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Mongolia Popular Places to Visit

Xilamuren Grassland

Also known as Zhaohe Grassland because there is a Puhui Temple. Puhui Temple is a lamasery built in the 34th year of the Qianlong Emperor reign (1769 in the Qing Dynasty), which served as the temporary abode where the Six Living Buddhas at Xilituozhao Palace would spend their summers in meditation. The distance is about 90 kilometers from Xilamuren Grassland to the downtown area of Hohhot, the capital city of Inner Mongolia. It takes you no more than 1.5 hours' drive if you take the express highway.

Meaning Yellow river in Mongolian, the Xilamuren Grassland is the earliest grassland to have been developed as a tourism attraction in Inner Mongolia. It is a typical plateau of grassland with a chain of undulating hills around it. However, the Xilamuren Grassland has sparse grass and is suffering from severe desertification because of over grazing and tourism development in recent years. Xilamuren Grassland lies very close to Hohhot; therefore, local tourist buses, non-local self-driving travel cars and tourists from all directions gather there. If you want to visit a better grassland.

The best time to visit the Xilamuren Grassland is from June to September. In spring, it is windy. In autumn and winter, it is cold. In summer, it is cool and the grass looks like a carpet. Therefore, summer is the best season for you to visit.

Hohhot, Mongolia

Hohhot

Hohhot is located in the central part of Inner Mongolia. The name of the city in Mongolian means Blue City, although it is also wrongly referred to as the Green City. The color blue in Mongol culture is associated with the sky, eternity and purity. Hohhot is a popular destination for tourists during the summer months because of the nearby Zhaohe grasslands. 

Hohhot, Mongolia

Manjusri Monastery

Former Buddhist Monastery built in 1733, and destroyed in 1937. It once consisted of 20 buildings housing 300 monks, many of whom were executed in late 1930s. After 1990, the main temple was rebuilt and turned into a museum. the ruins of 17 other buildings remain visible. There is a tourist ger camp on the site. The monastery site is at least 4km from town. 

From the bus stop in town walk down the same street past the central park and museum. At end of the road turn right and walk down a few hundred meters. At the next major junction at traffic lights turn left. Cross the low plain on the road and after 200m turn left again into a suburb of the town, mainly a group of huts and low buildings. Pass the small active buddhist temple. Soon the dirt road leaves the last houses behind. You can go onto the hills that follow the road to Manjushri Khiid on the right side of the valley. They are worth for the views and the Obos. Follow one hilltop after another. After the one with two large Obos go down again onto the road that then goes through a gate, where on busy days you have to pay an entrance fee to the National Park of Bogd Khan Uul.

Walk another kilometer to the monastery site. Just after the parking lot turn right up the hillside past a small museum with stuffed animals and past a huge broken bronze cauldron. You should soon be able to see a major path leading up into the trees. Follow this path which is marked with yellow on the trees for about two to three hours to the summit of Bogd Khan Uul. There are signs in Cyrillic Tsetsee Gün, which is the name of that highest rocky outcrop at 2256m. From there you can see Ulan Bator and will be able to reach the city after another three to four hours walk.

Zuunmod, Mongolia

Zuunmod

In contrast to the big city on the other side of the mountain, Zuunmod is a peanut-sized place, even smaller than most Mongolian provincial capitals. There is little reason to linger in the capital of Töv, but you’ll probably pass through on the way to Mandshir Khiid in the Bogdkhan Uul Strictly Protected Area. The monastery is a pleasant 6km hike northeast of town.  It is a very quiet town with a small museum, a temple, a park. But it is a typical small Mongolian town surrounded by the free steppe and plenty of hills to walk.

Zuunmod, Mongolia

Uvur Hoshoot

Also known as the Uushignii Deer Stones Deer Stones and one of the key features of our journey Archaeological Treasures of Mongolia, this is an entire complex of 14 stones dating back to the Bronze and Iron ages on the way from Lake Hovsgol (Huvsgul) to Murun, Huvsgul Province’s capital. These megaliths are carved with ancient symbols and animals, mainly reindeer (from which they received their name).

Murun, Mongolia

Gun-galuut Nature Reserve

The Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve is a smaller area of 200 square meters located approximately 80 miles southeast of the capital. Situated in the Tuv province, this landscape is full of rivers, lakes, mountains and wetlands. Because the area is made up of such diverse landscapes, it is also home to some incredible wildlife, much of which is endangered; therefore, the reserve is a protected site.

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Dornod Mongolia Steppe

Located in eastern Mongolia, the Dornod Mongolia Steppe is a large, protected grassland ecosystem; one of the largest on earth. The vast landscape is impressive enough, but it also sees about 40,000 Mongolian white-tailed gazelles migrate through the area each year, making it a wildlife photographer’s dream.

The landscape is characterized by gently rolling hills with scattered mountains and sand dunes unique to the region. The area is rich in biodiversity, encompassing biological features from the Siberian taiga, Manchurian flora and fauna, and dominated by Central Asian steppes. Some of the largest remaining herds of Mongolian gazelle can be found in the region. 

The Biosphere Reserve is sparsely populated with some 11,800 people, and the pastoral population depends largely on the environment. Due to the remote location of Dornod Mongol, the pastoral lifestyle and culture in the region have remained relatively intact, and offer possibilities to preserve this culture that has evolved hand in hand with nature over many thousands of years.

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Gorkhi-terelj National Park

Located northeast of Ulaanbaatar, Gorkhi-Terelj National Park is a natural treasure and outdoor adventurers’ paradise. Its stark, sweeping landscape and numerous natural attractions draw tourists from all over the world who want to explore the unspoiled land, often on horseback or camels.

 

Nalaikh, Mongolia

Tsagaan Suvarga

The words mean White Stupa and the towering structure revealing limestone bedrock dating back to the ancient times makes for a truly awe inspiring sight here. Don’t miss the splendid views of the desert floor down below which transforms from white to yellow to pink before turning red.

Mandakh, Mongolia

Gobi Desert

One of the most unusual desert landscapes in the world, the Gobi Desert has the spectacular singing dunes- Khongoryn Els. Gravel plains and rocky outcrops cover much of this area, which is the home of the last two-humped camels in the world and Gobi bears, the only bears you can find in a desert landscape. Visit the Eagle Valley, a protected site which narrows into a gorge. Bayanzag is another must-see place especially for those keen on history.

This was an ancient sea floor and the site of several remarkable paleontological finds. The first ever full dinosaur skeleton was found in Khermen tsav which is a canyon with an oasis.

Gobi, Mongolia