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  • Inspiration of Ancient Mongolia and Buddhism
  • Type: Classic Tour
    Destination: Central Mongolia, Tuv, Bayangobi, Kharkhorin
    Highlights: Bayangobi, Mongol Els sand dunes, Kharkhorin and Erdenezuu Monastery
    Lengths: 4 nights/5 days
    Adventure level: Soft
    Total driving km: 760 km
    Transportation: drive, (mini van and bus)
    Season: April 15 – October 15
  • In 1578 Altan Khan, a Mongol nobleman and military leader with ambitions to unite the Mongols and to emulate the career of Chinggis, invited the head of the rising Yellow Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Since then Yellow Sect Buddhism spread throughout Mongolia. Tibetan styled monasteries were built across Mongolia, often sited at the juncture of trade and migration routes or at summer pastures. Traditionally, monasteries were centers both of learning and of power. In the pre-revolutionary period, Mongolia was ruled by a series of Living Buddhas called Javzandamba. It is estimated Mongolia had 100 000 monks in 1921; one third of the male population. 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 worshippers.

  • Day 1.

    Nation's Capital - Ulaanbaatar. A professional Gucci World Tours team will meet you at the “Chinggis Khan” international airport and transfer to the hotel in the downtown of Ulaanbaatar. We will start our first day excursion around Ulaanbaatar, the nation's capital starting from Sukhbaatar square. This square is spirit of the capital and famous for its surroundings including Parliament House, National Opera Theatre and Cultural Palace. Our next stop is Zaisan Hill; the small hill provides wide open view of the Ulaanbaatar. From there we visit the National History Museum; famous for its excellent exhibitions beginning with Stone and Bronze Age, Turkic and Mongol Empire, rise of Buddhism and communist regime. Then we will visit Gandan Monastery a heart of Mongolian yellow sect Buddhism and experience the sense of Buddhism in Mongolia and outstanding and impressive 24m golden plated statue of Buddha; Megjid Janraiseg. This monastery is the largest and most important monastery of Mongolia with 500 monks. After dinner we have an opportunity to shop in the State Department Store. Peaceful overnight and relax in the hotel.

    Day 2.

    Bayangobi/Ruins of Uvgun Monastery. After early morning breakfast, we will drive to Bayangobi. It is a unique place with many different forms of natural landscape; combination of a Gobi sand dunes, forests and rocky mountain. Lunch in the ger camp. Opportunities to hike in the small sand dunes and riding a camel. In the afternoon we will visit Erdene Khambyn Khuree; the monastery is located in the majestic looking Khugnu Khaan Mountain. Enlightened Bogd Gegeen Zanabazar, a religious leader, philosopher, artist and sculptor was founded these Uvgun and Zaluu temples for his religious teacher. The soldiers of Oirad nobleman Galdan boshigt destroyed the monasteries and assassinated the monks in 1688. We will have an opportunities to visit horse breeder's family and experience making of airag, the Mongolian traditional drink made by mare's milk. Horse riding opportunities with Mongolian wooden saddles. Overnight in the ger camp.

    Day 3.

    Kharkhorin/Erdenezuu Monastery. After breakfast we will drive to Kharkhorin; an ancient Capital of Great Mongolian Empire and main treasure of Mongolian Buddhism, an Erdenezuu Monastery. Kharkhorin was established in the valley of Orkhon River in 1220. It was one of the stopovers of legendary Silk Road for 140 years. Kharkhorin played significant role in Mongolian history; was a capital city of Mongolian Great Empire until Khubilai Khaan, a grandson of Chinggis Khaan moved the capital to Beijing of Yuan Dynasty. We will see the 800 years old worshipping Turtle Rock near the temple. Erdenezuu Monastery – the first Buddhist monastery was founded by Avtai Sain Khaan, a descendant of Chinggis Khaan, on the ruins of Kharkhorin in 1586. The monastery is surrounded by beautiful looking white walls with 108 stupas. For centuries it was a spiritual and intellectual centre of Mongolia. The monastery has an extraordinary collection of Buddhist paintings, priceless religious objects, special dresses for Tsama religious dance and excellently made Buddhist iconography with Mongolian and Tibetan style. Overnight in the ger camp.

    Day 4.

    Hustai National Park/Ulaanbaatar.We will start our day trip to the Hustai National Park. On the way we will see forest steppe and steppe landscape with cool temperature and many wild birds and flowers. The park lies in the foothills of southern Khentii mountain range and it is the place where you can see wild horse called Takhi known as Przewalski horse to the world. The wild horses survive in nature by themselves because they have been reintroduced successfully to their homeland after 40 years of extinction. Currently, the number of Takhi has already reached more than 170. Drive back to Ulaanbaatar-the nations' capital. Overnight and relax in the hotel.

    Day 5.

    Departure. Our cultural adventure in the central Mongolia is now complete and we will end our unforgettable journeys by transferring to the “Chinggis Khaan” International Airport with professional Gucci World Tours Team.

    Tour includes. 2 nights in 4 star hotel, 2 nights in ger camps, 3 meals per day, English, French, Italian, German, Japanese speaking guides, Domestic transportation, Local entry fees
    Tour excludes. Personal use, International travel, Travel insurance, Alcoholic drinks
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