One of the up-and-coming destinations of global travel, Mongolia offers a mosaic of unspoiled nature and unique culture in a land that has only recently emerged from years of obscurity behind the Iron Curtain.
Celebrated as the homeland of Genghis Khan and his Mongol warriors, the Central Asia nation offers plenty of wide-open spaces and places where visitors can gallop across the open steppe on sturdy Mongolian horses. The nation’s nomad horsemen welcome visitors to their tented camps to practice archery, watch falconry demonstrations or sip airag (fermented mare’s milk).
Mongolia offers plenty of other outdoor adventure activities, from guided cycling, camping and climbing trips to off-road vehicle tours and wildlife safaris. Many of the nation’s Buddhist monasteries open their doors to visitors, while the fabled Dinosaur Museum in Ulaanbaatar is probably the next best thing on the entire planet to a real-life Jurassic Park.
Photos credited to Nomadic Expeditions.