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Ongi River and Temple

Ongi River and Temple (Saikhan-Ovoo district, Dundgovi Province) – located 7 hours (415 km) southwest of the capital, the Ongi Monastery refers to two monasteries on opposite banks of the Ongi River, which stretches for over four hundred kilometers throughout the country. The monasteries are home to many ruined temples, one of which was once … Continue reading Ongi River and Temple

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Mother Tree

Mother Tree (Sükhbaatar, Selenge province) — a shrine to worshipers of the Shaman religion, The Mother Tree, or Eej Mod, is located in northern Mongolia. Once an actual tree that was struck by lightning until a fire in 2015 burned it nearly to the ground, the shrine now consists of a ceremonial stump where the … Continue reading Mother Tree

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Manzushir Monastery

Manzushir Monastery — the imposing ruins of Manzushir Monastery lie just an hour’s drive south of the capital. Built in the 18th century by Buddhist monks, the monastery was destroyed in 1937 by communists, and today the ruins of this large stone temple stand within a forest of birch trees like a scene from a … Continue reading Manzushir Monastery

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Lake Khövsgöl

Lake Khövsgöl — near the Mongolian border with Russia at the base of the Sayan Mountains is Khuvsgul Lake, a 136 kilometer long lake that contains approximately 70% of the fresh water in Mongolia. It is the second largest lake in Asia by volume, and it is the titular feature of Khuvsgul Lake National Park, … Continue reading Lake Khövsgöl

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Khangai Mountains

Khangai Mountains – this is an old mountain range in central Mongolia (located 400 km. west of the capital), known for its broad, warped dome-shaped mountains covered with grass and trees. The area encompasses several natural zones including mountain and mountain steppe areas, Siberian taiga and forests. Fertile soil and numerous rivers, streams and lakes … Continue reading Khangai Mountains

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Khalkhiin Gol Battle anniversary

Khalkhiin Gol Battle anniversary – from May to September 1939, Japanese forces based in Manchukuo (a Chinese mainland puppet state controlled by Tokyo) attempted to invade Mongolia (and eventually Russian Siberia) through the river Khalkhiin Gol (which divides Mongolia and Manchukuo). However, a joint Soviet-Mongolian force repelled Japan’s repeated attempts to invade these territories, resulting … Continue reading Khalkhiin Gol Battle anniversary

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Horseback Riding Expeditions

Horseback Riding Expeditions – since Mongolia is still horse country (supported by its long-standing nomadic way of life), some visitors will likely want a horseback riding experience. Tour outfit Stone Horse Expeditions & Travel offers visitors the opportunity to explore various parts of Mongolia on horseback. Such excursions take place at the Khentii Mountains, and … Continue reading Horseback Riding Expeditions