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After staying the night in a nearby Ger camp, I visited the Erdene Zuu (Hidden Treasure) monastery. It is possibly the oldest surviving Buddhist Monastery having been built in the latte 16th Century, located in the ancient Mongolian capital Kharkhorin, many of the original buildings have been destroyed. At the height of the monastery's activity, there were up to 300 Gers populating the plain inside the walls.The largest Ger's base stones can still be seen, it would have been 45 meters wide. As you walk through the imposing front gates, you enter into the expanse of green. It is amazing to think about how many people would have lived and worshipped here. The grounds are peppered with prayer wheels and statues and artifacts from through the monasteries history. Having survived the purge of religion from the country, Erdene Zuu is a priceless experience of Mongolia's faith and history. . . . . . . . . #travelbug #travelling #travel #explore #adventure #adventuretime #instapic #instagood #instago #instatravel #instaphoto #mongolia #asia #hiddenadventurer #bluesky #clouds #monastery #buddhist #travelblogger #traveltheworld #natgeotravel #gopro #goprohero7black #travelblog #travels #beautiful #offthebeatenpath #nature #naturephotography #explorer

4 days ago 0
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Driving out of Ulanbataar, along the sweeping plains, our guide pulled to the side of the road to show us this Shaman statue. There were two wolf pelts hanging across it's back and offerings placed at the feet. It is supposed to bring good luck to those who drive along the road. We were also told about Sacred Stones known as ovoos, walking clockwise around them and adding your own stone and offering for good fortune while travelling. I came across many stories about how Sacred Stones came to be, some involving Chinggis Khan or religion and were told that usually they are placed up high on a mountain or hill, but this one was made easier to access as it is a dangerous stretch of road. We left some cigarettes as offerings before continuing on our journey west. . . . . . . #gopro #goprohero7black #travelbug #travelling #traveblog #travelphotography #travelgram #adventure #explore #hiddenadventurer #instapic #instagood #instatravel #mongolia #asia #ulaanbaatar #femaletravel #bluesky #nature #statue #beautiful #goodluck #followforfollow #followme #followforfollowback

7 days ago 0
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The Buddhist monastery at the top of the many stairs in Gorkhi Terelj National Park. It was a beautiful day to take this day trip outside of Ulaanbaatar. It was so serene despite the many tourists, giving time to reflect on my visit so far in Mongolia. Do you have a favourite Monastery that you have visited? . . . . . . #travel #travelbug #travelling #bluesky #mongolia #instatravel #instapic #instagood #followforfollow #followback #dayout #fun #travelgram #explore #adventure #instago #instalike #hiddenadventurer #travelphotography #asia #overseas #womentravel

10 days ago 0
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I took a day trip from Ulanbatar to this Buddhist monastery located in  the beautiful Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. Guarded by Turtle Rock, the temple was simple, yet beautiful, spread out along the side of the mountain with paintings of symbols and writing on the rock faces above.  It was a sunny day to walk along the clockwise path, which had signs with Buddhist teachings written on them, leading up to the buildings, along the swing bridge and past shrines. The serene location had me thinking about life lessons and the path one chooses to take, like my journey to Mongolia, as I had wanted to do for years. . . . . . . #ulaanbaatar #mongolia #temple #buddhist #nationalpark #travelbug #travelling #travelgram #travel #followme #followback #instapic #instatravel #adventure #hiddenadventurer #dayout #explore #naure #bluesky #followforfollow

1 months ago 0
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Sukhbataar square was a great starting place to see the city. It was great to explore all the museums and learn more about the history of Mongolia. I also ventured to the NarantuulMarkets on the south eastern side of the city. Known as the 'black markets' - but not what Westerners might think. There are many stalls and shipping containers group together by products. I bought a few nice mementos, but don't be afraid to shop around, the stalls don't really bargain but some offer better prices to foreigners than others. I even found a beautiful traditional deel, which I didn't see sold elsewhere. It was a very memorable day. . . . . . . #travelbug #travelling #mongolia #ulaanbaatar #markets #bluesky #dayout #instatravel #instapic #instagood #instago #hiddenadventurer #explore #adventure #photooftheday #photoofme #me #instacity #touristday #tourist #followme #followforfollowback

2 months ago 0
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One of the first things that come to mind when 'Mongolia' is mentioned is the great Chinggis Khaan (or Genghis Khan as he is known in the West). The first military leader to unite all of the Mongolian tribes in the 12th Century. Here is one of many statues in tribute to him, this one at the front of Parliament House in Ulaanbaatar.  Drawn to Mongolia as a unique country situated between Russia and China, this was my first stop on my journey in the country. Many blogs tell you not to visit the capital and to skip it all together. When I told people I was spending four days there, they seemed very surprised. There is much to see in Ulaanbaatar, especially museums which you wont find elsewhere. If you are interested in history and the beauty of a country who integrates the new world with the old, I would suggest at least a day or two in the capital. . . . . . . . . #travel #mongolia #ub #ulaanbaatar #instagram #instatravel #bluesky #city #instago #instacity #adventure #day out #discover #hiddenadventurerer #statue #instagood #travelling #tourist #fun #followme

2 months ago 0
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Standing in the ruins, Mount Wellington on the horizon and hills all around, you could see what the tour guide meant when she said this place used to be called, “the shadow of the valley of death”. To find out more about the Female Factory, you can visit my blog www.hiddenadventurer.wordpress.com . . . . . . #travel #herstory #convict #hobart #tasmania #instame #mountwellington # travelling #history #bluesky #explore #adventure #dayout #travelblog #travelaus #travelblogger #instagood #instaphoto #instanature #instadventure #australia #hiddenadventurer #like4likes #likeforlikes #followme

5 months ago 1
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The sun setting on Hazards Beach in the middle of winter. To find out more about my 3 day hike through this national Park go to www.hiddenadventurer.wordpress.com . . . . . . . . . . #sunset #beautiful #nature #photooftheday #photography #adventure #explore #tasmania #australia #beah #aussiebeach #dayout #travelblog #travel #travelling #travelphotography #camping #hike #hiking #instagood #hiddenadventurer #instadventure #instatravel #like4likes #followme

5 months ago 2
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Waking up to the beautiful Hazards Beach after a day of hiking. Hiking in winter means we had the whole beach and campsite to ourselves. . . . . . . . . #travel #travelblog #hiking #dayout #adventure #explore #travelphotography #landscape #nature #tasmania #tassie #australia #gopro #goprohero7 #instapic #instatravel #instanature #instadventure #instafun #hiddenadventurer #instame #photooftheday #hike #like4likes #likeme #likeforlikes

5 months ago 1
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Hiking along Hazards Beach track the first day in the beautiful Freycinet National Park. . . . . . . . . #travelling #travelgram #adventure #explore #dayout #instagood #instapic #instatravel #tasmania #tassie #australia #hike #hiking #bluesky #aussie #like4likes #followme #travelaus #travelblog #sunshine #tourist

5 months ago 1
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In the middle of Sydney Harbour lies Cockatoo Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The island has a multitude of things to offer including convict ruins, art installations and beautiful views of Sydney. It is the perfect place for a day trip on a beautiful Sydney day. One of the greatest things about staying on the island, was at night, there was an eerie calm. It was clear we were the only ones on the hill. We wandered down the path, through the ghostly old buildings and convict jail cells to the lit fire pit at the campsite, grabbing a chocolate or two at the vending machines before continuing on. There are two tunnels that run underneath the plateau, connecting the two sides of the island. These turn into dark mysterious paths at night, which of course we ventured down. Ending the night on the balcony with a glass of wine, underneath the clear night with the stars out and lights of Sydney was a perfect way to end the day of adventure. . . . . . . . . #hiddenadventurer #dayout #sydney #nsw #island #fire #camping #beautiful #instapic #instagood #sydneyaustralia #sydneyharbour #travel #travelling #blog #instablog #travelblog #instadventure #instatravel #followme #likeme #like4likes #adventure #explore

6 months ago 1
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Black Ops Helicopter flight over Sydney Harbour anyone? Go to my blog www.hiddenadventurer.wordpress.com to see info about the flight and footage! . . . . . . #sydneyharbour #nsw #heli #helicopter #helicopterflight #flying #australia #travel #travelling #travelgram #redhead #adventure #instagood #instame #instapic #instatravel #dayout #tourist #sydneyaustralia #instadventure #instrame #likeforlikes #likeme #followme

6 months ago 2
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Went for a walk in Parramatta park today and saw this beautiful old tree down by the river. ☀đŸŒČ . . . . . . . . #dayout #parramatta #nsw #park #tourist #instatravel #instaphoto #instagood #travelling #traveller #goprohero7 #instapic #instafun #instanature #tree #nature #fun #bkuesky #green

8 months ago 1
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Bush walking in the Blue Mountains is best on a sunny day. ☀🏞 . . . . . . . . #bluesky #bluemountains #nsw #nswnationalparks #katoomba #bushwalk #travel #dayout #mytravel #mytravelgram #instafun #instatravel #instapic #nature #landscape #travelaus

9 months ago 2