Mongolia is one of the last remaining natural lands on our planet, with people who are as rugged as they come, but with such hospitality when they encounter foreigners. The majority of Mongolians live in Gers, a special kind of tent that can easily be taken down and moved to another location, as they have livestock that require continued grazing. If you are planning to spend some time in Mongolia, here are a few gems that are not on the tourist route that you really should add to your list of places to visit.
- Tsenkher Hot Springs– Set deep in the valley of the Delger River, the hot springs are completely natural and offer the weary traveller a soothing and relaxing time immersed in the hot water. The springs are 30km from the town ofTsetserleg, which nestles in the forested valley in the Khangay Mountains.The town has a unique museum that is certainly worth a visit.
- Karakorum – The ancient capital that was built by Genghis Khan in the 13th century should be on your list of places to experience. If you search online for Trans Siberian railway holidays and tours, you will find a leading tour operator with offices in the UK; they can arrange the perfect holiday that will include spending some time in Karakorum. This is the location of the impressive ErdeneZuu Monastery, where there are three small temples that celebrate Buddha’s life.
- Amarbayasgalant Monastery– This is the second most revered monastery in Mongolia, which is located in the stunning Iven Gol River Valley at the foot of the Burengiin Mountain. The monastery was built in the 18th century and is one of the hidden treasures in Mongolia and a simply must-see destination for travellers.
- Lake Khovsgol– Considered by many to be the most beautiful location in Mongolia, this is a popular holiday destination for the Mongolian people, with lush green meadows and a fir forest. You can take a boat trip around the lake or enjoy a horse trek along the shoreline, plus you can spend a relaxing afternoon fishing.
- Selenge River Valley– The northern river ofSelenge is a lifeline for the people, with a lot of farming in the lush fertile region at the base of the valley and this is the place to go if you would like to stay in a Ger (Mongolian tent), where you can sample a local family’s hospitality.
If you really want a unique holiday experience in Mongolia, search online for a leading TransSiberian Railway tour operator and they can tailor your trip to include some or all of the above destinations. The tour operator can help with obtaining visas and with so many route options on the epic TransSiberian Railway, you can also visit China and Russia, as well as experiencing the uniqueness of Mongolia.
It pays to do some online research before booking your trip, as this would reveal many hidden treasures that can be found along this epic train journey, and by booking with an established tour company, you will get to see many places that are not on the regular tourist route.