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“Knee deep in refuse”

Gorkhi-Terelj National Park
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$85.03*
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Small-Group Horseback Riding Day Tour
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$89.00*
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One Day Coach Tour of Terelj National Park Including Lunch
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$65.28*
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Genghis Khan Day Tour
Ranked #1 of 94 things to do in Ulaanbaatar
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed September 6, 2013

Terelj is a welcome relief from the filth, poverty and deprivation of the capital, and it is sufficiently different to warrant the journey any time of the year.

There is much to enjoy whether you go there in summer to paddle a canoe on the river, or for a weekend retreat during the the deep freeze of winter. Rides on horseback is a popular pastime, and sometimes there are camel too. A guy along the highway en route will let you pose for photos with an eagle or vulture on your arm (for a fee). And yaks are plentiful.

Accommodation ranges from rude summer gers, to five star luxury, limited only by your budget and sense of adventure.

My only disappointment is the garbage - vodka and plastic bottles mainly - dumped everywhere. Urban Mongols in luxury four wheel drives are rapidly turning the Motherland into a vast sea of bottles and other refuse. Such is the destiny of the Land of Eternal Sky.

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Reviewed September 4, 2013

Due to the drive from UB, it's a long day trip to Turtle Rock and the monastery, especially if you want to hike. We took a day trip with a guide and driver, and could definitely have skipped the tourist lunch at an empty ger camp. Either spend more time (stay a couple of nights) or skip this day trip.

Thank MontfordMom
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

We just had a day visit by coach, so we had no time to to sample the many activities that the park offers. The roads from the City and in the park are not good but all were in the process of being significantly improved, so future visitors will have a much smoother journey. We were able to see and photograph both yaks and (2) camels; be entertained inside a ger, where we tried local cheese (ok) and yoghurt (not liked). We climbed several hundred feet to a Buddist Temple. The coach took us as close as possible but walking uphill at quite high altitude is challenging. The monestary has fascinating carvings of animals and an avenue with about 50 posters featuring Buddist sayings. There was some wild life and we watched a huge woodpecker. A meal in a restaurant was enjoyed whilst viewing the scenery and two small rodents playing outside. For those having a longer stay than us in Mongolia this is a better place to stay a while rather than the city.

Thank djpend
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Amazing surroundings and although slightly organised, it gives you a sense of how the people there live. Interesting landscape and a temple that looks in the middle of nowhere. Toilet is a hole in the ground :)

Thank VasilikiRegina
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

Booked a trip to Terelj National Park via Selena Travel as a fill in day staying there overnight in a ger camp (13 August 2013). It took about 2 hours to reach the park from UB and in the AM visited turtle rock and the meditation monastery (which were an interesting diversion).

At this time of the year (August) everything is green - spent the remaining afternoon enjoying hiking the green hills (no trails - just wander) and forests enjoying the wild flowers which were in bloom everywhere at this time and the odd bird and small squirrel like critters. An easy way to fill in a short bit of time amongst nature

Thank rjsFootscrayWest
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