Never has a vast, rugged emptiness been so appealing, but there's something magical about Mongolia. Once the heart of Genghis Khan's expansive Mongol Empire that dominated Europe and Asia, today's Mongolia has shrunk in size but still features a rich history. Bordered by Russia to the north and China to the south, Mongolia boasts the lowest population density in the world and vast wilderness expanses that are the stuff of dreams. Though this is the land of the last nomads, hotels in Mongolia provide a front-row seat to incredible untouched nature and exuberant culture.
Mongolia's landscapes are as varied as they are stunning. Mongolia hotels provide access to the stark Gobi Desert in the south, the fertile steppes in the east, and the majestic mountains to the north and west. Nearly half the country's population lives in the capital, Ulaanbaatar, which is conveniently located in central Mongolia. Ulaanbaatar hotels make a great home base for exploring the surrounding regions and for flights in and out of the country. In the north, visit the city of Erdenet, the second largest in the country, to see a famous carpet factory and one of the world's largest copper mines.
Western Mongolia holds the treasured Uvs Nuur Lake, a saline lake with an incredible environment that has earned it a place on the UNESCO World Heritage list. At the country's westernmost point, you can experience the incredible Altai Tavan Bogd National Park, which features Mongolia's highest mountains, largest glacier, and legendary natives who partner with eagles to hunt. In the south, see the finest sand dunes at Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park, where you can also hike a canyon and visit museums and a monastery.
Follow the brisk winds out in four directions and enjoy nature in this nomadic, yurt-dotted land. Browse vacation packages in Ulaanbaatar and let the adventure begin. Be sure to search Travelocity for hotel packages in Mongolia and save up to $537 when you book a hotel and flight at the same time.
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