Terelj is a unique mountain
formation near the Ulaanbaatar city. The highest point is 2664 m above sea
level, and its southeast tip of Siberia. Intercepted steep slopes of mountains
in every rock mountain valley has a unique setting. For example, there are many
legends and historic rock cave such as Camel Rock, friends rock, monks rock,
lion rock and a turtle rock.
Water and smoke amethyst was
found in Terelj and was mined until 1960. Because of the water encroachment
depth in the area it stopped producing.
One of the famous places in
Terelj is a turtle shaped 23m tall rock. According to a legend, Galdan king of the
Oirat Mongolian dynasty had an imbalanced battle and had significant losses and
stopped at the Turtle rock to gather remaining forces.
He was preparing to escape to the
west and his gold and silver on the gorge of the turtle rock. But one of his
Manchu queens would not go to be with the wealth and jewelry. The king killed
his queen. Killed queen's spirit left in the turtle rock. People wanted to get
the hidden gold and silver, so they used to hang cow’s wet meat.
Although the coins will adhesive
back in the meat, it fell into rock bottom side and there was laugh of the
A large number of local and
foreign tourists like to visit in this sight. Every mountain valley has tourist
camps to rest. In weekends people like to come to ride a horse and camel, trekking,
hiking, swimming and golfing. In winter time, you can go for a dog sledding and
horse drawn sleigh.
Terelj is one of the tourist