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Three original temples stand at Erdene Zuu Khiid, the site of the first Buddhist Monastery in Mongolia. The buildings dating between 1586 and 1610 are now museums, having survived the Stalinist purge of 1937.

The city of Kharkhorin (established by the son of Genghis Khan as the capital) is the home to an impressive archaeological museum showcasing finds in this region and beyond.

We settled in at the Uguruu Ger Camp then took a walk around the property. Small pleasures like power points in the ger and showers ticked some boxes. The summer season is about to open and a few of the residences are being readied for the crowds.

 

After a chicken dinner, our guide took us up to a hill overlooking this first capital city of Mongolia to get some 360 degree views and appreciate the King’s Monument representing the scopes of the Hunnu, Turkic and Mongol empires.

The sunset light at around 8.30 pm was magical.

 

 

Today was a long travel day filled with mundane things like meals and traffic, and some big landscapes on the road.

So here are the pick of a very few photos taken since last night’s full moon over Terelj.

Our Terelj host lit a fire for us. It was a lesson in how to get the job done quickly.

A little about the meals. If you are a vegetarian, this could be a difficult place to travel. Meat is it in Mongolia, except for small amounts of potato, cabbage or carrots. Mutton and beef are served with all of the fat intact. I understand the local vodka is a good way to cut through it.

Breakfast was pretty good this morning, accompanied by coffee, tea and these sweet buns.

We backtracked to Ulan Bataar after leaving the mountains. That meant getting stuck in traffic before hitting the open road.

Here’s a small taste of the scenery today. It’s hot, dry and dusty, a bit like we feel as we sit in the ger camp kitchen at Kharkhorin with a cold beer to remedy the situation.

Lots of grasslands, mostly yellow than green for want of rain, host horses and herds of goats, sheep and cattle.

Gers are sprinkled across the land, mostly singly but occasionally in small groups. It’s so vast, a lone horse rider could be forgiven for thinking that all the sky and land belonged to him

We flew into Ulan Bataar yesterday evening just before eight when the sun was still up enough to give an indication of the mountains surrounding the city. Once settled in, we had a bonus get-together with two old colleagues of Himself and got familiar with the local beers.

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We have stripped back our bags for the next 8 days or so to get out into some of this wide open spaces. It was out of the city early and not too long before horses became the morning’s theme.

The stainless steel edifice of Genghis Khan was indeed impressive, particularly as we had the whole place to ourselves for the best part of the visit. Himself got up close and personal with a golden eagle, many of which we hope to see in the wild in coming days.

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We’re having a quiet afternoon before taking a hike in Terelj National Park to a nearby temple. We are staying with a family in a group of gers surrounded by rocky cliffs and mountains. It’s a full moon tonight so the after dinner views should be special.