Terelj is a unique rocky
mountain formation, near the Ulaanbaatar city. The highest point is 2664 meters
above sea level, and it is southeast end of Siberia. An intercepted steep slope
of mountains in rock mountain valley has a unique setting. For example, there
are many legends and historic rock cave such as Camel Rock, friend’s rock,
monk’s 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 Oird 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 were 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 adhesive back in the meat, it fell
into rock bottom, making laugh of the queen’s spirit.
A large number of locals
and foreign tourists like to visit in this sight. Every mountain in the valley has
tourist camps to rest. In the weekends people like to come for riding a horse
and camel, trekking, hiking, swimming and golfing. In winter time, you can go
for a dog sledding and horse drawn sleigh. The Terelj national park is one of
the tourist attracted areas.