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Mongolia is a country that time has spared, traditions, cultures and the nomadic life has survived in Mongolia, hidden from the rest of the world. This disconnect has created rugged grasslands that stretch as far as the eyes can see, a place where horses roam free in vast landscapes, silhouetted by snow-capped mountain peaks. These incredible landscapes are now protected by law and will their beauty will remain untouched. The raw wilderness of Mongolia is what attracts most, from a rich culture and friendly residents to the thrill of an adventure across untouched grasslands.
Mongolia is still tentatively creeping out from under the realm of the Soviets and is now building a democracy with an economy based on mining, agriculture and tourism. Amongst the promising economy and urbanisation, there still remains a unique culture that remains mystical and nomadic. Tourists will flock from all over to immerse themselves in these traditions; staying in yurts, sheep herding, horse riding and witnessing the infamous Mongolian tradition of hunting with eagles. The fauna of Mongolia includes snow leopards, grey wolves and Siberian ibex, Bactrian camel, Gobi bear, wild and domestic types of horses and the saiga antelope.
Most tourists arrive in Mongolia by train, the Trans-Siberian Railway stops in Mongolia so many tourists enter and exit the country by train. Mongolia’s capital city, Ulaanbaatar has a train that carries you to Beijing, this makes Mongolia a perfect stop on your round the world journey as you travel from China to Russia. While in Ulaanbaatar your itinerary should include a visit to the National Museum of Mongolia, the Choijin Lama Temple Museum, the Winter Palace of the Bogd Khan and the Zanabazar Museum of Fine Arts.
Currency: Mongolian tögrög
Attending the Naadam Festival
Horse Riding in the wilderness
Experiencing the Gobi Desert
Visting the Khustain National Park