Just when I think the scenery can’t get any better, it changes and there’s more. The road to the border of Mongolia from Ulan Ude was spectacular. Huge plains with mountains rising in the distance. The area is sacred and there are several monuments and prayer trees.
The trees have lots of pieces of material tired to them, each one presumably a prayer or wish from one of the shaman. Or maybe a remembrance for a loved one. If I’m honest the trees look a bit of a mess, especially the ones near the roadside where the material gets very dirty.
The monuments are great though. This one was on the top of a hill, with only a rough track up to it. I fired up to have a look and it was very peaceful. Amazing views, no noise but the gentle breeze – it was a very special place. I can see why they built the monument there.