Mongolia - Travel Information
Mongolia is the world's largest landlocked country. It spans 1,490 miles from west to east and 783 miles from north to south. The nation was bigger still during the 12th and 13th centuries when warrior Genghis Khan united warring tribes and launched his powerful cavalry against his neighbours. Genghis's grandson Kublai Khan continued his grandfather's plans for world domination, only ceasing when he had created the largest empire the world has ever known, stretching from Korea to Hungary and as far south as Vietnam. Though the western image of Genghis Khan is that of a merciless warmonger, modern Mongolians revere their legendary ancestor as a strong and unifying leader.
The capital, Ulaan Bataar, combines the traditional and modern. However, the main impression one gets is of a city lost in time. Cows roam the streets and many locals still dress in traditional garb. The city is surrounded by four mountain peaks which are considered holy - Mongolia is a deeply religious country steeped in Buddhism. The focal point of Ulaan Baatar is Sukhbaatar Square, a gathering place for celebrations, concerts or simply strolling.
One highlight not to be missed is Naran Tuul, or the “Black Market”, the country’s largest market which 60,000 people visit daily. The city has a total of eight different museums from which to learn more about the culture of Mongolia.
Visits to National Parks will reward nature lovers. The Hustai National Park is remote but beautiful and a good place to see the famous wild horses of Mongolia plus good for hiking and trekking. Khustain Nuruu Nature Reserve was opened in 1993 to preserve the large herds of wild horses.
A visit to Mongolia would not be complete without including the Gobi Desert. The word desert is really a misnomer as, although there are sand dunes, there are also mountains, springs and forests. One of the “stars” is the amazing clear blue sky. An enjoyable experience here is a stay in one of the gers or yurts as we know them – large tents, also used as homes by country people.
Mongolia Travel Information
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Learn about the history and culture of Mongolia, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Mongolia's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Mongolia for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Mongolia tours today!
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