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Mongolia

Mongolia

The East Asian country of Mongolia is located between China and Russia and is most well-known for being the seat of historical nomadic kingdoms. It is the origin of the Mongol Empire, the largest land empire, founded by Genghis Khan in 1206. The country's official language is Mongolian, spoken by about 95% of the 3 million population.

An integral part of the Mongolian culture is the nomadic lifestyle, some aspects of it being still present in Modern Mongolia. For instance, gers are still used as dwelling in many parts of the country. Gers are round tents usually made from animal skin. Horseback riding is very popular and is often included in most festivals.

The Best Attractions in Mongolia’s Main Provinces

Ulaanbaatar

Ulaanbaatar is a provincial municipality surrounded by Töv province. It is the capital city of Mongolia and its most populous city and is close to the best services, with many major attractions located in or near the city. Gandantegchinlen Monastery is a Buddhist monastery, first erected in 1727, and is home to the Megjid Janraisig statue, which was built to commemorate Mongolian independence from China.

Zaisan Memorial is a mural in the southern part of the city and commemorates Mongolian soldiers killed in World War II. It is located on top of a hill, where you can have a panoramic view of the city.

Sükhbaatar Square is the central square of the capital and hosts many national events in the country. The focal point of the square is the Government Palace situated on its north side. 

Winter Palace of the Bogd Khan is considered the oldest museum and one of the best collections in Mongolia. It is home to various exhibits, including a collection of Bogd Khan's possession, such as his bed and stuffed animals.

 

Khövsgöl

Khövsgöl is the second-most populous province in Mongolia, and Mörön is its administrative centre. It is close to Khuvsgul Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Mongolia. The mountain ranges surrounding the lake create stunning scenery, which has made it a popular spot for tourists. The west area of the lake is Khoridol Saridag national park, with a breathtaking view of the mountains.

In Mörön, you will also have plenty to do. Nomin Khuvsgul Trade Center is the best shopping centre in the city, and you will get whatever you need for your trip. 

Mörön Museum has plenty of objects displaying the wildlife and culture of the province, with stuffed animals as the museum's main feature.

Övörkhangai

Övörkhangai is located in the south, and its capital is Arvaikheer. The Shankh Monastery, founded in 1647, is located in this province and is one of the country's oldest monasteries. The structure is well-preserved, and when the monks are present, you will be welcomed into the serene environment of the temple and grasp the religious peace of the place.

Erdene Zuu Monastery is another Buddhist temple of major significance, established in 1585. Erdene Zuu is a rich historical site, and the beautiful temples and stupas have extraordinary stories. There are various statues of Buddha in the temples, each with unique features.

For lovers of natural beauty, the Red Waterfall is the place to be. It is around 180 kilometres from Arvaikheer, but the combination of rocks and water creates an extraordinary scene not to be missed.

 

Bayan-Ölgii

Bayan-Ölgii is the westernmost Mongolian province and is the only province whose majority population are Muslims. The mosque of Ölgii is a perfect representation of this aspect of its culture. It is also home to two major national parks. Altai Tavan Bogd National Park is in the south of the province and is excellent for trekking and walking. You will get a chance to pass through traditional gers and catch the sight of snow-capped mountains.

Going north, you will have Tsambagarav Uul National Park. This large area of land includes Tsambagarav mountain of the Altai Mountain range. It is famous for its wildlife, especially for its majestic snow leopards.

 

Paymán Club Accommodations in Mongolia

Paymán Club currently has one property in Mongolia, which is located in the capital. The Tuul Riverside Lodge is a small, fully sustainable, traditional Mongolian camp surrounded by a sea of grass and rolling hills, which stretch down to the nearby River Tuul and beyond. It is situated within an hour’s drive east of Mongolia’s bustling capital Ulaanbaatar. It includes beautifully decorated traditional dwellings, known locally as gers, with the added advantage of en-suite facilities.

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