Accommodation in and around Gobi Desert
In the desert, the only accommodation is the Ger. Ger is a traditional Mongolian hut and is decently comfortable. There are single beds in a hut, with thin sheets. However, do carry your sleeping bags and toilet paper. Ger has sheets and blankets, but often they are not very clean or hygienic. And there are no toilets with plumbing. They are generally the kinds you find in villages in India. A Ger can be booked through travel agents only. You can book it online here. The cost for a Ger for 1 night can be anywhere from Rs. 2000 to Rs. 3500.
How to reach Gobi Desert from India
For Indians, a Visa is required before you enter Mongolia. The Tourist Visa is a single entry visa that is valid for up to 90 days. The total cost in around Rs. 6898. It generally takes 3-5 business days to process the visa.
The easiest way is to reach Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia and take a domestic flight from there to Dalanzadgad. From the airport you can book a car rental for the entirety of your trip into the desert.
Reaching Mongolia is an easy enough task. Instead of travelling to other Asian countries such as China, Russia or Korea, and taking a flight from there, you can fly from India directly.
From New Delhi, a round-trip flight starts from Rs. 57,623.
From Mumbai, a round-trip flight starts from Rs. 52,841.
When to visit
Since the Gobi Desert is like any other desert, with extreme summers and winters, the best time to visit is anytime between July and September.
What to expect
Mongolia is the least-densely populated country in the world and a place where nomadic living is not just a tradition, but a way of life. Infrastructure is lacking and therefore there aren't many roads, so expect bumpy rides. The food served is generally non-vegetarian. So if you are a vegetarian, it's advisable to carry ready-to-eat meals and instant noodles with you.
What to carry
The temperature can be unpredictable, so it's advisable to carry extra clothing accordingly. Also, carry a sleeping bag and extra toiletries. Even if you are a non vegetarian, the local food may not suit your palate so please carry your own food. Carry a sleeping bag and a car pillow because you will be spending a lot of time in your van, getting from one spot to another in the desert.
Mongolia has much more to offer than just the Gobi Desert. Here are some other sites you can visit: