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- I recently had the incredible opportunity to embark on a horse-riding adventure with the Manchu people in Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, leading us to the enchanting Princess Temple.
The Manchu guides warmly welcomed us into their community when we set foot in the national park. Their deep knowledge and passion for their culture were evident as they shared stories and anecdotes about the history of the Princess Temple and the significance it holds for the Manchu people. Surprisingly, their English was very good so we didnt need to use translation devices.
As we mounted our horses and set off on our journey, the Manchu guides led us through the park skillfully, showcasing their exceptional horsemanship skills and deep connection with these magnificent animals.
Throughout the ride, the guides shared fascinating insights into Manchu traditions, customs, and way of life. They explained the historical significance of the Princess Temple, recounting the love story between the Mongolian prince and the Manchu princess and the tragic events that unfolded. Their storytelling transported us back in time, allowing us to appreciate the cultural significance of this sacred site.
Arriving at the Princess Temple was a truly awe-inspiring moment. The temple, surrounded by the remnants of brick walls, stood as a testament to the enduring legacy of the Manchu people. The guides explained the architectural features and symbolism behind the temple's design, deepening our understanding of Manchu culture and spirituality.
The horse riding experience with the Manchu people in Gorkhi-Terelj National Park was not just a thrilling adventure but a transformative journey of cultural discovery. Through their expertise and genuine enthusiasm, the Manchu guides provided us with a profound understanding of their traditions, values, and history.
I left Gorkhi-Terelj National Park deeply appreciating the Manchu people and their enduring connection to their cultural roots. This horse riding experience was a gateway to a world of ancient traditions and a reminder of the importance of preserving and celebrating diverse cultures.Written 9 November 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- I visited in July, 2023 in Cafe bene of Galleria Ulaanbaatar branch is located behind Government palace. They serviced well and polite. I was satisfied and so happy.Written 26 September 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Beautiful nature, with horses, goats, sheep and cows grazing freely in endless fields of short grass.
You’ll see also the circular gher for the rare nomadic people who live from sheep farmingWritten 21 September 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- With his 40 meters high, this is the highest equestrian statue of the wort ( record that will soon be surpassed by the giant under construction in Mumbai with 212 meters of height dedicated to Shiv Smarak )
The completely iron equestrian statue was build in 2008
ImpressiveWritten 23 September 2023
- Huge square in the middle of Ulaanbaatar, surrounded by modern buildings and a museum, used for festivals. Was previously called Sukhbaatar Square after Damdin Sukhbaatar, a Mongolian revolutionary hero but renamed Chinggis Square in 2013. There's a large colonnade monument dedicated to Genghis Khan, as well as to Ögedei Khan and Kublai Khan, dominating the square's north face. I arrived during Mongolian New Year so everywhere was closed sadly.Written 12 May 2023
- WOW, what can I say! In cooperation with our American tour company, Adventure Associates (AA), the Dream Mongolia (DM) experience was amazing. My husband and I requested this tour from Sandra Braun of AA. This was the first ever tour of Mongolia put together by Adventure Associates in Seattle. Sandra (AA) and Doogie (DM) worked miracles to be sure we got to see and do everything we had requested. Our travel guide, Gur, was a wonderful interpreter, guide, advisor and all-around great guy. We laughed the entire time cruising overland to the different sights; who needs roads! The camel and horseback rides were a wonderful treat. All of the ger camps were very comfortable and the food service was delicious. The best part of the trip was the Golden Eagle Festival in Olgii. An amazing example of true Mongolian culture.Written 29 October 2023
- Great place to sip cocktails and listen to live music. Fat cat usually has a certain band playing most of the time, so its good to check out their Instagram page for update (IG:fatcatjazzclub)Written 3 September 2023
- My husband and I had a great experience touring Terelj NP and the Gobi through SunPath and highly recommend the company. We had a lovely day trip to Terelj and an equally good five-night, six-day trip south to the Gobi. Sunpath’s owner/manager, Doljmaa, was fast to respond to emails and answer questions, and our guide, Bella, was as lovely as her name, extremely fluent in English, and shared lots of interesting facts about areas we traveled through. Our driver, Dodge, was skillful and we were impressed by his ability to navigate the many unmarked tracks our trip took us through.
We had hoped to join group tours but were told our dates didn’t fit, so we ended up with private ones, the benefits of which were a very comfortable jeep with chargers and much more flexibility around stops. Nights get quite chilly in Oct, but SunPath provided very warm sleeping bags and we were never uncomfortable. A couple of evenings our hosts cooked and other nights Bella or Dodge did, and we always felt well-fed and cared for. Out of five nights in gers (yurts), only one had low cleaning and a filthy outhouse, all other stays we could tell that owners had worked hard to make their homesteads as welcoming as possible.
The absolute highlight of the trip was the 100-mile-long Khongor Sand Dunes. You do not want to miss these! Don’t be daunted by the climb, just take it slowly, the view from the top is so worth it!
Unfortunately, I did not find any of the TripAdvisor reviews before we went because I searched for Sun Path as two words instead of one and nothing showed. I discovered the company through the terrific travel blogs “Going the Whole Hogg” and “Bucket List” which are worth looking at to see what your trip will be like.
We are recommending Sunpath, SunPath, Sun Path to all our friends and family. Thank you Doljmaa, Bella and Dodge for a good introduction to your beautiful country!Written 4 November 2023
- After a business trip, I decided to treat my colleague and myself with 1.5-hour aromatherapy. It was amazing! I was suffering from pains in my shoulder from working on PC plus muscle aches from horse riding. I felt so much lighter after the session. The staff is Thai and very experienced. Highly recommended.Written 25 September 2022
- Excellent trip with Goyo to Eagle festival and home stay . Communication and information was first class and the whole trip was organised perfectly from start to finish . Guides were great and it was the trip of a lifetime . Highly recommendedWritten 1 November 2023
- Discover Mongolia made this a trip of a life time. Our guides were amazing! Over the 21 days of travel we were well cared for, and felt like family. Our main guide, Khishi was absolutely fabulous. Mongolia is an amazingly beautiful country, with stunning vistas and much off road or dirt road access. I was constantly impressed with the skill of our driver to deliver us safely to our destination.Written 9 November 2023
- We are a family of 4 with 19yo and 9yo girls. We booked a 5-day tour with New Milestone covering Ulaanbaatar, Terelj, Elsen Tasarkhai (Mini Gobi), Kharkhorin. We did camel rides, horse rides, sand dune sledding. Visited the Chinggis Khan statue, museums, ancient monasteries and even a mini Naadam Festival. The most interesting parts of the tour were the visits to the homes of the local nomads. Every nomadic family is so welcoming with hot tea always ready, plus a spread of their homemade yogurt, butter and Mongolian snacks. Their gers are the same yet different in many ways. They are so open and friendly to share about their nomadic livelihood to foreigners like us. Fun activities aside, I had a great time learning about their culture and now have great respect for the Mongolians I’ve met. Many history books have probably portrayed the Mongolians as aggressive warriors. But they are actually survivors in the harsh environments and a friendly bunch.Written 14 November 2023
- Adventure, culture, stays with nomads, plus an incredible guide - Selena Travel was superb at organizing everything.This adventure-packed trip exceeded our expectations in so many ways! We wanted to really understand Mongolian culture and get a feel of this fascinating and historic country that Genghis Kahn made so famous, through our experiences and interactions with locals. Terelj created a special tour that did that!
I went with my 22-year-old son who enjoyed everything as much as I did, and despite some long drives, the landscape was so riveting that neither of us was ever bored. Our trip included 2 home-stays with nomads where we learned to cook local food and actually make "vodka" together from fermented milk (really interesting and so much fun!), camel riding in the desert, hiking up to ancient monasteries that were destroyed and long abandoned, horseback riding along some of the most beautiful terrain I've ever seen, searching for the only remaining wild horses (we eventually found them and watched as they almost walked right in front of us), and visiting some important historical sites such as the ancient capital of Karakorum. All this in 4 days.
The accommodations were always very comfortable (note that staying with Nomads is more like camping, which was fine with us), and the entire trip was exceedingly well-planned, with enough flexibility to include some off-the-beaten-path adventures along the way. Our guide, “Ching” was absolutely outstanding – totally fluent in English, incredibly knowledgeable, eager to answer all of our many questions – as well as a total delight to spend time with. Our driver, while not as fluent in English, had a good sense of humor and rounded out our 4-some very nicely. The SUV was modern and made traveling over dirt roads – or sometimes no roads at all – possible.
In short, the trip was “A+” in every regard. I cannot recommend Selena Travel and Terelj (who runs the company) more highly. A trip of a lifetime.Written 7 October 2023
- This group is very experienced at what they do and it shows.
I signed up for the 10 day national park trek with friends who did the research in finding a guided horseback tour in Mongolia, and Stone horse was a clear standout from the beginning. They have their own horses and those horses are an established herd, so you know that they will generally be able to get on well enough with each other. The group is also an excellent team that does well at managing packing down, making camp, cooking, saddling, and care for the horses while you are on the trek. The equipment was all very decent and perfect for the terrain. As a single person I had a double wide north face dome tent, a thermarest pad, and a 0-degree rated sleeping bag. When it did dip down lower, there were rubber water bottles available on request for helping keep warm in the night.
Food was great! Every evening meal was tasty and the varied what we had well. I had been forewarned by friends that the food in Mongolia on trips isn't always so great, but I really quite enjoyed what we had in camp and on lunches. They were also able to accommodate a vegetarian friend with no trouble at all.
I was a relative novice, having not been on horseback for several years before the trip, but I found that the equipment was all very easy to use and the temperament of the horses was not an issue. I packed along some hiking boots to use for the riding days and that was very sufficient. I was particularly impressed that they had a few items of custom made gear that were very well suited for their tasks. The saddles themselves, but also the leather half-chaps which were super comfortable for all-day riding. It is important to have some comfort and familiarity with the horses and what to do when they are reacting to things. As with any riding in a wild place, there will occasionally be unexpected surprises and so being at least able to hang on and keep calm if a horse reacts to a ground bees nest or a dog popping out of the bushes behind is a must. For more experienced riders, being able to take their horse out of the column to run in the open or explore a nearby spot was permitted and I thought that was a nice bit of freedom and fun for the person who was able to do that during my trip. It also was clear that Keith, one of the owners, was able to work with folks to tailor trips accordingly, even helping get folks tripped off in the park mid-journey to join, or to take out by car of they needed to leave early. During my trip there were both scenarios, and the early exits and new joins happened seamlessly and with no disruption to the overall trip.
The sights and places we got to see were phenomenal! It really is special to get into the park, see that there are really no fences, and to have the freedom of movement to go anywhere. Our guide Sabine was clearly so knowledgeable about these areas too and always found us nice resting points, lunch spots, vistas, and decent campgrounds along the way. Another little highlight of the trip was the two dogs that moved with the group and kept us company and gave us a heads up when there was wildlife around in the evenings.
Weatherwise, we were very happy with the September weather. None of our riding days ended up being rainy (which was pleasantly surprising), however we took the advice to pack along rain gear and I'm glad we did as there were some evening rains.
In terms of wildlife, we saw golden eagles, vultures, a small herd of elk, and at night we heard wolves nearby one of the evenings which was a special treat.
I had a fabulous time on the trek and would certainly do it again!Written 25 September 2023
- We just returned from an amazing tour from Mongolia. Zoloo was quick and detailed with her replies to our initial inquiries. She put together an interesting itinerary that covers Gobi Deset and Western Mongolia and visited nomad families. We were lucky to have been assigned Tim and Mugi as our guide and driver. Tim is the dream tour guide for every tourist. He speaks perfect English and has good knowledge of the country, culture and history, has a good sense of humour and takes amazing photos. It felt like we were travelling with an old friend. Mugi is very caring and constantly ensure that we were comfortable throughout the journey. His excellent driving skills have ensured that the long drives on the bumpy dirt road very enjoyable. We stayed in some standard tourist ger and some luxury ger with ensuite bathrooms, all are clean and comfortable. Highly recommend Travel Buddies if you are looking for an agency that provides excellent services.Written 7 September 2023