Amarbayasgalant Monastery Tour

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Price: $70
3 Days / 2 Nights
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Description

The Amarbayasgalant Monastery is one of the three largest Buddhist centers in Mongolia. It is nestled at the foot of Mount Buren-Khaan near the Iven Valley in Baruunburen.

The monastery was founded by the Manchu emperor Kang XI and was designed to serve as the final resting place of Zanabazar, the first spiritual head of Tibetan Buddhism. Its construction began in 1727 and ended in 1736.  The Amarbayasgalant Monastery was one of the few monasteries to partially escape destruction during the Stalinist purges of 1937. Although the buildings of the central section survived, most of the monastery's artifacts were looted or hidden. With funds provided by UNESCO, the Amarbayasgalant Monastery began restoration in 1988, Zanabazar's remains were transferred to a different temple, and some of its artifacts were commissioned in India.

 

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Fare

Included:

Transportation and driver
English speaking guide
Accommodations
Meals
Clean drinking water
Entrance fees to national parks and monasteries
Horseback and camel riding (as specified in the itinerary)

Not Included:

Personal shopping
Insurance
Alcohol
Additional activities
Gathering Point: In front of the Gandirs building (to the right of the State Department Store)
Distance: Approximately 360 km one-way (last 50 km of the road unpaved)
​To Pack: Warm clothes, additional blankets/sleeping bags, snacks to eat between meals.

Highlights

The monastery was established and funded by order of Manchu Yongzheng Emperor (and completed under his successor the Qianlong Emperor) to serve as a final resting place for Zanabazar (1635–1723), the first Jebtsundamba Khutuktu, or spiritual head of Tibetan Buddhism for the Khalkha in Outer Mongolia.  Zanabazar was a spiritual mentor to both emperors' ancestor, the Kangxi Emperor.

Tradition states that while searching for an appropriate site to build the monastery, explorers came across two young boys, Amur and Bayasqulangtu, playing on the steppe.  The explorers were inspired to build the monastery on that very spot and to name it after the two children, Amur-Bayasqulangtu.

More likely, the location was chosen because it was where the lama’s traveling Da Khuree (his mobile monastery) was encamped at the moment of the his death. After being constructed from 1727 to 1736, Zanabazar's remains were transferred to the monastery in 1779.


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Itinerary

DAY 1 Drive to the Ancient Temple
We will leave Ulaanbaatar at 9:00 am and drive to Darkhan, the capital city of the Darkhan Uul province.

We will stop briefly in Darkhan to eat lunch and visit some local attractions. From Darkhan we will drive west to reach the Iven Valley and the Amarbaysgalant Monastery by the afternoon. We will visit the Amarbaysgalant Monastery and eat dinner.

We will spend a night in the ger camp of a local family. Lunch and dinner.
DAY 2 Aglag Buteeliin Khiid
Aglag Buteeliin Khiid is a beautiful landmark surrounded by rocks and birch forest located about 1-2 hours from UB city. I was amazed by the vision, work and craftsmanship of the artists.  Such amazing carved statues of Buddha and mythical creatures in the rocks.

It is located on top of a mountain, so be ready to do some moderate climbing/ hiking. Good walking shoes are must. It has a good water source, cold fresh water--delicious on sunny days.

Pack plenty of water at the beginning of the trip. Great to place for spirituality and entertainment.
DAY 3 Enjoy the View
We will eat breakfast in our camp and take some time to enjoy nature and some fresh air, compliments of the Iven Valley.

Around 1:00 pm, we will leave the camp and drive back to Darkhan where we will eat lunch.  Our trip will end in Ulaanbaatar.

Breakfast and lunch.

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