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Buddhist Monasteries Tour (code: 021)


Buddhism was declared Mongolia’s national religion in the 13th century and has been widespread since the 1600s. By 1900, there were 583 monasteries and temples and a trip around some of them can be considered the perfect introduction to Tibetan Buddhism. Among the wonderful monasteries on this tour is Erdene Zuu, built in the 1580s on the site of the ancient imperial capital. One of the oldest monasteries in Mongolia, in its prime there were 10,000 lamas in residence and nearly 60 temples. By the end of the Stalinist purges in the 1930s, however, all but 4 of these temples had been destroyed. You will see the lamas chanting and receive Buddhist empowerments as well as having the opportunity to view the temple’s museum complex.

Tour Overview

Tour Length:   8 days

Group size:      3 to 12 people

Transport type: Vehicle

Tour cost:        US$ 990- (including taxes)

Tour level:       Standart

Schedule 2011:  June- September (You can choose when you come and the date.)

Highlights: Ulaanbaatar city, Erdene-Zuu Monastery , Shankh monastery, Tuvkhun Monastery, Uvgun Monastery, Manzshir Monastery, city shopping, Visit nomad families, opportunity to ride horse and much more!

 TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1. Ulaanbaatar

Upon arrival in Mongolia’s capital city, Ulaanbaatar, you will be transferred to the hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy a leisure program of sightseeing around the city including Sukhbaatar square, Gandan Monastery and Zaisan hill. Optional visit to Natural History Museum of Mongolia. Enjoy traditional art performance and Welcome dinner at restaurant. Overnight in hotel. (D)

Day 2. Erdene-Zuu Monastery

Approximate distance covered and estimated travel time: 360 km, 5-6 hours.
Travel to Karakorum, ancient capital city of Great Mongolian Empire. Visit the oldest Monastery Erdene-Zuu built in 1586, with 108 stupas. Look around little town Karakorum and see historical towel on the hill. Optional horse riding is available in the evening. Stay overnight in ger camp. (B, L, D)

Day 3. Shankh monastery

Approximate distance covered and estimated travel time: 120 km, 4-5 hours.
Travel to the Orkhon Waterfall. Water falls from height of 20 meters and the width of the stream at the point where forms the spectacular waterfall is 10 meters. The road to the waterfall is not easily accessible, owing to rocky surface of the area along the Orkhon river. On the way we visit Shankh monastery. Stay overnight in ger camp. (B, L, D)

Day 4. Tuvkhun Monastery

Approximate distance covered and estimated travel time: 100 km, 4-5 hours.
We continue our journey to Tuvkhun Monastery. In the afternoon we make a 2 km trek to Tuvkhun monastery, called Nord Utai, located on a mountain 2,400m above sea level. Here we enjoy the tranquility and beauty of the scenery and visit the caves located around the monastery. Stay overnight in ger camp. (B, L, D)

Day 5. Uvgun Monastery

Approximate distance covered and estimated travel time: 150 km, 3-4 hours.
Travel to Bayangobi. It is unique place with many different forms of natural landscapes: Gobi sand dunes, forests, and rocky mountains. Visit Erdene Khambyn Khuree. Stay overnight in ger camp. (B, L, D)

Day 6. Manzshir Monastery

Approximate distance covered and estimated travel time: 320 km, 6-7 hours.
Travel to Bogd Khan National park. Visit the Manzshir Monastery, 18th century monastery. Stay overnight in ger camp. (B, L, D)

Day 7. Ulaanbaatar

Approximate distance covered and estimated travel time: 45 km, 1 hour.
Travel to Ulaanbaatar. Shopping for souvenirs and cashmere is optional. Farewell dinner. Overnight in hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 8. Departure

After breakfast transfer to departure (B)

B- Breakfast

L- Lunch

D- Dinner

Included:

  • Twin bedded rooms in a hotel
  • Shared accommodation in tourist ger camp
  • Guiding and interpreting service
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary
  • Daily supply of bottled water
  • Transfers by vehicle 4x4
  • Local guides
  • All entrance fees
  • Horse, camel, yak ride trial

Not included:

  • international airfare
  • visa cost
  • alcoholic drinks
  • travel insurance

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