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SOUTHERN MONGOLIA

Along the southern border of Mongolia, five provinces contain sections of the Gobi desert: Umnugovi, Dornogovi, Dundgovi, Bayankhongor, Govi-Altai. The Gobi region is sparsely populated, but it is surprisly alive with wildlife.

Tsagaan Suvarga 

The name Tsagaan Suvarga is given by local people to the impressive and legendary cliff which is eroded by natural phenomenon. Having 10 million years history, the cliff indicates different times by its colored layers. Tsagaan Suvarga is interesting to see the sheer slope, facing east, which from a distance seems to be the ruins of the ancient city. 


Flaming cliffs Bayanzag 

Flaming cliffs Bayanzag is a famous for the first discovery of dinosaur eggs, bones and complete dinosaur skeletons which is first discovered by Roy Chapman Andrews, American expedition in the 1920. White fossilized bones are still found nowadays.


Khongoryn Els

Khongoryn Els is one of the most scenic areas of Gobi. The dunes rise abruptly from the plain, in some places reaching a height of 300 meters, and extend over an area between 2-12 km in width and 180 km in length.The sand dunes are the perfect place for camel riding. 


Yolyn Am valley

Yol means Lammergeyer, one of the most endangered bird species of prey. The Yolyn Am valley is notable for a deep ice field; it remains frozen for most of the year, except late summer. There are grassy meadows, small streams, long and narrow valley with sheltered by high cliff walls, sunlight bouncing off amazing rocks,


 

Ongi Monastery

Ongi Monastery is the collective name for the ruins of two monasteries that face each other across the Ongi River in Saikhan-Ovoo district of Dundgovi Province, in south-central Mongolia. The Barlim Monastery is located on the north bank of the river while the Khutagt Monastery sits on the south bank. The older southern complex consisted of various administrative buildings as well as 11 temples. The northern complex, built in the 18th century, consisted of 17 temples - among them one of the largest temples in all of Mongolia. The grounds housed also 4 Buddhist universities. Founded in 1660, it was one of the largest monasteries in Mongolia and housed over 1000 monks at its height. The ruins are situated about 18 km south ofthe town of Saikhan Ovoo.

 

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