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“I have always been fascinated by the conquests of the famous Genghis Khan and the rise of the Mongols. The Mongolian tribes are known to be trained warriors, their sharp features, and lifestyles have always fascinated me. I find their lifestyle extremely interesting and worthy of being photographed.
I also find the whole experience of being inside one of the most mysterious Gobi desert is extremely fascinating. The old monasteries, their colourful traditional dresses and also the way the country has progressed over time is a lovely subject for an expedition.
– And, for my photographers, I do not think it will be any different.”
Lead photographer Mr Swarup Chatterjee
An internationally acclaimed Indian photographer with winning credentials from The Armory Show, New York; Christie's, London; McCann, Singapore; GQ and Donald Schneider Studio, Berlin.
Traditional portable homes of the Mongolians, Gers are made of felt and are lightweight and well insulated. A stay in a ger offers the opportunity to experience their traditional way of life and is an ideal base from which to explore Mongolia's incredible landscapes and wildlife.
It’s hard to believe that this small town was once upon a time the heart of the Mongol Empire that controlled most of Central Asia!
The iconic Mongolian desert landscape. Those cattle-herding nomads, along with Han Chinese farmers on the other side of the border, comprise the Gobi’s sparse population, with a density of fewer than three people per square mile. Though largely inhospitable to human settlement, the Great Gobi does support a remarkable variety of flora and fauna, some unique to this Central Asian habitat, including Gobi bears and Bactrian camels.
The Flaming Cliffs site, also known as Bayanzag, is a region of the Gobi Desert in the Ömnögovi Province of Mongolia, where important fossil finds have been made. It was given this name by American paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrews, who visited in the 1920s. The area is most famous for yielding the first discovery of dinosaur eggs. Other finds in the area include specimens of Velociraptor and eutherian mammals. The red or orange color of the sandstone cliffs (especially at a sunset), is the reason for the nickname.
Perched atop a bactrian camel, you will spend a day exploring the vast deserts like a regular native does. The two-humped camels are very comfortable to ride, as they walk slowly and gently and we will be well supported by the humps, sitting comfortably between them. Our camel man will take us to the sand-dunes.
Eagle valley, an anomaly in the middle of the desert with its greenery and cooler temperatures. Eagle Valley contains the world’s only desert icecap which melts away in summer months but can grow more than 30 feet thick in the colder months.