Open to the Western world since 1990, the 'Land of Blue Sky' is one of the few places on earth where travellers can tread on undiscovered ground and explore with a true sense of adventure. Homeland of the greatest conqueror of all time, Genghis Khan, vast tracts can be discovered on horse or camel, or in the comfort of a four-wheel drive. Culture and customs are covered in detail, including the deel, the colourful national dress, herding rules and customs, Mongolian throat singing and Naadam, the annual celebration of wrestling, archery and horseriding. For those keen to sample the unique pleasures of staying with nomads, the guide also explains how and where to experience the traditional lifestyle of a Mongolian ger.
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Natural History and Conservation
PART TWO THE GUIDE
Springs and Mineral Spas
Aimag centre Altai animals argali Arvaikheer Bayan-Olgii Bayangol Bayankhongor Bogd Bogd Khan border Buddhist Bulgan camel camp cashmere central century China Chinese Chinggis conservation cost countryside culture Dalanzadgad Darkhan desert dinosaur district dunes eastern fishing forests gazelles Genghis Khan gers goats Gobi Gobi-Altai herders herds hiking hot springs Hotel hunting jeep journey Kazakh Khangai Khangai Mountains Kharkhorin Khatgal Khentii Khentii Mountains Lake Khovsgol Lama live livestock Located monastery Mongol Empire mountain Museum Naadam National Park nomads northern Nuruu Nuur Olgii organised Orkhon Orkhon Valley population programme province region Restaurant riding rivers road rock Rotes Russian Sainshand Selenge sheep sodium hydrocarbonates species steppe Strictly Protected Area Sukhbaatar summer temple tour operators tourist town traditional transport Tsagaan Tsetserleg Ulaanbaatar Ulaangom Uliastai valley visitors western Mongolia wild horses wildlife winter Zuunmod