I have just returned from a wonderful Mongolia trip. It was an epic adventure in all my travels so far. I enjoyed myself so much that I forgot to post any pictures on any social media platform during the trip, partly also due to poor/lack of wifi in the countryside.
As an introduction, Mongolia is a land of blue sky, vast landscapes and a vibrant traditional culture. Mongolia is an unspoiled wonder, a land where sand dunes sing, horses roam wild and nomadic herders greet strangers with open doors. Life in the countryside is at a much slower pace. The traditional way of nomadic life has proved to be resilient & remains at the core of the Mongols’ DNA. When Mongols travel, they know when they leave – they never know when they will arrive, due to the unpredictability of journeying through such severe topography. I went to places I didn’t plan to visit and those uncertain moments gave rise to opportunities that enabled me to photograph some of the most striking scenes!
Despite having travelled to so many countries, I find the enigmatic Mongols, the descendants of legendary ruler & conqueror Genghis Khan, are some of the warmest & most hospitable people I have met. Anyone on a spiritual quest – for beauty, reflection, truth or the self – should find it among these vast, empty landscapes & seemingly endless plains. They call on you to live in the present & ground you as you adapt to changing elements & face a way of life beyond the grasp of those of us who are used to city comforts & confines.
My travel story on Mongolia is to be continued.