A Brief Introduction to Mongolia


Mongolia is a landlocked, independent republic in East Asia sharing borders with China to the south and Russia to the north. The second largest landlocked country in the world is an exotic, unspoiled and unfenced expanse of 610 thousand square miles. What more can you ask for?

Mongolia or the country of the eternal blue sky, as it’s commonly referred to as, is not a country to be missed. It’s a magical country with snow-capped mountains, dormant volcanoes, vast steppes, prehistoric paleontological sites, the serene Gobi Desert, mesmerizing lakes and rivers, and breathtaking caves.

Sitting in the geographic heart of Asian landscape, the nomads living under the blue sky experience 280 days of Sun shining bright on their faces. But let the fact not fool you for the summers are pleasant with an average temperature reaching 25°C (as high as 40°C in the Gobi Desert) and the winters getting extremely cold with temperature stooping as low as -40°C during the months of November and March. It’s only natural that most people choose the former time frame when visiting Mongolia and explore its pleasant, forgiving side.

Before you begin packing your bags, it’s important to know that Mongolia is not a peculiar tourist destination. Mongolia’s way of life is very closely connected with the animal life and in general, nomadic, with over 30% of vagabonds rambling through the country busy with semi-nomadic livestock herding. Despite the urbanization, their traditions and culture continue to thrive.

With over 56 million sheep, camels, horses, cattle, and goats, and a major proportion of humans scattered all over the country, Mongolia is home to one of the last remaining pastoral folks in the world.

It’s its majestic and vast emptiness that the tourists often find most appealing. It also brings together the travelers into a close communion with the nature and nation’s nomadic inhabitants. Mongolia’s nomads are known to the world for their hospitality. Visitors can sleep without a concern in a herder’s ger (a portable tent), ride their horses, and help them tend to their sheep.

Providing a stark contrast to the rest of the world, Mongolia is a pristine land not driven by greed and gates and lock, welcoming the strangers with open hearts.

Sitting out there is a welcoming mass of one of the most sparsely populated land, the birthplace of Genghis Khan, a land cherished by her people, unspoiled in her beauty, waiting in anticipation for you to discover its nook and cranny.

Source by Fahad A. Khan


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