I’ve now spent the majority of the last two years of my life in Mongolia, yet I haven’t really ventured much outside of the capital of Ulaanbaatar. Last weekend, some good friends of mine took a roadtrip and I naturally decided to tag along. Here’s the photologue of our trip. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed living it….
We started at Hustai National park, an hour drive from Ulaanbaatar. Hustai is famous as it has the world’s largest population of Przewalskii Horses, the native horses of the Mongolian steppes and is one of the only places in the world where you can see these horses in the wild.
The Przewalskii Horse, the native horse of the Mongolian Steppe.
After that, we continued west to Kharkorin, the ancient capital of the Mongolian Empire in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Above, you can see the ancient walls of the Erdene Zuu monastery that were built over the ruins of Kharkorin in 1585. It’s amazing to consider that this location was the capital of much of the world for over 100 years, yet few non-Mongolians have ever visited here.
Gate in the walls.
Erdene Zuu Monastery inside the walls.
A stupa inside the Monastery grounds.
Of course, the whole countryside is full of amazing scenery with huge open expanses of grasslands, mountains, livestock and families tending their animals…
Part II will be published next week. All pictures were taken by Mili Martinez.