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Too much of the city getting to you? Try living like one of the Mongolian nomads of Khuvsgul Lake and Tuul River. Feel one with the vast emptiness of this magical land as you experience the hospitality of one of the few true nomadic people in the world. Visitor’s etiquette: Gift giving is customary for visitors, so if you do intend to visit a nomadic family, bring with you a small gift.
Also known as Hustai, it is one of the protected areas in Mongolia. It is filled with wildlife and it is a beautiful place to visit. One of the greatest things that is in the park are the Takhi wild horses. They were reintroduced to the park in the 90s and today there are over 220 takhi in the park. This is the only place in the world where these horses are in the wild. Spot wild horses (Przewalski) and visit the Neolithic remains.
Traditional portable homes of the Mongolians, Gers are made of felt and are lightweight and well insulated. A stay in a ger offers the opportunity to experience their traditional way of life and is an ideal base from which to explore Mongolia's incredible landscapes and wildlife.
It’s hard to believe that this small town was once upon a time the heart of the Mongol Empire that controlled most of Central Asia!
A drive down to Hui Doloon Khudag in the outskirts of Ulaanbaatar will take you to watch the horse race competition.
you will have the opportunity to watch the opening ceremony at the Mongolian State Academic Theatre featuring dancers, athletes, horse riders, and musicians.
The biggest and the most widely watched traditional festival among Mongols, also locally named as "eriin gurvan naadam" – “the three games of men", where wrestling, horse racing and archery are practiced during the National Holiday from July 11 – 13. Women have started participating in the archery and girls in the horse-racing games, but not in Mongolian wrestling. Now it formally commemorates the 1921 revolution when Mongolia declared itself a free country and it also inscribed on the representative list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO in 2010.
The iconic Mongolian desert landscape. Those cattle-herding nomads, along with Han Chinese farmers on the other side of the border, comprise the Gobi’s sparse population, with a density of fewer than three people per square mile. Though largely inhospitable to human settlement, the Great Gobi does support a remarkable variety of flora and fauna, some unique to this Central Asian habitat, including Gobi bears and Bactrian camels.
Visit Shankh Khiid and Ongiin Khiid monasteries sharing incredible histories. Shankh Khiid, once known as the West Monastery, and Erdene Zuu are the only monasteries in the region to have survived the 1937 purge. Shankh was founded by the great Zanabazar in 1648 and is said to have once housed Chinggis Khaan’s black military banner. At one time the monastery was home to more than 1500 monks. Ongiin Khiid monasteries, formerly one of the largest monasteries in Mongolia, and home to over a thousand monks, the complex was destroyed in the 1937 communist purges. The views of the ruins, river, ger camps and the surrounding area are impressive from any of the nearby hills.
The Flaming Cliffs site, also known as Bayanzag, is a region of the Gobi Desert in the Ömnögovi Province of Mongolia, where important fossil finds have been made. It was given this name by American paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrews, who visited in the 1920s. The area is most famous for yielding the first discovery of dinosaur eggs. Other finds in the area include specimens of Velociraptor and eutherian mammals. The red or orange color of the sandstone cliffs (especially at a sunset), is the reason for the nickname.
Perched atop a bactrian camel, you will spend a day exploring the vast deserts like a regular native does. The two-humped camels are very comfortable to ride, as they walk slowly and gently and we will be well supported by the humps, sitting comfortably between them. Our camel man will take us to the sand-dunes.
Eagle valley, an anomaly in the middle of the desert with its greenery and cooler temperatures. Eagle Valley contains the world’s only desert icecap which melts away in summer months but can grow more than 30 feet thick in the colder months.
Want to know Mongolians even more closely, why not visit a local family and make a traditional home made cookie together (locally known as “boortsog” ). Boortsog are made by cutting flattened dough into pieces. The shape can vary. Sometimes Boortsog is twisted or knotted. The dough is deep-fried golden brown. Boortsog is the food that greets the visitor, that makes us feel home. It is offered in every yurt home when the traveller enters, together with tea or milk, and a silent, nirvanic countenance, that is hardly found anywhere in the West.
We begin our journey by driving 64 km east of the Ulaanbaatar to Tsonjin Boldog. Here we will stop at the imposing Chinggis Khaan Equestrian Statue. Designed and built by Mongolian architects in 2008 and wrapped in 250 tons of gleaming stainless steel, the enormous horse and it’s gigantic rider stands 40 meters (131 feet) tall and they are facing south pointing symbolically to China.
This community group founded in November 2004, will give you the unique chance to learn how Mongolian nomads make felt using traditional methods. Felt making is also cultural event accompanied by feasting, gaming and blessing of ritual words. You also have a great opportunity to see and participate in the making of handicrafts like earrings, key-rings, socks using the felt.