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Karakorum Travel Guide

Karakorum Overview

Karakorum was once the capital of the Mongol Empire established in the 13th century. It’s heyday only lasted about 40 years before Kublai han moved the capital to Dadu (modern day Beijing). After this the city was hit by warfare amongst the tribes and faded from history. Much of the ruined city was used to build Erdene Zuu monastery in the 16th Century. A visit to Karakorum is as much about the journey to get there as it is the destination itself although there is much of historical interest to see and the monastery and it’s walls looks fabulous.

Best Months to Visit Karakorum

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Best Reason to Visit Karakorum

A Karakorum trip is a great combination of Mongolian history and classic grassland adventure. It is ideal for those who do not have the time for some of the longer stopover options.

Top Sights in Karakorum

 The Monastery of Erdene Zuu founded in 1586 and built from the remains of the capital.

 The ruins of Tumen Amgalan (the Palace of Worldly Peace) built in 1235.

 The Stone Turtles two of which remain outside the walls of the Monastery.

 The Phallic Rock, a couple of kilometers from the Monastery.

 Great Imperial Map Monument, a large monument on a hill and offering panoramic views.

Weather Averages for Karakorum

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Top Karakorum Travel Tip from TSTC

Karakorum is an ideal add on to any Mongolia stopover for those wanting a experience a short jeep trek beyond the usual grasslands visited just outside of Ulaanbaatar.

TSTC's Accommodation in Karakorum

The only accommodation we use on the way to and from Karakorum Mongolian Gers. These are camps designed for tourists and are a comfortable and authentic experience that is often a highlight of a Trans-Siberian tour. Click here to learn more about Mongolian Gers.

Other Destinations in Mongolia

Click any of the destinations below to explore other places in Mongolia that can be incorporated into your Trans-Siberian tour.

By Phil Stanley & Headseast – TCTC Destination Expert.

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