Amarbayasgalant Monastery
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IrishWanderer29
Dublin, Ireland6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2011 • Solo
Went with Eternal Landscapes (small 1 women travel agency specialising in Mongolian Tours- highly recommend this agency) and it was amazing. The monastery has survived mostly in-tacked. There is redevelopment in the grounds surrounding the monastery with a revamp of the Stupa and a new 3 Golden Buddah statue now in-place. The native people visit it as a pilgrimage but it isn't over crowded. It's set in a stunningly beautiful location and you reach it by going through a beautiful valley where the nomads have located for summer grazing so there is a hive of animal activity (I visited in July). Camped close to the monastery near to a stream. The stars are night were breathtaking. Went to sleep listening to the horses enjoying their night ramble and woke up to some cattle wandering through camp. Beautiful, tranquil and the scenary is awe inspiring.
Written July 25, 2011
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stepstra
New Orleans, LA53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Amarbayasgalant Monastery is serene and lovely, well worth the difficult (bumpy 5+ hour drive from UB) to get there. As we drove the last 35 kilometers (see photo of sign), the Three Dog Night song “The Road to Shambala” kept reverberating in my brain. After we passed through countless herds of cattle, goats, and sheep on the road, the monastery suddenly appeared like a shimmering vision tucked away in a hidden valley. The monastery is the real thing in a truly magical setting, not the glitz and glamor one sees, for example, in Kyoto.

Because it was the end of the season, I was the only visitor and the monks seemed genuinely happy to have me explore the expansive grounds and striking buildings. Also, I and my driver were the only people staying at the IF Tour ger camp located right next to the monastery. The two Mongolian ladies who ran the ger camp were absolutely lovely. Their food is fresh off the farm, and so they cooked me two of the best meals I had in Mongolia. Their homemade bread is to die for. And to add to the dreamlike setting, the next morning I woke up to a light snowfall. “Wash away my troubles, wash away my pain, with the [snow] in Shambala.” Truly a highlight of my visit to Mongolia.
Written October 13, 2019
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MW46Jackson
Phnom Penh, Cambodia127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Family
Taj Mahal, Angkor Wat, Vatican, Jerusalem, Machu Picchu, Lhasa, Pagan – of all the great spiritual centers on earth, there is none today more authentic, more pure, nor more spiritual than Amarbaysagalant. Is it the extremely remote but stunning location? The beautifully restored buildings? The awesomely quiet but persistent work of the monks? Or, the spiritual presence of Zanabazar the Great? I do not know the answer, all I know is what I feel when I am there.
I first arrived in 1999 with three friends after a two-day drive from Ulaanbaatar over dirt roads. We camped near the monastery and were the only foreigners during our stay.
I returned again recently with my granddaughter after a leisurely three hours over paved roads and only one hour snaking across the rutted paths leading up to the monastery. Yet, we were still the only foreign visitors there and cows wandering through the palace monastery outnumbered worshipers. The lack of tourism accounts for much of the authenticity and the spiritual uniqueness of this holy place. Even the limited electricity seems more of a novelty than a convenience. This may all change in the near future, however, as paved roads are coming ever closer to the valley where the monastery sits so majestically.
For most people, I fear that the trip to Amargayasgalant is not worth the effort. After all, there are no explanations posted, not even the names or rooms or temples are listed, most of the original art works are, at best, in world museums, or sadly, in the hands of dealers and collectors. There are not even local guides lurking around to show the new tourist secret corners or indicate the best place for a selfie. Unless you speak Mongolian or Tibetan, it is difficult to find out information. Amarbayasgalant is intellectually and spiritually a self-serve experience.
You will get what you put into it. At Amarbayasgalant, you just might find that even if, like me, you belong to no organized religion, you still have a deeper spiritual core than you ever knew.
Written June 29, 2017
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Edd
Island of Malta, Malta85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
Very old monastery, moderately well renovated though some portions definitely need to be restored. We liked the atmosphere there. The monks are nice and leave you take picture. We arrived late in the afternoon and we went twice : when we arrived and early morning. Light was good and enabled us to have a great time taking pictures.
We stayed at the IF ghee camp which we strongly recommend as the service is very good, food included. Showers were not that hot but the quality of service compensates. The camp managed to find us horses and we spent one day with a nomad which was great. Worth the trip and having stayed 2 days was for us very relaxing and we really had a great time.
Written August 25, 2018
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Akxsel
Rotterdam, The Netherlands425 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Solo
At the bayuunbaren gas-station, I asked directions… in the dust of my car it got written 12 km and 35km… and indeed after 12km there was a sign in English/Mongolian Amarbayasgalant Monastery 35 kilometer. I drove it after first snow in October, vice-versa 4-5 hours at least 100km. Perhaps it's shorter in summer. A new formal road is being created now (2017, do NOT take it, as it will suddenly disappear and you will crash). The old dirt road runs through the valleys, in parallel as so many other old roads. Simply take your time and target some reference points in the distant; first up North, then North-East to the monastery. You will meet some farmers, ask for directions, show pictures. When in a hurry, then must-use your GPS or perhaps the power-lines will be a better guide ;-). There's 2G coverage at higher points throughout the drive, there's a new mast at half an hour from the monastery. The monastery itself looks untouched except by time… it's quite deteriorated but the atmosphere is great! There are multiple shrines and Buddhas also outside the monastery. Please do not make the same mistake as I did… do NOT visit in a single day (rush in, rush out), but spend two nights. There's a tourist Ger camp at 10km from the monastery but off-season you will surely find a place to spend the night in the mini-village close to the monastery.
Written October 14, 2017
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Kate M
Brisbane, Australia62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Friends
I visited the monastery last autumn with some friends who visited me in Darkhan. It was about a 3 hour drive to get to the monastery, which is situated in a very remote location south-west of Darkhan. We organised with a driver to take us there and drive us back, which cost 150 000 tugs (divided 4 ways).

We spent a few hours at the complex, walking through the monastery buildings and up to the two stupas located at the back. The architecture is beautiful and you can really get a sense of the history that the buildings have lived through. The monastery managed to avoid destruction during the Soviet insurrection, and when you get to the complex and see how remote it is, you can understand why.

There are food stalls situated to the left of the complex, with gers selling khuurshuur and buuz. There are also a couple of convenience stores for those who would prefer 2 minute noodles or potato chips. The convenience stores also sell souvenirs including little desk calendars featuring the monastery. Behind the stores there are also toilets (drop-toilets, so prepare yourself).

If you're a fan of gorgeous views, history, religion, and culture, the Amarbayasgalant Monastery is a great place to visit.
Written April 27, 2015
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Tsolmon S
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2011 • Business
Amarbayasgalant is one of the beautiful monasteries in Mongolia. Please visit at www.mongoliatraveladvisor.com for more information about the monastery.
Written April 1, 2012
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663Greca663
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia164 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015
We drove for hours, on the Ulaanbaatar-Darkhan-Erdenet road, regaled by the beauty of the Mongolian countryside - greens, browns, yellows, purples, reds, whites - serenaded by the mooing and baaing of cattle, and awed by the thunder of hooves as deel-attired, motorcycle-riding 'malchin' or horse wranglers guide their beautiful herd in and out of gullies onto valleys of newly sprouted grass.
Finally we reached a T-junction, with a signboard 'Amarbayasgalant Monastery.' We emptied the car and headed to one of the ger cafes dotting the roadside. After some scrumptious huushuur or fried beef dumplings, we followed the winding dirt road that led to the mountains until we reached another T-junction. Which road to take? We took the left one, and after a few more kilometers of dusty tracks, green valleys, and towering mountains, lo and behold! Amarbayasgalant Monastery.
Just go!
Written July 30, 2015
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lucaret
Mechelen, Belgium84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Couples
The location for the Monastery is superb. It is in the middle of nowwhere. Climb up the hill behind the monastery to have a great view on the monastery and its surroundings.
Written July 22, 2015
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Craig M
Porto, Portugal3,054 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Friends
A great place to visit, away from the crowds and 35km from the nearest paved road.

We drove my Land Rover to the vicinity of the monastery the night before and camped a short distance away. That allowed us to go to the monastery early the next morning, when we were the only ones present. We tried to locate someone 'with the keys' without success but a man living in an adjacent house indicated that we could walk inside the grounds.

We wandered around the grounds for a while, taking photographs. After a while, one of the monks arrived with a key to one of the temples and allowed us inside. There was no admission fee and no indication that a donation of any kind was needed. After we had finished looking inside the temple, the monk simply said goodbye and walked away.

We visited other monasteries that have become commercialised with ticket booths, admission fees, etc. So far, this place has remained a working monastery without tourist trappings - perhaps because it is so far off the beaten track. Definitely worth a visit!
Written October 10, 2014
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