When you hear “Mongolia”, the first image that comes to your mind is probably grasslands, horses, sheep and tents. While that’s not too far from the truth, Mongolia is really more than just acres of wilderness! From bustling markets to heritage sites like temples and archaeological sites, Mongolia is truly a destination that’s unique to itself.
If you’re thinking of going to an out-of-the-ordinary destination for your next holiday, Mongolia can be on your list, here’s why:
Enjoy delectable local food
There are lots of street markets in Mongolia, especially in its city, Ulaanbaatar. One of the most popular street markets is Siashang Old Street – bustling with locals and tourists alike. From Mongolian styled BBQ meat skewers, to pancakes and other street bites, you’ll find lots of interesting local cuisines in these markets. If you aren’t a big fan of street food, at least give the locally produced yoghurt a try – it is one of Mongolia’s most popular specialities!
Visit historical temples
Historically, tribes of Mongolia pitched tents and never settled in any one place permanently. However, due to influence from China, lots of concrete temples and lamaseries were built. There are many temples in Mongolia that date back to hundreds of years.
One of the most important religious sites in Mongolia is the Meidaizhao Lamasery which has housed key Buddhist monks for hundreds of years. Some of its places of worship have been standing since the Ming Dynasty and hold a mixture of Central Chinese style with Tibetan and Mongolian architectural features. If you’re a history buff or a cultural geek, you don’t want to miss this site.
Visit the luxurious Kubuqi Desert
This luxury resort destination and is filled with all kinds of amenities such as theatres, parks, basketball courts, and even three large swimming pools! With sand sculptures, playgrounds, and even a chance to ride on a camel, this tourist area is definitely a posh hideaway for the superrich. However, if staying at the resort is out of your budget, you can still take a day trip there and have a tour of Mongolia’s most luxurious tourist destination!
Stay in a Ger
One of the most unique experiences you’ll get in Mongolia is staying in a Ger. Quality and amenities in the Ger might defer depending on which tour group you signed up with. Tour groups catered to younger, more youthful tourists will get more of the “real deal”, complete with the cold night wind seeping through the large fabric tent.
Although staying in a Ger may not be the most comfortable accommodation, it proves to be an interesting experience you won’t forget. After all, it’s not every day you get to live life on the grasslands.
See how locals live their lives on the grasslands
Areas on the grasslands open to tourists may not be as authentic as they were, however, you’ll still get a glimpse of how life is like in these areas. Rearing livestock is still practised and traditional festivities are still celebrated. A great way to get the most out of your grasslands experience is to plan your trip during the Nadam Festival – you’ll get to see horseback racing and Mongolian wrestling during these events!
Explore archaeological sites
Travel back in time when you visit Helan Mountain, a key archaeological site in Mongolia. You’ll get to see ancient drawings carved on rocky mountain surfaces that depict men, women, and animals. These images reflect the ideas and beliefs of mankind before any system of writing was developed. It’s amazing to see what ideas mankind held for themselves and how they made sense of the environment around them millions of years ago.
Visit the beautiful Saihan Tara Ecological Park
If you thought Mongolia was just acres and acres of grass, you’re sorely mistaken! You’ll be surprised at the greenery and blooming flowers in Saihan Tara Ecological Park. If you visit the park in Summer, you’ll see an amazing field of purple flowers in bloom – a fantastic spot for photo-taking! In this park, you can also get up close and personal with deers in the enclosed area by feeding them carrots!
From amazing grasslands experiences to numerous heritage sites, Mongolia’s beauty lies in its unique scenes and culture. If you’re the kind of traveller who’s on the lookout for unusual holiday experiences, Mongolia could be just the destination to visit next!
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