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9 Reasons to Travel to Mongolia Now October 5, 2017

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Many tourists often prefer traveling to Russia and China, rather than Mongolia. Not many people know about Mongolia. Still relatively unaffected by modern life, Mongolia offers tourists a real experience about living off the grid. However, a gradually increasing number of tour companies are making it simpler to traverse this massive wilderness. From exploring the Gobi Desert and the vast steppes to meeting Mongol nomads, here are 9 reasons why you should include tours in Mongolia on your bucket list.

Lots of sunshine

Just so you know, Mongolia has about 250 days of sunshine throughout the year. So, it’s unsurprising that the country is referred to as “Land of Blue Sky”.

Despite the long, tough winters and short summers, seeing a blue sky on your trip is definitely enjoyable. And it’s just not about the photos.

Wide open spaces

Tired of mass tourism and crowds? Well, Mongolia has very few people per square mile (just over 4 people). In fact, it’s the world’s most sparsely populated country. When you traverse Mongolia, there’ll be plenty of times you won’t see anyone. In fact, you’re more likely to see horses and goats than people. Now that’s heaven, isn’t it?

Breathtaking outdoors

It’s surprising for many people, but Mongolia has an incredibly varied landscape: the Gobi desert’s sand dunes, the Altai Mountains, fresh water lakes, forests, and the expansive grasslands that cover more than 50% of the terrain. There are many different landscapes in the country. It’s a true paradise for those who love photography and the outdoors. Not to mention the wonderful stars you can see at sunset, far away from electricity and civilization.

Wildlife

Mongolia is a must travel destination for wildlife lovers. In the south, you’ll be able to see camels. If you want to see eagles and reindeer, you can head to the west and north respectively. There are plenty of species of wild animals in the country, such as the two-humped wild camel, Przewalksi wild horse, and Gobi desert bear.

Road trips

If you’re adventurous and love load trips, Mongolia is perfect for you. Without any form of GPS and not many paved roads, there are countless chances to take the less traveled road. Chances that you’ll be alone on the road are pretty high.

Lack of tourists

Relatively untouched by modern-day life, Mongolia is not a well-known travel destination yet. This allows visitors to learn more about the traditional way of life of Mongolians without large crowds of travelers. However, Mongolia is an emerging nation with more tour operators and flights coming up. Visit as soon as possible to sample the pure landscapes before others figure them out.

Nomadic cultures

Mongolia has one of the oldest nomadic cultures in the world, and the nomads still stay in traditional tents called yurts or gers. Approximately 4 in 10 Mongolians are nomadic herders. Tourists get the chance to stay with Mongol nomads, learn about the traditional daily life of Mongolians first-hand, and sleep in yurts.

Unique gastronomy

While not everyone is a fan of the Mongolian cuisine, it’s very special and unique. Starchy carbs and animal fats are available everywhere. The food is meat and milk-based and it’s derived from camels, goats, sheep, horses, and yaks. Don’t expect lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. This is an experience you don’t want to miss.

The festivals

You can soak up Mongolia’s history and culture by visiting during the yearly Naadam Festival, which is held every July. The festival involves some of the greatest and most traditional features of Mongolian culture, such as horse races, archery, wrestling competitions, culinary offerings, and cultural performances. Mongolia also holds parties and feasts to celebrate New Year.

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