I know that travel experiences in Mongolia are probably not high on your bucket list, but read on to be convinced why you should visit this country that is really under the radar as a tourist destination. Sandwiched between Russia and China, Mongolia is a country of vast landscapes, nomadic people, fascinating and wondrous wildlife, Buddhist temples, an amazingly vibrant capital city, and of course the history of legendary conqueror Genghis Khan. And if you have some idea that Mongolia is a backwater, somewhat undeveloped and quaintly olde-worlde, you’re wrong. Yes, its vastness does mean major areas of no facilities – probably no different than anywhere else of comparable size – but the country has a visionary tourist policy and infrastructure is developing all the time. In fact, some of the quirks are what make the travel experiences in Mongolia so special.
1. Stay in UlaanBaatar
Of all the places to visit in Mongolia, UlaanBaatar has to top the list. Perhaps no place in the world shows a better contrast between ancient traditions and 21st century marvels than Mongolia’s capital of UlaanBaatar. Traditional Gers and Buddhist monasteries exist in perfect harmony with modern high rises making for a beautiful sight. The Sukhbaatar Square is one of the major attractions of the city. Once you are there, you can also visit some other landmarks, such as the Parliament House, Post Office, National Museum of Mongolian History and Monastery-Museum of Choijin lama among many others.