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Dundgobi or Middle Gobi

Middle Gobi. The brown plains and rocky outcrops of Middle Gobi province stretch over 78'000 square kilometers of territory between Tuv province and the South Gobi. The northern part of the province is comparatively green, but the southern area looks more like the Gobi Desert. The province is a real finding for archaeologists and scholars studying the Mongolian history of the 10-12th centuries. The Gobi covers one third of entire Mongolia, but it is not complete desert. Most of it is semi-desert with its dramatic cliffs and valleys, rolling sand dunes, the ancient Gobi dessert is one of the world's unusual deserts. The Gobi is a land of extremes; significant rain falls only every two or three years. It can be well over +40C during the summer and below -40C during the winter.

Baga Gazriin Chuluu – It is an unique granite rock formations, about 60 kilometers north-west of Mandalgobi for hiking and exploring the caves. In the 19th century, two revered monks lived here in gers – remnants of their rock paintings can be found in the area. The rocks are worshipped by locals who sometimes pilgrimages here. Five kilometers away, the highest peak in the area, Baga Gazriin Uul (1768m) will take about five hours to climb. The mountain has a cave with underground lake. The mineral water springs and trees in the region make it great spot to camp.

Sangiin dalai nuur - The lovely and tiny Lake Sangiin Dalai Lake is a remarkable place for its bird life and temple ruins. On a small island in Lake Burd, where swans, partridges, and ducks live, are the ruins of a small 10th century monastery and a 17th century palace. One of the popular temples called Sangiin Dalai Temple; it was built on the occasion of Dalai Lama's first visit to Mongolia in 19th century. Three hundred years ago, a palace was built here and 150 years later, the writer Danzanravjaa built stage on top of the ruins. Enough of the temple and palace remain to give you some idea of what a magnificent place it once must have been

Gimpil Darjaalan temple – It is very pleasant and spiritual place, built in the 18th century to commemorate the first ever visit to Mongolia by Dalai Lama, the monastery was used by about 500 monks. It was the only monastery out of nine in the immediate vicinity to survive the Stalinist purges by becoming a warehouse and storages. The monastery was reopened in 1990 and current Dalai Lama visited in 1992. The spacious temple has a central statue of Tsongkhapa, some large parasols and huge drams.