Nestled in the great Gobi Desert of Mongolia is a very unique Bed and Breakfast indeed. Three Camel Lodge provides an unparalleled experience for any traveler wanting to know what nomadic existence is really like without having to survive the rigors of the desert alone, or without board games.
Of course, its location alone means that Three Camel Lodge is not a Bed and Breakfast for the faint of heart, nor for those who simply want hot tea and toast triangles prepared by a rosy cheeked hostess. This isn’t accommodation handy to your Aunt Ida’s house. This is accommodation for travelers who wish to touch the essence of mankind amongst landscapes which date back over 47 million years.
Lodging at the Three Camel Lodge consists of brightly colored tents known as Gers, furnished with hand carved and intricately painted furniture. Though the accommodations are undoubtedly sparse, they are amongst the most unique on in the world, and care has been taken to make them both welcoming and comfortable. Western travelers will feel especially at home in the toileting department, with all amenities modeled after Western style facilities.
The Gers themselves are constructed from felt fabric stretched across a latticed wood framework. Their light, but strong construction allows them to be disassembled and carried away relatively quickly. Gers boast a circular design which culminates in a round window at the top of the structure. This design ensures that a Ger is cool during the summer months, and in winter, a wood stove can be placed in the center of the Ger to heat the whole space.
But just because you’re in the middle of the Gobi desert living in traditional Mongolian style, don’t think you’ll be cut off from all technology. Three Camel Lodge boasts a conference center complete with TV and VCR facilities, 24 electricity generated from solar panels located on the roofs of the Gers, and even a gift shop.
And what is there to do amongst the rocks, sand and snakes of Monglia? During your stay in the Gobi, you will be able to ride camels, go on guided treks through the desert, inspect ancient petrogryphs inscribed on outcrops of rocks near the lodge, and observe the day to day lives of real Mongolian nomads. Those lucky and persistent enough may even be able to participate in locating and unearthing dinosaur fossils which have been found throughout the region.
Once a great conqueror of the known world, today Mongolia is a largely unknown and misunderstood Eastern treasure. The opportunity to stay in style and comfort in one of the world’s largest and deadliest deserts represents the makings of a trip of a life time. Maybe it is time you discovered your inner adventurer?