Mongolia, bordered by Russia and China, is a landlocked country in East Asia. This country is known for its endless steppe, nomadic culture and vast, rugged expanses. From the bustling capital Ulaanbaatar to its sweeping natural wonders, Mongolia is a diverse land with many beautiful places to discover. It also boasts scenic alpine lakes, towering mountains and amazing national parks. This undiscovered Asian travel destination will delight nature lovers and outdoor aficionados alike.
Ulaanbaatar is the capital city of Mongolia. It represents a fascinating mix of urban and nomadic lifestyles. The city is home to amazing museums and art galleries. Khovd is a charming place with several amenities a traveler needs such as shops, earthy guesthouses, hospitals, etc. It's a gateway to the amazing waters of Khar-Us Lake.
If you want to learn about the history and culture of the Mongols, visit Karakorum, once the capital of the Mongol Empire. Even though the once-great city now exists in ruins, its authenticity is still intact. Erdene Zuu Monastery is the main attraction besides the small ruined stupas and buildings. Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape lies in the central part of Mongolia. Considered sacred, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is dotted with interesting historic sights and cultural landmarks. On your spiritual excursion you'll come across the 8th-century Orkhon monuments and the Tuvkhun Hermitage. Genghis Khan Statue Complex is one of the most famous places in Mongolia. The gigantic statue of Genghis Khan atop his horse imperiously looks out over all the mountains and steppe surrounding the complex.
Bogd Khan Winter Palace, located in Ulaanbaatar, has nearly 8,600 exhibits. It is considered as one of the biggest collections in Mongolia. On display are many of the Bogd Khan’s possessions, such as his collection of art, ceremonial gear, his throne and bed, among others. Mongolia National Art Gallery is home to an impressive collection of modern and unique Mongolian paintings and sculptures.
A major chunk of Mongolia can be covered in 5 to 7 days. Spend a day or two in Ulaanbaatar exploring prominent landmarks of the city. Take a day trip to Hustai National Park to relax amidst nature. Spend a day exploring the ancient monuments and ruins in Karakorum. Moving upwards, spend a day exploring Lake Terkhiin Tsagaan and Khorgo Volcano. End your trip to this beautiful country by spending a day in the beautiful Lake Khovsgol National Park.