Reasons to Visit
The story of Genghis Khan is fascinating; from his unification of disparate Mongolian clans to the violent rampages across Asia, conquering almost half the known world.
Although it's difficult to believe, once Mongolia's Gobi region was an oasis of lakes, marshes and swamps which were home to a vast variety of dinosaur species. Today, fossils of these fascinating creatures are still being unearthed. Indeed its possible to visit some of these areas as well as to view some of the country's most famous finds.
The Nadaam festival is a spectacle to behold, with local nomads attending from around the country to show off their skills in the “manly” sports horse racing, archery and wrestling. A true Mongolian custom!
Mongolia is a country with a vast variety of differing landscapes. From the lush, alpine valleys found in the north around Lake Khuvsgul to the vast steppe lands at Khustai National Park along with the desolate splendour of the Gobi, Mongolia offers a variety of idyllic and stunning views.
Largely a nomadic nation, traditional Mongolian communities have cantered life around tented “ger” camps, which are still home to thousands of Mongolian people today.
It's virtually impossible to travel in Mongolia for any length of time without encountering something which relates to Mongolian spirituality. Buddhist monasteries can be found within the major towns and cities whilst cairns of stones and other offerings litter the countryside, festooned with vivid blue prayer flags.
The sheer size and vast openness of the Mongolian plains are breathtaking. The Gobi desert covers over 2 million hectares and is home to an array of wildlife and varying terrain.
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Khuvsgul is of enormous depth - the deepest lake in North Asia, up to 900 feet deep with a surface area of some 2700 square kilometres. The surrounding countryside is a joy for the explorer - clean air and quiet glades in the taiga forest.
Lake Khuvsgul, with its Russian cousin Lake Baikal, lies along a relatively recent north-south faultline in the Earth's crust. Like Baikal, Khuvsgul is of enormous depth - the deepest lake in North Asia, up to 900 feet deep with a surface area of some 2700 square kilometres.
Its water is of an unrivalled purity, its summer banks dotted with wildflowers.
Winter finds the lake under more than a meter of ice, though it still teems with fish species. The surrounding countryside is a joy for the explorer - clean air, quiet glades in the taiga forest, sweeping mountainside, and the play of gentle sunlight on the waters of this lonely mere.
The Khuvsgul Aimag province, northernmost in Mongolia, is centred around its most distinguishing feature, the pristine Lake Khuvsgul. The province is also remarkable, however, in that it represents one of the most direct and contemporary convergences of the ancient shamanic and relatively modern (12th century) buddhist cultures of Mongolia.
Here in Khuvsgul can still be found large populations of people from the old tribes - Buryat, Uriankhai, Darkhad, and Tsaatan - the reindeer people. They have lived here since pre-history, their traditional ranges extending northwards into Siberia.
The Tsataan way of life shares much in common with that of the American Indians, who made the crossing to America from these parts across the Bering Strait, whilst it was frozen under the last Ice Age.
The Tsataan prefer to live in deerhide tepees rather than ger tents, and their totemic 'deerstones', carved with the deer that are said to guide the dead into the underworld, still dot the Khuvsgul landscape
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