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I am dreaming of the day when I will visit Mongolia.
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Khoroo 1, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
I wanted to go on a trip that was off the beaten path and so I picked Mongolia. I knew it was going to be quite an effort to get there so I wanted to make the most of it. I timed my trip to coincide with the Naadam Festival which is three day...
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Tsetserleg, Mongolia
After crossing Russia by train from Finland, we entered Mongolia, a country we had both always dreamed about. We were lucky enough to stay in several gers (yurts) and spent our time looking for folk music and learning as much as we could about the...
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Altai Mountains, Mongolia
Picture of me crossing a river in the Altai Mountains in western Mongolia during a 2-week horse trek. The experience was incredible! As this is one of several journeys to Mongolia.
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Ulgii, Mongolia
Kazakh people in the Bayan-Ulgii province of western Mongolia continue the ancient Central Asian tradition of falconry (training raptors to catch wild game). Using golden eagles, the Kazakhs capture such prey as rabbits, red foxes, and wolves in...
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East Asia
With no roads in Western Mongolia, it's pretty easy to get lost. While participating in the Mongol Rally (driving from London to Mongolia), we were challenged in many ways. However in Mongolia our challenge was directions! With a map of the...
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East Asia
I took this picture of my friend, Phyllis, taking a picture of Khoton Nuur Lake. The starting point of our 2-week horse trek in the Altai mountains of western Mongolia.
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East Asia
There aren't that many rivers in Mongolia but for some odd reason, every one of the handful of bridges we came across were crooked and in all the wrong directions. For some other odd reason, although every bridge was wide enough for us to drive...
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Tsetserleg, Mongolia
The Lapis Sky Camp on the steppe of wild western Mongolia near Tsetserleg... just hours before I "thunderhoofed" the day away.
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Cross over the border from Western Siberia (Russia) into Mongolia and you will have entered one of the most scenic places in the world. The sky stretches out to infinity and the dirt path seems to lead on into nothingness. It's my perfect Zen...
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Murun, Mongolia
Every culture seems to have its own ways of making wishes and prayers. I’ve tossed many a coin into many a fountain and blown out many a candle on a cake. In Mongolia, the tradition revolves around the ovoo, a large stone cairn. Ovoos serve mainly...
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East Asia
I bumped into this adorable toddler and her grandmother in a very remote village in Mongolia. It was her cute face, scraped chin and all, that first caught my eye. However, her necklace really got my attention. I immediately recognized the beads...
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Mongolia is a vast country with abundant landscape and wildlife. After traveling on the train from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar through the endless Gobi dessert, my boyfriend and I found ourselves at the Steppes Nomads Ger Camp. This eco ger camp is two...
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Embassy Street, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
After three months of traveling in South East Asia- Mongolia was the last place that I was expecting to find mouth-watering cuisine every time I had a hunger pang. Instead, I had begun to mentally prepare myself for endless meals of mutton and...
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Olympic Street, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
The Tumen Ekh Ensemble's nightly performances of folk dance and music are especially powerful because the small venue brings you within a few feet of the artists. In this picture, dancers are recreating part of a Tsam dance, an elaborate Buddhist...
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Altai, Mongolia
As soon as we got to Mongolia, my two friends and I did a "Ger-to-Ger" four night trip outside of Ulaan Bator. This the the first evening when we climbed the hills beside the ger we were staying at for the first two nights. You can see the ger we...
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Gobi Desert Dr, Palm Desert, CA 92211, USA
While in Mongolia, you will likely have the opportunity to stay with a nomadic family. It's a fantastic experience that I can't recommend highly enough. However, in order to be a respectful guest- it's important to understand the the ger not just...
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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Not known for its tourist attractions, Ulaanbaatar shouldn't be ignored just because it "ain't gonna win no beauty contest". One thing I did here was go to a traditional throat singing performance, which was surprisingly impressive. I think I...
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The Yolin Am Valley in south Mongolia is a good locale for camping and hiking. You'll need to fly there from Ulaanbaatar but the trip is certainly worth it. Accomodations can be found at tented (yurt-ed?) campsites in the area and semi-wild camels...
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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Arburd Sands, a few hours drive from Ulan Bator, is a patch of the Gobi Desert worth visiting for those who aren't able to get to Khongoryn Els in the south of Mongolia. Camel riding is possible here and the dunes are lovely.
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Terelj Rd, Terelj, Mongolia
At Terelj National Park on the edge of the Gobi was the first - and probably last - time that I had a hawk sit on my arm. The Mongolian falconer was very patient with me and you can see by the look I got from the bird, just who was in charge...
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Mandal, Mongolia
This beautiful area, a few hours drive east of Ulan Bator, is made for camping and hiking. The hills, woods and meadows afford wonderful photographic opportunities. If you require transport within the park there are plenty of yak-carts available.