When in Mongolia: 4 Reasons Why You Should Visit Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

Discover Mongolia

2019-03-18 08:25 GMT+8

A short drive from the capital Ulaanbaatar lies Gorkhi-Terelj, is one of Mongolia’s thirty- five national parks. Gorkhi-Terelj has become a favorite getaway thanks to its wild beauty, incredible landscapes, rich forests, picturesque hills and crisp, fresh air at an altitude of 1600 meters. However, this national park didn’t get its well-deserved popularity solely due to its breathtaking parks. Gorkhi-Terelj offers every visitor the incredible opportunity to experience its delights through a variety of activities, no matter if you are looking for an action-packed adventure or an unrushed encounter with Mongolia’s pristine nature.

Here are some of the must-see spots and the best ways to experience them.

1. Turtle Rock

One of the most recognizable attractions of Gorkhi-Terelj National Park is Turtle Rock. This monumental rock, like its name implies, resembles a turtle carved organically by the forces of nature. Even though it’s already well known for its majestic beauty, the rock is also, according to the legend, said to bring wealth. It’s the ideal place to visit as it is just off the main road that leads into the park and offers a spectacular view and unique scenery.

2. Ariyabal Meditation Temple

A few kilometers from Turtle Rock, you will find another must-see spot, the Ariyabal Meditation Temple. Shaped like an elephant’s head, the only way to get to the temple is on foot, climbing 108 steps that represent the elephant’s dangling trunk. The walk itself is a ritual, and those who do it are cleansed of their sins. Sitting on top of a steep hill, once you reach the temple, you will once again be introduced to an impressive view overlooking the entire park. Here in the serene tranquility of Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, monks reside and meditate.

3. Horse-riding, Trekking, Hiking and so Much More

Due to the vast terrain of Gorkhi-Terelj; it’s hard to experience in its entirety in a few days. Luckily the National Park has so many options to choose from, making sure you don’t miss out on anything. Feel like straddling through the alpine landscapes on a Mongolian horse? How about seeing the nomads while riding a camel or an ATV? If this doesn’t strike a chord, there is always the option of hiking, mountain climbing, and even enjoying a hot air balloon ride.

  4. Chinggis khaan Statue

The impressive statue of Chinggis khaan (also spelled Genghis Khan) on horseback was built in the very spot where the Great Khaan’s found his golden whip, overlooking the Tuul River. Inside you’ll find a restaurant, museums, and shops, and be presented with the opportunity to climb through the chest and neck of the horse for the perfect panoramic view through this 40-meter stainless steel statue.

The Gorkhi-Terelj National Park is undoubtedly the best option if you are looking to get away from the big city to fully enjoy all the benefits Mongolia’s nature has to offer. With so many things to do such as camping, picnicking, visiting the nomad families, local festivals, and even skiing, no matter what time of year you visit, this National Park guarantees a unique experience.

Contact Discover Mongolia Travel today to plan out your itinerary.

 

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