Terelj National Park is one of the most visited and interesting national parks of Mongolia. It is closest national park to Ulaanbaatar connected with 70 km paved road. The National Park is by its natural beauty, and famous for its forested alpine mountains and interesting rock formations.
In the national park, the Turtle Rock is an interesting rock formation looking like a turtle. This giant rock formation is a popular spot for visitors to the area.
Another spectacular place to visit in the national park is Meditation temple called Ariyabal.
Ariyabal meditation temple is situated in the scenic area of Terelj National Park, 3 km from Turtle Rock. Buddhist Monks performs meditation ritual for many years amongst beautiful and tranquil mountains.
To get to the temple, you would cross the suspension bridge and climb up on 108 stairs, according to Buddhist prayer beads. This small hike is seen as a ritual to cleanse one’s sins. The temple, when observed from a distance, can be seen as a beautiful white elephant and the staircase looks as if the dangling elephant’s trunk. From the top, you can enjoy the breathtaking view of Terelj National Park.