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How to Spend 3 Days in Ulaanbaatar

How to Spend 3 Days in Ulaanbaatar

Three days in Ulaanbaatar gives you enough time to explore the city’s highlights, including temples and museums, experience the local culture, and get outside the city to explore a scenic national park and enjoy outdoor activities. Here’s how to make the most of three days in Ulaanbaatar.

Day 1: Temples and Museums

Start the morning off at Gandantegchenling Monastery to see monks chanting. Explore the vast complex of temples at the city’s main Buddhist center. Afterwards, explore the winter palace of the last king of Mongolia, the Bogd Khan Palace Museum, which combines a European-style palace with Chinese-style pagodas and a museum.

Spend the afternoon soaking up the history of Mongolia at the National Museum of Mongolia, perusing its massive collection of artifacts from the Neolithic era to present day. Other popular museums include Choijin Lama Temple Museum, Zanabazar Museum of Fine Art, and Central Museum of Mongolian Dinosaurs.

Go shopping for souvenirs and cashmere products. Popular shops and markets can be found along Chinggis Avenue, in the Naran Tuul Black Market, and at the State Department Store Shop. End the day sampling local cuisine and getting a taste of Ulaanbaatar’s vibrant nightlife.

Day 2: Explore a National Park

To get a different perspective, head out to one of the national parks near Ulaanbaatar. Gorkhi Terelj National Park is one of the most popular parks, and it's easily accessible from the city. On the way, stop at the massive Genghis Khan Statue Complex, which offers sweeping views from one of the largest equestrian statues in the world. Animal lovers may want to head to the Hustai National Park, instead, for the chance to see the takhi, or wild horses, among other wildlife.

Spend the afternoon looking for wildlife or engaged in a range of outdoor activities, such as horseback riding, camel riding, or hiking. Or cover more ground by driving around and taking in the scenery. Spend the night in a yurt or ger tent to get a taste of nomadic life in Mongolia. Tourist ger camps are available in most parks. For a more authentic experience, stay overnight with a nomadic family.

Day 3: Experience the Culture

Head back to Ulaanbaatar and spend the morning sampling local dishes on a food tour or taking a cooking class. Learn to make local favorites such as dumplings (buuz) from a nomadic family in their ger or at a restaurant.

Head to the south of Ulaanbaatar for lofty views from Zaisan Memorial before heading to the centrally located Sukhbaatar Square, surrounded by important government buildings. Admire the massive Chinggis (Genghis) Khaan Monument and statues of other important Mongolian heroes. Afterwards, join a guided tour of the ger districts to see a different side of the city, and learn more about how many of the locals live.

For your final night in Ulaanbaatar, take in a cultural or folk performance. See traditional art forms on the display in the form of music, dancing, the unique khoomei throat singing, contortions, and acrobatics.

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1 Day Coach Tour of Genghis Khan Statue Complex and Terelj National Park Including Lunch

1 Day Coach Tour of Genghis Khan Statue Complex and Terelj National Park Including Lunch

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The largest equestrian statue in the world, the imposing Genghis Khan Statue Complex is a must-see when in Mongolia. Tour the complex in its entirety on this guided tour from Ulaanbaatar, which includes all transportation, entrance fees, and a guide to make the most of your experience. Plus, visit nearby Terelj National Park, hike to Aryabal Monastery, and visit a local nomad family to learn more about the best of Mongolia’s culture, nature, and history—all in one day.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Day Coach Tour of Genghis Khan Statue Complex and Terelj National Park Including Lunch

Day Coach Tour of Genghis Khan Statue Complex and Terelj National Park Including Lunch

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Combine two adventures in one on this full day excursion from Ulaanbaatar. First, visit the largest equestrian statue in the world at the Genghis Khan Statue Complex, where you can also take souvenir photos is traditional Mongolian clothing. Continue on to Terelj National Park, the most accessible natural area from the capital city. Have lunch at Turtle Rock and hike to Aryabal Monastery. Later, visit with a nomadic family before heading back to Ulaanbaatar.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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$128.21
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Mongolia in 2 days

Mongolia in 2 days

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Enjoy the sort of local access that’s only really possible on a tour as you spend the night with nomads in an authentic Mongolian “ger” tent. Start with a city tour and a visit to the Genghis Khan Statue Complex before you head into the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park for lunch, dinner, and a taste of nomad life. After breakfast the next day, you can choose to ride a horse.
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  • 2 days
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Day Tour of Hustai National Park

Day Tour of Hustai National Park

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Venture into the Mongolian countryside for the day on this day trip to Hustai National Park. Most famous for its population of wild Asian horses, the park offers ample opportunity for outdoor activities like bird watching, photography, and hiking. Have lunch in the park, then visit a local horseman family, where you can take a short ride and learn about how important these animals are to the nomadic way of life. The trip ends with drop-off back at your hotel.
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  • 1 day
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Full-Day Tour of Ulaanbaatar With Museum and Black-market

Full-Day Tour of Ulaanbaatar With Museum and Black-market

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Explore the highlights of Ulaanbaatar on a full fay tour with a local guide. Start with a visit to the National History Museum of Mongolia, followed by a visit to Gandan Monastery, the most important Buddhist site in Mongolia. Fuel up with a traditional Mongolian lunch, then it's on to the famous Black Market for some shopping for everything from horse saddles to traditional Mongolian clothing. The finale is a visit to a local cashmere and wool factory where you can purchase garments made from the hair of Mongolian goats. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 8 hours
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Private City Tour - Ulaanbaatar

Private City Tour - Ulaanbaatar

Ulaanbaatar can feel overwhelming for first time visitors. Skip the hassle of travel planning and maximize your time on this full-day guided tour of the Mongolian capital's main sights, including Chinggis Square, Gandan Monastery, and the National Museum of Mongolia. With hotel pickup and drop-off and lunch included you can just relax as you explore.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Private Tour: Ulaanbaatar City Tour

Private Tour: Ulaanbaatar City Tour

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With just one day to explore Ulaanbaatar, this private tour ensures you maximize your time and take in all the highlights. Visit sights including Gandan Buddhist Monastery, the Museum of Mongolian National History, and Sukhbaatar square; pose for photos by the famous ULAANBAATAR letters; and admire the views from Zaisan Memorial Hill. Your private tour can be customized, so you can shop for souvenirs or spend more time at the sights that interest you most.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Cooking famous Mongolian dumplings with local nomads

Cooking famous Mongolian dumplings with local nomads

This private tour gives you the opportunity to learn how to make and cook delicious Mongolian dumpling- Buuz with beef, chicken and mixed vegetables. We will take you to the local family to have this authentic experience and give the opportunity to experience the everyday nomadic lifestyle.
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  • 30 to 45 minutes
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