The Terelj National Park is one of the most popular in Mongolia, famous for its rock formations and beautiful landscapes.

I started the day wandering around the ger camp where we had just spent the night, soaking in the atmosphere and enjoying the scene.

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Next, we headed out to explore, starting with the famous Turtle Rock, named because its shape (vaguely…) resembles a turtle.

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Next, we took a short horseriding tour around the area – led by a local guide. I have to admit I was a little disappointed with this ride, having risen horses before it wasn’t particularly novel (unalike the camel riding on the first day of this trip) and the trip only lasted about half an hour, plodding along a dirt track.

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Finally, we hiked up to the Ariabal Monastery – a small monastery located at the far end of the national park. From this vantage point, we had spectacular views over the whole valley.IMG_8803.JPG

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As with all monasteries, there was a ring of prayer wheels around the outside of the main temple. These ones were brightly coloured and decorated with traditional script.IMG_8809.JPG

Inside, the temple was absolutely spectacular, with brightly coloured textiles and incredible details.IMG_8811.JPGIMG_8817.JPG

Walking out just behind the monastery, we found a small shrine, which sadly seemed a little poorly maintained.

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Walking back down the hill toward the ger camp, we passed by several stupas, also brightly coloured.

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It seemed like these were the main highlights of the Terelj National Park, which we were able to see in around half a day. Next, we hopped back in the van to visit the famous Chinggis Khan statue – which I will write about in the next post.

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