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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