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Tibetan-style monasteries were built across Mongolia in the late 16th-century, often at the juncture of trade and migration routes or in summer pastures. In the pre-revolutionary period, Mongolia was ruled by a series of Living Buddhas called Javzandamba. In the 1930s, this intellectual power became the focus of a ruthless series of purges. Today, Mongolia is once again embracing its Buddhist heritage. Monasteries are being restored and are once again crowded with worshipers.
Our Mongolian Monks & Monasteries itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading guides whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Upon arrival at Ulaanbaatar airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Rise early to witness the morning prayer ceremony at the Gandan Monastery complex and visit the surrounding temples. Later, tour the Dashchoilin Monastery, the Bogd Khan Museum and the Winter Palace. This evening enjoy a concert performed by the State Music and Dance Academic Ensemble. (B,L,D)
Transfer to Ulaanbaatar railway station for your morning train to Sainshand, southeast of Ulaanbaatar. (train journey is 10.5 hours). Upon arrival in Sainshand, you will transfer to your Ger camp for a two night stay. (B,L,D)
This morning there is an optional meditation and yoga session. Visit Dakini's Breast, a local hill named after its resemblance to a woman’s shape. Continue to Khamar Monastery and see the healing hot sands nearby. Later, tour Shambhala Land and Danzanravjaa's Tantric Meditation Caves and explore some of the 108 meditation caves formed among the volcanic site. Enjoy a camel ride before returning to your Ger camp. (B,L,D)
Travel to Bayanzürkh Mountain where you will enjoy a light hike and observe a mountain ritual. Travel back to the Ger camp for lunch. Visit the Danzanravjaa Museum before boarding your overnight soft sleeper train to Ulaanbaatar (train journey is 10.5 hours). (B,L,D)
Arrive into Ulaanbaatar early this morning. Visit the Choijin Lama Temple Museum and tour the Museum of Natural History. (B,L)
Depart for Hustai Nuruu National Park and view the many Przewalski's horses in the area. After lunch, continue to Lake Ugii Ger camp for a one night stay. (B,L,D)
Travel to the town of Tsetserleg, which lies on the slopes of the Khangai Mountains and visit the Zayain Khüree Museum. Afterwards, drive to the Tsenkher Jiguur Hot Springs. Here you can enjoy a horse ride or relax in the hot springs (each at your own expense) Transfer to Tsenkher Jiguur Hotsprings Ger Camp and enjoy the evening at your leisure. (B,L,D)
This morning depart for Ovorkhangai and check into your Ger camp. Later, drive to Tuvkhun Monastery, which is located on a rocky mountain hill surrounded by forests. (B,L,D)
Drive to Erdene Zuu Monastery, where you may have the chance to speak to an abbot or a high ranking monk. Continue to Kharkhorin Ger camp and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. (B,L,D)
After breakfast, transfer back to Ulaanbaatar. Stop en route at a local cashmere store and the State Department Store. (B,L,D)
After check-out this morning you will be transferred to Ulaanbaatar airport where your arrangements end. (B)
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