Gorkhi-Terelj National Park
Gorkhi-Terelj is one of Mongolia’s national parks, 55 km north east from Ulaanbaatar city. Unlike the nearby steppes, it has mountains and trees, including large stands of tamaracks that turn golden in the fall. The park has a magnificent alpine landscape, many rock formations for rock climbers, and includes a famous formations named Turtle Rock (Melkhii Khad) for the shape it resembles.
Well known as sightseeing destination, gigantesque rock made and carved into a turtle by only wind and rain water, which is just off the main road into the park. Many people have called it «the Switzerland of Mongolia»; it is and excellent place for horse or camel riding, hiking inside the rock and nearby.
The legend states that the King Galdanboshigt hid all his treasures during the war with Manchu Troops in 1600. Since then it’s worshiped by the locals as the treasure rock bringing wealth to those who visit.
One of the 'must go' attraction while you are at the Terelj National Park - ideally take a horse ride to go to Aryabal Meditation Temple and enjoy the ride and scenery from the top.