Ancient Discovery in Mongolia
Trip Abroad to Study History & Learn About Genghis Khan
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Sojourn – Gain a better understanding of the community you’re visiting. Learn about different religions or spiritual practices. How do these impact the communities? How does religion or spirituality influence local traditions?1 of 1
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Tip of the Tongue – Each morning, take the time to learn a few basic greetings and phrases in the local language. Learn how to write greetings & your name in the local script.1 of 1
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You fly into Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. This incredible city sits right in the Tuul River valley and is a unique combination of ancient architecture and Cold War-style buildings. You get your first taste of Genghis Khan by visiting the Genghis Khan Museum, which has a lot of artifacts from his time.
You’ll learn all about Genghis Khan’s rise to power and how the Mongol Empire rose to prominence.
You will wake up early and take the four-hour drive to Khukh Nuur. Your private driver will show you intriguing aspects of the countryside during your journey.
Khukh Nuur sits right on a lake and is vital to the Genghis Khan story. In 1189 he was crowned at this spot. The lake is dotted with statues and many of them were generals in Genghis Khan’s army. There is also a massive statue of Genghis himself.
After a refreshing day spent at Khukh Nuur, you’ll travel to Ancestor’s Wall, which is thought to be where a lot of Mongolian leaders died. An excavation in the early 2000s seems to have confirmed this theory, as sixty tombs are located in the general vicinity of the wall.
The wall itself is only about three feet tall, but it is impossible to visit it without feeling the weight of the place. Your guide will also be able to answer any questions about the wall and translate any signs that might not be in English.
Today you will travel to where it all first began! Delun-Boldog is considered to be the birthplace of Genghis Khan. It is not a big city, so you will have a chance to enjoy some small-town charm and comfort, as well as dine with a local family.
You will feast on traditional Mongolian dishes like dumplings and noodle soup and have the opportunity to hike around the countryside before retiring to your charming B&B.
The Dornod Steppe is one of the wonders of the world and is a protected area. It’s a massive, arid area that is home to abundant local wildlife. You will spend the day trekking on the steppe, walking in the footsteps of Ghengis Khan and his generals.
Your adventures in the wilderness are not over quite yet! The next stop is Terelj National Park, which is an amazing local park close to Ulaanbaatar. Your local guide will take you and a small group on a trek through the park, where you will learn about the local flora and fauna of Mongolia. You will also have the opportunity to see some local wildlife and learn more about the challenges that Genghis Khan might have faced when trying to lead his army through the Mongolian wilderness.
On your last day, you will travel back to Ulaanbaatar and have the chance to visit some of the city’s vibrant markets. The morning is yours to select souvenirs and do some wandering, but the afternoon will be filled with a special surprise: a city tour that focuses on the history of Ulaanbaatar from the Genghis Khan days to the Cold War era. You will learn about how Mongolia is stepping up on the world stage and entering a new, exciting era.
Your trip abroad to Mongolia will give you a serious taste of who Genghis Khan was, and how he shaped the world. You will step back in time and visit ancient places that hold tremendous historical significance for the people of Mongolia. Additionally, you will be able to see some of the incredible Mongolian countryside for yourself and explore some of the large cities as well.
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