See Chinggis Khan's image on the side of a hill
This will be your day to acquire a good background of the cultural, religious, and natural history of Mongolia. You will tour Ulaan Baatar, including a visit to Gandantegchinlen Monastery, the largest and most significant monastery in Mongolia, and one of Ulaan Baatar’s most interesting sights. Built in the mid 19th century, it is the only monastery where Buddhist services continued during the communist years, and the temples are thronged during religious services. Also tour the Megjid Janraisig Temple, the most important part of the monastery. This temple, also known as Avalokiteshvara Temple, was built in 1911-1912 to celebrate the end of Manchu domination in Mongolia and, it is said, to have cured the great and revered Bogd Gegeen Khaan from blindness. The Janraisig statue at 25 meters (87 feet) in height and 20 tons in weight, is inside the temple. Visit the newly-renovated Museum of National History. The museum displays exhibits on the geography, geology, botany, fauna, and paleontology of Mongolia. Among the treasures on display are 800 objects from the lower Cambrian Age (500 million years ago) to the Quaternary Age (10,000 to 15,000 years ago), including fossils of vertebrates, plants, leaf prints, dinosaurs, and mammals. The specimens of dinosaur skeletons and bones vary in size from a few inches to over 100 feet tall, and several are found only in Mongolia.
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Ramada Hotel or similar