While Ulaanbaatar isn't the most attractive city architecturally, the friendliness of its people helps to make the Mongolian capital a pleasurable place to spend a few days visiting its sites before heading out into the wild landscapes.
Investment from global mining companies and other conglomerates has turned this once-sleepy backwater into a modern city with great hopes for the future.
Highlights include the Museum of Natural History, with its fine collection of dinosaur skeletons from the Gobi Desert, the atmospheric Gandan monastery, the largest Buddhist monastery in Mongolia, and the Choijin Lama Temple.
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From champagne receptions and full-board gourmet dining to experiencing the world’s second-oldest Olympics, this is a truly iconic rail journey.
Mongolia has a rich tradition of festivals, many of which are unlike any other on earth. This 11-day tailor-made holiday see you travel from the capital Ulaanbaatar to witness some of these incredible festivals first hand and gain an insight into a country few come to know well.
Mongolia is enormous. Three times the size of France, it is nonetheless sparsely populated; horses outnumber people three to one here. Many of these people pursue a nomadic existence. Travel from Ulaanbaatar to the stark but beautiful steppe in order to get a sense of this traditional lifestyle, wh…
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