Travel to Ulaanbaatar, the "red hero" of the steppe
On the banks of the Tuul River in the vast steppes and plateaus of Mongolia, lies Ulaanbaatar, the country's capital and an important cultural, economic and industrial center of the country. A city with a long history and one of the most important Buddhist centers in the world, Ulaanbaatar is a small, charming city, full of contrasts and an atmosphere of genuine authenticity, elements that shape its special physiognomy and make it a fast-growing tourist destination full of unexpected images and surprises.
With half the country's population concentrated in the city's urban area, Ulaanbaatar harmoniously combines its ancient cultural and religious tradition with modern innovations, as imposing skyscrapers look like they touch the city's skyline.
The imposing Chinggis Khan-Sukhbaatar central square with the equestrian statue of the hero of the same name, Sukhbaatar, becomes the ultimate landmark of the city, paving the way to the stunningly beautiful Gadan Khiid Buddhist monastery, a major city attraction and place of pilgrimage. The Buddha Park, with its imposing statue of God and the innumerable lotus flowers that adorn it, offers an oasis of recreation in the city center, while the Bogd Khaan Palace Museum, also known as the "Green Palace", houses the top Mongolian art history collections and the Choijin Lama Monastery become a showcase of Buddhist history and art, earning a well-deserved place on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Zaisan memorial stands proudly on the south side of the city and coexists harmoniously with the skyscrapers and impressive shopping malls that make Ulaanbaatar a travel canvas, ready to live up to all expectations.
Food and local cuisine
Mongolia's local cuisine relies heavily on meat and dairy-based dishes. Lamb meat, camel, beef yak, leading the local specialties. Dairy products are made from milk of mare, camel and cattle. Try dishes such as buuz (boiled dough with meat filling), Khuushuur (minced pasta), hard goat cheese aaruul, orom cream and airag horse milk. There is a great variety of soups (with meat, fat, pasta and a few potatoes), while the Mongols do not eat fish. Mongolian green tea is also famous.
The best season to visit Ulaanbaatar
Ulaanbaatar is considered the coldest capital in the world. Due to the very low temperatures, the ideal summer travel period is the short summer period from mid-June to mid-August, a period during which many festivals take place, which will give an interesting note to your trip.
How to move around Ulaanbaatar
Transport from/to Ulaanbaatar
Ulaanbaatar International Airport, Buyant - Ukha Chinggis Khan International Airport, is just outside the city. Transportation to Ulaanbaatar is by bus or taxi. Go to the capital of Mongolia by train, from Moscow, Russia, or via the Moscow-Beijing route, with a stopover in Ulaanbaatar.
Transportation in Ulaanbaatar is operational. For transportation in the city and the surrounding areas use public transport buses, trolleybuses, taxis, as well as minibuses (capacity up to 8 people). For longer distances you can rent a private car.