Photo Essay; Sand Dunes of the Gobi Desert

Photo Essay; Sand Dunes of the Gobi Desert

The #GobiDesert of #Mongolia may be known for its phenomenal #sanddunes but it actually has a lot more to offer. During our #guidedtour in Mongolia, we enjoyed the #desert but also made sure to experience the #canyons, #caves and #cliffs of Mongolia.


The Gobi Desert

As the wind blows, I hear faint music in the air. The whistling tune is a hypnotic and eerie one, and it seems to echo out of nowhere. I’m standing on the top of the highest sand dune in the Gobi Sand. So where is the music coming from?

“From the sand,” my local guide Amaraa says.

“They call this Khongoriin Els, singing sands in Mongolian.” A beautiful name indeed.

Here on the top of the dune, the sand takes on a soul of its own, whispering in high pitch while dancing with the wind.

 the sand takes on a soul of its own, whispering in high pitch while dancing with the wind

While the music plays in the background, my eyes are distracted by the view before me; a sea of sand stretches before me, forming giant dunes that rise and fall like undulating waves in the ocean. The sand sparkles in different shades of gold, while the cloudless sky is blanketed in endless blue. In the far distance looms a range of grey mountains, topped with glistering white snow and patches of dark green forests.

A sea of sand stretches before me, forming giant dunes that rise and fall like undulating waves in the ocean

This is the Gobi Desert, the third largest desert in the world, covering more than 500,000 square miles in area and sprawling across two countries. It’s the desert whose very name means wide open space and whose powerful sands and scorched shadows almost define Mongolia. Without the Gobi, there is no Mongolia.

But unknown to many, it’s not all sand in the Gobi, the desert is dotted with a network of beautiful canyons, caves, rocky cliffs and majestic mountains. 

The majestic Gobi desert of Mongolia
The majestic Gobi desert of Mongolia

It’s also brimming with life: Nomadic families have lived here for centuries, in traditional Mongolian gers, and sustaining their lives on animals that live here. The Bactrian camel, a species of camel native to the steppes of Central Asia, is one example. Today, you can still see them roaming freely in the wild sands of the Gobi.

The desert is dotted with a network of beautiful canyons, caves, rocky cliffs and majestic mountains
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The majestic Gobi desert of MongoliaSand dunes
Sand dunes
The sand sparkles in different shades of gold, while the cloudless sky is blanketed in endless blue
The sky looking over the dunes
Walk in the desert
Without the Gobi, there is no Mongolia
It's a really big desert
It's a really big desert
4x4 vehicle exploring the sand
4x4 vehicle exploring the sand
The Bactrian camel, a species of camel native to the steppes of Central Asia
The Bactrian camel
The Bactrian camel
Camels and their keeper
Innocent look

My trip to the Gobi was one magical journey; I hope these pictures I shot in the Gobi will give you a glimpse of the beauty and magic of the desert.

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