Price: 125 USD pp/per day ( 3 days )
Khamar Monastery, an important Red Hat sect Buddhist monastic center was founded in 1820. Its founder, Danzanravjaa, chose the site of the monastery believing the surrounding area radiated with a spiritual energy fostered by the Gobi desert. Danzanravjaa was an educator, poet, and harsh critic of Mongolian society. He founded the monastery in the desert to serve as a model of a more enlightened society. The monastery was deeply engaged with the surrounding community and contained a public library, a museum, and a poetry recital hall. It was also home to Mongolia's first ever professional public theatre. In 1937 the monastery's lamas were driven from the grounds and the complex completely burned to the ground as part of communistic purages. Many of the lamas were executed while others were forcibly laicized. Khamar Monastery was re-established in 1990s, with the support of the local religious community. Currently two small ceremonial temples and several religious monuments have been reconstructed, with more than ten lamas now in residence at the monastery.
Day 1. Ulaanbaatar - Khamar Monstery
In the morning our team will meet you at your hotel, and you will drive together towards Dornogovi province, where Khamar monstery is located. During the trip you will be able to see how Mongolian nature and landscape are changing from the never – ending steppe to desert. During the way you will stop briefly in Sainshand, the capital city of Dornogovi, and visit some of local attractions.
Overnight in a ger camp. L+D
Day 2. Khamar Monstery
Very early in the morning you will drive to nearby sand dunes to see the sunrise. Later you will visit Khamar Monastery, and spend some time trakking in the area. To the north of the monastery lays a series of caves where monks would practice yogic exercises and meditate in isolation for 108 days at a time, hardening their bodies whilst expanding their physical and spiritual powers. Fossilized dinosaur bones, petrified wood, and other rare paleontological remains are widespread in the area surrounding the monastery. In the afternoon you will have an opportunity to try some camel riding.
Overnight in a local ger camp. B+L+D
Day 3. Khamar Monstery - Ulaanbaatar
In the morning you will leave your ger camp, and drive back to Ulaanbaatar, where you will be transferred to your hotel.
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