. If you consider yourself a wildlife enthusiast, this would be a great spot for you, as the Gobi desert is a home to some nearly extinct species like Gobi bears and two-humped camels. The Eagle Valley is another must see sightseeing spot, which is a part of the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park. Last but not least, you should take time and visit Bayanzag, which was the sea floor once, and it holds many paleontological findings.
Another gem of Mongolian nature is the Khuvsgul Lake, which represents the gathering of almost 100 rivers and streams. It is surrounded by green pastures, which formed because of the said waters and as a result of a tectonic movement that happened about 3 million years ago. If you like nature, you will love this.
Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia, is the prime example of how tradition can be well combined with modernization to achieve a coherent and successful fusion of different streams. The Sukhbaatar Square represent one of the main monuments to both the old traditions and the modern lifestyle and you can see fancy cars and horseback riders on the same street, which is an attraction by itself. You can also pay the largest equestrian statue in the world a visit, while you are there. The statue depicts Genghis Khan at the location where he supposedly found the golden whip.
Terelj National Park is one of the rare destinations that can be dubbed as a perfect travel spot in Mongolia. One of the biggest protected areas in the country, Terelj National Park is located about 80km from its capital of Ulaanbaatar and has many adventure sports to offer, in addition to marvelous scenic spots. While you are there, you should take the time and visit the Aryabal meditation temple, which is a true spiritual monument. During the summer, you can enjoy a wide variety of activities, including horseback riding and rock climbing.
Orkhon Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage site where you can find many historical artifacts, such as writings from the 8th century. In addition to the rich historical findings, you can also visit the Tuvkhun monastery, which is a sight worth seeing all by itself. Orkhon valley is also the perfect place to learn more about the local culture, as well as learn and understand traditions that date back over 2000 years. The nature of this valley is well preserved and if you are a nature enthusiast, you’ll enjoy experiencing the Eight Lakes and the Orkhon waterfall, which contribute to the overall sightseeing spectacle that Mongolia represents.
Mongolia is certainly a place to consider checking out for your next vacation.
Carissa enjoys traveling so much that she left the corporate world to work as a freelancer, which allows her to up and go on a regular basis. She lives with her dachshund, Daphne in central Florida.
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