This historical and cultural tour in the central region of Mongolia covers many of the most important sites in the country, including valleys inhabited by Mongolia’s most famous hero, Genghis Khan, and by Zanabazar, the first in a line of reincarnate Lamas who were religious and secular leaders until the Mongolian Revolution in 1921.
The Secret History of the Mongols is a chronicle written in the 13th century, covering the origins of the Mongol people, the rise to power and reign of Genghis Khan in the thirteenth century. Nearly 500 years later, Zanabazar was born, a direct descendent of Genghis Khan and great sculptor, painter, architect, poet, scholar, and linguist. Throughout the country there are many references to these two protectors of Mongolia, but nowhere more so than the central provinces, which even prior to Genghis Khan had been the chosen location for earlier Central Asian Empires.
Arrive in 'Ulaanbaatar' and go to hotel. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in hotel.
Drive to Tsonjiin Boldog to see the 'Genghis Khan' Complex, largest horse statue in the world. Visit the small museum attached with exhibits from the Bronze Age and Xiongnu period of Mongolian history. Afternoon visit 'Chojin Lam' temple museum, occupied until 1908 by the brother of the eigth Bogd Khan . Overnight hotel.
Drive south to the Orkhon Valley, stopping to visit 'Shankh' monastery, founded in 1647 by Zanabazar, the first Bogd Khan and head of Tibbetan Buddhism in Mongolia. Overnight ger camp at Uurtiin Tokhoi cliff nearby a most scenic viewpoint of the Orkhon river canyon.
Drive to Kharkhorin, the original centre of Buddhism in Mongolia and the place chosen by Genghis Khan as his capital. Visit 'Erdene Zuu' monastery, the Kharkhorin museum and the King’s Monument on a hill overlooking the town. Overnight ger camp.
Drive to Khotont village and visit 'Khar Balgas', eighth century ruins of a fortified command point and commercial city, typical of the central points along the length of the Silk Road. Continue north to 'Khoshoo Tsaidam' to visit the Gorkturk Museum and Turkish funeral monuments. Overnight ger camp beside Ugii Lake.
This trip is a fascinating historical and cultural experience in the central region of Mongolia which has been the capital of several world empires over the past two millenia.
All nights are spent at GER camps where the accommodation is in traditional Mongolian round white felt tents, and there are restaurant and bathroom facilities.
Historical Tour of Mongolia description:
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The places you will see along the way:
The statue of Genghis Khan on a horse is located east of Ulaanbaatar, beside the Tuul river. The statue is 40 meters tall and people can go up a lift inside the neck to reach the horse's head for magnificent panoramic views of the whole area.
Deer Stones are a fine example of Central Asian nomadic sculpture. The standing stones are covered in engravings of running deer with large antlers. They date from 7th to 3rd century BC and marked the site of gatherings.
The museum of Khoshoo Tsaidam contains relics relating to the period in the 7th and 8th centuries AD when Mongolia was ruled by Turkic Khans. On display are anthropomorphic and zoomorphic stone statues and stele bearing historical descriptions.
This historical and cultural tour in the central region of Mongolia covers many of the most important sites in the country, including valleys inhabited by Mongolia’s most famous hero, Genghis Khan, and by Zanabazar, the first in a line of reincarnate Lamas who were religious and secular leaders until the Mongolian Revolution in 1921. (Please note this video is very old, low resolution and shake - hand amateur video)
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