RU  UK  EN
Articles  >  Visit  >  Gobi Syndrome. Mysterioius Land of Mongolia.

Gobi Syndrome. Mysterioius Land of Mongolia.

Author: 06.03.2018 | travel, Mongolia
When winds start wandering among those stone, caressing peaks of sand barchans and forcing down rare vegetationm entire space around gets filled with marvellous sounds. Herdsmen, who happen to spend nights in one of the most mysterious deserts of the globe, tell about drumrolls, enchanting sounds of flute and voices, murmuring something indistinguishable.

Those, who have ever visited Gobim return there again and again. And if it is impossiuble physiucally, then thoughts of a globetrotter involuntarily get lost in wind-blown polished rocks and then sink in red sand of its barchans over and over. Scientists call it the Gobi Syndrome among themselves – desire to get back to the desert.

Photo toursmongolia.com

Those who were lucky to step on those lands, call themselves charmed. They tell about extraordinarily bright night sky with incredible number of stars that seem to be in a stone’s throw, about shadows tha remind prehistoric animals cast on sand and gnarled rocks, about red sunsets that paint not just land but also thick air of the desert in piercing red colors. Travellers admire its oases full of life and water, are amazed with stamina of animals who have chosen such an unusual habitat and prove words of nomads about singing sands. To some it seems like a dog's bark, others hear a flute, and to some it comes as the sound of a pipe organ. Connoisseurs of the Gobi Desert insist that this way the dead try to confide something in those who wander in the sands. Scientists on the other hand believe that strange sound hallucinations that happen to voyagers in Gobi is nothing else but movement of the sand under the influence of the wind. Visual hoaxes aren’t rare there either. Travelers often see mirages with ghost towns and vegetation. Also, people frequently lose their usual perception of space. While a nearest village seems merely in a couple-of-hours walk and it appears one can even see a donkey browsing by somebody’s house, it may turn out that the village is in fact twenty, sometimes even thirty kilometers away.

Photo travelask.ru

The Gobi Desert emerged in the place of the ancient Tethys Ocean 65 million years ago.Today its highest tops reach 3000 meters above sea level. Territory of Gobi falls within the land of Mongolia and China. It occiupies total space of slightly less than fifteen hundred thousand square kilometers. It is always windy there. Sun sets early and nights are so called it feels as if bones freeze. In hot days air gets warmed up to 50 degrees. These aren’t most enviable living conditions however even here many birds and animals have found their home. Saigas, sheep, onagers and goitered gazelles walk there among stone rocks. One can come across wild camels and bears in Gobi. People have settled there, too, back in the days of Genghis Khan. Nomads live in yurts, make fire and tend sheep. Even today certain part of the desert remain a complete mystery. The border between civilization and the rest of the world goes along the Nemeghetti Hollow. Only rare groups of scientists and most daring travelers go beyond it. One of the brightest discoveries on the territory of the desert can be attributed to them. In the Bayanak Canyon scientists dug out world’s largest cemetery of phytophagous dinosaurs and their eggs. The bones were perfectly preserved that allowed assembly of more than one exhibit item for numerous museum. Scientists still ponder reasons for such a mass burial. It is known that lots of iridium was found in those bones, in larger concentrations than it comes in soil. This, according to suggestions of certain experts, invites an assumption of a space disaster.

Photo votpusk.ru

Another unsolved mystery of the Gobi Desert is olgoi-khorkhoi. It is a wonder worm that, according to locals, dwells in regions of the desert, unpopulated by people. It is brownish, a meter long. It lives underground and only crawls to surface when sun hots the air to the maximum. Mongols experience mystic dread when it comes to these ceature becuase legends have it that the worm kills from a distance of several meters by spitting venom on its opponent.

Another unsolved secret of Gobiis a skull with horns. Recently on the border of China and Mongolia human remains were found, at it might seem a trifle but there were horns on their skulls. After some analysis scientists suggested that those people were either born with horns or horns were artificially implanted into heads using some sort of magic. Wondorous discoveries were taken to reserve stocks of a museum, but final conclusions were never made public in order not to destroy common ideas of where we came from.

Other explorers of the Gobi Desert discovered fossilated remains of a giant not far from Uulakh town. Those were bones of a humanoid 15 meters high. Studies of the skeleton's composition proved the fact that the creature had brains and could talk.

Photo travelask.ru

Mysteries veil stories of nomads about an underground kingdom that is allegedly located beneath the surface of present-day desert. Various sources tell about numerous inhabited tunnels dug under rocks and sands of Gobi. Almost everywhere it is called Agartha. Tales have it that it is a cave complex designed to accommodatemillions of people and that it is there, beneath a thick layer of soil, where all knowledge of the world about humankind is preserved. When talking about origins of this mysterious underworld, old men tell that there were people who were running from anger of Genghis Khan, left to the desert and dug tunnels in the ground to live far from the eyes of blood-thirsty khan. Entrance to Agartha is allegedly located nearby Nogan-Kul Lake. While living under surface, the people reached enlightenment. The word is that the capital of the subterranean kingdom resembles the palace of Lama. It rises on a mountain, densely covered in monasteries and dwellings of gurus. Underground people has many faces, consists of many tribes. There is special lightingin caves that allows growing seeds and vegetables there. Citizens of the mysterious kingdom move along narrow ravines in mountains in chariots. Advocates of the underground kingdom tell that Agartha was actually visited by many people but they all gave vow of silence. Proofs of existence of a state under surface of present-day Gobi can be discovered in ancient Buddhist, Indian and Eropean sources. After all, facts testify in favor of a state on the territory of Gobi. Mongolian scientist and archeologist Avirmeda, who works for Geography Instituteof the Academy of Science of Mongolia, proved existence of sophisticated cave complexes in the desert. Under his supervision over a dozen expeditions were undertaken to hard-to-access regions of Gobi, over a hundred caves were explored. In some of them scientists found fossilated rolls with writings along with petroglyphic drawings. In a number of caves floors decorated with clay tiles, small pyramids and tools of trade were discovered. Exploration of caves goes rather slowly due to the fact that majority of them is situated in significant distance from civilization.

Photo travelask.ru

Those who love romance often come to the Gobi Desert. Some are looking for answers to its numerous questions, other seek inspiration and new experience. Year after year its sands are trenched with larger and larger number of boots and wheels of jeeps. Pessimists grumble that this spot, untouched by people, will once be turned into a heavily-visited tourist object with lots of 5-star hotels and paved roads. Optimists on the other hand believe this won't happen any time soon so they keep looking for a way to the legendary Agarta on their own, suffring from Gobi Syndrome more and more.

Main photo travelask.ru

It will be interesting:
A trip to Transylvania: Intriguing places of Romania
A visit to picturesque Transylvania is akin to mystic extravaganza that takes place in reality. But laymen rarely know for sure what to visit in Romania aside from the famous Bran Castle, residence of Count Dracula. OUTLOOK solves the problem and offers an opportunity to personally choose an exciting route – its history may not just surprise but also stir your blood.
Dallol: Bright glory of Ethiopia
Countries often flaunt their natural beauties: they invite tourists allowing them to examine closely every detail of jewellery coined by the nature. Among beauties, there are some that are the most extravagantly bright, showy and bizarre, and sometimes even wild for our eyes. African Ethiopia grabbed one of the most beautiful accessories - Dallol volcano.
Only sky is a limit: Worlds's highest observation decks
Nature bestowed our planet with many sky-high peaks, which at any moment give visitors the feeling of boundless freedom. Cities build skyscrapers boasting to one another and, to satisfy high aspirations, they add observation decks at the height of the bird's flight. Travelling from continent to continent, with bated breath we will admire the world's loftiest views from the summits of supertalls.
Postcards from Bulgaria
Having taken the passport and good mood, go on May holidays to the so-called "Near Abroad" - Bulgaria - the country where ancient architecture is successfully combined with a relaxing sea breeze. Do not you believe? But OUTLOOK is sure that Pavel Khomenskyi through his photos will be able to convince you! Bright and in its own way majestic Sofia - this is a must see on these holidays! Let's go with us!
Banned to leave handling kiwi. Customs bans on export
Tourists with their eyes full of tears because statuettes, shells and other stuff bought “as a souvenir” are being shaken out of their bags – is a continual occurrence at customs. For you not to become one of those tourists, OUTLOK suggests you check out a selection of (sometimes weird) objects forbidden to be exported from different countries.
Guinea Bissau: Expensive downshifting
People on holiday can be divided into two types: “tender creatures” and “adrenaline addicts”. Former ones will trade passive sunbathing and comfortable hotels for nothing. The letter ones prefer even cabins to annoying all inclusive and suites. “Cabins” are the conditions Guinea Bissau provides you with.
Sentosa – The whole Singapore in one island
To fully experience a country with the territory of over 700 square meters in merely a couple-of-days-long walking tour is very much possible. And no superpowers like teleportation or ability to move at light speed are needed for that. It is enough to head for Sentosa Island that pertains to the Republic of Singapore and completely reflects its specialties. And all that against no more than 100 dollars!
We were there: Sopot
European coast of the Baltic Sea can boast of neither warm waters nor lasting beach season – this however does not prevent it from being a popular resort area. Great number of cozy coastal towns attracts tourists first of all with fresh and curative air as well as with the opportunity to “heal the eyes” looking at the cold sea and amazing landscapes. Sopot – main Baltic resort of Poland – exhibits all of these advantages to the full.
Oman is a country with aroma of incense
This country became open for tourists only in late 1980s although its port cities were considered windows to the new world in past. It is now famous as a producer of most expensive perfumes, world supplier of incense and a keeper of copper pits that used to be a source of the metal for ancient civilizations!
Postcards from Batumi
Young Ukrainian writer Pavel Khomenskyi visited Batumi, the city smothered in greenery and shining bright, the one that local citizens call the city of love. Palm trees, cypresses, magnolias, oleanders, bamboos, laurels, orange trees, thujas and box trees exhale fragrances on every step there; they tempt you to go watch a romantic picture of ships sailing off harbors. And today the author shares with you his postcards from this amazing city, penetrated with murmur of the sea and taste of fragrant wine.
On the Road – Own Way
OUTLOOK cannot imagine life without travelling. However, tickets, schedules, tardiness – all those things can spoil any trip. Therefore it is great to have either at home or in you garage a kind of transport that can allow you to see and to experience something new and forget all the problems.
"All inclusive" and even more: amazing hotel service
Hotels that offer “all inclusive” for dogs. Hotels where adults are being lulled asleep by a fairytale or a unique place where work isn’t held in honor while laziness is encouraged. This is not a dream or a parallel reality – these are stalky hotel services…
World transport: Vertical Lisbon
Lisbon is one of the most beautiful and ancient cities in Europe, however, its territory is difficult for living and building due to its steep hilly terrain. Portuguese metropolis is situated on seven densely populated hills. That's why its hallmark is three funicular railroads and the elevator, without which tourists and residents would be much in trouble moving around the city.
History of the street: Bagdad Avenue in Istanbul
If all the magnificent Istanbul is considered as the heart of regional trade, one of its most luxurious streets, Bagdad Avenue, is, certainly, the main artery. Having appeared there, even rejecting shopping with the whole heart, one feels hardship while trying to keep him balanced and not succumb to temptation to go to the ships and markets. Even though, apart from that, there is something to do here.
Around the world. Top of the most unusual world travel
Traveling has long ago become a part of human life. There have always been bravehearts and madmen who headed off up hill and down dale, took risks and eventually discovered new lands. Today, when the world map has a very accurate outline, we offer you a couple of stories about trips around the world that contributed to its creation.
Rainbow-colored Flower
Everybody remembers a child’s fairy tale about the magical rainbow-colored flower that could make wishes come true. But some of us don’t know that it actually exists. Not so much in the shape of a flower but more like in granular state. We mean the sand that one of the villages on Mauritius, called Shamarel, is covered with.
South Goa with the eyes of Kira Kondratenko
Depression and lack of new ideas? Head to Goa! It was the rest in Goa that helped business lady Kira Kondratenko build up energy and ideas for the implementation of an interesting project once. Today she shares with us her impressions of the island while calling it nothing short of Heaven on Earth.
Belgium with the eyes of Marina Orlova: How the belgians live
Marina Orlova is a project manager in a cultural and public organization. Working on one of her international projects, she met her love - Wim, a guy from Belgium. She succeeded to visit his country only when Ukraine obtained visa-free regime and Marina shared with OUTLOOK her observations about how the Belgians live, what they eat for breakfast and how they relax.
Varanasi: Crematorium City
Some call it the city of temples, some – created by gods and others call it crematorium on the Ganges River. Today we speak about Indian city of Varanasi where no one is scared by death and the latter one has long ago become business. This metropolis with a million and a half of population, situated in the north-west of the state, was, according to legends, founded over five thousand years ago by Lord Shiva.
Touristic disillusion: From France to Macedonia
The Eiffel Tower, according to Guy de Maupassant, is just a huge iron freak in the centre of Paris. A romantic Shakespearean Venice, they say, in fact, is a solid dump with a sharp stench of sewage throughout the city. Can the glorified and famous countries, cities, and attractions be so disgusting? We asked experienced travellersabout the most disappointing destinations in their long journeys.
Close
Outlook facebook page