Discover Mongolia, a country out of time

Mongolia is located between China and Russia  and remains a country with very few tourists. However, traveling in Mongolia allows a real change of scenery and the discovery of magnificent landscapes, but above all of an incredible culture. From the Mongolian plains to the desert via the capital Ulaanbaatar, discover this authentic country that is Mongolia.

A nomadic culture

It is well known, the Mongolian culture is very rich. While traveling in this country, you will be able to discover several aspects of it. Music and singing are very important in the daily life of Mongolians. These songs are very impressive, because the person who exercises them superimposes the vocal and nasal sounds. Some musical instruments are also out of the ordinary. The “Moriin-Khuur” also called fiddle-horse is the most symbolic instrument of the country. Besides that, sport also takes an important place in Mongolian society. The struggle is the national sport and fights are regularly organized throughout Mongolia. Horse racing is also popular with Mongolians who never miss an opportunity to practice it.

mongolian wrestling
Credits: Pxhere

If you are traveling in the summer, you may be lucky enough to witness Mongolia ‘s Independence Day , “ Naadam ”, on July 11-12 . On this occasion, you will be able to observe the Mongols practicing their favorite sports and their festive rituals, but also possibly participate in them.

During a stay in Mongolia, you will certainly be marked by the smiles of the children, but above all by their resourcefulness .. Indeed, they are very quickly empowered and work very quickly with their parents, especially in the most remote regions. Indeed, Mongolia is not a very developed country and most of its inhabitants live thanks to cattle, fishing and agriculture. And unfortunately, climatic conditions force them to migrate regularly. The cold regularly causes many animal and plant losses, which further hardens the living conditions of this population. This is also why many Mongolians migrate to the capital every year in the hope of finding a job. If you go to Ulaanbaatar, you will certainly witness this poverty, especially by observing an impressive number of yurts around the concrete city.

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The must-sees of Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar

Any trip to Mongolia usually starts in the capital Ulaanbaatar. Despite the fact that this city is not really of interest to be visited, it is still interesting to walk there. Dedicate a day or two to visiting this capital, the time to recover from a long flight and prepare for the rest of your trip.

ulan bator, mongolia
Credits: Wikimedia Commons

Le parc national Gorkhi-Terelj

About 70 km from the capital, the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park will immerse you directly in the atmosphere and calm of the rest of the country. Large spaces, beautiful colors, authentic inhabitants and you are totally disoriented and amazed. The country being predominantly Buddhist, you will find temples in unlikely places like this. The  Gunjiin sum , “ temple of the princess ” is in particular to be discovered there.

Gorkhi-Terelj, Mongolia
Credits: Wikipedia

Lac Khövsgöl

At 136 km long and 36 km wide, this lake is very impressive, but does not attract crowds of tourists. Take the opportunity to immerse yourself in this magical place. Also discover the important fauna and flora of the surroundings of this lake. For the less cautious, you can see this lake covered with ice on which the Mongols practice horse racing. An incredible show!

The Gobi Desert

The Gobi Desert encompasses about a third of the country, which makes this place a must-see. This place does not have much to envy to the other deserts of the world. Indeed, there are sand dunes, endless landscapes and even camels. In winter, it is not uncommon for the Gobi Desert to be snow-covered and it is breathtaking!

Gobi Desert, Mongolia
Credits: Flickr/ Christopher Michel

Flaming Cliffs

In the northwestern part of the Gobi Desert, a series of reliefs is cut into the orange rock. It is really a point of interest not to be missed in Mongolia, because its shapes and colors create a magnificent spectacle!

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Flaming Cliffs, Mongolia
Credits: Flickr/ Christopher Michel

Orkhon Valley

This valley through which the Orkhon River passes corresponds perfectly to the most famous images of Mongolia. In addition to its endless panoramas, this valley is home to many archaeological remains and traces of Mongolian history.

Orkhon Valley, Mongolia
Credits: Flickr/ François Philipp

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Mohamed SAKHRI

I am Mohamed SAKHRI, the creator and editor-in-chief of this blog, 'Discover the World – The Blog for Curious Travelers.' Join me as we embark on a journey around the world, uncovering beautiful places, diverse cultures, and captivating stories. Additionally, we will delve into mysterious and, at times, even bizarre destinations.

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