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  • Ancient and Spiritual Mongolia: Kharkhorin and Erdenezuu

  • Destination: Ulaanbaatar, Uvurkhangai
    Highlights: Erdenezuu Monastery, Kharkhorin
    Lengths: 4 nights/5 days
    Adventure level: Soft
    Total driving km: 800 km
    Transportation: drive, (jeep or van)
    Season: April 15 – October 15
  • Kharkhorin is located in the heart of Mongolia. Kharkhorin was established in the valley of Orkhon river in 1220. It was one of the stop points of legendary Silk Road for 140 years. Kharkhorin played significant role in Mongolian history and was a capital city of Mongolian Great Empire until Khubilai Khaan, a grandson of Chinggis Khaan moved the capital to Beijing of Yuan Dynasty. Erdenezuu Monastery is the first Buddhist monastery was founded by Avtai Sain Khaan, a descendent 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 with extraordinary collection of Buddhist paintings, religious objects, special dresses for Tsama religious dance and excellently made Budghist icons.

  • Day 1.

    Ulaanbaatar. Arrive at the “Chinggis Khan” international airport and transfer to the hotel in downtown. After relax, we will start our first day excursion around Ulaanbaatar, the nation’s capital starting from Sukhbaatar square and Zaisan Hill. We will 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 visit Gandan Monastery a heart of Mongolian yellow sect Buddhism and experience the sense of Buddhism in Mongolia and see the 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. Overnight and relax in the hotel.

    Day 2.

    Kharkhorin. 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. Kharkhorin played significant role in Mongolian history and was a capital city of Mongolian Great Empire until Khubilai Khaan, a grandson of Chinggis Khaan moved the capital to Beijing of Yuan Dynasty. Erdenezuu Monastery – the first Buddhist monastery was founded by Avtai Sain Khaan, 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 and there are extraordinary collection of Buddhist paintings, priceless religious objects, special dresses for Tsama religious dance and excellently made Buddhist iconography with true Mongolian and Tibetan style. Overnight in the ger.

    Day 3.

    Bayangobi. After 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 mountains. Opportunities to hike in the small sand dunes and riding a camel. We will visit Erdene Khambyn Khuree which is 20 kms drive from the camp. 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 have wonderful opportunities to visit horse breeder’s family and experience making of airag, the Mongolian traditional drink made by mare’s milk. Overnight in the ger camp.

    Day 4.

    Ulaanbaatar. We will drive back to Ulaanbaatar. We will visit to the Bogd Khaan Palace Museum, the palace known as the Green Palace. The palace was built in 1903 dedicated to the 8th Bogd Gegeen, the head of lamaist religion and last khan of Mongolia. Amazing bronze castings, silk paintings, paper icons, mineral paintings, god statues made by Zanabazar and his students is the main attraction of this Palace. The rest of day is for you with last minute shopping and exploring the city. Overnight and relax in the hotel.

    Day 4.

    Departure. We will end up 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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