Bored of the overwhelming urban oomph and wish if you could really live life like your ancient nomadic ancestors, moving at a slow pace & experiencing every moment to its fullest? Pack your bags and be off to Mongolia, the country where past meets the future and life is like a quiet dream. This Mongolia travel guide is dedicated to providing tourism and travel information with travel tips and vacation ideas to make your holiday a memorable one.
Mongolia, sandwiched between Russia and China, is a landlocked Asian country. It has a vast geographical area, very sparsely populated, since it has probably the lowest population density in the world. This grand vastness and serene emptiness of Mongolia make it an ideal travel destination for travelers who want to escape from everyday life into the coziness of nature. Mongolia has immense historical importance. It was ruled by the 'Huns' during the 3rd century BC, followed by the Turkish reign around 650 AD and then the remarkable empire of the legendary emperor Genghis Khan, better known as Chinggis Khan in Mongolia, which has had an immense impact on the country unto the present day.
The Mongolian capital city is Ulaanbaatar, a place where you can see a hedonistic mix of modernism as well as tribal spirit. The city has skyscrapers as well as 'ger tents' and traditional horse-carts are very commonly seen on the busy streets as well. The city has progressed extensively but it retains the nomadic flavor in its roots. Ulaanbaatar is world famous for its national festival of 'Nadaam', which comes on July 11 to 13 every year since Chinggis Khan's time. The main features of this hugely popular event are sports like wrestling, archery and horse racing. It is during this time that tourists from all corners flood the nation. The chief places of tourist interest in this city are Sukhbaatar Square, famous museums, numerous operas, Peace Avenue (Enkh Taivny Orgon Choloo) and 'Narantuul' (the renowned open air black market, one of the world's largest markets with around 2500 sellers at a time).
Erdenet is another Mongolian city popular among tourists. It has a plush carpet-manufacturing unit where you can get some of the best quality carpets at affordable rates over here. Karakorum, King Chinggis Khan's official place, is an n ancient city on the crossroads of the Silk Route. The extensive archaeological remnants of this huge and complex city from the 13th century are no less an attraction for visitors. A few more interesting Mongolian cities are Hovd, Ondorkhaan, Moron, Tsetserleg, Olgii and Uliastai.
Tourists must make it a point to visit the Uvs Nuur Lake, a world heritage site & the largest one of all lakes in Mongolia. There are a number of parks and nature reserves in the country, some famous ones being the Altai Tavan Bogd National Park, the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, the Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve, the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National park and the most popular Khustain Nuruu National Park, which has a good number of wild horses called 'Takhi', a very rare species.
Apart from these, Mongolia has much more to offer in tourism. The Orkhan Waterfall (world heritage site), the Naiman Nuur (eight lakes created by volcanic lava), the Khorgo Volcano, Deluun Boldog (birthplace of Chinggis Khan), Khukh Nuuror or the Blue Lake (coronation place of Chinggis Khan) and the majestic desert of Gobi are just to name a few popular destinations for adventure tours in Mongolia.
The Mongolian cuisine is dominated by non-vegetarian stuff like sheep, mutton and sometimes Yak. 'Khurshuur', 'Khorhog' and 'boodog' are some of the most loved Mongolian delicacies. You can also smack on a glass of 'Airag', made from fermented mare's milk, to beat the heat on a sunny day. It is generally warm and pleasant in Mongolia, except for the winter season in December & January, when the mercury dips down enormously. The sun shines bright on Mongolia and hence it has nearly 250 sunny days per year.
Accommodating yourself in Mongolia is quite cheap, where you can set up a tent on the remote lands just to spend your night. Other options include hotels, guesthouses and ger-camps. For traveling to Mongolia, try to go by road or railway or through a connecting flight from a neighbouring country since there are not many international flights in and out from the country.
Just forget yourself when you are here and dwell in the colors of a truly tribal lifestyle. Mongolia tourism is indeed calling all adventurous souls to explore the unmatched beauty.