Outside the Gandan Monastery in Ulaanbaatar. This is a Tibetan style Buddhist monastery.
Gandan Monastery, Ulaanbaatar
In the garden of the Gandan Monastery
Prayer wheels at the Gandan Monastery
More prayer wheels at the Gandan Monastery
The large number of pigeons getting fed at the Gandan Monastery
I love the reaction of this little girl at the actions of the pigeons
An uncropped version of the previous photo which I am including because of the interesting reaction of the grandmother.
A woman in Ulaanbaatar
Children having fun in front of the Gandan Monastery
Stupa at the Gandan Monastery
Stupa, pigeons and gers at the Gandan Monastery
Blue Sky Hotel and Tower as seen from Chinggis Square, formally Grand Chinggis Khaan Square, and previously known as Sükhbaatar Square, is the central square of Mongolia's capital Ulaanbaatar.
Government Palace on the north side of Chinggis Square
Military ceremony in Chinggis Square
An equestrian statue of Damdin Sükhbaatar, one of the leaders of Mongolia's 1921 revolution. He is remembered as one of the most important figures in Mongolia's struggle for independence.
A drone above the square during the military ceremony.
Statue of Ghengis Kahn in front of the Parliament Building
No to death penalty statue, in front on National Museum, Ulaanbaatar. The death penalty was abolished in Mongolia in 2012, following a previous two-year moratorium.
On the road from Ulaanbaatar to Nalaikh.
A little girl at the Culture and Art Palace which provides music, dance, singing, art, drama and computer classes. These children would not be able to learn these things without this center.
Some of the children getting to perform for their guests.
Singing the songs that they have learned.
This little girl has a lot of stage presence.
One of performers at the formal show on a stage in a very nice auditorium.
The dresses in the formal performance are very expensive and some of the funds raised are used for this so the children can perform.
The travelers and the children all on stage.
Making herself comfortable in a miner statue in front of the Culture and Art Palace.
The host family at our lunch in Nalaikh. Nalaikh is the sight of Mongolia's first coal mine. The mines were formally closed, but informal miners continue to mine for coal in very dangerouse circumstances. A fatal methane gas explosion in 1990 that killed 21 forced the government to shut down the mine.
The beautiful needlework of our hostess in the ceiling and walls of her home.
Helping to prepare our lunch.
Two of our group dressed in traditional Mongolian attire.
Our hostess demonstrating her skills.
The family's daughter and grandchild.
Statue of a miner in Nalaikh.
Seen on a walk around Nalaikjh.
On a walk in Nalaikh
People are so friendly and were always open to having photos taken. This was in Nalaikh.
A playground in Nalaikh.
Outside a school in Nalaikh.
On the road after leaving Nalaikh as we rode toward our first ger camp.