Aryabal Meditation Temple in Terelj Tuv Province

Hidden Temple in Terelj


One of the most beautiful spots in Gorkhi-Terelj National Park apart from its nature is Aryabal Temple. This hidden in the mountains temple is located nearby Turtle Rock, 56 km away from Ulaanbaatar city. Surrounding areas attraction full of granite formation set among scenic valleys and hills with a winding river and groves of trees.

Aryabal is a Buddhist God who listens to all the prayers of humankind and releases humankind from suffering. It was built in the shape of an elephant’s head. The number 108 is an auspicious number in Buddhism. Therefore the stairs leading to the temple consist of 108 steps and symbolizes the elephant’s elongated trunk. Moreover, signs with 144 Buddhist teachings, written in English and Mongolian, lined the sides of the path to the temple.

The temple style is more tibetan styled like white square shaoed and white colored main building and porcelain roofs decorated with buddhist and religious signs. The decoration at the temple houses are amasing, especially depicting what is the paradise and what is the hell.

Aryabal Temple belongs to the Kalachakra sect of Buddhism, which was built in 1810-s by mongolian and tibetan artists and Buddhist monks from Manzushir monastery came to this temple to meditate. Later in 2000 buddhist monks of Lamiran temple in Ulaanbaatar initiated the project to restore this temple and completed the restoration work in 2004-2007. Lamiran temple monks sometimes come to this temple and cater religious service here and in many days of year it is open place for visitors and tourists, who want to thank for the god and do meditation.

Best places to stay close to Aryabal Temple in the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park:

Terelj Hotel & Spa:

A luxury option located near the entrance of the national park. It offers comfortable rooms, spa facilities, and stunning views of the surrounding landscapes.

Tuul Riverside Lodge:

Situated along the Tuul River, this lodge provides a cozy and rustic atmosphere. It's ideal for those who want to be close to nature while enjoying comfortable accommodations.

Ger Camps:

There are numerous traditional Mongolian ger camps in the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park area. These camps offer an authentic experience of staying in traditional felt-covered tents, often including meals and cultural activities.

Terelj Star Resort:

This resort offers a variety of accommodations, from standard rooms to gers. It's known for its welcoming staff and beautiful location.

Dream Terelj Lodge:

This lodge is renowned for its picturesque setting and comfortable lodgings. It's a great choice if you're seeking a peaceful retreat.

Khagiin Khar Lake Camp:

Situated near a serene lake, this camp offers a tranquil environment and opportunities for outdoor activities like hiking and horseback riding.

Gorkhi-Terelj Lodge:

This lodge provides a range of accommodation options and is conveniently located within the national park, making it easy to explore Aryabal Temple and other attractions.

Ayanchin Lodge:

This lodge offers comfortable accommodations and a convenient location for exploring the national park and Aryabal Temple.

Red Rock Resort:

This resort provides a serene setting and comfortable lodgings, adding another option for those looking to stay close to Aryabal Temple and enjoy the beauty of Gorkhi-Terelj National Park.

Remember to check availability, read recent reviews, and consider the activities you want to partake in during your stay. The Gorkhi-Terelj National Park area offers a blend of natural beauty and cultural attractions, so choosing accommodations that align with your preferences will enhance your experience.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Aryabal Meditation Temple in Terelj National Park

Where is Aryabal Temple located in relation to Gorkhi-Terelj National Park?

Aryabal Temple is located in Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, near Turtle Rock, 56 km away from Ulaanbaatar city.

What is Aryabal known for in Buddhist belief?

Aryabal is a Buddhist God who listens to all the prayers of humankind and releases them from suffering.

Why does the temple's staircase have 108 steps?

The number 108 is an auspicious number in Buddhism. The stairs, consisting of 108 steps, symbolize the elephant’s elongated trunk as the temple is built in the shape of an elephant's head.

What unique features are present along the path to the temple?

Along the path to the temple, there are signs with 144 Buddhist teachings written in both English and Mongolian.

When was the Aryabal Temple restored and by whom?

Aryabal Temple was restored between 2004-2007, initiated by the Buddhist monks of Lamiran temple in Ulaanbaatar.

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