Ulan Bator, Mongolia to Irkutsk, Russia (2012) || Riding The Rails

Ulan Bator, Mongolia to Irkutsk, Russia (2012) || Riding The Rails

I’ve only now just figured out the timetable for this train, the one posted at the end of my carriage. As a result I now know I’ll be arriving in Irkutsk, my first stop in Russia, early tomorrow morning having spent not one but two nights on this train getting...
Ulan Bator, Mongolia (2012)

Ulan Bator, Mongolia (2012)

A pictorial look at a return to Ulan Bator, the sleepy, unkempt capital of Mongolia & the centre of the Mongolian universe.

Terelj National Park, Mongolia

Terelj National Park, Mongolia

Few places on earth scream of the great outdoors like Mongolia. The very word conjures up visions of the untamed – Genghis Khan, nomads wandering the Gobi Desert with their livestock, & wild horses galloping across the endless steppes. Yes, the land without...
Hohhot, China, to Ulan Bator, Mongolia (2012) || Riding The Rails

Hohhot, China, to Ulan Bator, Mongolia (2012) || Riding The Rails

It was deja vu all over again. Just like seven years ago, I eventually made it out of China and after two nights of riding the rails in a well-worn Mongolian train carriage I arrived earlier today, October 31 2012, in the Mongolian capital of Ulan Bator. It’s...
Siberian Russia – First Look || Riding The Rails

Siberian Russia – First Look || Riding The Rails

My love affair with the train continues. I’ve left Mongolia and are now en route to Irkutsk in Siberian Russia, my first stop on this my first visit to Russia, the world’s largest country. Russia: mysterious dark continent, remote, inaccessible to...
Ulan Bator, Mongolia (2006)

Ulan Bator, Mongolia (2006)

Mongolia. That name has always stirred up visions of the untamed – Genghis Khan, camels wandering the Gobi Desert and wild horses galloping across the steppes. It’s a huge, landlocked country (17th largest in the world) about three times the size of...
Hohhot, China, to Ulan Bator, Mongolia (2006) || Riding The Rails

Hohhot, China, to Ulan Bator, Mongolia (2006) || Riding The Rails

The 36-hour train journey I’ve just completed from Hohhot in Inner Mongolia, China, to Ulan Bator in Mongolia proper was a bit special. It turned out to be my first time spending 2 consecutive nights on a train and it took me through a part of the world I had...
Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, China

Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, China

Hohhot is the capital of the Chinese province of Inner Mongolia and it was once, along with vast stretches of Siberia to the north, part of Mongolia proper, my next stop. I remember reading that it’s a good place to come if you want to experience the Mongolian...

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