The 16th century Monastery is the jewel in the Central Mongolian steppe with 108 white stupas and a dozen temples that survived the 1930s Stalinist purge in Mongolia. Today Erdene Zuu is an active monastery with about 100 monks, daily chants, and religious activities, and is a famous place for pilgrims and visitors alike. Karakorum is about 6hr drive from Ulaanbaatar.
Immerse yourself in the nomadic way of life, explore the vast and diverse landscapes of the Gobi Desert and the Altai Mountains witness the ancient traditions of eagle hunting and horseback riding, and connect with the warm-hearted Mongolian people.
Get ready to be inspired by the rich cultural heritage, breathtaking landscapes, and extraordinary experiences awaiting you in Mongolia.
Let the spirit of adventure and the allure of the unknown ignite your curiosity and fuel your wanderlust as you embark on a journey that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. Let Mongolia inspire you to embrace the beauty and diversity of the world and discover the extraordinary within yourself.
MOST CAPTIVATING SUNRISES (AND SUNSETS) IN THE WORLD
Haruki Murakami, best –selling Japanese author “Dawn in Mongolia was an amazing thing. In one instant, the horizon became a faint line suspended in the darkness, and then the line was drawn upward, higher and higher. It was as if a giant hand had stretched down from the sky and slowly lifted the curtain of night from the face of the earth. It was a magnificent sight, far greater in scale … than anything that I, with my limited human faculties, could fully comprehended”
THE VAST UNTOUCHED STEPPE
Michael Kohn, Lonely Planet contributor “Mongolia is an unspoiled wonder, a land where sand dunes sing, horses roam wild and nomadic herders greet strangers with open doors. Keep your itinerary flexible and expect the unexpected”
IT’S THE HOME OF LIVING NOMADIC CULTURE
Stanley Stewart, British author of “In the Empire of Genghis Khan: A Journey Among Nomads” “I waited half of a lifetime for Mongolia only to arrive fortuitously, at the moment I was best equipped to appreciate it. Any older, I might have found five months in the saddle too arduous. Any younger and I would not have taken such pleasure in those innocent landscapes, in the grasslands’ wonderful solitudes, or in the rich hospitality of nomads. Nor would I have understood Mongolia as a kind of homecoming.”
THE BIRTHPLACE OF CHINGGIS KHAN
Jack Weatherford, author of “Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World” “Chinggis Khaan did not leave a monument to himself. Temple, pyramid, palace, castle or canal, and even his grave were left unmarked in the remote area where he grew up and hunted as a boy. As he himself wished, his body could wither away so long as his great Mongol nation lived – it is that nation today that is his monument.”
IT IS FULL OF UNEXPECTED ADVENTURES
Andre Tolme, author of “I Golfed Across Mongolia” about the 12170 shots it took to cover 1200 miles in 90 days “As I wander across this land, there is no doubt in my mind that golf must have originated here. The horses, goats, and sheep keep the fairways mowed down to the perfect playable height. Every day is a sunny day (perfect for golf) , and the marmot holes make perfect targets.”
A Batman was in Mongolia
In July 2023, the esteemed Hollywood star Christian Bale, known for his iconic role as Batman, traveled to Mongolia alongside his family. During his humble visit, he ventured to the western of Mongolia, where he had the pleasure of meeting with the warm-hearted Kazakh people. He experienced the thrill of horse riding and delved into the ancient tradition of eagle hunting, a remarkable display of skill and bond between the Kazakh nomads and their majestic golden eagles. Christian Bale joins a distinguished list of Hollywood stars who have been captivated by Mongolia's allure. Over the years, luminaries such as Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Ewan McGregor, and Michelle Rodrigues. Mongolia's charm lies in its raw and untouched beauty, far from the glitz and glamour of luxury beaches and bustling cities like Dubai. Instead, it offers a soul-stirring experience where you can reconnect with your inner self and embrace a sense of freedom amidst its vast and awe-inspiring horizons.
FOR THE TRACES OF ANCIENT HISTORY – THAT STILL EXIST!
Ian Johnson, a traveler “To realize that Mongolia is, in many respects, unchanged from its historical period is a fascinating draw. How many other periods of history can you find reflected in an existing society? Mongolia, to me, offers a picture of Living History.”
FOR THE SERENITY, AS THE VAST COUNTRYSIDE WILL LEAVE YOU SPEECHLESS
Caroline Moireaux, a traveler circumnavigating the world on foot “When I arrived at Mongolia’s border there was this small hill, really small. So you across the border, go up this hill, and you see Mongolia. And I just stopped and said, ‘Wow.’ It was just like a big wave hitting me. I don’t have enough words, even in French, to explain what it is you feel when you enter Mongolia. There is a spirit here that’s so strong, it’s really amazing. The land is flat with one asphalt road and some mountains around – and you are just in this immensity.
SO YOU CAN STAY IN A HANDMADE GER WITH A LOCAL FAMILY
Brigita Ferencak, fashion designer and traveler “Is it too cold for us? We turn the heater on. Is it too hot? We bump up the air conditioning. If we need food, we go to the supermarket. If we need help, we ring all sorts of customer services. Out here you belong to the landscape. You must know how to maneuver it, when and how to move with the seasons, and what to do with them. Helping each other out, neighborly support, and community means being embedded in this merciless nature with the precious gift of belonging – something that has been long lost in Western cultures. ”
BECAUSE IT WILL CHANGE YOU – FOREVER
Liza F. Carter, author of “Moving with the Seasons: Portrait of Mongolian Family” “While in Mongolia, I certainly explored new landscapes, but more importantly, I discovered new ways of seeing and being. Spending time with my Mongolian family recalibrated my internal scale to what I needed to have a happy life.”
Source for 21 reasons to travel to Mongolia: Mongolia brochure by Min
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