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If Mongolia were a historical figure, it’d be Genghis Khan.
If it were an animal, it would be a wild horse. If it were a colour, it’d be maroon. And if it were a country, which it is, it would contain all of these things – and plenty more besides.
It would contain sprawling grass plains, sparkling blue lakes, vibrant warrior festivals and some of the world’s last truly nomadic people. It would contain the Gobi Desert, men who hunt with eagles and the proverb ‘while horse is strong, travel to see places’.
Lucky then that Mongolia is a country. And luckier still that we travel there.
Mongolia's strange, exotic and relatively untouched; with rural families not just surviving, but thriving in totally most barren landscapes. Mental. Here are some Mongolian facts. They're like regular facts, but more interesting. ... Read more on the blog
Enchanting Mongolian plains and endless Russian steppe weave with mountains, forests, meadows, lakes and towns as you roll from Ulaanbaatar to St Petersberg on the world's most epic train journey, the Trans Mongolian Railway.
You can spend time, too, at Russia's Lake Baikal, the world's largest body of freshwater with its own unique species of seal, or go on Mongolian safari with yaks as your transport and gers your accommodation in true nomadic style.
Further wander the majestic Gobi desert and Mongolian mountains or delve into the myriad other historical sites of The Stans – including Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.
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