Travel Mongolia // English Version

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Hi Steemians,


today I will take you to Mongolia, my second home. Sometimes cloudy, but more than 250 sunny days a year are not bad, right?
Located in eastern part of central Asia with Russia northern and China southern is it with 3 million people the least populated country in the world. With a size of approximately 1.5 million km² and 4.5 times the size of Germany is Mongolia the 18th largest country. That means almost just 2 people per km² and lots of space. But 25 to 50 million animals like horses, camels, yaks, cattle, sheep and goats.

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I live here for couple years now and I will show you this fantastic country with my own eyes. The Mongols are a very funny and warmhearted people. They are also very proud on their history with the Mongolian Empire.

Wikipedia / Largest Empires

If you meet people here, they very often invite you for a visit, which sometimes ends with a vodka or two and a new friend. One day I woke up and was the new owner of a horse. Everything can happen here.

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Most visitors come by plane to Mongolia and start their holiday in Ulaanbaatar, the capital with about 1.8 million inhabitants. The city is located about 1350 meters above sea level between some sacred mountains. The largest Bogd Khan Uul is located south of the city. Ulaanbaatar is growing very much. Many nomadic herders leave their traditional and free life and transform it into a city life and not for everyone it is a successful story.
You can translate Ulaanbaatar into something like Red Hero. The architecture is changing too. From traditional Mongolian and Russian influences into a modern style.

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If you stay here in mid-July, you may be part of the Naadam Festival. It is the biggest national event with the Tsaagan Sar Festival and at that time almost all Mongols are very busy preparing and visiting their family and friends. The Naadam Festival is dominated by three disciplines. Horse race, archery and wrestling. But the city is not the real Mongolia. In my opinion. The real Mongolia is out there somewhere. Somewhere in the steppe, the Gobi Desert, the mountains and of course the yurts. It's more like freedom, windy silence and endless expanses. These round practical tents are the homes of nomads. Built fast and packed fast. If you know how to do it;) For vegans or vegetarians there are many special restaurants. If you are planning a trip to the countryside, you may think about your vegan needs, because meat is an important part of the menu for most nomadic people. But it is not a problem to buy your food in Ulaanbaatar and cook it yourself. You can also buy some things at local mini-markets in villages or smaller towns.

If you can choose the time to come here, I would recomend you to travel the country in June, July and August. September can be cold but also very very colorful. The leafs and some needles turn yellow or red. Just beautiful. To travel Mongolia in winter is something for tough guys. The temperature can drop below -50° celsius. Not funny if you got stuck somewhere outside with a broken car.

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There are many places to stay overnight. Sleeping in a traditional yurt is a must.

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The Terelj National Park is a beautiful place to enjoy the nature. Located east of Ulaanbaatar is it perfect for a day trip. Not far from there the huge steel sculpture of Genghis Khan.

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About 100 km west of Ulaanbaatar is the Khustai National Park, where you can meet the Przewalski's horses. The last free living and never domesticated wild horses worldwide. The landscape reminds me on old Western movies.
For detailed information about the wild horses watch the link.

Wikipedia

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I went there 3 times. The first time I saw the horses from far away. Maybe 3 km somewhere on the hills. But it is always a game of chance. The second time no luck. And the third time was the jackpot. I was there with a friend from Germany to show him the horses. We could almost touch them. It was fantastic and it was in the golden hour. Perfect. If you want to go there, just go in the morning or in the evening. The horses spend most of their time on the hills and only come down to drink.

Karakorum or Kharkhorin, the capital of the Mongolian Empire is also in western direction of Ulaanbaatar and it is a day trip to go there and back. On the image you can see the walls of the Erdene Zuu Monastery. This place can tell you a lot about Mongolian history.

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The colors on this image are not manipulated. The Khuvsgul Lake is the largest sweet water reservoir of Mongolia and holds about 0.4% of the world`s fresh water. It is just nature pure. You can reach the lake by car. The road is quite new and it takes almost 20 hours to drive there. If you have not too much time, just take a plane from Ulaanbaatar to Moron and you are there. We went there by car and it took us 2 days driving with lots of rests.

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If you are stressed from work or whatever, here in the countryside you will lose your problems and your stress. At least for the duration of stay. That's it for now. There is a lot more like the Gobi Desert, the Altai Mountains a.s.o. I will continue with more of Ulaanbaatar and the Mongolians in a next post. I hope you enjoyed the short trip. Have a great day or night and of course a nice slide into the New Year,
Silbart.

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Super. Das gefällt mir, die Mongolei steht auf meinem Traum Wunschzettel auch ganz oben. Obwohl ich es ja gar nicht soweit habe, aber ein Stückchen ist es dann immer noch.

Dir auch einen guten Rutsch und mach weiter so

Dankeschön @maxinpower !! Ich wünsche Dir auch einen optimalen Rutsch ins Neue Jahr! Hab gerade gesehen wo Du steckst. Ist ja echt gleich um die Ecke :) LG

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Thank you guys :) Happy New Year !!

sehr cool. beim 4 Bild hab ich gedacht du hast die Felder hinter Ruppendorf in Richtung Bärwalde abgelichtet!!..lol****

Fast.. Reinholdshain Richtung
Luchberg und die
Kamele sind vom Zirkus Knie Haha LG

oder so...lol** lg

Auf diesen fantastischen Post habe ich gewartet!

Vielen herzlichen Dank !! Freut mich ganz besonders, wenn es Dir gefallen hat, da Du ja einen ganz besonderen Bezug zu dem Land hast :) LG

Heya, just swinging by to let you know you're being featured in our Daily Travel Digest!

Thank you guys so much :)

Wow, mongolia sounds magical! This is a great article @silbart, I learned so much. The wild horses are especially interesting. Thanks for this, have a wonderful new year!

Thank you @anarchojeweler !!! I`m happy if you like it. A fantastic 2018 for you too :)

Thank you for this incredible journey to Mongolia. So many wonderful photos. Your story is very interesting and easy to read. I very much enjoyed your post. This is a great example of what it means "quality content".

Thank you so much @anna-mi !! I`m really happy to read your reply :) Greetings from Mongolia and I wish you a nice slide into the NEW YEAR !!!

How beautiful is all seems! I was unaware of all this things about Mongolia. Where i am from you hear nothing about ‘tis beautiful place!! But it sure looks amazing!
You did a really great job by writing this article my friend! Very interesting!

Thank you Kat !!! It makes me happy if you could enjoy it ;) All the best for the NEW YEAR for you and your loved ones!!!!

A good choice of photos !!!

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I never thought that Ulaanbaator is such a beautiful city

Yes, there ar some beautiful places ;) All the best for your New Year Tina !!

Thanks a lot! Best wishes for you)

Thank you too ;)

That's very beautiful, very natural. Living in the yurt must be one's unforgettable experience. It's very touching to see quite a number of cattle there. Taking a break from my stressful life. Just wanna fly with you to Mongolia as well.

Thank you @raeraesteemit for your reply ;) Sometimes it`s just good to pull the break. I wish you for the New Year less stress and all the best !!!

great day dear your all phots are best .
thanks for sharing

namaste

Indeed a very interesting tour ride, angel picture can also, really very beautiful work @silbart.
I will be resteem, please check

Thank you very much @hattaarshavin!! For resteem too ;) Greetings from Mongolia, Silbart.

Was für wundervolle Fotos mein Freund :)

Dankeschön Chrissy !! Freut mich wenn es Dir gefällt. Diesmal ist leider nur ein Adler dabei ;) LG

This is a superb post, thanks for sharing it

Thank you @markangeltrueman !! Greetings from Mongolia ;)

Extremely good post. Very interesting.

Thank you very much @shady ;) Have a nice slide into the New Year !!

Very nice post. Best I've seen on Steemit in a while.

Thank you very much for this nice reply @mikecolon !!! That`s a nice compliment :)

Nice shots!))

Thank you @rusovds ;) Greetings from Mongolia, Silbart.

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