Gorkhi-Terelj National Park
Name: Gorkhi-Terelj National Park
Location: Bayagiin Dugan, Mongolia,
Reason to Visit: With spectacular nature scenery of grassland and experience the nomadic life of herders
Duration: More than 3 hours
Our Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
The parks in Mongolia are almost original, without artificial construction. Gorkhi-Terelj National Park is the closest park to Ulaanbaatar. It takes about 2 hours from Ulaanbaatar to Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. Gorkhi-Terelj National Park is one of the most famous national parks in Mongolia, which is famous for its spectacular nature scenery. Most of Mongolia's territory is covered by grasslands. In the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, you can really experience the vastness of the grassland as well as admire the stunning view of Mongolia. The beauty of the park is different in different seasons. And the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park is an ideal destination for grassland lovers, it satisfies them because it has river, grassland, mountains, forest and horses.
At the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, you can:
- Enjoy the Spectacular Nature Scenery
- Visit the Ariyapala Temple
- Explore the Huge Turtle Rock
- Experience the Nomadic Life of the Locals
- Ride a Horse on the Grassland
- Go Camping in the Park
The scenery in the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park is as beautiful as the scene in the films. There are forest, mountains, grassland and river in the park. Mongolia is a country with large territory and small population, and the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park covers a large area. In the sunny day, what makes a beautiful scene are the river, the grassland, the mountains, the forest, the sky, the clouds, the horses, and you.
The Ariyapala Temple is built on a hill. It is said that the Ariyapala Temple is used for meditation. And a temple built in such a beautiful and peaceful place is really suitable for meditation.
During the time that you climb up the mountain, you can get close to the rolling mountains, the forest and the panoramic view of the vast grassland. Climbing up the stairs to the temple, maybe you will feel like a pilgrimage. We can experience the feelings of the believers during this time.
There is a huge stone standing in the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. It is called Turtle Rock because its shape is like a turtle. The surface of the Turtle Rock is very smooth. There are many stones on the grassland with holes. And there are holes in the Turtle Rock. It is said that there are treasures hidden in the holes. Some tourists will climb on the Turtle Rock and enjoy the endless view. Others will enter the holes to get close to the holes.
At the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, you can experience the nomadic life of the locals. Live in the yurts, ride a horse on the grassland, taste the milktea and roast mutton on rocks, enjoy the sunset on the grassland and admire the stars in the yurts.
Riding a horse on the grassland must be a nice experience in the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. See the stunning view, feel the excitement of riding on a horse and enjoy the freedom at that moment. You will immerse yourself in the beauty and joy.
Ride a horse and move slowly will be very relaxed, and you will have enough time to enjoy the stunning scene around. And if you have experience, it is wonderful to ride off at a gallop.
With the beautiful nature scenery, Gorkhi-Terelj National Park is a best place for camping. Camping is a good way to escape the city and live in a more peaceful style.
At day, you can enjoy the scenery and the activities like riding a horse. At night, you can look up at the starry sky, so splendid and dazzling.
- It is hot and dry in summer, please protect yourself from the sunshine and moisturize your skin. And drink enough water to replenish moisture.
- As typical continental climate, there is quite a range of temperature between day and night in Mongolia, so please prepare suitable clothes according to the weather report before your trip.
- If you want to experience horse riding, please pay attention to your safety. You’d better ride a horse assisted by an experienced and professional person when you firstly ride a horse.