Spend a single night in Mongolia under a canopy of stars and it's easy to mistake it for another planet. There are few tarred roads in this rugged terrain and the main urban centre, Ulaanbaatar, is small, so don't expect modern luxury. Rather, people come here for its natural beauty, unaffected by the bustle, stress and pollution of modern life. Every journey through the wilderness here is an adventure into remote territory.
Mongolia is famous for its landscape, with the ice-capped peaks of Bayan-Olgii, the roaring river mouth at the Yolyn Am, the surreal white limestone cliffs at Tsagaan Suvarga and the lush lakes in the Khuisiin Naiman Nuur Nature Reserve. Strap up your boots and step down the rough and rewarding pathways of Mongolia. Whether for hunting, fishing, horse riding or trekking, most tourists come in the summer.
A visit to Mongolia is incomplete without accepting local hospitality and experiencing their traditions. The famous Nomadic lifestyle of the Mongols exists as part of everyday life here and the people are warm and friendly to foreigners, and proud to share their customs and heritage.
Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape
The Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape is located in central Mongolia, about 225 miles (360km) west of the capital Ulaanbaatar. This fascinating area was inscribed in UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites in 2004, lauded as a living exhibit of nomadic pastoral traditions dating back... see full details
The Amarbayasgalant Monastery (the 'Monastery of Tranquil Felicity') is one of the few Buddhist temple complexes in Mongolia that wasn't completely destroyed by the Soviets in 1937. Located in Mongolia's northern province of Selenge, the monastery is situated in a beautiful and unusually fertile... see full details
Petroglyphic Complexes of the Mongolian Altai
For those who are serious about exploring Mongolia's furthest corners - or for those deeply interested in the origins of mankind - a trip to the Petroglyphic Complexes of the Mongolian Altai is a highly recommended tourist activity. These complexes are home to the... see full details