The cloudless sky looks like a huge stretch of blue silk laid across the heavens; the sun radiates warm rays to ease the coldness of desert wind. We visit Erdenedalai city after a day wandering around Ulaanbaatar capital. Erdenedalai is in southern Mongolia and is the gateway to the Gobi Desert. The land blends immense meadows and wild deserts. Gana takes us to a place full of stones emerging from the desert floor and hewn into different shapes, some of which are egg-shaped.
Erdenedalai city. Image of Mongolia travel blog.
I see these protruding stones and silently compare them with children from poor families because they are not as beautiful and famous as Cappadocia of Turkey or the Grand Canyon of the US. However, it still owns the sincere and truthful beauty of the Mongolians. The shifting meadows compose sweet melodies which still echo the hooves of Genghis Khan’s horse as he continued on his conquering path.
It is said that stone is an inanimate object with no soul, but in the Gobi Desert, their souls are momentarily etched on to the surface as day moves into night.
Gobi Desert stones. Image of Mongolia travel blog.
The volcanic activity gives not only a large amount of fertile basalt soil for cultivation but also stunning landscapes. The word “hoodoo” is often used to name rocks with different shapes made from volcanoes in deserts or in hot, dry areas.