Family suit room

Why book with us

Guide:

English speaking guide service

Transportation:

Transportation in coach

Fees:

Entrance fee for national park

Mini Naadam festival

Other:

Bottled mineral water

Yuey Tan

Central Mongolia Highlights ( 07/24/2016-07/29/2016 )

-OVERALL EXPERIENCE: Excellent; Tour guide's knowledge is nothing short of amazing. We have been very lucky! Drivers driving also amazing . He did a great job. ( Guide Boldo; Driver Bayara )

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This family room with 60 square metres is located on the 16th floor. This room with two-side view features master bedroom with lounger, sofa, work desk with ensuite bathroom, separate shower and bath, toilet and bidet.

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  • Services included

    Max guests: person

    Guide:

    English speaking guide service

    Transportation:

    Transportation in coach

    Fees:

    Entrance fee for national park

    Mini Naadam festival

    Other:

    Bottled mineral water

  • Services not included

    Max guests: person


    Personal expenses:
    Such as beverages, alcoholic drinks, telephone calls, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the tour itinerary.


    Travel insurance:
    Our clients are recommended to get travel insurance before traveling. Buy Simple and Flexible Travel Insurance from WorldNomads.com.

  • Nomadic Naadam Festival 1 Day

    Max guests: person

    12.30 Meet at Sukhbaatar square with Discover sign coach.

    13.00 Drive to Mongol Nomadic camp.

    14.00 Opening Ceremony of Naadam Festival.

    14.20 The First round of Mongolian Wrestling.

    14.30 Short performance of folk music and dance.
    15.00 The Second round of Mongolian Wrestling.

    15.20 Archery competition

    15.30 The third round of Mongolian Wrestling

    15.30 Horse racing starts with the melodious voice of little children.

    15:50 While waiting for the horses coming from the starting line, performance continues with competition to select the best equestrian couple.

    16:30 Awarding prizes for all winners of wrestling, horse racing and archery.

    16:40 closing ceremony of the Mini Naadam. Free time for taking photos.

    17.00 Drive back to Ulaanbaatar city.

    18.00 Arrive in UB and drop off at Sukhbaatar square.

  • Why choose Nomadic Naadam Festival

    Max guests: person

    • Naadam Festival is most exciting traditional festival of Mongolia
    • Listed on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list
    • Wear traditional costumes during the Festival
    • Military parades & sporting competition
    • Mongolian wrestling
    • Horse racing
    • Archery

  • Nomadic Naadam Festival

    Max guests: person

    Naadam Festival is truly one of the world’s most exciting and colourful traditional festivals. It is so unique as listed on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list.


    The three days event officially celebrates Mongolian Revolution and Independents, although the festival is said to predate Genghis Khan. Naadam has its origin in the activities, such as military parades and sporting competitions such as archery, horse riding and wrestling.


    Tour is more unique with many other surprises such us free for tasting dairy products and national beverages, riding horses, yaks & camels as well as wearing traditional costumes during the Festival.

  • Prius ZVW30

    Max guests: person

    Toyota Pruis is a mid-size hybrid technology sedan, and an economy car on paved road and very suitable to travel around the city and near locations.

  • Sonata 7

    Max guests: person

    Sonata 7 is semi luxurious, reliable car on paved road and very suitable to travel around the city and near locations.

  • Toyota Alphard

    Max guests: person


    Toyota Alphard is comfortable and reliable on paved road and very suitable to travel around the city and near locations.

  • Hyundai Starex

    Max guests: person


    With room for 12 passengers and 8 pieces of luggage, this air-conditioned model is perfect for business trip near Ulaanbaatar for mid size groups.

  • Prius NHW20

    Max guests: person

    Toyota Pruis is a mid-size hybrid technology sedan, and an economy car on paved road and very suitable to travel around the city and near locations.

  • Standart room

    Max guests: 2 person

    All standard rooms are spacious with an area of 31 square meters, these rooms offer a choice between king size and a twin bed. All rooms are equipped.


    • Single: 84 USD
    • Twin: 107 USD
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  • Standard

    Max guests: 2 person

    • Single: 86 USD
    • Twin: 86 USD
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  • Deluxe King

    Max guests: 2 person

    This double room features satellite TV, minibar, and air-conditioning.

    • Single: 79 USD
    • Twin: 89 USD
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  • Standard

    Max guests: 2 person

    Each room features a modern style furnishing with a king sized bed, floor based heating system, bathtub, standing shower, and variety of bath amenities.

    • Single: 94 USD
    • Twin: 121 USD
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  • Deluxe room

    Max guests: 2 person

    The rooms are located above level 6 and has view to Bogd Khan Mountain and east side of the city.

    • Single: 160 USD
    • Twin: 174 USD
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  • Superior

    Max guests: 2 person

    All Superior rooms are spacious with an area of 31 square meters, these rooms offer a choice between king size and a twin bed.

    • Single: 153 USD
    • Twin: 170 USD
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  • King guest room

    Max guests: 2 person

    King guest rooms are well appointed and spacious with contemporary decor in natural, warm colors.

    • Single: 75 USD
    • Twin: 79 USD
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  • Superior

    Max guests: 2 person

    May used for family room

    • Single: 86 USD
    • Twin: 86 USD
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  • Superior room

    Max guests: 2 person

    This double room features a seating area, electric kettle and air conditioning.

    • Single: 91 USD
    • Twin: 123 USD
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  • Deluxe twin

    Max guests: 2 person

    This twin room features a satellite TV, minibar, and air conditioning.

    • Single: 98 USD
    • Twin: 106 USD
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  • Deluxe room

    Max guests: 2 person

    Comparing to the Superior rooms, these Deluxe rooms provide an extra level of comfort and space at 42 square meters with a separate sitting area. Offering choice between king size and a twin bed.

    • Single: 172 USD
    • Twin: 188 USD
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  • Apartment suite

    Max guests: 2 person

    This apartment has a seating area, kitchenette and hot tub. Breakfast included, 1 extra-large double bed.

    • Single: 105 USD
    • Twin: 143 USD
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  • Deluxe Room Square View

    Max guests: 2 person

    Located on the floors between 9 and 19, this double room has a cable TV and bathrobe. Guests can enjoy an overlooking view of the parliament building and the famous public square.

    • Single: 180 USD
    • Twin: 194 USD
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  • Twin guest room

    Max guests: 2 person

    Twin guest rooms are well appointed and spacious with contemporary décor in natural, warm colours.

    • Single: 85 USD
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  • Mitsubishi Delica

    Max guests: person

    With room for 7 passengers and 7 pieces of luggage, this air-conditioned model is perfect for business trip near Ulaanbaatar for mid size groups.


  • Bayangol hotel Mongolia

    Max guests: person


    This landmark 12-storey twin tower hotel is superbly situated amidst seven acres of landscaped gardens in the heart of Ulaanbaatar's business, entertainment and shopping districts.


    Surrounding:
    Chinggis Khaan Avenue, Government building, Peace bridge, State Academic Theatre of Drama, Central Post Office, Grand Khaan Irish Pub, airline ticketing office and Gobi cashmere shops

    Facilities & Services:

    The Bayangol offers a wide range of services and amenities to ensure that your stay is as pleasant as possible.

    These include:

    • 24hr concierge service

    • Business and Secretarial services

    • Currency exchange and Visa ATM
    • Room service
    • Laundry services
    • Dry cleaning service
    • Safe deposit boxes in selected rooms
    • Complimentary services
    • Qualified masseuse
    • Beautician
    • Hair salon and stylists
    • Sauna
    • Billiard Room
    • Sapporo Shop
    • SC shopping center
    • Restaurants (European & Asian)
    • High speed internet



  • Business

    Max guests: 2 person

    • Single: 86 USD
    • Twin: 86 USD
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  • Connected room

    Max guests: 4 person

    Connected room is dedicated for your family. You can choose from 3 people room or 4 people room.

    • Single: 115 USD
    • Twin: 145 USD
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  • Deluxe Suite

    Max guests: 2 person

    The 40m² Deluxe Suite is meticulously designed to make guests feel instantly comfortable in unfamiliar space. The distinctive design and practicality served by a joint bedroom and meeting/living room are among the many charms of the luxurious suite. The suite features a satellite TV, minibar and air conditioning.

    • Single: 130 USD
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  • Junior suite

    Max guests: 2 person

    Our Junior suite is a discerning choice for business traveler or leisure traveler seeking a harmonious balance of work and relaxation in an opulent environment. You will appreciate the elegant furnishing and authentic details with no compromise on modernity. Connect with Wi-Fi as you calmly enjoy mountain/city view from the suite.

    • Single: 329 USD
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  • Deluxe room

    Max guests: 2 person

    This one of a kind luxurious suite has its own private entrance, an exceedingly spacious living room with a modern style couch, two separate bedrooms with a king sized bed in each room, private office room with office furnishings, fully equipped European style kitchen, an exquisite marble stone bathroom with a full size jacuzzi, separate shower, and a dressing room large enough to accommodate an entire wardrobe. The entire suite is decorated in noble materials and elegant fabrics in muted shades.

    • Single: 116 USD
    • Twin: 154 USD
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  • Club suits room

    Max guests: 2 person

    Located on the floors between 20 and 23, this double room features an overlooking view of the parliament building and the famous public square. Guests can enjoy access to club lounge, upgraded breakfast ,afternoon tea ,evening drinks with canapes, express check-in and check-out in the lounge.

    • Single: 208 USD
    • Twin: 222 USD
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  • Deluxe king room

    Max guests: 2 person

    Deluxe king rooms are well appointed and spacious with contemporary decor in natural, warm colors.

    • Single: 75 USD
    • Twin: 85 USD
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  • UAZ 452

    Max guests: person


    With room for 7 passengers and 7 pieces of luggage, this air-conditioned model is perfect for business trip near Ulaanbaatar for mid size groups.

  • KEMPINSKI HOTEL KHAN PALACE

    Max guests: person


    Located in the city center Khan Palace, a modern elegant hotel, offers the best of both worlds: a subtle blend of Western and Oriental tradition encompassing the contemporary with classic standards of service and excellence.


    Surrounding:
    East Cross Road, Peace Avenue Bayanzurkh district, Khaan bank, East trade center


    Facilities & Services:

    Well-being made easy. Maintaining your fitness routine while traveling is simple at Khan Palace. The fitness center give you unlimited access to state-of-the-art cardio-and weight training equipment-plus lounge facilities with Japanese bath tub, sauna, beverages and towels.
    Post workout, count on a relaxing massage or light cuisine at any our restaurants.

    Business center
    Khan Palace's Business Center provides the vital communications link for the business traveller on the move. Located on the Second level, the Business Center provides an extensive range of services including conference and travel arrangements, translations, courier services. Audio-visual equipment is also available upon request.

    Also available:

    Foreign currency exchange
    Safety box
    Laundry service
    Airline ticketing service
    Mobile phone rental
    Express check in and out
    High speed internet

    Number Of Rooms And Suites

    • • 99 rooms & suites
    • • 26 Superior rooms
    • • 64 Deluxe rooms
    • • 4 Junior Suites
    • • 4 Executive Suites
    • • 1 Presidential Suite
    • •48 King bedded rooms
    • •48 King bedded rooms
    • •51 Twin bedded rooms

    The belove room rate includes breakfast and 10% VAT
    Check in time 02.00pm and check out time is 12.00 noon
    Rates are quoted in USD and valid till 25Oct, 2018

  • Business room

    Max guests: 2 person

    All business rooms offer a choice between king size(single occupation-$128) and a twin bed( $158 for double occupation). All rooms are equipped.

    • Single: 119 USD
    • Twin: 147 USD
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  • Family suit room

    Max guests: 4 person

    This family room with 60 square metres is located on the 16th floor. This room with two-side view features master bedroom with lounger, sofa, work desk with ensuite bathroom, separate shower and bath, toilet and bidet.

    • Single: 291 USD
    • Twin: 305 USD
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  • Bishrelt Suite

    Max guests: 2 person

    The 51m² Bishrelt Suite offers the ultimate relaxing stay. The suite features a meeting room and executive wooden laptop table, spa bath and bidet bathroom.

    • Single: 298 USD
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  • Premium suite

    Max guests: 2 person

    This one of a kind, vastly spacious and beautifully decorated, modern style suite offers a living space with two floors. The suite offers an exquisitely furnished living room centered around a spacious leather couch with floor to ceiling windows revealing a spectacular view of Bogd Khan National Reserve, a full-service kitchen, marble stone bathroom, dining table for four guests. The bedroom is placed on the second floor with a balcony opening up to a beautiful scene of the National Reserve.

    • Single: 396 USD
    • Twin: 468 USD
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  • Deluxe twin room

    Max guests: 2 person

    Deluxe twin rooms are well appointed and spacious with contemporary decor in natural, warm colors.

    • Single: 85 USD
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  • Executive Suite

    Max guests: 2 person

    The newly redesigned Executive Suites remain true to The Kempinski Hotel Khan Palace Art Deco interiors while infusing an even higher level of residential luxury. Consisting with a king bed and two separate bathrooms. This Executive suite of Kempinski hotel, Ulaanbaatar have extended over 85 square meters.

    • Single: 522 USD
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  • The Corporate Hotel

    Max guests: person


    The Corporate hotel is an elegant hotel, conveniently located in busy area of Ulaanbaatar city, and business district.
    "People' are our passion and we promise to deliver our personal service at all times to make you feel at home

    Surrounding:
    Chinggis Khaan Avenue, Government building, Peace bridge, State Academic Theatre of Drama, Central Post Office

    Facilities & Services:

    The Corporate hotel offers a wide range of services and amenities to ensure that your stay is as pleasant as possible. These include:

    Sauna & Poultice room
    Massage
    Health Club
    View lounge and club
    Chairman Restaurant within VIP rooms
    Dining & Entertainment
    Conference Hall
    Meeting room
    Business Center
    Fitness center


  • Discover Mongolia Tour

    Max guests: person

    Do you want to experience all Mongolia has to offer but don't know where to start? To see not only the boundless steppe and Gobi deserts but to also explore the historical sites and meet the people? Then this tour is for you. Amazing scenery, history, wildlife and adventure wait on this fabulous trip - we promise you won't forget it!

    Southern Mongolia (4 days) A chance for you to try riding the 2 humped Bactrian camel amongst the huge sand dunes of Southern Mongolia. Meet the camel herdsman and his family and then go on to see the land of the Dinosaurs, with relics from 60 million years ago.

    Central Mongolia (4 days) Visits to huge Buddhist Erdenezuu monastery, the symbolic ruins of the ancient capital Karakorum, and great extinct volcano area with White Lake. Visit nomadic horseman family and sample their home made dairy products.

    Northern Mongolia (4 days) Huvsgul Lake is the second biggest freshwater lake in Asia after Baikal and is a great place for fishing and boating and hiking through the beautiful scenery on land to explore the flora and fauna. Plus here you will meet Tsaatan reindeer nomads and explore their lifestyle.

    Ulaanbaatar (2 days) The capital of Mongolia is a city of contrast where modern life comfortably blends with Mongolian traditional lifestyle you will visit the best of the city including Gandan Monastery, National Museum of History, Zaisan Hill War Memorial and live performance of Mongolian National folklore.


    Thinking of experiencing the Naadam Festival but also wish to have Discover Mongolia Tour? Well, don’t worry because we offer the tour you are looking for. Discover the magnificent Mongolia and experience the beautiful Naadam Festival at once by having DiscoverMongolia Naadam Tour (July 02 – 17) with us.

  • S. Ulaanbaatar - Moscow SU331 (1,3,6,7)

    Max guests: person

  • S. Bishkek - Ulaanbaatar TK342 (2,4,6)

    Max guests: person

  • S. Ulaanbaatar - Bishkek TK343 (2,4,6)

    Max guests: person

  • S.Moscow - Ulaanbaatar SU330 (2,5,6,7)

    Max guests: person

  • S.Ulaanbaatar - Seoul KE868 (1,3,4,5,6,7)

    Max guests: person

  • S.Seoul - Ulaanbaatar KE867 (1,3,4,5,6,7)

    Max guests: person

  • S. Ulaanbaatar - Beijing CA956 (1,2,3,4,5,6,7)

    Max guests: person

  • S. Istanbul - Ulaanbaatar TK342 (1,3,5)

    Max guests: person

  • S. Ulaanbaatar - Istanbul TK343 (2,4,6)

    Max guests: person

  • S. Ulaanbaatar - Beijing CA902 (1,2,3,4,5,6,7)

    Max guests: person

  • S. Tainjin - Ulaanbaatar M0902 (2,4,6)

    Max guests: person

  • S. Huhhot - Ulaanbaatar MO802a (1,3,5)

    Max guests: person

  • S. Huhhot - Ulaanbaatar MO802 (1,3,5)

    Max guests: person

  • S. Ulaanbaatar - Tainjin M0901 (2,4,6)

    Max guests: person

  • S. Ulaanbaatar - Huhhot M0801a(1,3,5)

    Max guests: person

  • S. Irkutsk - Ulaanbaatar M0102 (6)

    Max guests: person

  • S. Ulaanbaatar - Huhhot M0801(1,3,5)

    Max guests: person

  • S. Irkutsk - Ulaanbaatar M0102 (3)

    Max guests: person

  • S. Irkutsk - Ulaanbaatar M0102 (1,5,7)

    Max guests: person

  • S.Beijing - Ulaanbaatar CA955 (Everyday)

    Max guests: person

  • S.Beijing - Ulaanbaatar CA901 (1,2,3,4,5,6,7)

    Max guests: person

  • S. Ulaanbaatar - Irkutsk M0101 (6)

    Max guests: person

  • S. Ulaanbaatar - Irkutsk M0101 (3)

    Max guests: person

  • S. Ulaanbaatar - Irkutsk M0101 (1,5,7)

    Max guests: person

  • S. Ulaanbaatar - Ulan-Ude MR727b(3,6)

    Max guests: person

  • S.Ulaanbaatar - Ulan-Ude MR727(3,6)

    Max guests: person

  • S. Ulan-Ude - Ulaanbaatar MR728 (3,6b)

    Max guests: person

  • S. Ulan-Ude - Ulaanbaatar MR728 (3,6)

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  • Deluxe suite

    Max guests: 2 person

    The Deluxe rooms are luxurious suited with two separate rooms, living and bedroom. Deluxe rooms are available with a choice of king-size or twin beds.

    • Single: 136 USD
    • Twin: 165 USD
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  • Family suite

    Max guests: 3 person

    Family rooms are well appointed and spacious with contemporary decor in natural, warm colors.

    • Single: 199 USD
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  • S. Berlin- Moscow OM136 (5)

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  • S. Moscow - Berlin OM135 (5)

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  • S. Berlin- Moscow OM136 (7)

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  • S. Moscow - Berlin OM135 (7)

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  • S. Moscow - Berlin OM135 (4)

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  • S. Hong kong- Ulaanbaatar OM2971 (6)

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  • S. Berlin- Moscow OM136 (4)

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  • S. Hong kong- Ulaanbaatar OM2972 (6)

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  • S. Ulaanbaatar - Hong kong OM2971 (1)

    Max guests: person

  • S. Hong kong- Ulaanbaatar OM2972 (1)

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  • S. Ulaanbaatar - Busan OM297 (2,4,5,7)

    Max guests: person

  • S. Busan - Ulaanbaatar OM312 (4,7)

    Max guests: person

  • S. Hong kong- Ulaanbaatar OM298 (2,4,5,7)

    Max guests: person

  • S. Seoul - Ulaanbaatar OM302 (3c)

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  • S. Seoul - Ulaanbaatar OM302 (3b)

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  • S. Ulaanbaatar - Busan OM311 (4,7)

    Max guests: person

  • S. Seoul - Ulaanbaatar OM302 (3)

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  • S. Ulaanbaatar - Soul OM301 (3b)

    Max guests: person

  • S. Ulaanbaatar - Soul OM301 (3c)

    Max guests: person

  • S. Seoul - Ulaanbaatar OM302 (1,2,5,6,7)

    Max guests: person

  • S. Tokyo - Ulaanbaatar OM504 (6)

    Max guests: person

  • S. Tokyo - Ulaanbaatar OM502 (6)

    Max guests: person

  • S. Ulaanbaatar - Soul OM301 (3a)

    Max guests: person

  • S. Tokyo - Ulaanbaatar OM502 (2)

    Max guests: person

  • S. Tokyo - Ulaanbaatar OM502 (1,3,5,7)

    Max guests: person

  • S. Ulaanbaatar - Tokyo OM503 (6)

    Max guests: person

  • S. Ulaanbaatar - Tokyo OM501 (6)

    Max guests: person

  • S. Tokyo - Ulaanbaatar OM501 (2)

    Max guests: person

  • S. Tokyo - Ulaanbaatar OM501 (1,3,5,7)

    Max guests: person

  • S. Moscow - Ulaanbaatar OM135 (5)

    Max guests: person

  • S. Moscow - Ulaanbaatar OM135 (7)

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  • S. Moscow - Ulaanbaatar OM136 (5)

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  • Executive suite

    Max guests: 4 person

    Executive suite rooms are well appointed and spacious with contemporary decor in natural, warm colors.

    • Single: 257 USD
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  • Beauty of Mongolia Tour

    Max guests: person

    Why do people travel to Mongolia from such far flung countries? 60% of our clients replied with one voice: "beautiful scenery".
    Our country is one of the biggest in the world, from East to West 1500 miles and 80% of this is untouched by humans. So travellers dream of discovering new and wild land and fascinating nature.
    If you want to explore exotic and untouched places, one of the best ways is our "Beauty of Mongolia Tour". This trip allows you to visit a wide assortment of beautiful and wonderful places in Mongolia, including sand dunes in the Gobi Desert, vast steppe & mountains, freshwater lakes and rivers, ancient monasteries and temples.

    Thinking of experiencing the Naadam Festival but also wish to have Beauty of Mongolia Tour? Well, don’t worry because we offer the tour you are looking for. Discover the magnificent Mongolia and experience the beautiful Naadam Festival at once by having Beauty of Mongolia Naadam tour (July 05 – 17) with us.



  • Best Western Permier Tuushin Hotel

    Max guests: person

    The newly opened BEST WESTERN PREMIER Tuushin Hotel offers a wide variety of luxury accommodation, state of the art conference and banqueting facilities and three high quality restaurants providing a wide range of fine dining options, with menus and wines from around the world especially prepared for you by our internationally qualified chefs. The 25 storey, 198 rooms Best Western Premier Tuushin Hotel is an impressive landmark in the center of Ulaanbaatar due to its modern design and excellent location close to the Parliament Building, Government offices, shopping areas and commercial institutions.


    Guest Room Features & Amenities

    198 guest rooms in our luxury hotel all offering spectacular city and Chinggis Square views, plus choice accommodations including:

    - Superior Corner
    - King Deluxe
    - Club Deluxe Rooms
    - Club Suites
    - Ambassador Suites
    - Presidential Suite

    Enjoy complimentary wireless Internet in all guest rooms. We offer full American and Asian buffet breakfast for all the guests staying at the hotel. Club Deluxe Room and Club Suite guests can enjoy complimentary access to the Executive Lounge at the 23rd floor, which offers exclusive breakfasts daily, as well as work stations, business center services, and express check-out service.


    Premier Lounge


    We are also justifiably proud of the wide selection of quality wines which have been especially chosen for you by our sommeliers. At the Premier Lounge you are invited to enjoy the stunning panoramic view of the city, while listening to live music, which features highly rated local bands. As you are relaxed and enjoy with the surrounding and your beverages, do all at our menu for light to full meals.


    Aroma Thera Spa & Lounge


    Pamper yourself at our Aroma Thera Spa and Fitness Centre. Featuring four graceful massage rooms, together with a sauna and Jacuzzi, you will be impressed by the wide range of quality treatments we offer. Using only the finest beauty products from the “Aroma Therapy” range from the United Kingdom, our highly qualified and dedicated professional masseuses are proud to offer a range of body treatments.

  • Naiman Lake Horse Riding and Karakorum Naadam

    Max guests: person

    Trek through Mongolia and the Remains of the Mongol Empire - On this two-week adventure, you can experience the nomadic life. Ride through valleys and mountains to reach a beautiful monastery and natural reserve; then ride to the archaeological ruins of Karakorum, the capital of 13th century Genghis Khan's Great Mongol Empire.

    Whether you have ridden before or not, our staffs will help make your experience an enjoyable one. The best time to ride here is July to September when the horses are at their best.

    After that you can attend a local naadam festival with activities such as archery and enjoy an authentic Mongolian barbecue. Horseback riding is a way of life in Mongolia and one of the most popular outdoor pursuits for visitors. Come visit us and see just how much fun a person can have on horseback!

  • Bishrelt hotel

    Max guests: person


    This hotel has location in A zone of the city. Distance from

    airport is 19 kilometers, 2 km from railway station and 1 kilometers from

    Government Palace and located in close proximity of main business, cultural and

    shopping avenues.


    Facilities & Services:

    The Bishrelt offers a wide range of services and amenities to ensure that your stay is as pleasant as possible.

    These include:

    • Dry cleaning
    • Business center
    • Taxi ordering
    • Morning calling service
    • High speed internet
    • Restaurants (European & Asian)
    • Conference Halls
    • VIP rooms


  • Taste of Mongolia Tour

    Max guests: person

    A short trip but nevertheless a packed itinerary! You will experience beautiful sceneries, fascinating historical sites and enjoy culture and fun on the way. You will be horse trekking through not only mountain steppe but also camel riding through deserts.

    We will then take you to the symbolic ruins of Genghis Khan's capital city Karakorum and visit the largest Erdenezuu monastery. Enjoy Mongolian authentic barbecue, prepared the traditional way ---the meat is grilled with hot stones resulting in a great unique taste.


    This is a wonderful trip that enables you to experience Mongolia and collect amazing memories in a short time.

  • Khuvsgul Lake hotel

    Max guests: person


    Set in Ulaanbaatar, within 300 metres of Chinggis Khan Statue and 500 metres of National Museum of Mongolian History. Khuvsgul Lake Hotel offers accommodation with a restaurant and free WiFi. All rooms feature a TV with satellite channels and a private bathroom.

    The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk. At the hotel, all rooms come with a desk. All guest rooms are equipped with a seating area. Guests at Khuvsgul Lake Hotel can enjoy a continental breakfast.

    The area is popular for cycling, and bike hire is available at the accommodation.


    Surrounding:

    Popular points of interest near Khuvsgul Lake Hotel include Sukhbaatar Square, Ulaanbaatar Opera House and Mogolian National Modern Art Gallery, Central Tower, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Choijin Lama Monastery


    Facility & Services:

    Fitness center
    Massage
    Restaurants
    Coffee shop
    Business center
    Meeting rooms
    24-hour front desk
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Laundry facility
    Free newspaper in laundry
    Currency exchange
    Luggage storage

  • S. Moscow - Ulaanbaatar OM136 (7)

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  • S.Ulaanbaatar - Moscow OM135 (2)

    Max guests: person

  • S. Ulaanbaatar - Soul OM301 (1,2,4,5,7)

    Max guests: person

  • S. Moscow - Ulaanbaatar OM136 (4)

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  • S. Berlin - Ulaanbaatar OM138 (2)

    Max guests: person

  • S. Ulaanbaatar - Frankfurt - OM137 (2)

    Max guests: person

  • S. Ulaanbaatar - FrankfurtOM137 (3,6)

    Max guests: person

  • S. Berlin - Ulaanbaatar OM138 (3,6)

    Max guests: person

  • S. Berlin - Ulaanbaatar OM136 (5)

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  • S. Berlin - Ulaanbaatar OM136 (7)

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  • S. Berlin - Ulaanbaatar OM136 (4)

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  • S. Ulaanbaatar - Berlin OM135 (7)

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  • S. Ulaanbaatar - Berlin OM135 (4)

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  • S. Ulaanbaatar - Berlin OM135 (5)

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  • S. Beijing - Ulaanbaatar 228 (7)

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  • S. Beijing - Ulaanbaatar OM228 (4)

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  • S. Beijing - Ulaanbaatar OM228 (2)

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  • S. Ulaanbaatar - Beijing OM223 (2,4,5,7)

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  • S. Ulaanbaatar - Beijing OM227 (3)

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  • S. Ulaanbaatar - Beijing OM227 (6)

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  • S. Beijing - Ulaanbaatar OM224 (2,4,5,7)

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  • S. Ulaanbaatar - Beijing OM227 (1)

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  • S. Ulaanbaatar - Beijing OM223 (1,3,6)

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  • S. Beijing - Ulaanbaatar OM224 (1,3,6)

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  • Mongolian Gobi Tour 4 - Days

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    Although a lot of people think of a desert as a lot of sand, the Mongolian Gobi Desert has a lot of vegetation, along with vast steppes, and it’s home to a lot of camel herders. Because of its huge size and its sparse inhabitation, it offers a lot of tranquility and evokes mysteries to the people who visit it. During our trip, we will show you the best components of this immense legendary desert. We will go to places such as Vulture Gorge, also known as Eagle Valley, and the Khongor sand dunes. We also will show you Bayanzag, where dinosaurs once called home.

    You will love this trip and we will provide a round trip ticket to and from the Gobi Desert so that you can enjoy your trip even more.

  • Premium Hotel Ulaanbaatar

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    Enjoy a prime location in the beautiful city of Ulaanbaatar, with the city’s wealth of history, culture, art and entertainment on your doorstep.

    Chinggis Khaan International airport 30 minutes and Ulaanbaatar train station only 10 minutes away.

    State-of-the-art facilities and versatile meeting spaces also make Premium Hotel Ulaanbaatar an ideal destination for both business and leisure.


    Surrounding:
    Gandan monastery, Khaan bank

    Facilities & Services:

    • Restaurant & Lounge
    • Summit Suite /Conference Room/
    • Spa Center
    • Premium Fitness Center
    • Shopping-Boutique Store
    • Lobby Cafe
    • Ticket Agency
    • Sinatra Karaoke

    Hotel Services


    • - 4 Star Hotel Amenities
    • - 24 Hours Room Services
    • - Concierge
    • - Business Center
    • - Laundry
    • - Non Smoking/ Smoking Rooms
    • - Safe Deposit Boxes
    • - Transportation Services
    • • Pick Up And Drop Off Service From Airport And Train Station


  • Western Mongolia Highlights tour

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    This trip covers the Western Part of Mongolia and is especially suitable to those want to face new challenges and different experiences! There are about 10 different ethnic nomadic groups live in the area including Kazakhs.

    You will travel in the landscape of eternally snow-capped peaks of the Altai Mountain as much as rivers, streams, lakes and the forest zone of Khovd, Uvs, and Bayan-Olgii aimags. A wonderful tour which will fulfill all your hopes and desires.

  • Chinggis Khan statue & Terelj national park

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    If you want to visit Mongolia but you only have a short amount of time, this is a great tour to take. Terelj National Park a great place to visit if you are only here briefly. After only a short ride from Ulaanbaatar, you are out enjoying our natural scenery – the open fields, the gorgeous mountains, and many others.

    On this tour we’ll take you for a ride on a horse, you’ll meet a nomadic family, and you’ll visit the tallest equestrian statue in the world. We pack a lot into this short trip so that you experience our lifestyle and that you want to come back again.

  • Introduction to Nomadic Life Tour

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    Undoubtedly, one of the main attractions of travelling to Mongolia is that, in the 21st century, half the people retain the nomadic lifestyle. This trip gives you the opportunity to visit nomad families and experience their way of life, their culture and traditions.

    Combine this with a visit to the symbolic ruins of Karakorum. Built under the orders of Genghis Khan in 1220, Karakorum became the real capital of the Mongolian empire during the late 13th century before being ultimately destroyed by the Ming army in 1410.

    On its ruins was built the Erdene Zuu Monastery, once one of the largest monasteries in Mongolia and nearly destroyed itself during the Stalinist purges of the 1930s. A fascinating tour of Mongolia's rich heritage and way of life - an experience you cannot afford to miss.

  • Mongolia Naadam Festival and Gobi Tour - 2018

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    Naadam Festival is Mongolian major holiday and a wonderful time to experience the culture and people of this amazing land. The festival has its roots in the nomad wedding assemblies and hunting extravaganzas of the Mongol Army. The opening ceremony features marches and music from soldiers, monks and athletes before the real fun begins! In the Naadam Stadium, the three sporting passions of Mongolians, horse racing, wrestling and archery, are played out over 2 days.

    But if you don’t want to watch sports all the time, there’s plenty to see and do outside – food, music, crafts or just watching people and culture. This is the best time to see the Mongolian people and soak up the party atmosphere!

    Mongolians consider that there are 33 different Gobi , where sandy desert occupies only 3 percent of the total territory. South Gobi is located 553 km from Ulaanbaatar, average altitude of 1406 meters above sea level. In reality, most part of the Gobi Desert is a land of steppes and it is the home for camel breeders rich with wildlife and vegetation. Khongor- Mongolian largest sand dune reaching a height of 800-meter in some highest areas.


    Bayanzag, the red cliffs were on the sea bottom in ancient times and still have petrified bones and eggs of dinosaurs from 60 million years ago. Of the twelve species of predatory dinosaurs, eight of them were found in Mongolia – the most famous discovery being made by Roy Chapman Andrews in the 1920s who dug up the remains of two dinosaurs who had fought each other to death. Our tour takes you to the cliffs and to see the remains found so far – an amazing experience to tell your friends back home.

  • Mongolia Naadam Festival Tour 3 - Days

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    Although the event happens in Ulaanbaatar, every village and province celebrates the Naadam festival in their own way.

    Just like Brazil’s Carnival in Rio de Janeiro and Germany’s Oktoberfest, our Naadam festival is our most popular and largest celebration here in Mongolia. Because of its significance and exoticness, we see more people come to take part year after year.

    During this three-day festival, there are tournaments of three traditional Mongolian sports – horse racing, archery, and wrestling taking place. The festival’s opening ceremony is its highlight with many shows and artists performing,

    Almost everyone dresses in their most beautiful and traditional outfit known as ‘dells’, which are created in rich colors. Even though the main event’s in Ulaanbaatar, it is celebrated all over our country.

  • Karakorum and Elsen Tasarkhai Tour 3 - Days

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    Once served as the capital of Mongolian Empire and an essential station of the Silk Road, Karakorum city has much more to share than its current physical appearance. Mongolian largest and the historically most significant religious and cultural center – Erdenezuu monastery – is operating as a museum there. Different stone relics and other ancient artefacts are standing around the city to reveal the history and stories dated back to hundreds of years ago.

    Elsen Tasarkhai, marvellous oasis with sand dunes, vegetations, lake and birds, is located close to Karakorum. Therefore, during this trip, you have the chance to experience noteworthy historical, religious, natural and adventurous side of Mongolia, all in one short period of time.

  • Huvsgul Lake Tour 4 - Days

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    Imagine having your picture taken while you ride on a reindeer during this unique and memorable trip!

    Some environmentalists say that Husvgul Lake’s water is the purest in the world, rather than Baikal Lake. Want to decide for yourself? Take this short but action packed tour with us. You will be surrounded by natural beauty in the state park. Bring your camera, because there are plenty of gorgeous and rare vegetation and animals.

    From hiking and horseback riding to the unique experience of riding on a reindeer, this is an experience you will never forget. Come to Mongolia and swim in some of the purest water in the world. The trip will be peaceful and you will return home refreshed and full of memories.

  • W. Ulaanbaatar to Erlian 22

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  • W. Ulaanbaatar to Erlian 24

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  • W.Ulaanbaatar to Jininig 24/04

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  • W.Ulaanbaatar to Beijing 24/04

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  • W.Ulaanbaatar to Hohhot, 34

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  • W. Ulaanbaatar to Naushki 05

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  • W.Ulaanbaatar to Naushki 305

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  • Why choose VISION NOMADS PROGRAMM

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    • Experience the Nomadic Culture
    • Be part of change in children’s lives
    • Participate in hands-on community projects at WVIM AP, such as supporting local business groups and involving in child sponsorship programs
    • Share expertise in activities such as photography, journalism, graphic design, video editing,agriculture, language instruction, art and craft and music etc.



  • W.Ulaanbaatar to Ulan-Ude 05

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  • W. Ulaanbaatar to Ulan-Ude 305

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  • W.Ulaanbaatar to Irkutsk 305

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  • W.Ulaanbaatar to Irkutsk 05

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  • W.Ulaanbaatar to Moscow 05

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  • W. Ulaanbaatar to Moscow 03

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  • ​Terelj National park and Chinggis Khaan statue

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    After meeting in Ulaanbaatar, drive to Giant Chinggis Khaan statue. The statues in total is 40m high and see as far sighted Chinggis Khaan holds a golden whip in his right hand. Drive to Terelj National park (70km). You'll explore the extraordinary formation of rocks and stones; some of them look quite similar to turtles. Free horseback trial. Overnight in a tourist camp. (L+D)


  • visit Elsentasarkhai sand dunes and camel riding day

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    Up early morning, drive to Elsen tasarkhai unique area of forest and sand dunes. After lunch in tourist camp, there is an opportunity for a camel ride trial through the sand dunes. We will visit a local horsemen family where you have an opportunity to experience their way of life, their culture and traditions. Overnight in a tourist camp. (B+L+D)


  • Erdenezuu and Karakorum

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    After breakfast at the tourist camp, drive to Karakorum, the symbolic ruins of the 13th century capital of the Mongol Empire. Visit Erdene-Zuu, the oldest monastery, with 108 stupas, built in 1586. Then visit Karakorum museum and see the Great Mongol state period, Stone Age, Bronze Age, Ancient state period halls. Overnight in tourist camp by Orkhon River. (B+L+D)


  • Volunteerism Day 1 Orientation.

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    After breakfast, WVIM staff will pick up guests and head to Arvaikhaar area where WVIM Area Programme office is located at. At the office, volunteers will be informed of security briefing guideline & orientation. Behavior protocol & other necessary documents will be signed. Lunch with the WVIM staff. After the orientation WVIM staff will introduce programmes in the area and show around the daily lives of local communities. Volunteers will be dropped off at the hotel for dinner.

    After dinner, we offer optional trip to the WVIM supported herder families living in a Ger (Mongolian traditional yurt/housing) to experience the nomad herder lifestyle. Possible activities include, milking cows, goats, boiling milk, making yogurt, collecting animal dungs and quality time with the family.


  • Volunteerism Day 2 Home visit to vulnerable families

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    After breakfast at the hotel, volunteers will be transported to the local school to spend quality time with the WVIM Child Journalist Club children: fun activities such as sharing stories and experiences. After lunch, volunteers will be transported back to WVIM office and will assist the Area Program local volunteers to do Home Visit to the vulnerable families. Home visit activities will include but not limited to collecting relevant data, giving away school kits to children for selected families. The purpose of Home Visit is to identify factors associated with the child’s environment, assess the community to identify families with vulnerable state and determine the social validity and effectiveness of the local Child Protection Program.


  • Volunteerism Day 3 Summer Camp Volunteer Work!

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    This day will be spent at the local summer camp with the WVIM Registered Children (approximately 250 children). Children will spend 5 days at the local camp sponsored by WV where volunteers will help staff in preparing and engaging the camp programs, sharing with the children positive experience for 1 full day. Summer camp children are selected from the most vulnerable families living in poverty, threatened by social exclusion where some of the children experiencing summer camp for the first time. Thus, it is important the camp serves to provide psychosocial support for the children through various art activities, child rights program and youth welfare activities with the help of our volunteers.


  • Volunteerism Day 4 Summer Camp Volunteer Work!

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    Another fantastic day to be spent with the children!

    Note: If you are interested in volunteering with us, please don’t hesitate to contact us for further details such as daily schedule and logistics.


  • Volunteerism Day 5. Drive back to Ulaanbaatar

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    After breakfast, guide will give the volunteers an option to visit local monastery or riding a horse/camel or milk cows etc. After lunch, drive back to Ulaanbaatar (370km) and finish the trip.


  • NOMADS VOLUNTOURISM PROGRAM

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    Mongolia is the ultimate adventure destination in the sense of embracing all types of natural zones from sheer mountain ranges and ice glaciers to singing sand dunes and hot spring waters. Therefore, visit to the three main natural zones, and participate in a local community program that named "VISION NOMADS" which is organizing by World Vision International Mongolia (WVIM) are included in this trip.

  • Why choose-Land of Dinosaurs

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    • Explore the Timeless Gobi
    • Visit with Camel Herders
    • Explore Vulture Gorge
    • Wonder at Khongor Dunes
    • Discover the Flaming cliffs
    • Included 2 way DOMESTIC FLIGHTS
    • Feel the photographic paradise in Mongolian Gobi

  • ​Services included in the cost:

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    Lunch, private English speaking guide service, private transfer, dog sled, musher, entrance fees

  • ​Services not included in the cost:

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    Winter warm clothes, optional cost, travel insurance

    Our clients are recommended to get travel insurance before traveling. Buy Simple and Flexible Travel Insurance from WorldNomads.com.

  • ​What you can expect:

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    Leave Ulaanbaatar and explore Terelj National Park area with your cute dog team of Huskies. Get picked up at your hotel in the morning and transfer to the National Park where you will enjoy entire Dog Sledding activity. First meeting is at Nomad family where you will be welcomed by traditional tea. After exploring their lifestyle we will drive to the starting point of Dog Sled and be introduced by special equipment. All together will start first sledding to the Bugatai Enger where will be having fun until the Picnic Lunch time. Afterwards we have some free time for hiking and photographing of beautiful nature. In late afternoon we will sled back to the Terelj River where tour ending point. Meet with driver for heading to the Giant Chinggis Khan Statue. Its height is 40 meters (130 feet). From the visitor’s center, the top of the statue is accessible by elevator. This vantage point provides great photo opportunities. Afterward, will go to back to Ulaanbaatar and rest in your hotel.

  • Dog sledding & Chinggis Khaan Statue A tour

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    09.00. Meet in Ulaanbaatar. Drive to Terelj National park.
    10.00. Visit local nomad family and experience their way of life, their culture and traditions
    11.00. Meet mushers. You will be introduced to the equipment and activity today.
    11.40. Start dog sled to Bugatai Enger.
    13.00. Picnic Lunch in the open fire.
    13.40-14.10. Free time for hiking and photographing.
    16.00. Dog sled back to Terelj River and meet with driver.
    16.30. Drive to and enjoy the Chinggis Khaan Statue.
    18.30. Drive back to Ulaanbaatar. Drop off at your hotel.

  • Photo news -Business Tour

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    Discover Mongolia Business Tour -2017


    One of Mongolia's leading tour operators Discover Mongolia Travel has successfully organized a customized business tour for Luis Arcangel, CEO of Montgomery Fitch + Associates, a Manila-based holding company in the week of 29 October - 03 November, 2017.

    Please click each photo to find out more about Mr. Arcangel's business tour to Mongolia!



    Mr. Arcangel's tour started by attending one of the largest business associations in the country Business Council of Mongolia / Монголын бизнесийн зөвлөл's Monthly meeting.




    An industry dialogue with Business Council of Mongolia / Монголын бизнесийн зөвлөл's members, including one of the top commercial banks of Mongolia - Khas Bank - took place the following day.



    Discover Mongolia Business Tour is organized in two formats: fixed program for open-enrollment and customized programs for individuals and groups. Our recent customized tour was carefully designed and organized for Mr. Arcangel.

    Business Tour Mongolia




    Besides business meetings and events, exotic food and drinks like beef mountain and milk tea will be waiting for you during your business tour with Discover Mongolia Travel.





    A private presentation on Mongolia's macroeconomic and socio-political scenario was given exclusively to Mr. Arcangel to enable him to have both a big picture and a detailed industry view of the country.



    One of the customized, private meetings organized for Mr. Arcangel was with ITZone Accelerate Your Success - a leading ICT firm in Mongolia.



    Mongolia embraces many cultural and historical artifacts and sites which are even accessible to busy business travelers like Mr. Arcangel. A snapshot of an ancient stone-graveyard, about 100km of Ulaanbaatar city, taken by Arcangel.




    Depending on our guest's profile, we could even organize a public event which provides local exposure and emergence to our guests. In the photo, Mr. Arcangel giving a talk to a group of Mongolian start-ups and entrepreneurs.



    Mongolia's most progressive and creative media platform Unread team is discussing their expansion plan to Southeast Asia with Mr. Arcangel.


    As Mr. Arcangel's business spectrum includes fashion, we arranged a couple of tailored visits to and meetups with Mongolian fashion retailers - HUSUG Project and DYRBERG/KERN MONGOLIA.





    As Mr. Arcangel's business spectrum includes fashion, we arranged a couple of tailored visits to and meetups with Mongolian fashion retailers - HUSUG Project and DYRBERG/KERN MONGOLIA.




    Discover Mongolia - Organizer Team



    Contact Discover Mongolia Travel at info@discovermongolia.mn for your next visit to Mongolia. We know how to make the most out of your trip!

  • Morin khuur – Horse headed fiddle

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    Morin khuur – Horse headed fiddle


    The two-stringed fiddle Morin khuur has figured prominently in Mongolia’s nomad culture. String instruments adorned with horse heads are attested to by written sources dating from the Mongol empire of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The fiddle’s significance extends beyond its function as a musical instrument, for it was traditionally an integral part of rituals and everyday activities of the Mongolian nomads.



    Playing the Morin khuur is accompanied with dances, long songs, mythical tales, ceremonies and everyday tasks related to horses. The Morin khuur also accompanies Biyelgee, the body dance of hand, shoulder and legs movement. This dance originated in the Altai mountains in the west of Mongolia. Today Mongolians and Mongolian government is paying special attention to development and deepening interest of people in Morin Khuur. An example of this is 999 horse-head fiddle players who performed during Naadam. Also horse-head fiddle players’ assembly is now about in its 20th anniversary.


    From ancient times the Mongolian people have used the horse for transportation and have given it an honored position in their everyday lives. For example, when a horse died, its head was placed on top of a mountain, rather than buried in the dirty ground. The horse's tail was carefully preserved to make strings for musical instruments, and the soft skin of the horses groin was used to cover the body of the “horse-head fiddle” instrument.


    The design of the Morin khuur is closely linked to the all-important cult of the horse. The instrument’s hollow trapezoid-shaped body is attached to a long fretless neck bearing a carved horse head at its extremity. Just below the head, two tuning pegs jut out like ears from either side of the neck. The soundboard is covered with animal skin, and the strings and bow are made of horsehair. The instrument’s characteristic sound is produced by sliding or stroking the bow against the two strings. Common techniques include multiple stroking by the right hand and a variety of left-hand fingering. It is mainly played in solo fashion but sometimes accompanies dances, long songs (urtiin duu), mythical tales, ceremonies and everyday tasks related to horses. To this day, the Morin khuur repertory has retained some tunes (tatlaga) specifically intended to tame animals. Owing to the simultaneous presence of a main tone and overtones, Morin khuur music has always been difficult to transcribe using standard notation. It has been transmitted orally from master to apprentice for many generations. Over the past forty years, most Mongolians have settled in urban centres, far from the Morin khuur’s historical and spiritual context. Moreover, the tuning of the instrument is often adapted to the technical requirements of stage performance, resulting in higher and louder sounds that erase many timbral subtleties. Fortunately, surviving herding communities in southern Mongolia have managed to preserve many aspects of Morin khuur playing along with related rituals and customs.


    There are several variants of the mythology explaining the origins of the instrument. All the stories tell about the love of a man to his horse. The dominant story tells about Sukhee who found a young horse besides his dying mother. Sukhee adopted the young foal and took good care of him. One day he took part in a horse race and to the dismay of the professional horsemen, Sukhe won the race, even the local governor, noted as an evil man, was defeated. That night Sukhee found his beloved horse dead, having been shot with arrows. In his grief his horse came to him in his dream. The horse "told" him to use its bones, skin and tail to create a musical instrument similar to a fiddle. In that way Sukhee and his horse could remain together. Sukhee did so and the instrument is said to have a sad sound.

  • MONGOLIAN UNBELIEVABLE CULTURES YOU SHOULD KNOW

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    MONGOLIAN UNBELIEVABLE CULTURES YOU SHOULD KNOW

    • Mongolian children are sometimes given odd names like Nergui (Meaning: without name) or Enebish (Meaning: not this one), or boys would be dressed up as girls. Since people of the steppe received only one name in life, its selection carried much symbolism, often on several levels; the name imparted to the child its character, fate and destiny. Some children get sick nearly, because his or her name is too hard for him or her. That’s why, in certain times families give odd names to protect their children safe.


    • When someone is traveling far away/long distances, you spray milk with a wooden spoon. Mongolians respect milk as pure, kind heartedness, therefore they tell that “The best refreshment is a milk”. That’s why they wish someone, who is travelling far away, well future like a milk. Not only in this condition, but also when welcoming, doing farewell, wishing, blessing, wedding and all other cultures include milk to wish happiness.

    • Numbers and dates – About Mongolians, numbers and dates are very necessary because of numerological horoscope. General things that 3 and 9 are lucky number, in contrast, 13 and 666 are bad omen numbers. In somedays, they let nothing out of house, sometimes Tuesday is considered as bad day to start new business or meeting. Likewise, they even have haircutting dates. When they are planning a big ceremony or cultural event, they have to choose best day by lunar calculation.

    • Do not surprise if you see babies with black line on the nose. Before going out at night, young children's foreheads are sometimes painted with charcoal or soot to deceive evil spirits that this is not a child but a rabbit with black hair on the forehead.

    • If you are late at some traditional festivals in Mongolia, you might have punished by 5 or 10 litres of Airag, which is fermented mare milk. It is the traditional national beverage of Mongolia with about 6-8% of alcoholic concentration.

    • Snuff bottle ritual— a guest and host offer each other their snuff bottles to examine as part of a greeting ritual. It is customarily expected that guests will be served the finest food possible and that vodka will also be plentiful. If you receive a snuff bottle at Mongolian family, you should gently loosen the top without removing it, sniff it, examine it briefly and then hand it back to its owner. The owner will sniff it again before putting it away or passing it to another guest. It is phytogenic that’s why they consider that it can heal cold.

    • As one of the only remaining horse-based cultures left in the world, Mongolians greatly cherish their horses. Outside the capital, the horse is still the main mode of transportation and children begin riding as soon as they can sit up. Nomads are extremely proud of their riding skills and horse racing is a favorite pastime. Believing the race to be a test of the animal's and not the rider's ability, young children are often the jockeys. The most prestigious tests of these superb animals are the horse races at the Naadam Festival, Mongolia 's national games, which takes place each July. Families will travel for days to be able to participate or just attend this grand event.

      Besides, hospitality mandates to present a bowl of airag to each visitor. A Mongolian will normally empty it, but it is also acceptable to just take a sip and return the bowl. To reject the offer right away would be gravely impolite.




    If you want to be a part of Naadam festival-2018, join our tours by following links:

  • eagle-hunting-trip-why-choose

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    • Meet the Eagle Hunters and Visit Kazakh family
    • 2 full days of Eagle Festival
    • See Altai Mountain Peaks
    • Enjoy the Wonderful Skill
    • Make Many Memories
    • Enjoy the Kazakh Concert
    • Watch Fun Horse Games
    • Horseback riding
    • See Ancient petroglyphs

  • Mongolia is Regaining its Momentum

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    #BusinessTour



    Strategically located between Russia and China, Mongolia provides rare opportunities for savvy business leaders and investors to start new businesses and expand existing ones. In recent years, Mongolia has suffered economic hardship, as can be seen from the stark drop in GDP growth over the past few years.


    As a consequence, the country has embraced economic evolution. Political and business leaders have been forced to seek ways to fuel the economy, not only from mining which was the backbone of Mongolia’s economy for many years, but also from other sectors such as agriculture, renewable energy and tourism. At the same time, a global wave of technology and entrepreneurship have impacted the way Mongolians think and do business, spurring bold initiatives and a reaching out to the international community.

    We explore three trends that show why now is the perfect time to invest and to do business in Mongolia.


    INCREASING ECONOMIC DIVERSIFICATION

    According to the World Bank, while livestock provides subsistence, income, and wealth for nearly half of Mongolia’s population, only 7 percent of exports consist of raw livestock materials and primary processed products. This is in stark contrast with statistics for the mining sector, which only employs 5% of the workforce but has produced nearly 90% of Mongolia’s exports since 2000.

    This imbalance has spurred the Mongolian government to initiate policies and programs that support export-oriented, non-mining sector enterprises in Mongolia. For example, in the government’s “Policy Paper on Sustainable Development 2030”, a goal of increasing the percentage of secondary and final processed products in total exports from 4 to 15 percent by 2020 is emphasized.

    However, small and medium sized enterprises, which make up more than 80 percent of registered businesses in Mongolia, lack the knowledge, skills, capital and networks to develop and distribute products that can compete in international markets. Therefore, foreign talent, expertise, capital and connections are well sought after in the country, particularly in fields relying on the environment and ecosystem.

    In order to decrease the economic vulnerability and meet the needs of the majority of Mongoliansociety who are dependent on non-mining sectors, Mongolian governments have been obliged to diversify Mongolia’s economy. In doing so, in addition to export-oriented support policies and programs, Mongolian governments have introduced various programs and policies supporting import substitution. In the last five years, the growth volume of imported products has been triple that of exported products, giving more justification for the latter programs and policies.

    In addition to macro-economic motivations, a strong societal need for food security has led to the opening of a large variety of food factories. Many of them have been formed in partnership with foreign companies and experts who have the sophisticated technical skills to complement their Mongolian partners’ local knowledge. Despite Mongolia’s vast landmass and her people’s preference for locally produced food, the country still relies heavily on imported food which means that food production in Mongolia is still under-tapped, for example.

    In this country of vast territory, patriotic people and thirst for advanced technologies and international connections, savvy investors and business people will discover many opportunities. If you are keen to explore the country’s potential and form strategic partnerships, the most efficient and effective way to do it will be to join the Discover Mongolia Business Tour 2017 in August, 2017!


    IMPROVING POLITICAL STABILITY

    The unexpected results of the 2016 parliamentary election, with the Mongolian People’s Party (MPP) winning by a landslide 65 out of 76 seats, led to the MPP forming a one-party majority government which has been stable and effective. However, in less than a year in office, the current government has been both heavily praised and criticized.

    Foreign organizations and individuals, such as foreign investors, neighboring countries, and international organizations like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have been supportive. In May 2017, the IMF Board of Directors approved the government’s request for a three-year IMF Extended Facility Fund (EFF) of USD$440 million. By reaching this agreement with the IMF, the Mongolian government has opened bigger credit lines from larger Asian economies like China, Japan and Korea, as well as from other international banks like Asian Development Bank (ADB) and World Bank.

    According to the IMF, “The total external financing package will thus be around $5.5 billion and will support the authorities’ “Economic Stabilization Program,” which intends to restore economic stability and debt sustainability as well as to create the conditions for strong, sustainable, and inclusive growth”.

    The need for the IMF program arose from the sharp deterioration of the government’s fiscal position and Mongolia’s macro-economic situation, most notably the depletion of the country’s foreign reserves, which situation arose mostly due to the downturn in commodity prices over the past several years and poor investment and fiscal policies and excessive borrowings by the previous government. The latest parliamentary election results were a reflection in part of society’s desire for a government with more fiscal discipline and policies to better encourage investment. While there remains ongoing support within Mongolia for resource nationalism and a populist agenda, the results of the election suggest that continued economic liberalization, macro-economic stability and economic growth through increased foreign investment and continued integration with international markets are viewed as the stronger model for Mongolia’s future development.

    Historically the MPP, formerly known as the Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party, has built the most credibility and political stability during its time in government. The below chart illustrates the number of days the Democratic Party appointed Prime Ministers led the cabinet, none of whom completed a full four year term. In contrast, all the MPP Prime Ministers have completed the elected full four year terms over the past 25 yearswith only one exception. Additionally, the previous IMF bailout in 2009 was successful under the MPP government.


    Therefore, it is expected that the IMF’s EFF implementation over the next three years has the best chance of success under the MPP, and that it will reinforce political stability and ease barriers to doing business in Mongolia for both locals and foreign investors and business people.

    Mongolia is also set to benefit from China’s One Belt, One Road Initiative, which has six main economic corridors that will provide extra investment and partnership opportunities for foreign investors and entrepreneurs. Mongolia is a part of the China-Mongolia-Russia Economic corridor, for which agreements have been made by various Mongolian governments as well as the current President.




    STRENGTHENING ENTREPRENEURIAL CULTURE

    According to a recent survey done in the United States, youths around the world have become more similar to their peers in other countries as compared to previous generations in their country of birth. Becoming inherently entrepreneurial, global-minded, innovative and environmentally-aware and socially-sensitive are some of the trending, unconventional characteristics among Generation Y “millennials” and their later generations in Mongolia. The number of young Mongolians working for international corporations at home and abroad, as well as starting and running businesses in international markets have increased dramatically over the past several years. In addition, the success of Mongolian start-ups, like LendMn, in raising significant capital in overseas markets like Singapore, proves the capability and competitiveness of young Mongolians.

    However, the independent and self-reliant nomadic mindset is still dominant among Mongolians. Therefore, Mongolians are culturally different from Asians of other nationalities who tend to be more collectivist, and this difference creates both opportunities and risks.

    In order to assist foreign investors and entrepreneurs interested in doing business in Mongolia the Discover Mongolia Business Tour 2017 will educate participants on the common challenges and business risks in the country and offer solutions in mitigating such risks and leveraging the unique advantages of Mongolia, so that they can conquer markets at home, in China, in Russia, and in Asia. The tour is jointly organized by some of the country’s leading institutions such as the National Development Agency of Mongolia – the Government Regulatory Agency, the Business Council of Mongolia and the Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce.

    Written by: Enkhzul Orgodol, Co-founder, “Doing Business in Asia”

    Edited by: David Wilks, Co-founder, “Doing Business in Asia”



  • 6 MUST SEE THINGS FOR NAADAM FESTIVAL

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    6 MUST SEE THINGS FOR NAADAM FESTIVAL


    Naadam is the most important holiday event for Mongolians. Therefore, there are a lot of tourists direct to Mongolia during Naadam festival. But most of them end up only scratching the surface of the rituals and misinterpreting their meanings, and even city Mongolians are unaware of some of the great things happening. Hereby, pay attention for this news and catch up must see things for Naadam festival before you visit.


    Mongolian horse racing, wrestling and archery are consisted in Naadam three manly games.


    • Horse racing

    During the festival, participating horses are divided into six categories based on their ages and race for 10-26 kms. Horse jockeys are usually between 5 and 13. Due to the lengthy distance of the horseracing, jockeys are preferred to be light, yet experienced. During the race, jockeys not only ride horses, but also they are responsible for cherishing their horses with a special song called “giingoo” and raising their spirits. Several months before the race, both horses and jockeys go through intense training. Especially the horses are given a special diet and treated with tenderness during the said period. In the race, horses and their jockeys coming in first five are rewarded and revered.


    • Wrestling

    Mongolian wrestling has certain uniqueness such as no weight or field limitation, expanded time and countless tricks. Mongolian wrestlers do a “special dance”, before and after the wrestling, resembling mighty birds like eagles, hawks, and vultures both as an expression of elegance/ strength and warm-up for the games. During the Naadam festival, each five-and-more round winning wrestler has been given different titles, and one elite wrestler was once given the title “Champion”.

    • Archery

    During the Naadam festival, all male, female and child archers wear traditional costumes and compete in three categories: Khalkh, Buriad and Uriankhai, which have differences in the bows and arrows used, as well as the distance of the target. Khalh is the name of the majority group of Mongolia. It is played by teams of ten. Each archer is given four arrows; the team must hit 33 "sur", which is a small woven or wooden cylinder used as target. Men shoot their arrows from 75 meters away while women shoot theirs from 65 meters away.


    • Anklebone shooting

    It is a game of players flicking a small rectangular soum at a stack of anklebones nine tokhoi (4.72 m) away. Anklebones of sheep and other livestock have been a source of recreation for nomad children, and this is one of them. UNECSO officially announced that it has inscribed Mongolian ankle bone shooting on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2014.


    • Deeltei Mongol Parade

    Jul 13th, when the Deeltei Mongol Parade marches around Central Square, like an army of mellow Mongols peacefully invading the city and persuading its citizens to wear traditional clothing. Mongolian traditional costume “Deel” is a variety of styles depending Mongolia’s ethnic groups and geographical positions. You can stand by and enjoy them to take pictures or you might as well join them.


    • Traditional food

    Around Central Stadium, which will be teeming with events and spectators between July 10 and 12, you should visit and try bite of Naadam khuushuur. Khuushuur is a crispy, deep-fried flat dumpling. Khuushuur is for Mongolia what sushi is for Japan. Also you should try airag, or fermented mare’s milk. Airag is a staple drink for any festive occasion. Mongols even drink airag as punishment for losing in khuruu, a Mongolian rock-stone-scissors game, or dembee, a Mongolian finger guessing and singing game.


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    Lunch,

    Bottled mineral water,

    English speaking guide service,

    Transportation in coach,

    Nomadic show

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    Personal equipment’s

    Optional activity cost

    Alcoholic drinks

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    • Explanation about livestock of Mongolian Nomads
    • Visit Nomadic Ger, and get full info about interior of them
    • Taste the dairy products, and distilling alcoholic drinks
    • Demonstration of Horseman show
    • Demonstration of Traditional method to beat wool, make felt and tanning

  • Mongol Nomadic Show- Day Tour

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    Early morning, meet in Sukhbaatar square. (08:30AM) Drive to Mongol Nomadic Show. It demonstrates traditional living way of real Mongolian nomads and breeding and using of five kinds of livestock and movement from one place to another using ox, yak, camel and horse carts which are the carts. Also Mongolian ger is made of by traditional making and all furniture pots and clothing are antiques reflecting the feature and manner of Central Khalks in the beginning of 20th century. After lunch, drive back to Ulaanbaatar and end the trip.




  • Mongol Nomadic Show

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    “Mongolian nomads” show demonstrates traditional living way of real Mongolian nomads and breeding and using of five kinds of livestock and movement from one place to another using ox, yak, camel and horse carts which are the carts. Also Mongolian ger is made of by traditional making and all furniture pots and clothing are antiques reflecting the feature and manner of Central Khalks in the beginning of 20th century.

  • ​Why choose this tour?

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    • Ultimate combination of business and leisure
    • Rare opportunity of networking and building strategic partnerships with the best and brightest not only in Mongolia, but across continents
    • First-hand experience of the export and import-oriented business operations in Mongolia


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    Conferences & Events, Seminars in Mongolia

    Attend SharePoint Fest - D.C., where you’ll be able to attend technical classes and workshops – taught by Microsoft Certified Trainers, Microsoft engineers and Microsoft MVPs – covering Enterprise Content Management, Power Users, Social SharePoint, Business Value, Implementation/Administration, Office 365, Workflow, Business Intelligence, Special Topics & SharePoint Development. Choose one complete learning track or mix & match based on what content best meets you and your organization’s current needs!

    At SharePoint Fest - D.C. there are sessions created for SharePoint administrators, software developers, information architects and knowledge workers which will ensure that you and your team walk away with as much knowledge as you desire to truly leverage SharePoint in your current environment!


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    Discover Mongolia use the highest level, latest model, air-conditioned private vans or 4WD vehicles for the maximum comfort on your touring days. A day's drive in the countryside will be approx 200-250km.

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    In Ulaanbaatar, you will be dining at fine European and Asian cuisine restaurants. Mutton, beef, rice and noodles form the basis of the Mongolian diet, so your meals will be based around this. However, the trail rations may include vegetables, eggs, peanut butter, cheese and sometimes yak! On some days there will be lunchboxes from tourist camps. It is good food and our experience has been that guests are happy with this arrangement. Please let us know in advance if you are a vegetarian. Alcohol is not provided on the trip but tourists are free to bring their own.

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    An English speaking Mongolian guide will accompany the group at all times. The guide will be a native Mongolian person with great local knowledge who can deal with any requests and ensure that your holiday to become one of the most unforgettable experiences of your life.

  • Home Discover Mongolia Business Trip

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    Temperatures can drastically start to drop below 0°C in late October, and cold biting temperature of to -30°C in January and February and remain below freezing till April. July to September is pleasant, but it can still turn cold. Mongolia is a holiday spot to plan with your friends and family.


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    -OVERALL EXPERIENCE: Excellent; Tour guide's knowledge is nothing short of amazing. We have been very lucky! Drivers driving also amazing . He did a great job. ( Guide Boldo; Driver Bayara )

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    -OVERALL EXPERIENCE: -I got so much more than I could have ever imagined. other comments had written on the feedback paper!

    THE GER CAMP (Yurta) STAYS: need improvement in karakorum; Favorites: Ugii lake, Terelj NP, Elsen Tasarkhai,Okay: Khustai. Overall the ger stays were really very pleasant. It would have been nice to stay at some gers for more than one night. The food was delicuous. GUIDE SERVICE: -We could not asked for a more pleasant tour guide (Gantul), she was so kind and full of information. She was always very accommodating and modern. That we were always comfortable. Wynter

  • Kamila Kielar

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    GUIDE & DRIVER SERVICE: - Khishi is a great guide, very flexible and she is taking care of everything. Also, we had great drivers. -HIGHLIGHTS: Bayanzag, sand dunes, nomad, family story. Ger camp at Ongi. hustai with geoligist . OVERALL EXPERIENCE: Excellent; -Kamila

  • Loanna Lampropoulou

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    OFFICE PERFORMANCE: -Some misunderstanding with the no of people Joining, which costed extra, but managed to resolve quickly. THANK YOU OYUNAA! - HIGHLIGHTS: - camel tour & climbing the sand dunes. GUIDE & DRIVER SERVICE: - Excellent service, very helpful & friendly tour guide & driver. Overall vert good experience , will recommend. Loanna

  • Arpakorn Kumpanon

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    OVERALL EXPERIENCE: Excellent; HIGHLIGHTS: horse back+Camel back riding; nomadic family visit, museums , monasteries..

    Thank you Margad & ZORA for taking good care of us. We appreciate & enjoy the trip very much. Arpakorn


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    OVERALL EXPERIENCE:

    - It was all wonderful but the camel ride was the highlight. It was good to do unexpected things example: watching camels wool being shorn.

    OFFICE PERFORMANCE:- Very pleased with the information, help, suggestions, etc. for our trip . All Communication was quick and the organization very efficient. thank you Oyuna.

    GUIDE SERVICE:- A wonderful guide who has such a love for, and knowledge of her country. She is kind , considerate and takes a lot of care.

    DRIVER & VEHICLE SERVICE:- Our driver was excellent, very considerate knowledgeable vehicle very comfortable.

    We will never forget the wonderful time you gave us in the Gobi Desert. Gillian.

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    • Guaranteed lower rates: All hotel rooms booked through us are guaranteed to be at a lower rate than the rate when you book from the hotel directly.
    • No Cancellation Fee: This booking can be cancelled for free up until 3 days prior to your arrival date
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  • Why Dalai Lama is called "Dalai Lama"?

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    WHY DALAI LAMA IS CALLED "DALAI LAMA"?

    Mongolia has had a “love - hate” relationship with Tibet throughout its history. In the 13th century, Tibet, then known as Tangut, was Genghis Khan’s worst enemy whereas later in the 16th century, Genghis Khan’s descendants formed a strong religious tie with Tibet. Although it was not the first time Mongolia imported Tibetan Buddhism, since the 16th century, majority of Mongolians have been transformed into Tibetan Buddhism which still has a significant impact on the country.

    Mongolians were so famous in the 13th-14th centuries that its glory still persisted in the 15th- 16th century, despite its internal turmoil, even in Tibetan plateau. By the 14th century, Mongolian Empire grew so much that it was hard to maintain the political order. Hence, many self-declared khans, besides those widely accepted, were emerging in different parts of the empire. One of whom was Altan Khan.


    Source: TibetHeritageFund.org

    “In the mid-sixteenth century, Altan Khan of the Tumed tribe on the south of the Gobi carried out a military campaign in Tibetan territory and re-established intimate ties between Mongolia and Tibet.”* Such intimate ties meant a marriage between Tibetan religious leaders and Mongolian political/military leaders. On the one hand, Tibetans needed military back-up to protect them from external threats and, on the other hand, Mongolian political leaders needed soft power, namely religious doctrine, to soften the hard power which was going out of control in their homeland.

    Altan Khan held a couple of high-level meetings with the Tibetan religious leaders in the late 1500s. During one of those meetings, he bestowed a title to the Tibetan religious master ‘Dalai’ which can be translated as oceanic, meaning supreme and vast. In return, the Tibetan master conferred Altai Khan a title which he could use to prove his supremacy and international acceptance to people back home.

    According to Glenn Mullin, “The Dalai Lama incarnation lineage was not, of course, known by the name “Dalai” at the time. Rather, both at home and abroad he was known as Jey Tamchey Khyenpa, or “The Omniscient Master.” The Third carried the ordination name of Sonam Gyatso. When he arrived in Hohhot, the then southern capital of Mongolia, the king Altan Khan translated the “Gyatso” part of his name in Mongolian. Thus Gyatso became Dalai, and Jey Tamchey Khyenpa became “The Dalai Lama Dorjechang.”**


    Xilituzhao Palace Temple, built in CE 1585 for the Dalai Lama, and the largest Lama temple in Hohhot; Source: Pinterest


    As mentioned earlier, Mongolia did not have very friendly and warm relations with Tibet during Genghis Khan’s time. Because Tangut leaders did not keep their words to Genghis Khan, he made taking revenge on Tangut his life’s goal. In fact, Genghis Khan’s very last battle was with Tangut in which “the Great Khan ordered the execution of the entire Tangut royal family as punishment for their defiance.”***

    Ironically, Tangut or Tibet became Mongolia’s “best friend” centuries later. According to different sources, Mongolian khans travelled all the way to Tibetan plateau in search for religious or spiritual guidance because their closer neighbors like Chinese had very different lifestyle, and thus, mentality from Mongols. Yet, Tibetans had a lot in common with Mongols at the time; cultural similarity and common religious practices were among the top on the list.

    The most notable outcome of Mongolia’s love-hate relationship with Tibet is its adoption of Tibetan Buddhism which is still a dominant religion in Mongolia. In the multilateral environment, the fact that Dalai Lama is a Mongolian title bestowed by a Mongolian king to the Tibetan religious leader, centuries ago, might strike many.


    Gandan Monastery is one of the many Tibetan Buddhist temples that can be found throughout Mongolia.


    There are many other striking religious facts and findings that can be discovered by lay public in Mongolia. If you would like to embark on a journey to discover some of them, we suggest you tour with us on Discover Mongolia tour!



    * Tibetan Buddhism, The Mongolian Religion, Sechin Jagchid

    ** History of Buddhism in Mongolia, Glenn Mullin

    *** http://www.history.com/news/history-lists/10-things-you-may-not-know-about-genghis-khan



  • How Russia Became Mongolia's Big Brother?

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    HOW RUSSIA BECAME MONGOLIA’S BIG BROTHER

    Newcomers to Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia, are often fascinated by its great fusion of east and west, namely convergence of soviet-style architecture and rapidly expanding modern construction. Soviet-style buildings which are mostly residential districts are a small part of soviet legacy in Mongolia, really. Majority of Mongolians still respect Russians as a “Big Brother” mostly due to how they lifted nomadic Mongolians up after the 1921 People’s Revolution. Although, obviously, Soviets were not whole-heartedly destined to develop its southern neighbor, at the end of the day, in retrospect, Mongolians were fortunate to become the winner in the geopolitical game USSR was playing in the 20th century.

    Let me tell you why I say so.

    Early 1900s was the perfect time for Mongolians to adopt a Big Brother

    Firstly, for a nomadic nation, which self-declared its independence from Qing dynasty in 1911 and had not created much tangible nor intangible capital, it was not too difficult to decide whether Mongolians should have a close tie with a rising superpower in the region or not.

    Mongolians, lived in the capital khuree, photographed by a French photographer in early 1900s
    Mongolians, lived in the capital khuree, photographed by a French photographer in early 1900s

    Secondly, Mongolia’s self-declaration of independence in 1911 was not accepted by Chinese even after Soviets assisted the country to be established as a republic in 1921. Therefore, Mongolians would have been too weak to stand against the Chinese willing to retain (Outer) Mongolia in the system which Manchus put together throughout their hundreds of years of power games.

    Read more on Manchus in “Why Inner Mongolia is a part of China, but not Mongolia?”

    So, adopting and accepting the “Big Brother” who was willing to stand against the bullies and leading the way to modernize their state was probably the most strategic decision Mongolian leaders could have made at the time.

    “Prior to the break-up of the Soviet Union education, health services and social support services were provided free of charge by the state in Mongolia”.* This leads me to my next argument that Soviets created more in Mongolia than what they annihilated.

    USSR was too eager to prove that they were right

    Besides Mongolia’s geographic attraction, Soviet leaders were so confident and so determined to prove to the world that their way of living, a.k.a socialism, was the ultimate social form to embrace that it was pouring money through various means to its (satellite) states, including Mongolia.

    “The huge flow of Soviet aid (which is thought to have amounted to as much as a third of GDP or more) was reduced in 1989 and stopped altogether in 1991. At this time the Soviet trading bloc, the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance also collapsed, and Mongolian trade fell accordingly (exports declined from 832 million USD in 1989 to 370 million in 1991). “**


    The capital city Ulaanbaatar in the 1980s


    Despite its legacy that tremendously lifted Mongolia in its key development sectors – socio-economic and political - Soviets are often blamed for the purge of Buddhist monks taken place in the 1930s-1940s. 30 thousand plus monks were reportedly purged due to their unacceptance of the proposed changes by the Soviets. Some say that was a cruel act clearly violated human rights; whereas, others say the society needed some type of self-clearance to dramatically shift its mindset which had been stagnated by mainly superstitious beliefs and rituals practiced by the Buddhist monks. We could compare such clash between religious monks and emerging elites in Mongolia to the clash between scientists and innovators and religious leaders in Europe during the Renaissance period.

    However, over-reliance on its “Big Brother” left Mongolia in an unpredictable nature in early 1990s when the country transitioned to free economy where competition was fierce. As a result, over the past decades, Mongolia has encountered instability and unsustainability throughout its development sectors, particularly politically, economically and environmentally.

    According to a UN report released in 1995, “the real transition that Mongolia has experienced has been from a middle-income to a poor country, as if the process of development had been put into reverse. This is certainly how pastoralists I knew saw it, describing the country as having lost decades of improvement with conditions beginning to resemble those of the 1940s!”

    Yet, of course, Mongolians are not naive. They have learned their lessons and are trying hard to restore their image in the world. Mongolians say “it is better seeing once than hearing thousand times”. So, why don’t you come visit this re-emerging nation with us?


    Today's Ulaanbaatar


    * “Policy and Practice in Education Reform in Mongolia and Uzbekistan during the First Two Decades of the Post-Soviet Era”, John C. Weidmana, and Brian Yoderb, University of Pittsburgh

    ** “Markets and Moralities Ethnographies of Postsocialism”, Mandel & Humphrey, 2002




  • Hidden Gems of Mongolia: 8 Experiences for the 60+ Traveler

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    Hidden Gems of Mongolia: 8 Experiences for the 60+ Traveler


    In a youth-obsessed culture, there’s a tendency to think that exotic travel adventures are only for the young. But nothing could be further from the truth—travelers in their 60s, the young at heart, are at the prime place in their lives to enjoy new experiences and untouched destinations.

    Think about it: The 60+ traveler has everything one needs to make the most of exotic travel. They’ve got the time to really explore a new place, pacing themselves so they can see and do everything that interests them.

    They’ve got more flexibility to travel when exotic locations are at their best—no school schedules, work deadlines, or other obstacles to taking an adventure on the fly.

    And they’ve got disposable income to treat themselves to the once-in-a-lifetime vacations they’ve been dreaming of for years.

    Mongolia is a bucket-list destination, especially for the 60+ traveler. Despite its tremendous tourism growth, the country remains unaffected and unchanged, its authentic cultures and traditions carefully preserved.

    If you’ve ever wondered what’s in store for the 60+ traveler visiting Mongolia, take a look at these eight spectacular experiences that await you.


    1. Live like a nomad amid the reindeer, horses, and camels.

    Almost half of Mongolia’s population lives a nomadic lifestyle; this is one of the few places left on earth where you can experience a lifestyle virtually unchanged since medieval times. In fact, Mongolia is home to the last of the Dukha people, the reindeer nomads, who rely on migrating reindeer for their existence.

    When you visit Mongolia, you have the opportunity to live with a nomadic family, sharing their traditional food and drink, and telling stories around a campfire at night. You’ll learn to milk a mare and sample airag, fermented mare’s milk.

    You’ll find out how to hobble a horse, construct a ger, the conical felt tent dwelling used by nomads, and even pack a yak cart. You’ll help tend the goats and sheep—and even ride a reindeer if that’s your fancy.


    2. Trek through the Gobi Desert on the back of a camel.



    Picture yourself seated between the two humps of a bactrian camel making your way across the Gobi, where the first fossilized dinosaur eggs were discovered. Expect gorgeous sunsets and an array of exotic wildlife including ibex, gazelles, and colorful lizards and birds. It’s an experience you’ll never forget.

    Bactrian camels are relatively rare—in fact, they’re considered endangered—and you can only find them in the Gobi.
    Did you know they stand nearly 7 feet tall and can drink up to 30 gallons of water in a single 10-minute session? Don’t worry, they are extremely gentle and most people find riding them more comfortable than riding a horse.

    3. Witness the “manly sports” at the annual Naadam Festival.

    The Naadam Festival is a one-of-a-kind expression of the Mongolian nomadic culture and one of the most popular celebrations for the country’s people. The festival showcases the three “manly sports,” wrestling, archery, and horseback riding, and has a history extending back thousands of years.

    When you participate in a local Naadam Festival, you’ll get to experience the best of Mongolia—its ethnic foods and drinks, games and ceremonies, and songs and dances. By celebrating the festival in the countryside, you will see the local, authentic perspective and it won’t be crowded with tourists. It’s an event you’ll never forget.


    4. Explore the Orkhon Valley and the ancient city of Karakorum.


    If you’re idea of travel means culture and archaeological sites, don’t miss the Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The 13th and 14th century remains of Karakorum, the capital of Genghis Khan’s empire, are only the beginning—the sites of Moiltiin Am and Orkhon-7 show signs of human inhabitation as far back as 58,000 years.

    The Orkhon Valley also contains Turkish memorial sites dating back to the 7th century, the Uighur capital of Khar Balgas dating back to the 8th and 9th centuries, and Erdene Zuu, the oldest remaining Buddhist monastery in Mongolia.

    Of course, the Orkhon River and its verdant valley is a lovely place to explore—don’t miss the Orkhon Falls, formed over 20,000 years ago from volcanic eruptions.


    5. Shop for the world’s finest cashmere.

    Mongolian cashmere

    Like caviar and champagne, the very word “cashmere” conjures up images of wealth and sophistication. True cashmere comes from the long, soft fibers on the underbelly of the kashmir goat, a breed that originated in Mongolia. It can take more than two goats to make a single cashmere sweater—which perhaps explains why it’s such a desirable and exclusive textile.

    You’ll find unbelievably soft cashmere clothings and accessories—as well as an amazing assortment of yak and camel wool products, felts, leather goods, and even vodka and chocolate. And you won’t believe the steep discounts compared to products back home.


    6. Celebrate a special anniversary in a memorable way.

    Anyone can go out to dinner or enjoy a weekend getaway for their silver or gold anniversary, but only couples who think big spend their special day in a ger, celebrating with a nomad family in Mongolia.

    Try new regional dishes and cuisines— boodog is perfect for an anniversary celebration. Imagine a barbecue where the meat is cooked from the inside out by cleaning the body of a goat or marmot and filling the cavity with hot stones, vegetables, and delicious spices. The resulting meat is tender and delicious, an experience you’ll never forget.

    Don’t forget to share some suutei tsai, Mongolia’s salty milk tea.


    7. Immerse yourself in a Mongolian folklore concert.



    Mongolia has a rich folklore heritage of song, dance, theatre, and instrumental music. Mongol folk dancing is expressive, fluid and dynamic, sometimes portraying different animals and birds, sometimes displaying martial arts movements.

    Traditional Mongol folksongs embrace the nomads’ love of storytelling and mythology. Tuvan throat singing, is a harmonious of overtone singing unique to Mongolia and Siberia. The morin khuur, or horsehead fiddle, is considered the symbol of Mongolia and was designated as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible History of Humanity by UNESCO.


    8. Stand in the shadow of the massive equestrian statue of Genghis Khan.



    Just east of Ulaanbaatar, the majestic 130-foot-tall statue of Genghis Khan rises over the banks of the Tuul River. It stands atop a circular visitor complex graced by 36 columns representing each of the 36 khans from Genghis to Ligden. The massive structure was completed in 2008 and holds the Guinness World Record for equestrian statues.

    You can climb to the head of the horse by passing through its chest and neck to enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the surrounding countryside.

    The statue required over 250 tons of steel to complete and is a fitting tribute to Genghis Khan, the man who was named the “Man of the Millennium” by both Time Magazine and the Washington Post.

    As you can see, Mongolia has something for every type of 60+ traveler—festivals, camel rides, folklore concerts, and even spiritual enlightenment. If something is speaking to your traveler’s soul, why not contact us today and start planning your Mongolia tour?

  • ​Leadership Lessons from Genghis Khan

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    Leadership Lessons from Genghis Khan

    “Genghis Khan conquered a territory extending from Korea to the Balkans—the largest contiguous land empire in the history of the world. Yet little is known about how he rose from obscurity to lead an army that claimed more territory in 25 years than the Romans conquered in 400.” [1]

    Genghis (or Chinggis[2]) Khan, with the given name Temujin, was not only a remarkable military general, but also an extraordinary leader, who is still regarded as “one of a kind”, among scholars, historians, writers and even business people and aspiring entrepreneurs. He did not only manage to unite nomadic tribes and had him declared as the Great Khan despite his tumultuous upbringing, but also created the largest land-based empire the world has ever seen.

    Most importantly, unlike most great generals and emperors in the history, he died peacefully by being surrounded by his family, and friends many of who became his friends over the years. Genghis Khan has been most blamed for all the slaughter and destruction he masterminded to achieve his goals. It indeed is such tragic truth that was unfortunately the norm during his time.

    But, I would like to focus on some of the leadership lessons we can learn from Genghis Khan. These lessons are relevant for any leaders at any sectors.




    Treasure the talents

    Genghis Khan was a master of meritocracy. He managed to recruit the best and the brightest men for the most important positions in his empire. “Under Yassa[3], chiefs and generals were selected based on merit, religious tolerance was guaranteed, and thievery and vandalizing of civilian property was strictly forbidden.”[4]

    He was also a feminist. He worshipped his mother who raised her five children on her own and respected his wife Borte Ujin to the fullest. Not only the royal women, but even the ordinary women of his empire played essential roles in running and maintaining the structure during their men’s prolonged absence due to the numerous battles they were sent to. By bearing such democratic mindset which cherished gender equality and treasured talents or mastered meritocracy, Genghis Khan was able to leverage on the full potential of his people.

    Nurture the needy

    On the other hand, Genghis Khan is famously quoted that “a leader cannot be happy if his people are not happy”. Probably due to his tough childhood, tumultuous upbringing and the external kindness he received throughout, he always nurtured the needy. Such philosophy was even inherited by his offspring. For instance, during Yuan dynasty established by Genghis Khan’s grandson Kubilai Khan, “the Mongols gave strong support to the peasants and peasant economy of China, believing that the success of the peasant economy would bring in additional tax revenues and ultimately benefit the Mongols themselves.”[5]

    In addition to economically supporting the needy, Genghis Khan and his descendants religiously freed everyone in Mongol Empire.

    Don’t try to be on top of them, but be among them

    “… He [Chinggis Khan] disliked luxury and saw it as evidence of weakness in others.”[6] Genghis Khan, like most nomads, was not a fan of luxury and a slave of wealth. In other words, he did not make accumulation of wealth as his ultimate goal like most emperors throughout the history. He is sometimes blamed for not leaving much or any physical heritage for his future generations.

    However, the fact that he did not only want a massive tomb, but even revelation of his burial could imply that he did not give much attention to materialistic belongings. He is also considered to be a spiritual believer who worshipped and believed in the sky which supported and paved his path to be the Great Khan. So, the lesson that can be learnt from the third point is that “everyone is equal, so no one even the Great Khan should be separated from the rest”. In short, stay humble.

    Experience the Great Khan’s strength and spirituality with us on our Khan Khentii National Park Tour!

    Want to follow Chingis Khaan's footsteps by horse? This tour is for you!




    [1] “Roots of Empire”, Mara Hvistendahl, Science 28 Sep 2012:

    [2] Chinggis is a title given to Temujin when he was proclaimed as the Ruler or the Khan of the Mongolian tribes in 1189.

    [3] Genghis Khan’s law

    [6] “Imperial China 900-1800”, Frederick W. Mote, 1999

  • Discounted VISA fee for group tourists

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    Discounted VISA fee for group tourists & VISA waiver for transits

    To increase the number of foreigners and tourists to Mongolia, on its first meeting of 2017 which was held on January 4, the Government of Mongolia decided to offer Visa with a discounted price for groups of tourists who are visiting Mongolia through tour operators.



    The Government also assigned associated Ministers to be in charge of putting the decision into action and making it possible to offer visa waivers for those who are transiting in Mongolia within 72 hours based on their flight tickets to and visa for the destination countries.



    Minister of Road and Transport Development was also assigned to manage lowering the price and offering discounted price of the direct incoming flights by Mongolian Airlines operating between October and May.




    News source: Official website of the Government of Mongolia, http://www.zasag.mn/


  • Oyunaa / OYUNGEREL MANDSHIR/

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  • Horse festival in Winter

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    • EXOTIC AND UNIQUE HORSE FESTIVAL!
    • INTERESTING COMPETITIONS!
    • LEARN ABOUT LEGENDARY MONGOLIAN HORSE CULTURE!
    • TAKE PHOTOS WITH THE NOMADS AND THEIR BEST FRIENDS -HORSES!
    • DISCOVER THE CULTURE & HISTORY!
    • ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY!

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  • ​Why is Inner “Mongolia” a part of China, but not Mongolia?

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    Mongolian History Simplified:


    Why is Inner “Mongolia” a part of China, but not Mongolia?

    Ever since I became literate in English and could communicate with foreigners, I have absurdly encountered the above question or more like “Is Inner Mongolia different from Mongolia?” and “Has Mongolia been part of China?”. I am sure many of my fellow Mongolians would echo my sentiment. So, I took a journey hundreds of years of back in time to derive the answers to said questions. My journey included interview with a historian, researching dozens of pages and days of contemplation. Hence, I assure you this article would provide you the easiest-to-digest answers to the questions posed above. The answer shall be broken down into the following three parts.

    1. Too big to handle empire turned into too many small units

    Upon the collapse of Yuan Dynasty (find out more about Yuan Dynasty) in 1368, Mongolian Empire became unstable mainly due to internal conflict and intense competition for power among Golden Horde princes. Because the empire occupied such vast land, it was hard to overlook what was happening at the western tip of the empire while the emperor was residing at the eastern end, for instance. Intense competition for the throne doubled with logistical barriers brought up many khanates* led by some self-declared khans across the empire. Therefore, the period of 1368 - 1634 is dubbed as the Baga (means minor and opposite of great) Khans Era in the Mongolian history. During the stipulated period, 22 different khans managed to hold the throne while Genghis Khan stayed in power for 37 consecutive years and Kubilai Khan for 34 years.

    Baga Khans Era was such an intense, yet interesting era that a TV series of 20 episodes was released on the topic a couple of years ago.

    Source: 13th century site, Erdene soum, Mongolia, “Бага хаадын үе” TV series, Facebook pageSource: 13th century site, Erdene soum, Mongolia, “Бага хаадын үе” TV series, Facebook page


    2. Fame did not last forever

    While Mongolian khans were busy fighting with each other internally, another nomadic tribe called Manchurians or Manchus were gaining strength to the east of Mongolia and northeast of China. They managed to disrupt the hundreds of years of rule of Great Ming Dynasty which took power after the collapse of Kubilai Khan’s Yuan Dynasty in China. However, because of lack of qualified military or administrative leaders to run as vast country as China, Manchus or Qing Dynasty opted for co-operating with the Chinese and assigning former Chinese leaders to play the key roles.

    Upon figuring out how to deal with the potential internal revolts, Manchus also wanted to make sure that their leadership would not be challenged or interrupted by external forces like the Mongols who had been famous for their aggressive attacks. Therefore, Manchus started using diplomatic tactics with Mongol khans such as encouraging inter-marriages from the very beginning. Speaking of Manchi princess, not too far from the Terelj National Park, which is only 50km off Ulaanbaatar city, there is a historical site called Princess Temple which used to be the residence of a Manchu princess married to a Mongolian noble.**

    Discover our Terelj national park and 13th century site tour here.



    Later in the 1600s, Manchus also used subtle political tactics to convert Mongol nobles into their side by bestowing them various titles and promising them different rewards. Their tactics were not always neat and diplomatic, facts reveal us that they utilized significant dose of threat and torture to make Mongols obey their orders, too. In the National History Museum of Mongolia, there is a whole section dedicated to displaying numerous ways Manchus tortured Mongols to oppress.

    Passing of the last Golden Horde khan Ligden in 1636, and the Qing Dynasty rise in 1644, made the southern part of Mongolia (a.k.a Inner Mongolia) vulnerable to external occupation. Although then one of the most powerful, if not the most, dynasties in the world - Qing Dynasty - overtook all divisions of Mongolia by the end of 1700s, southern Mongolia was evidently the most vulnerable zone to fall under Qing influence as they were right at the border.


    As you might have observed, the name Inner Mongolia was derived from how Manchus called southern part of Mongolia, so was the name Outer Mongolia. Mongolia was not the only nation occupied by the Qing Dynasty, but also Tibet, Nepal and Uighur.

    3. Influence of World Wars on Mongolia’s independence

    After almost 300 years of rule, Qing Dynasty eventually came to an end in 1911 due to a massive Revolution in China. Mongols also managed to get rid of their Manchu administrators with the help of Russians, who themselves were divided into two political mainstreams, in 1911. Yet, unfortunately, such liberation in Outer Mongolia could not help much in liberating their fellow citizens in Inner Mongolia although they were the ones who played a leading role in 1911 political shift in Outer Mongolia.

    Naturally, Chinese 1911 revolutionary leaders insisted they would retain all the territory, including Outer Mongolia, occupied under the Qing Dynasty. Hence, they did not accept the independence of Outer Mongolia in 1911. Chinese reluctantly accepted independence of Mongolia merely after the Second World War as a consequence of a trilateral meeting between British prime minister Winston Churchill, Soviet premier Joseph Stalin, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt early in February 1945. As the mentioned leaders were agreeing on post-war world order, “the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin asked his wartime allies, the United States and the United Kingdom, to consent to Mongolia maintaining its “status quo” after the war, and obtained their agreement to this innocuous proposition. It was only later, in the summer of 1945, that it became clear what Stalin meant by the “status quo,” when he told the Chinese – who had not participated in the Yalta conference and were not consulted about its decisions – to recognize Mongolia’s independence.”***

    Multiple reasons could have prompted Stalin to advocate for Mongolia’s independence at the time. However, because there are not really settled reasons to push forward, I shall leave it here at this point and would like to invite you to revisit our blog for further investigation on this topic shortly after the new year arrives.

    So, in brief, a series of internal and external rise and fall in Mongolia caused its southern part (a.k.a Inner Mongolia) to be remained as a part of China. So, to answer the questions posed in the beginning of this article, yes Inner Mongolians and Mongolians used to be one nation; however, unfortunately, due to historical events and their lack of political power at the time, they could not stay together as one nation. Obviously, due to its integration to China, Inner Mongolia has turned into a fusion of the two cultures while Mongolia has been experiencing its ups and downs on its own terms.



    * Khanate basically means a political unit ruled by a Khan who is equivalent to an emperor.

    ** Find out more about the Princess Temple here.

    *** The Truth About Mongolia's Independence 70 Years Ago, Sergey Radchenko

  • (03 NOV) Meet in Ulaanbaatar and Drive to Batnorov soum, Khentii province – 465 KM

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    Meet in Ulaanbaatar, drive to Batnorov soum (village) via Khentii province. Have a welcome dinner and enjoy a folklore concert in the evening. Overnight at a school dormitory. (L+D)


  • (04 NOV) Opening ceremony and competition

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    After breakfast, for two unforgettable days, experience the Winter Horse Festival’s colorful parades and thrilling competitions. The event starts with a tournament among horsemen “Roping the horse”. Finalists will be selected and finale continues after the Opening ceremony. Enjoy a parade of “Beautiful couple on Silver saddle”, games of “Talented rider”, finale of “Roping the horse” competition and a song competition. Overnight at a school dormitory. (B+L+D)


  • (05 NOV) Awards ceremony & Chinggis city - 110 KM

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    Today we will attend a short distance horse race and witness the winners. We will have an opportunity to ride a horse and take loads of unforgettable pictures. Steppe taiga dogs’ parade will be held and they will show off their holding style and hunting skills. In the afternoon, we will drive back to Chinggis city and check in to hotel. Overnight in the hotel. (B+L+D)


  • (06 NOV) Back to Ulaanbatar city - 365 KM

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    After breakfast, visit Giant Chinggis Khaan statue on the way back to Ulaanbaatar. The statue’s total height is 40m and see as far sighted Chinggis Khaan holding a golden whip in his right hand. Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and end of tour. (B)


  • ​Accommodation:

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    We believe that comfortable, welcoming accommodation is vital to the enjoyment of your trip. You will be stay in a standard 3-4 star hotel in Ulaanbaatar and a tourist ger camp (traditional dwelling) with currency (220V), shower and other useful services (2 or 4 people per ger) in the countryside. All accommodation offered by Discover Mongolia is personally checked by our staff to ensure high standards.

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    An English speaking Mongolian guide will accompany the group at all times. The guide will be a native Mongolian person with great local knowledge who can deal with any requests and ensure that your holiday to become one of the most unforgettable experiences of your life.

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  • why-choose-nomads-winter

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    • EXOTIC AND UNIQUE 3 DIFFERENT EVENTS!
    • INTERESTING RACES! HORSE SLED TO CAMEL RELAY
    • LEARN ABOUT REINDEER & 2 HUMPED CAMELS!
    • AMAZING CHANCE TO MEET THE EAGLE HUNTERS!
    • TAKE PHOTOS WITH THE NOMADS
    • BE LIKE A NOMAD, SLEEP IN A GER!
    • NORTH TO SOUTH! TAIGA TO GOBI DESERT
    • DISCOVER THE CULTURE & CLIMATE DIFFERENCE!
    • TICKETS INCLUDED! DOMESTIC FLIGHTS & ALL ACTIVITIES
    • ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY!

  • (Mar 02) Flight to the Huvsgul National Park

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    In the morning, meet at your hotel lobby. Drive to the airport and we will have a flight to Murun, (Approx. on air 560 km, 1.5 hour & dirt road 120 km, 2 hours) Arrival in Murun, a local driver will take you and will drive to Huvsgul National Park. Optional dog sledding. Stay overnight in Ger camp. (L+D)


  • (Mar 03) Ice festival opening ceremony

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    After breakfast, attend Ice festival opening ceremony, Ice carving competition, Ice Sumo wrestling, Ankle bone shooting, and Shaman Ceremony and National Folklore concert. You will watch bonfire and sacrificing shamanic ceremony. Free hiking by the lake shore and horse sledding. Overnight in Ger camp. (B+L+D)


  • (Mar 04) Ice festival and International marathon, flight to Ulaanbaatar

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    After breakfast, watch a marathon of skaters and a horse sled racing on the lake. After lunch, you will be driven back to Murun for your return flight to Ulaanbaatar. (Approx. on air 560 km, 1.5 hour & dirt road 120 km, 2 hours) Take souvenir and cashmere shopping. Check in your selected hotel. (B+L+D)


  • (Mar 05) Eagle Festival & drive to Mandalgobi province

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    Meet in your hotel. Today is Hunter Eagle Festival day. Drive to Chinggis Khuree tourist camp. The festival opening ceremony will start at 10.00am the opening ceremony commences, as the participants join the parade on horse ride with their eagles. Then festival begins with each Kazakh displaying his hunting outfit and accessories. The Golden eagles will be released from a cliff and their owner will stand below and signal for them to land upon their arm, as they do during hunting. Then Eagles will be released from a cliff to attack fox skins that will be dragged by their owner on horseback. After lunch, drive to Mandalgobi province. Overnight in tourist camp (B+L+D) (Approx. paved road 270 km, 4-5 hours)


  • (Mar 06) Drive to South Gobi and Camel festival

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    Early morning, drive to Dalanzadgad province. The Camel festival begins in Bulgan soum with a “parade” of camel riders. Competitions of the day include “best looking couple on camelback”, most adorable male and female camels as well as a camel polo which takes place in the central square. There’s also an exhibition of paintings by local children who participate in the drawing contest called “Camel - My Friend”. Overnight in local ger. (B+L+D) (Approx. paved road 280 km, 5 hours & dirt road 65 km, 1 hour)


  • (Mar 07) Camel Festival

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    The competition begins with the race of mature camels followed by the two-year-old camel race. For your own enjoyment, you may make a bid for the camel you like. The first three camels in the each group are awarded with gold, silver and bronze medals. In the afternoon, one of the most awaited competitions begins. This is called “Camel Relay”, a competition consisted of catching, taming, training and finally loading a camel with an actual ger. There are several groups with 5 members, each of whom execute different roles. The closing ceremony takes place late in the afternoon when the winners will be presented with their trophies. Drive back to Dalanzadgad and overnight in local hotel.
    (B+L+D) (Approx. dirt road 65 km, 1 hour)


  • (Mar 08) Drive back to Ulaanbaatar

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    After breakfast, full day drive back to Ulaanbaatar. Lunch at Mandalgobi. End of tour. (B+L) (Approx. paved road 596 km, 8-9 hours

    B - Breakfast L - Lunch D - Dinner


  • The Land of Dinosaurs

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    Mongolian palaeontology:


    The Land of Dinosaurs

    Our very own planet is still full of mysteries, hidden treasures and plenty of adventures to be embarked on. One proof was the finding of one of the largest petrified dinosaur footprints, found on earth, from the Mongolian Gobi Desert just this autumn. And the world palaeontology is more than 200 years old! So, we never know what else can be found from such less discovered and majorly untouched places like Mongolia. Below, let’s look into some of the highlights of Mongolian amazing dinosaur facts and findings which date back to 100 million years ago on average.


    Professor Shinobu Ishigaki lying next to a dinosaur footprint in the Mongolian Gobi Desert

    CREDIT: OKAYAMA UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE

    Dinosaurs lived between 230 and 65 million years ago, in a time known as the Mesozoic Era. This was many millions of years before the first modern humans, Homo sapiens, appeared. Scientists divide the Mesozoic Era into three periods: the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous.

    CREDIT: NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, UK





    A drawing illustrating the dinosaur that may have left a footprint in Mongolia's Gobi Desert

    CREDIT: OKAYAMA UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE

    Early days of Mongolian dinosaur discovery


    Then palaeontologist at the American Natural History Museum Roy Chapman Andrews accidentally discovered some debris of dinosaur fossils back in 1922 in the Mongolian Gobi Desert, namely at Flaming Cliffs[1] or Bayanzak, during their Central Asiatic Expeditions en route to Beijing. Despite their initial intention to look for artefacts of early humans, such accidental discovery triggered him to come back to Mongolian Gobi two more times in the subsequent years and they all paid off. Andrews not only found few different species of dinosaur fossils, but also discovered the first ever dinosaur eggs during his expeditions to Mongolia.

    Andrew’s expeditions to the Gobi introduced Mongolia to the rest of the world as the land of dinosaurs for the first time. However, because of the ongoing domestic political turmoil in Mongolia, Andrew’s team was no longer able to continue their expeditions in Mongolia.




    Mongolian dinosaur discovery during Soviet era

    As of today, there are almost 500 different species of dinosaurs identified based on various artefacts and fossils found around the world. Out of these 500 species, around 80 species were found in Mongolia. Among those 80 species, some were believed to be as small as a chicken and some as gigantic as the size of 10-20 elephants combined. Substantial portion of such discoveries, in Mongolia, were made during the Soviet era; namely through joint Russian - Mongolian paleontological expeditions in the 1940s and joint Polish - Mongolian paleontological expeditions in the 1960-1970s. One of the most praised findings from stipulated time is the Fighting Dinos which believed to be killed during extreme sandstorm while fighting with each other.

    Mongolian dinosaur discovery still lively in the present

    Since 1990s, there have been multiple joint expeditions, namely those with Korean and Japanese palaeontologists, aiming to untangle more mysteries and reveal more hidden treasures in Mongolia. Discovery of the giant dinosaur footprint mentioned in the beginning is one of the most notable results of such expeditions. There have been tons of other discoveries which should have collectively contributed tremendously to the understanding of our planet, its evolution and potentially even future trends.

    Unfortunately, being the land of dinosaurs has made Mongolia attractive not only to palaeontologists and adventure-seekers, but also to the greedy. Since 1990s, illegal fossil digging and poaching has increased. There have even been incidents of returning illegally exported dinosaur fossils from USA to Mongolia. The Institute for the Study of Mongolian Dinosaurs /ISMD/ is one of the most dedicated NGOs on the ground working towards educating children and raising general awareness about dinosaurs, particularly the sites and artefacts, that deserve much protection and preservation, through not only top-down but bottom-up approaches.

    Interestingly, at Flaming Cliffs and other popular dinosaur sites in the Gobi, locals have still been able to spot some debris of the dinosaur fossils which they offer to tourists for sale. You may want to try out your luck and hunt (not dig!) for dinosaur fossils while hiking in the steppes or the cliffs as well.

    In any case, we would be privileged to be your bridge to connect to the mysterious world of the dinosaurs in Mongolia!



    [1] This name was given by Roy Chapman Andrews himself due to its sheer red cliffs, buttes and gullies.


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    If you want a more private experience, try one of our private tours, which are run exclusively for you and your group. This is a particularly great option if your group may need extra assistance, such as the elderly, people with disabilities or families with small children.

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    We have been running and developing our small group tours since 2004. They are great for individual travellers, friends and families with older children. Departures are guaranteed, allowing you to discover the best.

  • America was discovered by Asians

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    America was not discovered by Columbus, nor by Vikings, but by Asians

    Last week, a business partner from a leading English language center in Ulaanbaatar, told me that they had seen a rising number of students nullifying their dreams or plans to study in the United States of America (USA) because of the anticipated tight immigration policy of the president-elect of the USA, Donald Trump.

    Around the world, people have been migrating for various reasons. Recent European immigration has been mostly triggered by security and economic reasons. Certain countries, particularly island states, have been forced to be engaged in environmental migration due to global warming. But, some 15,000 years ago, towards the end of Ice Age, massive migration from today’s Asia was undergone to today’s North America. Their migration was probably caused by environmental reasons, too. What is obvious is that it was way before the Italian explorer, colonizer, and navigator Christopher Columbus’ journey, which reached today’s America although it was originally destined to reach India.

    So, who were the people who really deserve to be called the first Americans? VOA asked Michael Bawaya, the editor of the magazine American Archaeology. He told VOA that they came here from Asia probably "no later than about 15,000 years ago."


    “They walked across the Bering land bridge that back in the day connected what is now the U.S. state of Alaska and Siberia. Fifteen-thousand years ago, ocean levels were much lower and the land between the continents was hundreds of kilometers wide.”

    “The earliest Americans, then, most likely originated in Central Asia, or the territory today called Mongolia.”*

    In Mongolia, there are a number of sites such as Tolbor sites and Tsagaan Agui, displaying artifacts from Paleolithic period (about 2 million B.C. to about 3,000 B.C.), which have been jointly excavated by international archaeological teams. For instance, successful excavations undertaken during the 1990s at the Tsagaan Agui (White Cave) in southwest-central Mongolia have produced artifacts up to 35,000 years old.**


    By now, you might be wondering what the Vikings have to do in this article on discovery of America by Asians. Well, while those from today’s Asia migrated all the way through today’s Russian territory, archaeological findings in North America suggest that Vikings travelled to North America through Atlantic ocean around 500 years before Columbus discovered America, in 1492. Vikings were natural explorers and they are given credits for discovering several states in northern Europe.

    Interestingly, another study shows that a significant minority of Native American ancestry actually derives not from East Asia but from a people related to present-day western Eurasians."While the [Bering] land bridge still formed the gateway to America, the study now portrays Native Americans as a group derived from the meeting of two different populations, one ancestral to East Asians and the other related to western Eurasians, explained [researcher] Willerslev."The meeting of those two groups is what formed Native Americans as we know them." ***

    All in all, “we may suppose that successive waves of immigrants from Siberia pushed down the corridor into the interior of America. [However], it should be understood that the Americas were not settled within a short period of time or by a single group of people. Migration consisted of a slow prolonged spread of successive waves of people.”****

    Chronologically speaking, majority of the studies suggest that America, or the New World, was first discovered by modern men inhabiting today’s Asia, and further discovered by a series of migration from elsewhere in the Old World.

    If you are an adventure-seeker who enjoys learning while traveling, Mongolia should definitely be in your travel list as it has such rich history and vast territory that you could witness artifacts from various ages of world history such as the Tsagaan agui /White cave/ mentioned above.

    For more travel advice, please feel free to contact us here.


    * An Atlas and Survey of Latin American History, Michael LaRosa, German R. Mejia, 2007

    ** www.britannica.com

    *** "Great Surprise"—Native Americans Have West Eurasian Origins, news.nationalgeographic.com

    ****http://teachersinstitute.yale.edu/curriculum/units...

  • ​(Mar 02) Flight to the Huvsgul National Park

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    In the morning, meet at your hotel lobby. Drive to the airport and we will have a flight to Murun, (Approx. on air 560 km, 1.5 hour & dirt road 120 km, 2 hours) Arrival in Murun, a local driver will take you and will drive to Huvsgul National Park. Optional dog sledding. Stay overnight in Ger camp.(L+D)




  • (Mar 03) Ice festival opening ceremony

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    After breakfast, attend Ice festival opening ceremony, Ice carving competition, Ice Sumo wrestling, Ankle bone shooting, and Shaman Ceremony and National Folklore concert. You will watch bonfire and sacrificing shamanic ceremony. Free hiking by the lake shore and horse sledding. Overnight in Ger camp. (B+L+D)



  • (Mar 04) Ice festival and International marathon, flight to Ulaanbaatar

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    After breakfast, watch a marathon of skaters and a horse sled racing on the lake. After lunch, you will be driven back to Murun for your return flight to Ulaanbaatar. (Approx. on air 560 km, 1.5 hour & dirt road 120 km, 2 hours) Take souvenir and cashmere shopping. Check in your selected hotel.(B+L+D)
    B - Breakfast L - Lunch D - Dinner

  • ​“Barbaric” Batu Khan built Russia up

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    Mongolian History Simplified:


    “Barbaric” Batu Khan built Russia up

    I have been quite skeptical when one said “Mongolian history is a world history” until I started writing about Mongolian history since quite recently. Also, when one said our ancestors formed our neighbors and world’s dominant forces – China and Russia, I could not really comprehend until I wrote an article on Mongolian Kubilai Khan’s relocation of his capital city to Beijing and this piece on Genghis Khan’s grandson Batu Khan’s conquest of then Kievan Rus in the 13th century.

    Since we have already explored how a Mongol king transformed China in the 13th – 14th century through another article, I would like to delve into a couple of points on how another Mongol king, who also happened to be legendary Genghis Khan’s grandson, influenced Russia over the same period of time.

    War Triggered Unity for the Rus

    Mongolian golden horde, closest family members of Genghis Khan, first got acquainted with then Kievan Rus in the 1220s. “By 1240, the Mongols were effectively, the masters of European Russia. They would remain so for the next two and a half centuries (1240-1480)”.* Batu Khan succeeded his father Juchi as an emperor of the Golden Horde and expanded it with Russian principalities from 1240.




    Before Mongols came, Kievan Rus had consisted of a number of tribal groups, each of which led by independent princes. So, Batu Khan’s conquest and his consequent demands from the princes to be submitted to him and to pay taxes regularly must have triggered the previously independent princes to seek unity in fighting their new lord. Apparently, speaking same Slavic language was a huge motivation for them to be united as well.

    “Without the Mongols, a Russian state or empire might eventually have been formed out of the disparate pieces into which Kievan civilization had separated, but it is at least equally possible that the Russians would have remained divided and would have been absorbed by their powerful neighbors: Poles, Lithuanians, and others”.**

    Mongols Made the Rus Refine Their Military Tactics

    A Russian-born American historian George “Vernadsky presented the Mongol conquest of Russia as the pivotal development in the course of Russian history. He argued, [it was] unfair or at least imprecise to dismiss the Mongols as wild nomads, given their organizational achievements and exposure to higher civilizations. The Mongols played a positive role in the evolution of the Russia state”.***

    While the Kievan princes were oppressing their peasants to pay more tax for them, Mongol Khans were conquering civilizations which were much superior to the Kievan Rus in terms of their trade and economic development as well as military tactics. Therefore, many researchers believe that the Rus adopted some of their military tactics from the Mongols who must have had refined their own tactics from battle to battle. For instance, at the core of the Mongol army was the unit organization which could break down into tens, hundreds, thousands and so on, whenever necessary, for easier communication and swifter actions etc.


    Image credit: http://rud.is/khan/military-conquest.html


    Although “for Russia, the process of birth and conquest has taken longer, beginning with the triumph of Moscow’s Prince Dmitrii Donskoi over the Mongols at Kulikovo Field in 1380”****, ironically, what Mongols brought in to the Rus could have been the main reasons why they were defeated by the Rus.

    However, reciprocally, in the 20th century, Russians brought in much to be thankful for to Mongolia centuries after Batu Khan. Discover Mongolia Travel team will reveal some of that positivity to our readers through one of our upcoming articles.

    So, stay tuned!



    * "Russia and the Golden Horde" Anthony Esler. The Human Venture, 2000

    ** "Russia Divided and Conquered" John M. Thompson. Russia and the Soviet Union, 1994

    *** George Vernadsky, Eurasianism, the Mongols, and Russia, Charles J. Halperin, 1982, Slavic Review

    **** The Conquest of a Continent: Siberia and the Russians, W. Bruce Lincoln, 2007, Cornell University Press

  • BTW, where is “Attila the Huns” from?

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    BTW, where is “Attila the Huns” from?

    Have you ever wondered where “Attila the Huns”, a famously brutal ruler who shook Europe, namely the great Roman Empire, is from? Some say, his roots are from Central Asia, precisely Mongolia, some say he is more closely related to Turkic. However, there is no common understanding or proof of where exactly he is from. Unfortunately, even the modern day technology cannot be of much help in answering the above question as none can conduct DNA test on him or whatsoever. Yet, to satisfy the potential curiosity of Discover Mongolia blog readers, I would like to expose the following two analyses on the origin of Attila the Huns.

    1. Geographically, the Huns lived and thrived in the exact territory of today’s Mongolia.

    Attila is considered to be one of the most famous and brutal rulers the ancient world had ever seen. He ruled the Huns, for about two decades, by the time it was relocated to the eastern end of today’s Europe in the 400s AD. To reinforce, the Huns were a nomadic group whose origin was documented in Central Asia, namely in today’s Mongolian territory, dated back to the 400s BC. Furthermore, there are some facts, mostly archeological findings[1], as well as fictions about the Huns being connected to Xiongnu nomadic people who disrupted the northern border of China during its Han Dynasty (206BC - 220AD).



    In Mongolia, there are several major sites and venues which display archaeological findings from the Huns era discovered by various archaeologists both from Mongolia and overseas. From artistically stunning deer stones to mysteriously lying stone graves, from the Huns time, are found throughout the territory of Mongolia. Therefore, it is undeniable that the origins of the Huns, who once shook Europe, are geographically and archaeologically connected to today’s Mongolia.


    2.
    Globalization was existent long before our time.

    Surprisingly, what we call globalization today is happening under much more restrictions and control than those in the ancient time. Unlike today, geographical and environmental barriers were the biggest hurdles for tribes and people from the ancient time in discovering, learning from, mingling and mixing with other tribes and people. War was, without a doubt, also an essential part of such mixture. I am not suggesting such mixture, or conquest in the case of war time, was necessarily a positive thing. Yet, as a matter of fact, a varying version of globalization, triggered by massive migration, allowed then population of the world to mix and blend with one another substantially.


    The Huns was not an exception. In fact, as nomads, they had had resettled all the way from Central Asia to Danube river basin by the time Attila became king/ruler of the Huns. Presumably, there were at least few people who preferred to stay back in their original places such as today’s Mongolian territory; and on the other hand, there must have been at least few who rejoined their tribe later on. Hence, it should not be completely untrue to conclude that there must be at least slight connection between the ancient Huns and current day Mongolians.


    Image source: www.ancient.eu

    To sum up, geographical alignment and globalization effects, among other speculations and scholarly propositions, suggest that the Attila the Huns was originated from the territory of today’s Mongolia. To those who believe he is more closely linked to Turkic people who also happened to reside in today’s Mongolian territory, I would like to share the following image showcasing a historical monument, found from central Mongolia, dedicated to one of the Turkic rulers – Kultegin (684 -731AD).






    [1] “Archeological findings demonstrate that since prehistoric times nomads inhabiting the territory of Mongolia were forming great confederations that rose to predominance. The first was the Khunnu [Hun] Empire (209BC - 93AD) … “ (Badarch, Integrating New Values to Mongolian Public Management, Universitat Potsdam)

  • 6 Reasons to Make Mongolia Your Next Travel Destination

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    6 Reasons to Make Mongolia Your Next Travel Destination

    If Mongolia isn’t at the top of your travel destinations right now, you’re not alone...

    In a world of over 7 billion people, fewer than 500,000 visited Mongolia last year—and that’s actually not a bad thing.

    Unlike China, which sees about 25 million tourists a year, or Australia (which gets about 6.5 million), Mongolia remains unblemished and unaffected by the consumerism that accompanies such a huge influx of visitors.

    Mongolia is one of the last countries on earth that preserves its traditional customs and way of life. Its vast expanses of barely populated deserts and plains are virtually unchanged over the millennia.

    When you visit Mongolia, you are one of the rare souls who gets to experience a simple and authentic way of life that has survived for thousands of years—and that alone is reason enough to come.

    Of course, there are many more reasons to make Mongolia your next destination—and if you’re searching for reasons to visit this magical place, here are six to tips to you.


    1. Mongolia Has a Long and Significant History


    Mongolia’s natural history contributions extend to the late Cretaceous period, some 70 million years ago
    .

    The world’s first confirmed dinosaur eggs, as well as one of the largest dinosaur footprints, were discovered in the Gobi.

    Anthropologically, humans have lived in Mongolia since at least the Bronze Age; the Havtsgait Valley is renowned for for its petroglyphs from that era.

    In the 13th century, Chinggis Khan reshaped history, forcing a clash between East and West and commanding the largest contiguous empire the world has ever seen, stretching from the Sea of Japan to the Caspian Sea.

    Then followed centuries of Chinese rule, beginning with the Manchu-led Qing Dynasty. This ultimately collapsed in the 20th century, when Mongolia declared its independence.

    A 70-year alliance with the Soviet empire ended in the 1990s, leading to our current democratic state.

    When you visit Mongolia, each layer of our distinct cultural history is still present, waiting for you to discover and explore.


    2. Mongolia’s Cuisine is Like None in The World

    6 Reasons to Make Mongolia Your Next Travel Destination

    You might guess that Mongolian cuisine has much in common with Chinese cuisine, but China’s—and Russia’s—influence is less than you’d imagine.

    Much of Mongolia’s food culture is traced to our extreme climate and nomadic way of life.

    Meat and fat from animals, including camel, sheep, goat, cattle, and even horse (which we call the “Five Snouts”), form the basis of our diet. These are supplemented by rich dairy cream (urum) and soft kefir yogurt, with the occasional vegetables and starches.

    Hearty stews and meat-filled dumplings are customary.

    Traditional Mongolian foods such as khorkhog, a meat stew cooked with hot stones. Boodog, goat or marmot prepared by placing heated stones into the animal’s cavity and cooking the meat from the inside out.

    Airag, is our national drink made of fermented mare’s milk are all unique to our country—and made more delicious when shared with a nomadic family around a campfire.

    Mongolian barbeque prepared the traditional way offers visitors a unique way to “taste” our amazing country. And all visitors should experience our suutei tsai, the Mongolia salty milk tea.


    3. Mongolia Has an Endless Expanse of Unexplored, Pristine Terrain

    The Gobi is a mysterious region, lying in the rain shadow of the Himalayas.


    It’s a cold desert measuring 500,000 square miles; only 5% is covered in sand dunes.

    Unlike other desserts, it has abundant plant and animal life. This includes trees, grasses, flowers—and camels, gazelles, wild asses, and snow leopards.

    Eastern Mongolia is the land of Chinggis Khan, with endless steppes and glorious mountains, the center of mysterious stories from ancient times.

    Western Mongolia is known for its spectacular rivers, lakes, and glaciers—and the steep Altai Mountains.

    It’s also the home of a large concentration of nomadic families, ethnic Kazakhs, who are proud to display their eagle hunting expertise.

    Central and northern Mongolia offers a vast panorama of spectacular natural scenery.This area includes wetlands and grasslands, some of which are protected by their status as national parks and UNESCO heritage sites.

    It’s a birdwatcher’s paradise; there are over 400 species of birds native to Mongolia.

    No matter the type of terrain that appeals to you, you’ll find it in abundance in Mongolia.


    4.Mongolia is Home to Rare Nomadic Peoples

    Mongolia is the home of some of the world’s last riaining nomadic cultures, who follow a way of life that extends unbroken over 3,000 years.

    There are hundreds of thousands of nomads in Mongolia; estimates suggest that between 25% to 40% of our population is nomadic.

    There are three main nomadic cultures here:
    >The horse nomads who primarily herd sheep and goats on horseback.
    >The camel nomads
    >The Tsaatan or Dhuka people, whose lives are structured around reindeer.

    Tsaatan people
    rarely slaughter their reindeer, they are used primarily for milk. Reindeer yogurt and cheese are staples of their diet. They also ride the reindeer and use this as pack animals in the taiga forest area.

    They are extraordinarily uncommon; only a small number of Tsaatan families remain in the world.

    Nomad families live in gers, or rounded felt tents, which are still assembled in their centuries-old style.


    Staying with a nomadic family, learning to milk the animals and make fresh dairy products, eating traditional nomadic food is one of the highlights of a visit to Mongolia.


    5. Mongolia's Incredibly Vibrant National Cultural Diversity

    6 Reasons to Make Mongolia Your Next Travel Destination


    The name “Mongol” first appeared in our lexicon in the 10th century, but there was no unified “Mongol” culture until Chinggis Khan united the warring tribes and factions in our country in the 13th century.

    In fact, even today, our national identity and culture, from our governance to our societal structures are largely related to our nomadic, pastoral lifestyle and the legacy of Chinggis Khan.

    Although a large majority of the population is ethnic Khalka Mongols, there are many different ethnic minority populations. These include Dorvod, Bayad, Buriad, Dariganga, Zahchin, and Torguud.


    The largest ethnic minority is Kazakh, which makes up about 4% of the population.

    Although Shamanism was the largest religion until the 16th century, today, most Mongols are Lamaist, a sect of Tibetan Buddhism.

    Prior to the Stalinist period of Mongolian history, there were thousands of Buddhist temples in the country, but some 700 of these were destroyed in the religious purges of that era.

    There are still hundreds of monasteries, the oldest of which, Erdene Zuu, dates back to the 1500s.

    About 4% of the population is Sunni Muslim, mostly the Kazakhs in the west. There are a few thousand Christians in Mongolia by most estimates.

    A Mongolian Celebration Should Not Be Missed

    6 Reasons to Make Mongolia Your Next Travel Destination
    Mongolia’s people love an excuse to celebrate.

    There are many different festivals and events throughout the year.

    Naadam is the king of all, however, with a history dating back to the time of the Khans. Naadam celebrates the skills most revered in our country: Horsemanship and horse racing, archery, and wrestling. Naadam is celebrated each year in July.

    The Mongol New Year, another major celebration, is called Tsagaan sar. This occurs sometime between January and March, depending on the lunar phase. Tsagaan sar preparations begin a month in advance and culminate in feasting and gift-giving—one gigantic party.

    Throughout the year, there are also many other regional and seasonal festivals and events.

    Including the Eagle Hunting Festival celebrated by the Kazakhs. The Winter Snow and Ice Festival, which features sledding, ice skating, sleigh rides, and even ice sumo. The Camel Festival celebrates our rare Bactrian camels and the mysterious Gobi Desert.


    6. Mongolia’s Unmatched Biodiversity

    It’s a common misconception that Mongolia’s extrie climate limits its biodiversity; quite the opposite is true.

    Mongolia is a country of 1.5 million square kilometers (605,000 square miles), making it the 18th largest country in the world, and the least densely populated.

    The Mongolian-Manchurian Steppe is a temperate grassland Biome of savannahs and feather grass.

    It is home to an incredible variety of wildlife. Including pheasants, marmots, wolves, gazelles, and Przewalski’s horse, the last surviving subspecies of wild horse.

    Mongolia is also a very mountainous country, with many peaks reaching over 4,000 meters into the sky. Mountain sheep, ibex, wolf, elk, lynx, argali, and brown bears make their homes in the Mongolian mountains.

    The country’s bountiful lakes, rivers, and streams are packed with taimen and trout and other freshwater fish.

    In fact, Mongolia has a reputation as a fisherman’s paradise.

    Beautiful Lake Hovsgol, our “Dark Blue Pearl,” is one of the clearest lakes in the world, surrounded by lush forest and carpeted with wildflowers and meadows.

    The Most Enigmatic Feature Is...

    The Great Gobi National Park is one of the world’s largest biospheres, larger in size than the country of Switzerland. The last of the world’s Bactrian camels live in the Gobi, along with the Gobi bears, the only bears that live in a desert.

    The Gobi’s extreme climate can range from -40℃ to +40℃ with winds of up to 140 kilometers per hour.

    The desert is dotted with oases where agriculture flourishes—tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, peas, and beans are cultivated.

    As you can see, there is far more to Mongolia than the casual tourist could possibly imagine. Perhaps this explains why it is such an elusive—and exclusive—place to visit.

    Although it has been the destination for only the most daring and committed world traveler, Mongolia is far more accessible than ever before.

    In fact, there are direct flights from several major international cities now.

    If you dream of discovering somewhere virtually unknown and unexplored, Mongolia is the place for you.
    If your passion is to experience life as it was hundreds, even thousands, of years ago, Mongolia is for you.
    If only the rarest and most unique travel adventures will cure your wanderlust, Mongolia is for you.

    Why not contact us today and start planning your tour?

  • Why did Mongolian Kubilai Khan move the capital of his dynasty to Beijing?

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    Why did Mongolian Kubilai Khan move the capital of his dynasty to Beijing?

    Most say “history is written by the winners”; however, in the case of the 13th -14th century Mongolian history, it was mostly written by the defeated. Seemingly, Mongolians were either too busy or too ignorant to write their own history. In either case, 13th-14th century Mongolian history is still full of under-discovered and uncertain events. One of them is why Kubilai Khan* decided to move the capital of Mongolian empire from Karakorum down to Beijing?

    The Millennium man, the most famous Mongolian emperor Genghis Khan’s grandson Kubilai Khan is one of the most prominent and accomplished emperors born in Genghis Khan’s clan. Yet, he was more favored in China than in Mongolia. We can see why from the following points which are most likely the main reasons why Kubilai Khan decided to move the capital of his dynasty to Beijing.


    Image Credit: Timerime.com


    1. Geographical attraction

    At Kubilai Khan’s time, Mongolian Empire was divided into four dynasties although some of them were called differently like khanate** and horde, as shown in the above image. Yuan Dynasty (1271 – 1368) was one of them and Kubilai Khan was its emperor. His older brother Mongke, the last officially elected Great Khan of the Mongols, made Kubilai responsible for the northern part of China during his tenure. Yet, after Mongke’s death in a battle, Kubilai self-declared himself as a Khan and occupied China further to the south.

    So, the majority of the dynasty he built up was in China, rather than in Central Asia. Therefore, it must have made sense for him to have a capital city at the centre of his dynasty rather than at the northern west corner, namely at Karakorum. Chinese cities like Dadu (today’s Beijing) must have been attractive not only due to its centric location but also its milder climate compared to Karakorum which has cold winter and hot summer.

    2. Clash within clans

    As mentioned above, Kubilai Khan self-declared himself as a Khan. Therefore, without a doubt, his siblings or cousins challenged his declaration. Before moving his capital to Beijing, Kubilai Khan spotted another northern city in China, namely Shandu or Xanadu, as his capital city, which he later decided to make his summer place. At Shandu, he had to encounter with his younger brother Ariq Boke who protested his brother’s self-declaration, and most importantly, his brother’s decision to declare a Chinese city as the capital of Mongolian Empire.

    Such clash within his clan might have motivated Kubilai to move the capital further to the south from Xanadu to be more isolated from the potential threat to his throne from the north, in addition to the first speculation I made earlier on.

    3. His mother’s influence

    Kubilai Khan’s mother was the favorite wife of his father, Tolui -- Genghis Khan’s fourth son.Kubilai Khan’s mother Sorghaghtani Beki had four sons who all managed to rise up to be the Khans of the Mongol Empire. Hence, Sorghaghtani Beki, a princess of the Keraite clan, is still worshipped among Mongols as the wise queen with strategic moves which must have helped all of her sons to reach the top of the empire at certain point of time.

    For instance, Kubilai was given lessons on Chinese language and culture besides military training, according to some sources. Some also believe that being immersed to Chinese culture from youth might have encouraged Kubilai to dig China deeper when he is grown up. Thus, his perceived interest and affection for China could have held him back in China and made him penetrate China even deeper by moving the capital to Beijing instead of going back to Karakorum to prove his throne after making his brother Ariq Boke submitted to himself.


    To sum up, there are still many uncertain and under-discovered events, worth revisiting, in the history of Mongolia, especially with regard to the period of the Great Khans: 13th – 14th century. The one we briefly discussed above on the reason why Kubilai Khan moved his capital to Beijing is just an example. We will be delving into more of them on Discover Mongolia blog site. So, please stay tuned!

    Also, please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions on Mongolian history in the comments section below.



    * An American media company Netflix has recently created substantially dramatized TV show about legendary Kubilai Khan and his special guest Marco Polo, from Italy.

    ** Khanate basically means a political unit ruled by a Khan who is equivalent to an emperor.

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    My friend & I had the most incredible holiday when we booked a tour called Following in the footsteps of Ghengis Khan, it was a horse trek which is the only way to do it, we slept in tents which were put up for us, all our meals were prepared for us, it was fantastic I would do it call over again, the little horses were great, the people we met were so friendly, we were invited unto gurs, shown around, made to feel so welcome. If you want an unforgettable holiday, contact Discover Mongolia, they tailor made ours for us, can't speak highly enough of them and I am a seasoned traveller who does not praise unless it is totally reserved. Our guide and all the support staff could not do enough for us. Book this tour, you won't regret it. Kim Shaw

  • Oh gobi, my gobi…

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    Oh gobi, my gobi…


    How many Mongolian poets do you know? Have you heard about Mongolian renowned poet Yavuukhulan Begz and his famous poem “The Gobi”?

    It is my great honour and privilege to translate and make Mr. Yavuukhulan’s famous poem “The Gobi” available in English for Discover Mongolia blog viewers. Mr. Yavuukhulan was one of the most famous contemporary poets of Mongolia. He was born in 1929, was educated both in Mongolia and Russia; and hence, wrote his poems and novels both in Mongolian and Russian. Some of his most famous works include poems like “The Gobi”, “Where was I born?”, plus several well-known books. He was bestowed with “Mongolian State Award” in 1964, among other recognitions and awards for his remarkable achievements and respected works. To me, his works, particularly his poems, portray Mongolia, its culture, landscape and people, so realistically, yet so sumptuously that you cannot get bored of reading his poems. One of such splendid poems of himself, on Mongolia, is “The Gobi” without a doubt. Although the poem was written in 1964, astoundingly, every wording still remains accurate. I have tried my best to relay his messages as clear as I can, yet, I would not be surprised if you could come up with better wording for some of the parts.

    YavuukhulanNow, please enjoy Mr.Yavuukhulan’s poem “The Gobi” and please let me know if you would like to get familiar with more poems by Mr.Yavuukhulan or other Mongolian poets, by commenting below.







    “The Gobi”

    Oh gobi, my gobi

    You are, sometimes, burning like a

    Melting pot

    Your grasshoppers and crickets are chirping like

    Frying grain


    Gobi, in fact, has no real rivers

    Instead,

    Its rivers have been sucked and soaked up

    And now,

    It is a land of screes

    Oh gobi, my gobi.

    Once upon a time, though,

    On this vast land,

    Pure rivers were flowing, wide

    Plants and flowers were growing, in variety

    Forests and lawns embraced

    Full of wild animals

    Forming such a wonder land that cannot be

    Found elsewhere on our planet


    Sadly, saying goes that the sun burned off

    Said wonders of the gobi, except its camels

    From the above,

    From the bottom,

    Sandy lands have

    Soaked them up.

    Oh gobi, my gobi.


    Gobi, in fact, is like sea of dust and dirt

    Gobi sand dunes are like mighty waves of that sea

    Therefore, gobi sometimes, is stormy from

    The sky to the ground

    Then, suddenly, is

    Tranquil all over again.

    Yet, oh gobi, my gobi

    You contain very vast land --

    Existing as

    Endless camel caravan under the moon,

    Occupying enormous fields --

    Owning echoes and legends

    Such echoes belong to women of the gobi --

    Singing beside their camels

    Suntanned and

    Sometimes, weeping.

    Oh gobi, my gobi.

    Sometimes, gobi cools like

    Skimmed milk upon boiling

    Surface of the gobi looks like a

    Shade of yellow as milk cream.

    Singing woman of the gobi,

    On this open plain steppe,

    Only seldom is befriended by anything, except

    Occasionally seen saxaul and camels

    Oh gobi, my gobi.


    Gobi, in fact, was the very first formation of this planet

    Got its sandy surface across its prolonged existence

    However, my gobi is long stretched like the sky

    Having rich resources hidden under its ground

    The oil towers have been built up in the

    Turquoise hills of the gobi and

    Thus,

    Rare scenes have been established with

    Roaring sounds of factory chimneys

    Oh gobi, my gobi.

    Gobi, in fact, is a mirror screen –

    Giving complete view of the sky and the land

    Gobi mirage is like a

    Gifted painter drawing

    Gorgeous cities and villages.


    Therefore, my gobi is still a mystery on

    The earth

    Showcasing magical cities through its

    Scenic mirages

    Oh gobi, my gobi.

    One day, we will build those magical cities

    Once seen through gobi mirages

    Water will be extracted from the ground

    Forming blue rivers

    Forests will be grown again

    From the northern part of Mongolia


    Gobi will be revitalized and

    Got young looks

    Gobi people will worship it as

    Oh gobi, my gobi.

    Onto the sky and into the land

    Oh gobi, my gobi.



    “The Gobi”


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  • 3 LESS KNOWN FACTS ABOUT MONGOLIAN GOBI DESERT

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    3 LESS KNOWN FACTS ABOUT MONGOLIAN GOBI DESERT


    Have you known that Gobi Desert is not only existent in Mongolia, but also in China? Have you heard that Gobi Desert has the biggest potential of becoming “the farming paradise” of Mongolia? Can you imagine desert being as chaotic as the Gobi Desert?

    In this Blog, I would like to unfold 3 of the less known facts about Mongolian Gobi Desert which obviously embraces numerous mysteries and countless fascinating stories throughout its vast territory stretched all the way from the southwest to the southeast of this country of 1.5million sq.km of land.

    1.Gobi is not a Mongolian name

    As mentioned in the very beginning, what is called Gobi Desert does not only belong to Mongolia, but also to China. As seen in the image, even by a first glimpse, larger portion of the Gobi Desert belongs to today’s China, namely Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.


    So, it should not come by surprise that the name “Gobi” is not a Mongolian word, but a globalized version of the Chinese name Gēbì. Gēbì in fact means desert in Chinese, whereas, desert has been translated as both gobi and tsul interchangeably in Mongolian. / Image credit: en.wikipedia.org /

    2.Gobi is probably the most fertile part of Mongolia

    Mongolia is well-known for its extreme weather; the difference between the maximum and the minimum annual temperature can go up to 100 degrees Celsius. Due to short summer, long winter and dominantly cold weather in between, farming, particularly vegetable and fruit farming, has not been developed well in the country.
    Gobi oasisHowever, unlike world’s typical deserts -- without any or much water and extremely hot temperature throughout the year – Mongolian Gobi Desert has mountains, rivers, and most importantly oases. “The oases of the Gobi are critical to wildlife and many plants.”[1] It works the same for plantation as well. Ekhiin gol is one of the oases, located in Bayankhongor province, which has been used for plantation, namely fruits such as mini apple, peach, and watermelon, since the 1960s during the Soviet era. Unlike the rest of the country, in the Gobi Desert, specifically in these oases, farming can be started from April and last till October. Being able to farm continuously for 6-7 months is a record-setting period in Mongolia. Therefore, Gobi Desert could be the most fertile part of Mongolia in terms of fruit and vegetable farming. However, unfortunately, because of low-developed infrastructure in the region, such potential for organic farming has not been exploited well in Ekhiin gol and many others parts of the Gobi. / Image credit: www.DiscoverMongolia.mn /

    3.Gobi is the most chaotic region of the country

    Mongolian Gobi Desert had been famous for its abundant dinosaur fossil and beautiful national parks until the mining boom started in late 2000s. mining mongoliaSince some world-class mining deposits like Oyu Tolgoi, copper mine site, and Tavan Tolgoi, coal mine site, have been discovered and started operating in late 2000s, Mongolian Gobi Desert and its residents have been evolving rapidly. Some politicians, mostly from the Mongolian People’s Party, and many business-savvy, mostly upper middle and higher class of the society have been praising and advocating for this evolution as they believe that there had been tremendous positive, spill-over effects of the said projects on the economy as a whole. I mage credit: http://www.infradev.co.uk/oyu-tolgoi.html /

    On the other hand, certain populists, environmentalists, and mostly lower and lower illegal mining mongolmiddle class of the society have been protesting against such evolution for various reasons such as environmental degradation, loss of nomadic cultural heritage and allegedly unfair distribution of the national wealth. Among those, one of the most worrisome phenomenon appeared as a consequence of the mining boom is “illegal mining” or ninjas as locals call the nomads –turned - illegal (mainly) gold miners. I mage credit: www.bolod.mn /

    Between July 2012 and June 2016, when the Democratic Party was in power, almost all the mega mining projects were suspended, while the illegal mining still persisted, causing substantial environmental, economic and social damages. On a positive note, such suspension has stimulated development debates everywhere. As a result, some progressive local NGOs, major international development agencies, both local and international researchers and social entrepreneurs have been developing proposals and taking certain actions for avoiding Dutch disease or resource curse by paying equal attention on the development of other economic sectors like agriculture.



    [1]Desert Landscapes of the Mongolian Great Gobi, http://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/5943/

  • Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and city tour

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    Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. Take a city tour to Gandan Monastery where you will see huge gold plated Buddha, a symbol of Mongolian national pride and cultural revival. Photograph to Chinggis square and Zaisan Hill with a panoramic view of the whole city. Overnight in the hotel. (L+D)



  • ​White stupa - Tsagaan Suvarga

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    After the breakfast drive to the White stupa - Tsagaan suvarga. Over the thousands of years the wind has created this amazing land. These rocky formations eroded by the wind. They are about 60 meters (196,85 feet) high and 400 meters (1312,34 feet) long. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)


  • ​Flaming Cliffs

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    Early breakfast, drive to Dalanzadgad city and then head to Bayanzag - Flaming Cliffs, where you will find the paleontology place, when Roy Andrew Chapman discovered fossilized dinosaurs skeleton and eggs in 1920s. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)


  • Khongor sand dunes and camels

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    After breakfast, drive to Khongor sand dunes. These are Mongolia's largest sand dunes, reaching a height of 300 meters in some areas. You will be shooting photo some camel through the Khongor sand dunes. Visit a camel herdsman family to experience their lifestyle, culture and traditions. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)

  • ​Discover Gobi wildlife

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    Drive to Narandaats camp. Then head to Wild Oasis - Zulganali, view is that the golden sand dunes with small lake it's inside are surrounded by bright green meadows, colorful flowers are growing in the meadow, tall bushes are playing with their leaves in the Gobi wind. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)


  • ​Khermen Tsav - Mini Grand Canyon

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    Drive to Khermen Tsav - Canyon, which was made from thousands of year’s erosion of red sand and which stretches for about 30 km in the Gobi Desert. The area has desert plants and trees and many fossilized remains of ancient animals and dinosaurs. We will have time to walk through the canyons and explore the fascinating plant species and rock formations. Overnight in tent. (B+L+D)


  • Khongor sand dunes

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    After morning shooting head to Khongor Sand Dunes. Relax and overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)

  • Dalanzadgad city and Dungenee canyon

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    Lunch at the camp, we will drive to Dalanzadgad city. On the way, Dungenee - a wonderfully picturesque place surrounded by sheer rocky walls, forming incredible canyons. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)


  • Fly back to Ulaanbaatar and city tour

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    After breakfast you will have a flight back to Ulaanbaatar. You will be taken to souvenir and cashmere shops before enjoying an evening concert of National Folklore. Overnight at the hotel. (B+L+D)


  • Departure back Mongolia

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    You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport. (B)

    B - Breakfast L - Lunch D - Dinner




  • Land of Dinosaurs Photo

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    The first impression photos the visitors to Mongolian Gobi get are pictures of Flaming Cliffs where the dinosaurs’ eggs and bones found at the beginning of the XX century, images of Bactrian camels, sand dunes, amazing sunrises and sunsets, the tough livelihood of Gobi nomads.

    However, you’ll get more interesting things to see and do. The reason is the sky over Gobi is 85 per cent is sunny in a year, which means it is clear during nighttime. You can enjoy night skies over the Gobi where stars and constellations are bright. Your palette of pictures to take will be immense including desert pictures, sand, wild life, star dusted sky, nomadic life, sunrises and sunsets – everywhere your curious photographic camera takes to.

    We are ready to be next to you in your travel on photographic paradise in Mongolian Gobi. You bring your gear, and we’ll take you to the places.

  • CHECKLIST:

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    1. Travel Insurance-✓--
    2. Camera gear-✓--
    3. Camera Manual-✓--
    4. Foul weather gear-✓--
    5. Passport if needed ( acquiring one = 3 month process-✓--
    6. Tripod (STURDY)-✓--
    7. Laptop & card readers-✓--
    8. Split field neutral density filter & kit (optional)-✓--
    9. Polarizer filter-✓--
    10. Lots of digital storage-✓--
    11. Lens cleaning cloth-✓--
    12. Extra batteries. Bring at least 1 or 2 extra batteries-✓--
    13. Battery chargers-✓--
    14. Sun glass-✓--
    15. Hat-✓--
    16. Sun block-✓--
    17. Good humor-✓--

  • What's included in the price?

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    HOTEL:

    Hotel cost is based on two people sharing one room with twin beds at 4* hotel

    2 nights including Western or Mongolian breakfast

    Free luggage keeping in the hotel while on tour to countryside

    LOCAL HOTEL:
    Shared accommodation in Ulgii .
    TENT:

    2 people per tent, camping equipment’s.

    FLIGHT:

    Round way from Ulaanbaatar to Bayan-Ulgii

    PRIVATE TRANSFERS ON EACH DAY:

    Comfortable 4x4 off road Russian van

    Airports pick up and drop off service

    GUIDES:

    English speaking guiding service throughout the entire time

    Local guide

    COOK AND MEALS:

    All meals as listed in the itinerary

    Finest Western and Mongolian meals, deserts

    Daily supply of bottled water: 3 x 0.5 bottle per day

    ENTRANCE FEES:

    To all scenic spots as listed in the itinerary such as museums, strictly protected area, park, concert, road fees

    Horse ride

    Invitation letter for entry visa to Mongolia

  • What's not included in the price

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    INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE OR TRAIN TICKETS
    Discover Mongolia! offers cheap international airfares and train tickets for our clients upon request.
    MONGOLIA ENTRY VISA FEE

    EXCESS LUGGAGE CHARGES

    Free luggage allowance of 15 kg is allowed for domestic flight.

    PERSONAL EXPENSES

    Such as laundry, beverages, alcoholic drinks, telephone calls, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the tour itinerary.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE

    Our clients are recommended to get travel insurance before traveling. Buy Simple and Flexible Travel Insurance from WorldNomads.com.

    SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT
    Single supplement is available at $70 in the hotel (for 2 nights)
    SINGLE GER SUPPLEMENT
    Single supplement is available at $25 per night at ger camps.

  • (14 Sep) Ulaanbaatar and city tour

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    Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. Take a city tour to Gandan Monastery where you will see huge gold plated Buddha, a symbol of Mongolian national pride and cultural revival. Photograph to Chinggis square and Zaisan Hill with a panoramic view of the whole city. Overnight in the hotel. (L+D)

  • (15 Sep) Fly to Ulgii

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    Meet in hotel and flight to Ulgii town. Most inhabitants of Ulgii are Kazakhs (93%). Overnights in local hotel. (B+L+D)


  • (16 Sep) The Golden Eagle Festival

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    The rodeo of eagle hunting. A fantastic opportunity for photographers and adventurers alike to see these magnificent birds up close. There are approx. 200 eagle hunters in Bayan-Ulgii aimag. Eagle hunters from around regions gather to test their finely trained birds in singular contests of speed and agility in these few days.


  • (17 Sep) The Golden Eagle Festival

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    During the festival we also see some Kazakh Traditional Horse Games like “Bush Kushi" (Try to take out from each other the goat skin on horseback), "Kiss woman on horseback", "Pick up coins from the land on horseback" and others. Back to Ulgii and overnights in local hotel. (B+L+D)


  • (18 Sep) Tsambagarav Mountain and visit Kazakh family

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    After breakfast, drive to Tsambagarav Mountain and visit Eagle hunting family. There we have an opportunity to experience their way of life, their culture and traditions. Lunch with Kazakh family. Back to Ulgii and overnights in local hotel. (B+L+D)


  • (19 Sep) Tsagaan Gol - Shiveet Hairhan Mt. & ancient petroglyphs

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    Today we will have full day drive to Altai Tavanbogd National Park (means The Holy Five) via Tsagaan Gol (White river) valley and through Altai Mountains that are Mongolia’s largest and highest mountain range more than 3000-4000 meters high. One famous spot is “Shiveet Hairhan” Sacred Mountain, where we will see the largest rock painting site from the period of the Huns (approx. 200 B.C.) Overnight in local ger. (B+L+D)


  • (20 Sep) ​Horse ride – Potanin glacier

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    Today we will ride horse to Altai Tavanbogd referring to the peaks of Huiten - 4374m and the highest. It is a stunning setting with the awe inspiring massif of high snowcapped peaks. We will reach the 30km long Potanin glacier, which is ice river starts from Altai Tavan Bogd Snow Peaks. Back to base camp and overnight in local ger. (B+L+D)


  • (21 Sep) ​Ulgii town

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    Return to Ulgii where we rest and soak in memories of the past few days. You can hot shower and relax in local hotel. (B+L+D)

  • (22 Sep) Fly back to Ulaanbaatar and city tour options

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    After breakfast you will have a flight back to Ulaanbaatar. You will be taken to souvenir and cashmere shops before enjoying an evening concert of National Folklore. Overnight at the hotel. (B+L+D)


  • (23 Sep) Departure Mongolia

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    After breakfast, you will be transferred from your hotel to the airport. (B)


    B - Breakfast L- Lunch D - Dinner

  • ​Appreciation

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    Appreciation / Талархал


    World vision International Mongolia

    A heartfelt thank you for your generous donation to disabled children’s care centre in Khentii. Your commitment was incredibly helpful and will make a difference in lives of the most vulnerable children we serve.



    Дэлхийн Зөн Монгол ОУБ

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    Хүүхдийн сайн сайхан байдлын төлөө хамтран ажилласан та бүхний ажил үйлс улам дэвшин дэлгэрэх болтугай.




  • ​Transport

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    Discover Mongolia use the highest level, latest model, air-conditioned private vans or 4WD vehicles for the maximum comfort on your touring days. A day's drive in the countryside will be approx 200-250km.

  • Accommodation:

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    We believe that comfortable, welcoming accommodation is vital to the enjoyment of your trip. You will be stay in a standard 3-4 star hotel in Ulaanbaatar and a tourist ger camp (traditional dwelling) with currency (220V), shower and other useful services (2 or 4 people per ger) in the countryside. All accommodation offered by Discover Mongolia is personally checked by our staff to ensure high standards.

  • ​Guide:

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    An English speaking Mongolian guide will accompany the group at all times. The guide will be a native Mongolian person with great local knowledge who can deal with any requests and ensure that your holiday to become one of the most unforgettable experiences of your life.

  • ​Accommodation:

    Max guests: person

    We believe that comfortable, welcoming accommodation is vital to the enjoyment of your trip. You will be stay in a standard 3-4 star hotel in Ulaanbaatar and a tourist ger camp (traditional dwelling) with currency (220V), shower and other useful services (2 or 4 people per ger) in the countryside. All accommodation offered by Discover Mongolia is personally checked by our staff to ensure high standards.

  • ​Transport:

    Max guests: person

    This trip use the highest level, latest model, air-conditioned private vans or 4WD vehicles for the maximum comfort on your touring days.

  • ​Meals

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    In Ulaanbaatar, you will be dining at fine European and Asian cuisine restaurants. Mutton, beef, rice and noodles form the basis of the Mongolian diet, so your meals will be based around this. However, the trail rations may include vegetables, eggs, peanut butter, cheese and sometimes yak! On some days there will be lunchboxes from tourist camps. It is good food and our experience has been that guests are happy with this arrangement. Please let us know in advance if you are a vegetarian. Alcohol is not provided on the trip but tourists are free to bring their own.

  • ​Guide:

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    An English speaking Mongolian guide will accompany the group at all times. The guide will be a native Mongolian person with great local knowledge who can deal with any requests and ensure that your holiday to become one of the most unforgettable experiences of your life.

  • Personal things to bring with you:

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    Warm thin layers of clothing are the best such as bring a winter jacket, gloves and snow booth. Don't forgot first aid kit (medicine for headache, cold, diarrhea, runny nose; bandages; any medicine prescribed for you ). All your camera equipment.

  • The best time to make this trip:

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    May to September is the best season, with the peak season in July for the Naadam Festival. July and August are also the wettest months of the year, but be assured; our climate is such that you will still have many sunny days at this time.

  • The Influence of Religion on Mongolia

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    The Influence of Religion on Mongolia


    Mongolia has a long rich history of ancient religious practices dating back centuries. From its early roots as a culture closely linked to Shamanism, to one with a growing Buddhist populace, the region has traces of its religious belief pervading the architecture, cuisine and lifestyle.

    The religious fabric of Mongolia

    Today, a little over half of the population identifies itself as Buddhist and about 3 percent as Muslim. The Muslim population have Kazakh origins and are concentrated in the provinces in the west of the region. Missionary efforts in the region have also spurred the adoption of Christianity. Surprisingly, just 2.9 percent call themselves believers of Shamanism now. A far cry from the overwhelmingly Shaman population in centuries past.

    According to the 2010 Population and Housing Census of Mongolia, a significant 39 percent of Mongolians are atheist, a sign perhaps of the influence of a communist mindset and the purge of the 1930s.

    Minorities in Mongolia

    The Kazakh Muslims form the largest minority group in Mongolia and live in Bayan-Ölgii in the western provinces. Christian missionaries have made inroads in the region with, some say, an estimated 70 plus churches constructed across Mongolia.



    The ‘purge’ and religious monuments

    During the rise of communist powers in Russia and China, Mongolian soldiers as well as Russian troops destroyed an estimated 700 temples and monasteries. At the time about 30 percent of all males in Mongolia were monks. After the purge, atheism was widely promoted and Buddhist institutions were destroyed or shut down. Rebuilding began after the 1990s and about 110 Buddhist temples and monasteries now stand tall around Mongolia.

    Shamanism survived this era, partly due to the close linkage with nature, intrinsic to daily lives of people in the area. Buddhist clergy meanwhile aligned with tribal leaders.

    Mongolian law allows for freedom of religion, though as is the case in other places of the world, there are some who judge individuals based on their religious background.

    Shamanism’s influence on Mongolian life

    While Mongolian Buddhism is quite distinct from other forms, the basic beliefs and introduction to the religious practices of Buddhism came here by way of Tibet in the 16th century. As is the case with many cultures where a long standing religious belief is gradually replaced by a new one, influences of the former still remain. Several shamanistic practices and nuances can be spotted by a keen eye. Practices like nature worship, meditation as well natural healing gently made their way into the heart of Mongolian Buddhism.

    Even today, across Mongolia, people from all faiths still worship the blue sky, an ancient Shamanistic ritual. Prayer flags offered are often blue, signifying the blue sky. Prayers and offering are made to cairns of stones, signifying the mountain and river spirits. Today, time strapped Mongolians wishing to pay their respects at these stones called Ovoos often resort to a respectful toot of their vehicle horns instead.

  • Robert Rozbora

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    Ordered train from Ulaanbaatar to Beijing online from Slovakia, everything was flawless. Office found easily in UB, my ticket was ready as promised and since I ordered 1st class and was available only 2nd class, difference amount returned to my credit card. Next time I'll plan any trip in Mongolia or train again, I'll use DMT(DiscoverMongoliaTravel) services. Thanks :)


  • Simba Cornell , from Australia

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    The tour was well planned, they were on time for everything, the crew were fantastic, looked after us really well, food great, what not to like??? The horses were very well behaved, saddles, English and comfortable, one of the best trips I have ever done.

  • ​Top 10 Destinations of Mongolia!

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    The rugged landscape of the least densely populated country in the world, Mongolia, is the perfect adventure destination for the traveler who seeks a glimpse into a different culture. Here are ten places that you should not miss when you are here:

    1. Gobi desert

    One of the most unusual desert landscapes in the world, the Gobi Desert has the spectacular singing dunes- Khongoryn Els. Gravel plains and rocky outcrops cover much of this area, which is the home of the last two-humped camels in the world and Gobi bears, the only bears you can find in a desert landscape. Visit the Eagle Valley, a protected site which narrows into a gorge. Bayanzag is another must-see place especially for those keen on history. This was an ancient sea floor and the site of several remarkable paleontological finds. The first ever full dinosaur skeleton was found in Khermen tsav which is a canyon with an oasis.


    2.Khuvsgul lake

    Known as the Dark Blue Pearl of Mongolia, this lake is a sight worth seeing with lush greenery surrounding it. Almost a 100 rivers and streams culminate in these waters that were first formed almost 3 million years ago due to tectonic actions.



    3.Terelj National Park

    The biggest protected area in the country, this park is about 80 kms away from Ulaanbaatar, Complete with natural beauty, adventure sport activities and great scenic spots, this is the perfect tourist destination indeed.



    4. Altai 5 bogd

    The five sacred peaks are also the highest ones in Mongolia. In the shadow of the Tavan Bogd is a glacier spanning 23 square kilometers, several lakes and a stunning waterfall. This location is also home to many archeological sites, collective forming the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Petroglyph Complexes of the Altai.


    5. Karakorum-Erdenezuu

    Believed to be the oldest surviving Buddhist monastery in Mongolia, this is adjacent to Karakorum, the ancient city. Stones from the ruined old city were used to build the monastery.



    6. Orkhon valley

    This is a UNESCO World Heritage site where you can find writings from the 8th century. The ancient capital city of Uighur thrived here and this is also where you can find the Tuvkhun monastery. If nature is more your thing then the Eighth Lakes (Naiman Nuur) and Orkhon waterfall should make a spell binding spectacle for you.


    7. Khustai National Park

    Named for the birch trees that grow in the vicinity, this is the perfect place to get a glimpse of the steppes ecosystem. The fauna of the area include the red deer, white tailed gazelles and Roe deer among others. There are quite a few historical monuments here such as the Ongot’s man monuments, temple ruins and Hunnu’s rectangular tombs.


    8. Ulaanbaatar city

    The capital city shows you how ancient culture can be fused with modern day trends with ease. The ruins of monasteries rub shoulders with glass encased skyscrapers here while the covered Narantul Market gives you a single point from where to pick up traditional essentials for your life.



    9.Khorgo Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur National Park
    Within this park, watched over by extinct volcanoes, the Terhiin Tsagaan lake can be found at an altitude of 2060 m. The unique geology of the Khorgo Volcano to the east makes this a location that remains in your memory for ever. The lake has a volcanic island at its center where exotic birds flock.



    10. Tsagaan suwarga

    The words mean White Stupa and the towering structure revealing limestone bedrock dating back to the ancient times makes for a truly awe inspiring sight here. Don’t miss the splendid views of the desert floor down below which transforms from white to yellow to pink before turning red.


  • Retiring? Well, More Reasons for you to Go on a Vacation to Mongolia

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    Retiring? Well, More Reasons for you to Go on a Vacation to Mongolia


    There’s no better time to explore the world than when you’ve hung up your spurs - simply trade them in for a new kind. Stepping out of working life into retirement can be daunting with questions of ‘what next?’ or exciting, depending on how you look at it. Either way, there’s good reason to head to Mongolia for the experience of a lifetime.




    Add some zing to your post-retirement travel with an adventure trip

    Mongolia is surprisingly accessible for seniors interested in a spot of adventure. Though remote, it offers several pleasing destinations that don’t take a toll on your health. If you’re an active adventure lover, then there’s no place better to head to than Mongolia on a specially designed itinerary for like-minded retirees. You’ll get to travel the routes Genghis Khan did centuries ago, by camel, horse, jeep or on foot. Explore cultural treasures like the Amarbayasgalant Monastery, the Ongi Monastery ruins and go off the beaten track. Soak up the grand vistas at the Flaming Cliffs, Lake Hovsgol and the Khongor sand dunes. And if that isn’t active enough, you can fit in some kayaking and serious trekking.



    Indulge in a relaxed break

    The big advantage that comes with retirement is that you don’t need to worry about rushing back or missing important deadlines. You can explore every corner of this beautiful part of the world on a relaxed yet adventurous break that gives you enough time to soak up the culture, live like a local in the nomadic ger camps, camp near national reserves by the desert or lakeside or simply dive into the delectable local cuisine.



    In Ulaanbaatar you could visit museums, monasteries and ruins by day or do a spot of shopping for beautiful handcrafted souvenirs from the region. Bring home feather soft cashmere or camel wool products, traditional clothing, distinctive boots, jewelry and more.


    Enjoy the unique folk music including throat singing that is so particular to this part of the world. Watch musicians play catchy tunes on their horse-headed fiddles while dancers put on a performance of their ethnic dances. Later, tuck into a sumptuous Mongolian meal of dumplings buuz, noodle soup guriltai shol, stew tsuivan and cheeses.

    Give back to the community on a volunteer vacation in Mongolia

    Of late, volunteer travel has become more inclusive with opportunities for seniors too. Join a group to work on the restoration of one of the many Buddhist temples that were damaged during the communist invasion of the region in the 1930s. As part of Cultural Restoration expeditions like those to the Baldan Baraivan Restoration Project, you could help restore important buildings of significance to the locals while living in traditional housing and indulging in some hearty Mongolian fare.





    Photos by Bayar Balgantseren /Discover Mongolia Travel's photo tour advisor /




  • Mr. Grzegorz Golembski -2015.08.15

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    Tour guide Boldoo, called "B" was fantastic-nothing was too much trouble for him. -His love of his country & his knowledge made this one of the most enjoyable tours I've been on. AMAZING!,Driver Otgoo-smiled all the time, Was always helpful & polite. A great driver-dont know how he finds his way around!. /POLAND/

  • Ms. Julia McLachlan

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    Thanks for really good holiday. I have learnt a lot & will certainly encourage friends & other I meet to come & visit your beautiful country. / from Australia,2015 /

  • Services included in the price:

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    Hotel:

    Hotel cost is based on two people sharing one room with twin beds at 4* hotel
    2 nights including Western or Mongolian breakfast
    Free luggage keeping in the hotel while on tour to countryside


    Tourist Ger camp:

    Shared accommodation in tourist ger camp
    Ger (traditional dwelling) has 2 to 4 beds – very interesting and unique
    Western toilets and hot shower facility is separate block – shared
    The restaurant serve usually Western and Mongolian meals
    Single supplement cannot be guaranteed but possible


    Tent

    2 people in per tent, camping equipments.


    Transportation:

    Horse

    Private Transfers on each day:

    4x4 off road van
    Highly skilled driver
    Airports pick up and drop off service
    Allow only 4 passengers for 5 passenger seats - Your comfort is our priority!

    Guides:

    English speaking guiding service throughout the entire time
    Local horse keeper

    Meals:

    All meals as listed in the itinerary

    Finest Western and Mongolian meals, deserts

    Authentic Mongolian Barbecue

    Daily supply of bottled water: 3x0.5 btl per day

    Entrance fees:

    To all scenic spots as listed in the itinerary such as Naadam festival, horse racing site, museums, monasteries, strictly protected areas, parks, concert and road fees

    A chance to see how the real authentic Mongolian Barbecue is made the traditional way!
    Invitation letter for entry visa to Mongolia.

  • Services not included in the price

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    International airfare or train tickets

    Discover Mongolia! offers cheap international airfares and train tickets for our clients upon request.


    Mongolia entry visa fee

    Personal expenses

    Such as laundry, beverages, alcoholic drinks, telephone calls, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the tour itinerary.


    Travel insurance

    Our clients are recommended to get travel insurance before traveling. Buy Simple and Flexible Travel Insurance from WorldNomads.com.


    Single room supplement

    Single supplement is available at $70 in the hotel


    Single ger supplement

    Single supplement is available at $25 per night at ger camps.

  • Fun Activities for Your Kids on Their Trip to Mongolia

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    Fun Activities for Your Kids on Their Trip to Mongolia


    Mongolia is a lesser explored country in the Central Asian continent. It is a pristine picturesque natural setting that has very little human presence and is one of the best places for you and your children to get away from the bustling metropolitan.

    When you think of Mongolia, the thought that generally occurs to your mind is that of long hikes and wilderness, however, trips could be very educational and supplemental to a child’s education and growth. Here are some of the few things that you could plan out with you kids to have a fun, holistic experience.


    The dinosaur trail

    The Gobi desert is one of the largest and driest deserts on the planet. It is one of the largest areas of desert land on the continent that holds some of the most ancient treasures. The desert is renowned for dinosaur fossils across the land stretch. You could plan a day of rediscovering the great reptilian giants that once roamed the lands unattended in their magnificent glory. The Bayanzang Flaming Cliffs is one of the places that you could visit with a guide to take you back in time.





    The mini-horse trail

    Mongolia is one of the countries that have a huge horse population, as the Mongolian culture has always been extremely fond of horses ever since the early part of the previous millennium. The Mongolian culture is highly dependent on horses for travel and living. Mongols as a tribe have always been known for their equestrian capabilities too. The ride across the Steppe in Mongolia is one of the most rewarding experiences. It is one of the best places that your child can get in touch with their wild side. There are options for you to hire a guide that will teach you the basics to ride a horse. This could be a fun activity for your kids.


    Camping

    Camping in Mongolia is a whole other experience. The open plains of the country allow your child to experience a terrain that is unavailable in any other part of the world. You could camp out in the open plains, light up a campfire an forage for local food off the land with the help of the guide. This will enable a receptive outlook for you child towards foreign cultures. This will be a thoroughly enabling experience for your children.






    History lessons

    Genghis Khan has remained synonymous with the land of Mongolia. The feared warlord turned conqueror is one of he most awe-inspiring figures in history. Here’s a chance to allow your child to explore his historic side outside the classroom by planning a trip to the 131 foot high monument on the banks of the Tuul river. With the help of a guide, this could be one of the most informative history lessons about the man who conquered the largest land empire in the world. the world.

  • Ms. Tuula Posti,

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    Baira is just excellent and safe driver and the car was comfortable even off-roads, very patient with good sense of humor.

    I will give the tour 5 stars :) . Could not be happier thinking all what we have seen, done and experienced . Ms. Tuula Posti, from Finland in 2015

  • WIN CASHMERE COMPETITION

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    WINNER ANNOUNCED!

    So today is the day!
    We are finally announcing the winner of our “Win Luxury Cashmere” Competition!

    We picked one entrant at random to win a fabulous cashmere products, and the winner is


    Congratulations Joan Bennani.

    A big thank you to everyone who participated!

    We hope you will have a chance next time.

  • Mongolia Karakorum and Gobi Tour (NEW) 7 - Day

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    This is one of our classic tours, covering the central and southern parts of Mongolia. During this tour, you could witness and experience the highlighting species of flora and fauna such as inhabitation of Przewalski wild horses, relics of Gobi dinosaurs, duties of domestic animals, in particular camels, and the irresistible smell of wild vegetations growing in different natural zones.

    A couple of major religious and historical sites - Karakorum and Ongi - are included conveniently after each other. During the whole trip, you will see the amazing shifts in natural scenes and its components. Find out more in the tour itinerary below.


  • Your Itinerary For Your Visit To Mongolia

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    Your Itinerary For Your Visit To Mongolia

    A classic itinerary for Mongolia combines the Soviet era architecture of capital Ulaanbaatar, beautiful monasteries, the expansive steppe, dinosaur fossils, towering mountains, sand dunes of the Gobi Desert, and offers glimpses into the nomadic life of the locals with camping opportunities at ger sites around the country.




    Ulaanbaatar: Discovering Monasteries, Palaces and Museums

    Start your journey in the Tuul River valley, home to the capital of Mongolia. Here, you can explore a mix of Buddhist monasteries, palaces and get a glimpse into the soviet past of the city over a couple of days.

    Start your day at the Gandan Khiid. This monastery sees over 600 monks practice here - mornings are a good time to observe a ceremony in progress.


    The Winter Palace of the Bogd Khan with its collection of gifts from foreign dignitaries and beautiful examples of Buddhist artwork in the temples on the grounds, is a must see.
    Those with a love of theater will enjoy a Mongolian theater performance at the National Academic Drama Theater. If you have kids in tow, the puppet theater is a delight. Make time to catch a view of the city from Zaisan Hill.



    After hours, enjoy the nightlife in this commercial center before you move on to more tranquil parts of the region the next day.

    The Gobi Desert: Dinosaurs and dunes

    Fly into South Gobi for your next leg of the journey where you can spend a few days to a week. Begin your travel back in time a few million years ago at Bayanzag, the site where dinosaur eggs were first discovered nearly a century ago in 1922. The Flaming Cliffs with their surreal orangery hue and the stark desert vegetation give you a glimpse into those ancient lands. Return to your ger tent for a back to nature night in.


    Riding a double humped Bactrian camel through the Khongor sand dunes in Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park is the experience of a lifetime. The dunes put on a show for you, seeming to change color as the day progresses, going from yellow to silvery and then a rosy orange at sunset. Make time to meet a camel herdsman's family to understand the local culture, customs and lifestyle.

    While in the area, also visit nomadic farms or take a detour to the Yol Valley. This thin steep gorge is nestled in the Saikhan range and is home to the bearded vulture. Another great option is checking out the 6000 year old Petroglyphs at Havtsgait.



    Extensions to your Mongolia itinerary

    While the South Gobi region tops the must-do list, there is more to be explored if you have the time.


    Lake Hövsgöl National Park

    Fly in to Hatgal or Mörön before journeying to the lake in the Ardavhar Peninsula. Enjoy a 3-4 day trip here, spent meeting with nomadic families in the grasslands and cruising the lake. Hike up to the hills of Tsomo, and camp near the gorgeous crystal clear waters of the lake.



    Hustai National Park

    Within easy reach of the capital, a couple of days are easily spent exploring the Hustai ridges as well as the Moltsog Els sand dunes. There are plenty of opportunities for wildlife spotting - from red-footed falcons, eagles, and black vultures to red deer and even wolves. Also nearby are the graves of the Öngut, a tribe that was around during the reign of Genghis Khan.


    Khan Khentii

    Drive here or arrive in by charter flight to the northeastern region of Mongolia, to experience some of the most amazing displays of horsemanship over a two day trip. Take a horseback safari and appreciate the majesty of these beasts as you pass rivers, grasslands and forests. Hike the Hentii Mountains and camp in a felt ger.

    Chinggis Khaan Statue:

  • ​->Ms. Gaye Frisby,from USA:

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    Tour guide Jack-Jangar, knowledgablle, funny , witty. This man ran the games !! Driver was great!

    Beyond Expectations

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    Oyunaa,Tegi were prompt to answer all enquires. -NEW WEBSITE much improved.

    WE had a great time . WE <3 love MONGOLIA.


  • ->Ms. Janice Starck, from Australia:

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    -> Zorigoo, Nymlai, Nandia, Altanbayar / Batkhuyag:
    Excellent navigation of really difficulty road as lack of roads. always keeping the car clean & window clean . coniduate supply of water too.



  • 2015.08.15

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    Always safe & on time! Mr. John Daddow from Australia.

  • Beauty of Mongolia tour

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    If you want to explore exotic and untouched places, one of the best ways is our "Beauty of Mongolia Tour".


  • Competition updates​

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    Newsletter - Competition updates

    Last year, we launched a contest to win a 11 day trip for 2 in Mongolia worth $4250 US Dollars. Sadly, Michael Weisner, the winner of this competition was unable to take the trip due to health reasons.

    The competition drew lots of interest, and we had many of our followers participate in the draw. With this in mind and to thank all our participants so we gave them all a second chance and completed the draw again. We completed the second draw on 26th February 2016, and we are pleased to announce that Verna Hastings from Canada has won this once in a lifetime trip!



    Congratulations Verna, we look forward to meeting you in Mongolia. Please visit our Facebook page to see our latest post and congratulate our winner! We would like to wish Michael well and to thank him for his generosity. We hope you start to feel better soon!


    Competition Update - Win luxury cashmere from Mongolia worth up to $200 USD

    If you love everything Mongolian, don't miss out on this golden opportunity to win some beautiful cashmere from our country.


    There's only a few days left to enter as the competition endsmidnight 03rd March 2016. For your chance to win, you can enter 2 ways:-

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    The winner of this fab competition will be selected randomly, and will be announced on the 7th March 2016.


    Good Luck and best wishes from the Discover Mongolia Travel team



  • Ulaanbaatar city Tourism

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    Historic, Harmonic and Hospitable Ulaanbaatar


  • “The Beauty of Mongolia”- photobook

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    “The Beauty of Mongolia”




    This set of small photo-books is about to go into your hands and is entitled “The Beauty of Mongolia”. It is a result of the journeys of an acclaimed photographer B. Bayar around Mongolia during the last three years to depict sceneries of natural wonder and the Mongolian livelihood.

    The compilation is consists of three books divided into Mongolia’s Central – Southern part, Eastern-Northern part and Western part, and represents 108 Bayar’s best photography works. The publishing company is “AdMarket”.

    (All three books have 54 pages in total, the size is half of A4 paper, the three books can be separated to make gifts to different people),

    If you buy this wonderful photo book please contact us at 976 70120011 Or info@discovermongolia.mn




  • ​Best Trekking Places In Mongolia

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    Best Trekking Places In Mongolia

    Mongolia is one of the central Asian nations that seem to have been forgotten with time. The country was once a dominant force in the geo-politics of the region during the 1200’s. The generations that descended from the Mongolian nation began to dominate various aspects of the Asian society. The Mongolian dominion through its descendants trickled down all the way to the Indian subcontinent.


    The nation has and always will be known for the real rough riders and cowboys. Mongolia is a place that has some of the largest plains in the world, which makes it one of the most ideal countries for horseback riding. Many of the Mongolian tribes still travel primarily by using this as a means of transport. The advantage of Mongolia is that traveling in this country is very budget friendly. For example, a horse and a guide costs about 40 dollars a day. Here are some of the best trekking trails in the country.


    The Altai


    The Altai mountain range is the largest and highest mountain terrain in the nation. It is one of the tourist’s favorite general locations when it comes to trekking and any other mountaineering activities. Camels are commonly used by people while trekking in this area.




    Kharkiraa and Turgen mountains

    The Kharkiraa and Turgen mountain ranges are a larger part of the Altai mountain ranges. It is a terrain that is abundant with glaciers and river basins and makes for a very picturesque hiking trail.




    Khangai mountains and Ogontenger


    The Khangai mountains are not a very steep range of mountains and make for comfortable hiking trails instead of the rugged difficult terrains. There is barely any snow in the area, but is still generally wet and cold. Camping in this location is a popular activity, and animals such as brown bear and moose are common in the area.





    Khagiin Khar lake

    The Khagiin Khar lake is set at the foothills of the Khentii mountains. It is one of the most beautiful sites in the area. It is also known for the huge plains with gentle slopes of the mountain. The lake is set in a very beautiful setting, much like the European Alps. The water in the lake is one of the most naturally pure water in the world. This is also a very common camping site.




    Bogd Khan mountains

    The Bogd Khan mountains are one of the most conveniently located mountain ranges in Mongolia. It is very close to the capital. The region also boasts a national park in the area where hunting is prohibited. There are many tribes who inhabit this area and you might come across them too. It is a very large mountain area that covers a vast expanse of inhospitable and inaccessible land.


  • WINTER HORSE FESTIVAL 2018 TOUR

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    Do you want to experience the legendary Mongolian Horse culture?


    We offer you to join our 4 days “Winter Horse Festival - 2018” tour starting from Nov 03 to Nov 06. You will have a chance to watch a horse race, ride a horse, and attend several competitions related to the Mongolian nomadic horsemen culture. Horse is the most respected and loved animal by Mongolians and you will experience this unique culture just in 4 days! On top of that, you will visit to the Great Chinggis Khaan’s equestrian statue and visit his birthplace. “Winter Horse Festival - 2018” tour will offer you a taste of Mongolian cultural heritages and historical places. Please hurry up and do not miss this great opportunity!

  • Nomads’ winter festival tour

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    Do you want to take part in all Mongolian winter festivals in one tour?

    We offer you to join our 7 days “Nomads’ winter - 2018” tour and it is between Mar 02 - 07. Because most Mongolian traditional winter festivals and holidays including Mongolian Eagle festival, Two-humped Bactrian Camel Festival & Ice Festival will be held in four different places: Great Gobi desert in Southern Mongolia, Reindeer Nomads’ Homeland in Northern Mongolia. This is an only opportunity to interest and experience on your own all kinds of Mongolian traditional Cultural heritages just in a week and half while you are visiting to the Mongolian top natural destinations. Please hurry up and do not miss this rare chance!

  • Quiz-Basic 10 questions about Mongolia

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  • ​Guide:

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    An English speaking Mongolian guide will accompany the group at all times. The guide will be a native Mongolian person with great local knowledge who can deal with any requests and ensure that your holiday to become one of the most unforgettable experiences of your life.

  • ​Transport:

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    This trip use the highest level, latest model, air-conditioned private vans or 4WD vehicles for the maximum comfort on your touring days.

  • Personal things to bring with you:

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    Warm thin layers of clothing are the best such as bring a winter jacket, gloves and snow booth. Don't forgot first aid kit (medicine for headache, cold, diarrhea, runny nose; bandages; any medicine prescribed for you ). All your camera equipment.

  • why choose this tour

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    • Celebrate Lunar New Year as a member of a Mongolian family.
    • Wear national dress “Deel”
    • See Mongolian traditional greetings
    • Taste local food and drinks
    • Experience nomadic family
    • One hour horse riding

  • Included

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    • Accommodation in nomad family
    • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
    • Private English speaking guide
    • Air-conditioned van
    • Entrance fees
    • Horse ride trial

  • Not included

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    • Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar
    • Travel insurance: Our clients are recommended to get travel insurance before traveling. Buy Simple and Flexible Travel Insurance from WorldNomads.com.
    • Personal equipment
    • Optional activity cost
    • Alcoholic drinks

  • Preview of the New Year Eve with Nomad family /called Bituun/

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    Meet in Ulaanbaatar with our representatives drive out of Ulaanbaatar and meet Nomad family members and hostess will cheer you by Mongolian traditional milk tea and pot roast. After that you will start work and help to them because that day is very busy because New Year Eve according to the Lunar Calendar. You will enjoy whole day with nomad family as their family member. And then visit to the neighbor nomad family by horse. Overnight in the ger of the nomad family (L+D)



  • The First Day of the New Year

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    This morning Mongolians orientate and men climb the nearest hill or a mountain to see the first sun of the upcoming year to be more wealthy, in good health and full of success. It is a day Mongolians wear their nicest national dress “Deel”. Hostess makes traditional milk tea and offer best of it first to the earth, then to their shrine, next to the oldest person of the family or host of the family and then serve each member of the family. And then people greet each other by age category younger people come to elders at traditional way of arm greeting. The gathered people in the nomad family play traditional game colourful frogs with the ankle bones, snapping ankle bones, racing horse, flicking ankle bones. You will easy to learn many different games and enjoy the Mongolian Culture. Overnight in the ger of the nomad family. (B+L+D)


  • Second Day of New Year

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    Breakfast with nomad family members and say Good bye to them. And then drive back to Ulaanbaatar. End the trip. (B)


  • Five Interesting Historical Facts About Mongolia

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    Five Interesting Historical Facts About Mongolia



    Spanning an area of 1,564,116 sq km, Mongolia is a land-locked country. What's known as Mongolia today is simply outer Mongolia, as inner Mongolia has been under China since years now. With over 30 percent of its population comprising of nomadic tribes and a large part of its land remains untouched, you can't but admit that there is a mysterious exotic air about it. Here are some fun historical facts about Mongolia that you probably did not know-



    • Genghis Khan burial site: While you may already be aware that Delüün (or Deluun) Boldog is the birthplace of Genghis Khan, his burial place remains a secret to this day. In fact, according to legend, the attendees of his funeral were killed by soldiers so that no one outside learned about the burial site. The soldiers are also believed to have killed themselves to keep the secret completely guarded.

    • Mongolian script: Despite being an illiterate, Genghis Khan commanded the introduction of Mongolian scripture, and it adopted from the Uyghurs script. In the 1930s, Mongolia also tried adopting Latin to only replace it with Cyrillic script in the following decade. Interestingly, the verb is present at the end of the sentence in Mongolian script.


    • Express postal system: Mongolia saw its first express postal service over 1000 years back. Back in the days of Kublai Khan's reign, urgent messages would be sent with the help of a horse, and a feather would be attached to the message if it was of urgency. The horse postal service soon came to be known by the name Yam, and continued well into the mid 20th century. The Yam postal system had messengers delivering news, mail and intelligence reports from one station to the other. The number of stations slowly grew, and China alone had over 1400 stations.


    • Dinosaur fossils: The Gobi Desert is where one of the first instances of discovery of dinosaur eggs was made by Roy Chapman Andrews. In fact, it was this incident that inspired Indiana Jones. Dinosaur fossils can be easily found in the desert to this day, and it is not uncommon for tourists to pocket them as souvenirs.


    • The Silk Road: The Mongolian empire got a majority of its income from taking over the Silk road. The Silk Road that ran a length of 4000 miles served as a channel for trade between Europe and Asia. Genghis Khan knew that it would be difficult to conquer and maintain it under the Mongolian rule, so he went on to destroy all settlements that were by the route. At the end of it, nearly all settlements were either pleading him for mercy or completely destructed, and the Mongolians had it under their reign over mots of the 14th -15th centuries.

  • Dog sledding & Chinggis Khaan Statue tour

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    Needless to say, amazing expedition by dog sledding can be arranged in the heart of natural parks and valleys where Chinggis Khan and its hordes used to live. You could be out in the open field and enjoy outdoor activity including dog sledding, hiking and photo shooting. You are already invited to explore the mongolian nature, nomadic way of life and observe the winter wild fauna and flora. By leading your Dog team you will slide on the ice, through endless and peaceful landscapes, in a perfect silence and try to winter horse riding with real nomads under the eternal blue sky. Don’t miss out this great chance since you decided to visit here in winter.

  • The Worship of Genghis Khan

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    The Worship of Genghis Khan


    Genghis Khan is undoubtedly the greatest son that Mongolia has produced. He created the largest connected empire the world had ever seen. The vast Mongolian empire stretched from South East Asia all the way to Europe.

    As per the Encarta Encyclopedia says that militarily, Genghis Khan was the equivalent of Alexander the Great and Napoleon. It is said that when the Mongol army attacked a city, they would not make any noise. The only sound the citizens heard was that of the horses' hooves of the Mongol cavalry, as it approached the city. It was enough to strike terror in the hearts of the citizens and destroy their morale to fight.

    The worship of Chinggis Khaan


    How the Soviets forced the Mongolians to forget Genghis Khan

    Genghis Khan was not always a hero in Mongolia. The country was once a satellite state of the Soviet Union. At that time, the Mongolian communists under the influence of Moscow, forbid anyone from even mentioning the name of Genghis Khan, in no less measure because Genghis Khan had burned down Kiev, the center of the Slav civilization.

    After the breakup of the Soviet Union, there was an economic crisis in all the former parts of the Soviet Union, including the satellite states that were dependent on the Soviet economy. At that time, the Mongolians were desperately searching for a redeeming figure who would remind them of their old greatness, someone who they could rally behind. That is when they found Genghis Khan, the world conqueror.

    Genghis Khan's real name was Temujin. Genghis Khan is the name he was bestowed by his followers and it means 'Universal Ruler', a fitting tribute to a great ruler. Did you know - Scientists have found that one out of every 200 humans is a descendent of Genghis Khan?

    Genghis Khan almost a cult in Mongolia

    Genghis Khan is a now a hero in Mongolia and a recurring motif in Mongolian culture. You can find his likeness on everything; from postage stamps, beer bottles, hotels and even banknotes. He is also the subject of numerous films, television series, poetry, novels, short stories, music and video games. There is even an opera in his name at Ulaanbaatar's famed Mongolian Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet.

    Mongolia's main international airport is called 'Chinggis Khan International Airport', again named after him. Even neighboring China has recognized him. The Chinese have built a grand mausoleum to Genghis Khan in the autonomous region of Inner Mongolia. It was recently renovated at a cost of $20 million.

    The leader who gave his people wings

    Genghis Khan died in 1227 after conquering half of the known world. A great number of riches were buried with him and after the tomb was closed, a river was diverted over the tomb so that no one would ever know where it was. Genghis Khan has been dead for more than a thousand years now. However, even today he inspires his people and aspires them to achieve greatness.

  • Playing Golf in Mongolia

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    Playing Golf in Mongolia
    Golfing is a new phenomenon in Mongolia. The credit for putting Mongolia on the golfing map goes to an American called Andre Tolme. He was the first person to golf across Mongolia. How did he do this? He divided the country into 18 holes (each hole 70 miles long). When he finished, he got himself a pair of sturdy golfing irons and started hitting golf balls from Choybalsan, in eastern Mongolia.

    When he finished, he was in Dund-Us, in western Mongolia. The journey took him 90 days to complete and consisted of 12,170 strokes. For the first 400 miles, he did not even hire a caddy. But he kept losing golf balls (500 spares) so he finally had to hire one. That was in 2004. At that time, there was only the Genghis Khan Golf Links (artificial turf) in Ulan Bator. But now, there are many golf courses in Mongolia, including an indoor driving range.

    Why is Mongolia the new darling of golfers worldwide?

    Mongolia's vast steppe landscape, covered with grasses is like a huge golf course. And the Gobi desert is Southern Mongolia is the only sand trap. There are many amateur golfers in Mongolia. Most of them live in the capital city, Ulaanbaatar. When Andre Tolme started his golfing sojourn, there were very few facilities for golfers in Mongolia and he had to import a lot of the stuff. Now, you can rent golfing equipment in Ulaanbaatar.


    The government is trying to promote Mongolia as a golfing destination in a big way. The country already has one international standard golf course just outside Ulan Bator, close to the Bodg Khan Mountains, the Mt. Bodg Golf Course. There are other golf courses too, but they are not quite of the international standard. The Bodg Khan Golf Course was designed by GolfPlan, an American company. This golf course is special. For example, instead of a golf cart you have a horse mounted caddy who marks the location of where the ball fell with an arrow.


    Mongolia is highly suitable for cross golfing

    There are many investors in this golf course but the major investor is Odjargal Jambaljamts, the executive chairman of the Mongolian Mining Company and the richest man in Mongolia. Mr. Odjargal is an avid golfer. He realized that Mongolia did not have any decent greens so he and some other investors got together and established the Mt. Bodg Golf Course.

    Some people have suggested that rather than promoting country club type golfing, Mongolia should promote cross golfing. Cross golfing involves playing golf in unorthodox settings like inside cities or in Mongolia's case, the vast steppe.


    Mongolians are very a hospitable people and they are not averse to welcoming complete strangers into their warm cozy yurts as Andre Tolme discovered when he was golfing in Mongolia. With all these developments, golfing in Mongolia is expected to take off in a big way. Most of the infrastructure is in place. All that Mongolia is waiting for now is the golfers.

  • Stories of Burkhan Khaldun

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    Stories of Burkhan Khaldun

    The Burkhan Khaldun mountain is part of the Khentii Mountainsin the Province of the same name in Mongolia. The primary reason why this mountain is so well known are the rumors that Genghis Khan or Chinghis Khan is believed to have been born here. The Burkhan Khaldun mountain is in the Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area which was established in 1992. Although the mountain became a most significant location after Genghis Khan made it a powerful landmark by declaring it as a sacred place, folk lore suggests that the religious importance given to it dates further back.


    Look back at the origin stories of the Mongols and the mountain makes an appearance at a key juncture in these tales. As per legend and folk lore, the blue- gray wolf, Borte Chono who was destined to carry out Heaven’s will camped in sight of the Burkhan Khaldun mountain with his wife. This is where they welcomed their firstborn son, Bat Tsagaan, whose later lineage included Genghis Khan. The mountain came to represent Genghis Khan’s authority and right to conquer and rule because it stood witness to the birth of his ancestor.

    The birth of the Khan may be recorded in legends but what of his death at age 72? What happened to the remains of one of the most powerful men in history? The burial of Genghis Khan is the theme of many interesting theories and folk tales and this is enhanced by the fact that the actual burial site remains a secret until today. There have been many conjectures about where he was buried and many adventurers have explored various locations in a bid to unearth the burial site and hopefully, the vast treasure that many believe was buried with Genghis Khan.

    Burkhan Khaldun

    The Burkhan Khaldun mountain plays a part in some of the most intriguing stories about his burial. Many believe that Genghis Khan’s tomb is located on the top of this mountain. The mountain’s famous ‘Black Crown’, a structure that looks very like a dome, is believed to be an oovoo built over the tomb. Conjecture aside, even today, the burial site remains a secret, believed to be safeguarded by 50 families that were appointed as Darkhats or wardens of the truth. Just as the onlookers at Genghis Khan’s funeral procession were massacred to conceal the site of the tomb, it may be that the Darkhats continue to drive onlookers way or mislead them so that their lord may enjoy a restful after life in his burial place.


  • ​Plants of the Gobi Desert

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    Plants of the Gobi Desert

    On first glance, the Gobi desert looks like a rocky wasteland where nothing grows. However, that is not the case. Several species of plants have adapted to survive in the blistering heat of the Gobi desert. Here is a list of the most common trees and shrubs found in the Gobi desert.

    Saxaul

    Saxaul, also called Saksaul or Black saxaul is a small tree. The tree is often bent in gnarly shapes by the wind. The leaves of the tree are small, which help it conserve water, a sparse commodity in the desert.

    The Saxaul tree is extremely drought resistant so it is used to set up shelter belts against desertification. Another interesting thing is that the bark of the tree absorbs waters and stores it. If you press several pieces of bark together, you can get some water out of them. In some places in the Gobi desert, the Saxaul tree is the only kind of wooded plant found. So it is important for the nomads in the Gobi desert.

    Wild onions

    Wild onions also grow in some areas of the Gobi desert. While the Saxaul tree provides wood and water, the wild onion serves as food for famished nomads and travelers. Some people have said that the wild onions found in the Gobi have a hazelnut flavor. Wild onion are also eaten by wild asses, camels and herding animals.


    Bindweed

    The Bindweed or Convolvulus is one of the few flowering plants that grow in the Gobi desert. There are actually many species of Convolvulus. When you are in the unforgiving Gobi, any flowering plant is a welcome sight. The particular type of bindweed seen in the Gobi is called Convolvulus ammanii and it has white colored flowers.

    Saltwort

    Saltwort or Batis is one of the few plants capable of surviving in areas with a high salt concentration. It not only lives here, but actually thrives in salt excess conditions. Such plants are called halophytes. The fleshy leaves of the saltwort plant are also covered with fine bristle like hair, which prevents evaporation of water. Not many animals are able to eat the plant because of its salt content.

    Sophora

    Sophora flavescens is an evergreen plant. It produces flowers in stalks. The roots of this plant are used in traditional Chinese medicine and are called Ku shen. Sophora also has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It can also be used to treat heart disease.

    So unlike popular perception, the Gobi desert is home to tens of species of plants. The desert is actually not as dry and foreboding as some people claim it to be. The Gobi desert has also become a popular tourist destination because of the presence of the two-humped Bactrian camel.

  • ​Private tour Taste of Mongolia 14-21 AUG:

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    Hi Oyuna.
    I'd have to say we had a great tour, really with no problems at all, we had a great driver Zorigo & Boggi was an excellent guide. In my view Boggi really made the difference with her friendly, outgoing & obliging manner & I'd like to commend her to your manager and advise what a real asset you have in her.
    Please give our best regards to Boggi & Zorigo and thanks to all for a great tour !!
    Cheers
    Allan & Sarah Kelly New Zealand


  • Opera and Ballet in Mongolia

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    Opera and Ballet in Mongolia


    Opera and ballet are an important part of the cultural scene in Mongolia. The credit of introducing opera and ballet into Mongolia goes to the Soviets. For a long time, Mongolia was a satellite state of the Soviet Union, which encouraged its satellite states to develop classical arts.


    Beginning in the 1950s, hundreds of Mongolians went to the Soviet Union to learn classical arts and many Soviets came to Mongolia to help the country set up theaters and conservatories. The Mongolian Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet close to the Mongolian parliament was also built with Soviet help. It showcases opera and ballet on Saturday and Sunday evenings. Sometimes, there are shows even on weekend afternoons. There are many original Mongolian operas, 'Three Dramatic Characters' and the more recent, 'Chinggis Khan', being the most popular ones.

    The center hosts many world class opera and ballet performances every month

    As per the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford that has hosted artists from the Mongolian Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet in the past, the Mongolian opera and ballet performance standards are truly world class. The theater produces 14 operas and 14 ballets every year, with multiple performances of each. The operas include popular renditions by Mozart, Rossini, and others. Other popular operas adopted in the theater include Verdi's Atilla and Aida, Bizet's Carmen, Tears of a Lama (which has Buddhist overtones) and more. The ballet repertory includes major French and Russian works.

    The theater is also working hard to preserve the old style. Many of the performers have trained in Russia. The performances are so good, the theater even gets visitors from as far as France. The core repertory of the theater is still western, but efforts are underfoot to include more Mongolian work. For example, the Mongolian national opera, 'Three Dramatic Characters' is performed several times a year. The opera is about thwarted love against a socialist background. It also features Mongolian wrestling and native inspired songs.


    The theater is a major tourist attraction in Ulan Bator

    The theater has done well, thanks to the hard work of its performers and dedicated patrons. It is a considerable achievement because Mongolia is sparsely populated with a population of just 3 million. Just 1 million people live in the capital. The theater and conservatory already has several exchange agreements in place (La Scala Academy and Verdi Conservatory in Milan are two) and it sends many performers to Russia, to train every year.


    When you visit the building, look for a board outside which lists the various shows for the month. You can also book seats in advance. It is recommended because the theater is often full.

  • ​Animals of Mongolia

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    Animals of Mongolia

    Mongolia is an animal watchers paradise. The country has over 449 species of birds, 139 species of mammals, 76 species of fish, 22 species of reptiles and 6 species of amphibians. Mongolia is home to a number of rare species such as the snow leopard, wild sheep or Argali, Siberian musk deer, Snowcock, Cinereous vulture, Lammergeyer and more.


    Argali sheep

    You may have heard about wild goats like the Siberian Ibex or Markhour. The Argali is a wild sheep. Goats are browsers and they eat shrubs, twigs, leaves and vines while sheep are grazers and they prefer eating grass. The Argali sheep is the largest species of wild goat. It is a threatened species and one of the largest populations is found in Mongolia, in the Altai mountains region.


    Siberian Musk deer

    The endangered Siberian musk deer is also found in Mongolia. They are mainly nocturnal and found in altitudes over 2600 mt. The adults are small, weighing just 17 kg at the max. The Siberian musk deer is a highly threatened species. It is hunted for its musk glands, which can cost upwards of $45000 per kg. One adult musk deer can give only a few gm of musk. It is possible to remove the musk glands without killing the animal, yet sadly it is not done most of the times.


    Cinereous vulture

    The Cinereous vulture is the largest species of vulture in the old world (Europe, Asia and Africa). It is a high altitude vulture and has abundant feathering unlike other vultures. It is also called the black vulture or monk vulture. The bird mainly feeds on carrion, but has been observed to take live prey on occasion. It is also known to feed on tortoises by dropping them from a height. Cinereous vultures are quite intelligent and can be raised in captivity.


    Lammergeyer

    The Lammergeyer or the bearded vulture (because of the tuft of feather under the beak) has one of the largest wingspans of all birds. It is also the only bird known to prefer bone to flesh. It prefers eating the bone marrow. Many times, it even swallows bones, which dissolve quite easily in its digestive system. If the bone is too large to swallow, the bird will carry the bone to a height and drop it on the rocks so that the bone marrow is exposed.


    Tarbagan Marmot

    The Tarbagan Marmot is an endangered species of rodents, found in Mongolia around the Altai mountains region. The Tarbagan marmot is eaten in Mongolia and is called boodog, though it is not hunted as much now because of its low numbers.



    Mongolia has a number of national parks such as the Altai Tavan Bogd National Park where many of these animals are found.

  • ​The Ancient Religion of Tengriism

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    The Ancient Religion of Tengriism

    Tengriism or Tengrism is a shamanistic religion practiced in Central Asia. Tengriism was also followed by many other nationalities apart from the Mongols such as the Huns, Bulgars, Turkic, and Altaic people. It is characterized by shamanism, totemism and animism. It is both monotheistic and polytheistic. Ancestor worship is also a big part of Tengriism.

    The chief deity in Tengriism is Tengri or the Sky God, who is unknowable, infinite and timeless. Followers of Tengriism believe that the universe was created by Tengri. It also recognizes gods such as Yer-sub, the goddess of the earth, Erlik, the god of the underworld and nature spirits.


    Genghis Khan was a follower of Tengriism

    Mongolia's national hero, Genghis Khan was also a Tengri believer. He attributed his success to Tengri. He said that he did not become great because of his strength and bravery. He became great because of his love for Tengri. He was able to defeat his enemies because of the grace of Tengri. He did not become Khan because of his prowess. He became Khan because of his love for Tengri. He was able to defeat alien enemies because of the grace of Tengri”.Tengriism was actually the religion of the Mongol lands until Genghis Khan's fifth generation descent Uzbeg Khan converted to Islam in the 14th Century.

    Tengrism is tolerant of other religions

    The early Mongol rulers, though followers of Tengri, were tolerant of other religions. One of the unique features of Tengriism is its non-dogmatism. It did not force its dogma on other religious though other religions succeeded in doing the same. The Mongol rulers believed that they were the sons of Tengri and they could rule as long as they were upright and followed the laws of Tengri. If they became wayward, Tengri would withdraw his grace and support, and the ruler would fall.


    Here are some more basic concepts of Tengriism:

    Belief in one supreme God

    Tengriism believes there is only one supreme God. His name is Tengri and he is unknowable. He is aware of everything and knows everything. So a lot of Mongols and Turks are often heard saying 'only Tengri knows.'

    There are other demigods
    Tengri also created other spirits. Some of these spirits have a bad temperament. They may be demigods or spirits of land, water, earth and the underworld. Some spirits are in charge of certain tribes. These spirits can speak to people, but only some specially chosen ones.

    Accepts that there is 'no one true religion'

    Tengriism believes there are many paths to God. As Mongke Khan, the fourth great Khan said that just like Tengri gave man five fingers, he has also given different ways to reach God. If you are righteous in your thoughts and upright in your spirit, it doesn't matter which religion you follow. Tengri will accept you.

    In conclusion, Tengriism is a non-dogmatic, monotheistic religion, born in the Central Asian steppes. There is no one code in Tengrism, which was why it was able to attract so many people. The religion is slowly being revived in many parts of the Eurasia and Central Asia.

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    Animals of the Altai Mountains

    The Altai Mountains, sandwiched between Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan and China is a foreboding and rugged place. Even then, there is a lot of beauty in these mountains and anyone who takes one look cannot help, but marvel at them.

    A number of wild animals call these mountains home such as the majestic golden eagle, the Grey wolf, Argali sheep, snow leopard, Eurasian lynx, Siberian ibex, brown bear, Corsac fox, Mongolian gazelle and more.

    Many of these animals like the rare Argali sheep are endemic to the region. These are also several species of deer such as the forest reindeer, Altai wapiti, moose, Siberian musk deer and the Siberian roe deer. Wild boars are also found in the Altai mountains. Here is bit more about some of the special animals found in the Altai.

    Golden eagle

    Hunting with eagles is an old tradition. Some say, it goes back to 4000 years. The only people who still hunt with eagles live in the Altai region of Western Mongolia. It is a skill because eagles are temperamental. If they are not trained properly, the eagles can claw or bite or even get injured (if you don't handle them properly). The eagles can hunt rabbits and foxes. Only about 400 of these falconers are left so it is a dying art, even in the Altai.


    Snow leopard

    The snow leopard is an elusive creature. Their camouflaged fur gives them an incredible advantage in the ragged mountains where they live. It is difficult to spot one and if you do, count yourself incredibly lucky. The snow leopard preys on the Siberian Ibex and the Argali sheep. However, for all its power, the snow leopard just weights 55 kg at the max. To help it cope with the cold, the snow leopard has been blessed with the thickest fur among all the big cats. There are just about 6000 of these elegant big cats left and there is a large population in the Altai.


    Siberian Ibex

    With its long, curved horns the Siberian Ibex, a type of wild goat, is a sight to behold. It is usually found above the tree line, only coming down to escape from the cold in winter or to escape a predator like the snow leopard. Like the snow leopard, the Siberian Ibex is also endangered.


    Brown bear

    The brown bear is one of the largest land-based predators. A brown bear can weigh as much as 355 kg. They are even known to chased down deer. Brown bears are mostly nocturnal and hibernate in winter, when the weather is very cold and food supplies are low. Most of the bears' diet is composed of vegetation and they are opportunistic flesh eaters.

  • ​How to Train Eagles to Hunt

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    How to train eagles to hunt in Mongolia?


    In Mongolia, hunting with Eagles is a tradition brought in by Kazakhs who migrated to Mongolia to escape from the Communist regime in Kazakhstan, when the nation was a part of the Soviet Union. Hunting with eagles is a family tradition and children as young as 13 are taught to the sport. But training eagles to hunt is not an easy. They are highly intelligent creatures, capable of forming strong emotional bonds with their masters.



    There are many varieties of eagles but the Mongolian Kazakhs prefer the majestic Golden Eagle. The Golden eagle is a graceful creature. It has the sharpest talons and a wingspan of over two meters. A fully grown bird can weigh as much as 10 kg. The eagles are taken from their high eyries when they are mere eaglets. In most cases, the female eaglets are preferred because they grow larger.


    The eagle is trained over a number of years


    Hunting with eagles requires a lot of preparation and training. The first rule in training an eagle to hunt is to treat it with respect and gentleness like it is a baby. The budding eagle hunter should never cry or shout around the eagle because the eagle might get frightened. Care should be taken to see that the eagle is not ill-treated or given any other causes for complaint. If not, the eagle might fly away and never come back.




    The trainer also constantly hums, sings and speaks to his bird to imprint his voice its memory. He must keep the eagle on his hand with a hood on its head for long durations. The hood keeps the eagle calm and dependent on its master.

    When the eagle is trained sufficiently, the eagle hunter takes his eagle to a high ridge or mountain with a good view of the surrounding countryside. Once he spots a prey, he removes the hood from the eagle's eyes and points it towards the prey. The eagle instinctively knows what to do and it flies away, towards its quarry. The eagle can hunt prey much larger than itself, including foxes and wolves. It can also hunt hares and other small creatures.

    The final salute


    Despite the eagle's utility, the hunter does not keep the eagle with him forever. He knows that the eagle must be returned to the wilderness so that it can help preserve the wild population. So after years of service, the eagle is released one last time. This time, the hunter won't collect the eagle. High on a Craig, he has slaughtered a sheep, a parting gift for the eagle for serving him for so many years. This way, the eagle hunter ensures that future generations can also take part in this ancient sport.
    Mongolia is famous for its annual Golden Eagle Festival where eagle fanciers and trainers gather from far away to showcase their Golden eagles and to hunt. The event is usually held in early October in the Bayan Olgii province of Mongolia where many Kazakh people live. This is the best season to hunt with eagles because at this time, the prey is easier to spot against the white snow. If you want to visit this event or to meet some eagle hunters, please contact us.

  • Golden Eagle Festival & Altai Mountains Photo Tour

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    It’s known in the world that Kazakh and Kyrgyz nations have traditions of hunting small animals with the aid of predator birds such as falcon, hawks and eagles. The custom of hunting with bird of prey or eagle hunting have survived among Kazakhs who live in the Western part of Mongolia, and nowadays this art of the man and bird partnership can be witnessed at the show festival which has expanded into the independent tourist attraction venue for photographers and visitors from all over the world. At present, there are almost 50-60 eagle hunters in the West of Mongolia. We present you a golden opportunity to photo shoot Kazakh national eagle hunting to fill up your treasure chest with the rare photographs taken by yourself in a nomadic outdoors


    Day 1: 16 September

    10:00 Opening ceremony, introductions, Eagle Hunting history and practice.
    10:30 Parade of all participants.
    11:00-13:00 Fox Skin (The real test of a hunter's ability, Eagles must catch a fox skin dragged
    behind their trainer's horse)
    13:00-14:00 Break for lunch
    14:00-16:00 Fox Skin
    14:00-16:00 Archery (Archery people will shoot from bow to balls and goat skins on horseback)
    16:00-17:00 Kyz Kuar (A race between a man and woman on horseback)
    17:00-18:00 Bushkashi (Tug of war played on horseback with killed goat, common
    throughout Central Asia)
    18:00-18:30 Tiyn Teru (Riders compete to pick up flags or flowers from the ground during the race)
    19:00 Break for dinner

    Day 2: 17 September
    10:00-13:00 Eagle Call (Tests hunter's ability to 'call' Eagle to their horse from a distance)
    13:00-14:00 Break for lunch
    14:00-15:00 Camel Race 6 kms (It is one most funny and interesting game.Camel riders can be women and men)
    15:00-16:00 Tiyn Teru (Riders compete to pick up flags or flowers from the ground during the Race)
    16:00-17:00 Bushkashi (Tug of war played on horseback with killed goat, common
    throughout Central Asia)
    17:00-17:30 Kyz Kuar (
    A race between a man and woman on horseback)
    17:30-18:00 Awards and Closing ceremony


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  • ​Mongolian Horse Race

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    Mongolian Horse Race

    Mongolian people have loved horse racing since time immemorial. A whole system for conducting the contests has developed over the centuries. In the races held during national festivals, including Naadam, participants are six age groups and the distances range from 10-26 kms.


    Two-year-old horses race for 10-12 km (6-7,5 miles), for instance, stallions race for 23 km (14,5 miles) on average, and seven-year-old ones race for 25-26 km (15,5-16 miles). Moreover, though, the distance varies from race to race depending on the surface of the race field in different locations. No special tracks are prepared, the horses covering the distance in the steppe and jumping over natural barriers.


    The horse racing can be held on saddled or unsaddled horses. Horses of two years older take part. The winner is honored with a cup of airag which he drinks and sprinkles on the head and croup of his horse. After the races, praise-singer extols the best riders and their horses.

    Horse jockeys are usually between 5 and 13. Due to the lengthy distance of the horseracing, jockeys are preferred to be light, yet experienced. During the race, jockeys not only ride horses, but also they are responsible for cherishing their horses with a special song called “giingo” and raising their spirits.

    During the Naadam Festival, from 10th to 12th of July, around 180,000 horses race throughout the country (in 21 provinces and 329 soums).


  • Naadam Festival Program 2015

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    EVENTS DURING MONGOL NAADAM FESTIVAL TO COMMEMORATE 2224th ANNIVERSARY OF NEW REGIME, 809th ANNIVERSARY OF IKH MONGOL STATE, 94th ANNIVERSARY OF PEOPLE'S REVOLUTION


    July 1-25
    10:00-22:00 Beautiful Mongolia ExhibitionMongolian Arts Gallery
    July 7th, Tuesday
    9.00-19.00 Uriankhai Archery
    Archery Field
    July 8th, Wednesday
    9. 00-18.00
    Buriad Archery
    Archery Field
    July 9th, Thursday
    9. 00-19.00
    Children Archery
    Archery Field


    July 10th, Friday

    8.00-11.00 4 years old -Horse RacingHui Doloon Hudag
    08.00 Ankle Bone Preliminary roundsAnkle Bone Pavilion
    10.30 Wall Archery Starter Games
    Archery Field
    10.00-11.00 Ceremony to commemorate State Flag DayChinggis Square
    12.00-12.30 Flower Ceremony at the Sukhbaatar Statue
    and Chinggis Khaan Memorial
    Chinggis Square
    14.00-16.20 2 years old -Horse Racing
    Hui Doloon Hudag
    14.30-18.30Wall Archery Middle Games
    Archery Field
    15.00
    State Concert to Commemorate
    2224th Anniversary of New Regime,
    809th Anniversary of Ikh Mongol State,
    94th Anniversary of People's Revolution
    Chinggis Square
    19.00
    Deel Festival - Mongol Naadam
    Chinggis Square
    21.00
    Ceremony to Honor State Banner
    Chinggis Square
    22.00Three Heads OperaChinggis Square

    July 11th, Saturday

    8.00-11.40 Stallion Racing
    Hui Doloon Hudag
    10.00Ankle Bone Semi-FinalsAnkle Bone Pavilion
    10.00 Ceremony to Deliver State Banner from Government Building
    11.00
    Ceremony to Deliver State Banner to Stadium
    11.10
    Opening Speech by President of Mongolia Elbegdorj Tsakhia
    at the Ceremony to Commemorate 2224th Anniversary of New Regime, 809th Anniversary of Ikh Mongol State,
    94th Anniversary of People's Revolution
    11.20
    Opening Ceremony of Naadam Festival
    11.30
    Opening Ceremony of Ankle Bone
    Ankle Bone Pavilion
    12.00-15.00 Wrestling 1st round
    Stadium
    12.30 Ankle Bone Semi-Finals
    Ankle Bone Pavilion
    13.30-14.00 Naitonal Archery Show
    Archery Field
    13.30-16.00 Youth Wrestling 1st round
    Stadium
    14.00 Opening Ceremony at Hui Doloon Hudag
    Hui Doloon Hudag
    14.00-17.00 Older Horse RacingHui Doloon Hudag
    14.30-16.30Wall Archery Final Game
    Archery Field
    15.20-18.00 Wrestling 2nd roundStadium
    16.20-18.00Youth Wrestling 2nd round Stadium
    16.30-20.00 National Chip Archery Starter GamesArchery Field
    21.00-23.00Ulaanbaatar Evening ConcertChinggis Square
    23.00
    FireworksChinggis Square, Bayankhoshuu, Maahuur Hill, 7 Buudal area

    July 12th, Sunday

    07.00-9.20 5 years old - Horse RacingHui Doloon Hudag
    08.00Ankle Bone Finals
    Ankle Bone Pavilion
    08:00-12:00
    Chip Archery Middle Games
    Archery Field
    9.30-11.00Wrestling 3rd roundStadium
    10.00-11.00
    Youth Wrestling 3rd roundStadium
    10.30-12.30Colt Racing
    Hui Doloon Hudag
    11.20-12.40Wrestling 4th round
    Stadium
    11.20-12.40 Youth Wrestling 4th round
    Stadium
    12.00-13.40 Chip Archery Final Games
    Archery Field
    12.30Ankle Bone Awarding CeremonyAnkle Bone Pavilion
    13.40-14.00 Best Archer Final 8 Archers CompetitionArchery Field
    15.20-15.30 Awarding Ceremony of Archers and
    Ankle Bone Game Winners by President of Mongolia Elbegdorj Tsakhia
    Stadium
    15.20-16.00 Wrestling 6th round
    Stadium
    15.20-16.00
    Youth Wrestling 5th round
    Stadium
    16.10-16.40Awarding Ceremony of Horse Race Winners by President of Mongolia Elbegdorj TsakhiaStadium
    16.40-17.10 Youth Wrestling 6th roundStadium
    16.40-17.20 Wrestling 7th roundStadium
    17.25-17.45 Awarding Ceremony of new State Falcon and State Hawk by President of Mongolia Elbegdorj Tsakhia
    Stadium
    17.50-18.40 Wrestling 8th roundStadium
    18.35-19.05 Youth Wrestling 7th round
    Stadium
    18.45-19.00 Awarding Ceremony of new State Elephant by President of Mongolia Elbegdorj TsakhiaStadium
    19.05-19.35 Wrestling 9th round
    Stadium
    19.40-19.55 Awarding Ceremony of winners of Wrestling by President of Mongolia Elbegdorj TsakhiaStadium
    19.55 Closing Speech by President of Mongolia Elbegdorj Tsakhia
    at the Ceremony to Commemorate 2224th Anniversary of New Regime, 809th Anniversary of Ikh Mongol State,
    94th Anniversary of People's Revolution
    Stadium
    20.00 Naadam Festival Closing Ceremony and Ceremony to Deliver State Banner to Government Building





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    Explore exotic places with our "Beauty of Mongolia" tour.

    Visit a wide assortment of beautiful and wonderful places in Mongolia, including the Gobi Desert, mountains, lakes rivers, ancient monasteries and exotic temples.

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  • Naadam Festival

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    Naadam Festival - 11-13th July 2016


    The Naadam Festival is a traditional festival and one of the biggest events in the Mongolian calendar.

    The three day event officially celebrates the Mongolian Revolution and independence, although the festival is said to predate Genghis Khan. Each Naadam festival starts with an opening ceremony that features horse riders, wrestlers,athletes, musicians, monks and dancers.


    The Naadam Festival is locally know as "eriin gurvan naadam," which means "three games of men." The games include archery, horse racing, and wrestling.


    The Naadam festival in Ulaanbaatar has gained international recognition and has featured guest appearances from political and world figures including U.N Secretray General Ban Ki-Moon and U.S Vice President Joe Biden.


    The Festival is celebrated within each province or soum (small administrative district) of Mongolia and each organise a Naadam Festival of their own. Ulaanbator hosts the largest festival of them all. In 2010 the festival was added to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list.


    Naadam festival mongolia

    /Opening Ceremony - Naadam festival parade with Traditional Clothes /


    Visitors of this festival will get to see firsthand, the nomadic history, culture and traditional sporting events which make this fascinating country famous- and will no doubt leave a lasting impression for many years to come.

    As quoted by Genghis Khan “It’s not how many breaths you take, but the moments that take your breath away.” -At the Naadam Festival this is definitely guaranteed.


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  • why choose this tour SINGA MONGOL

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    • Visits to beautiful Terelj, Karakorum- Mongolian top attractions
    • Lifetime opportunity to ride two humped Bactrian camel in their homeland
    • Explore nomadic lifestyle, culture and tradition
    • Professional team and high quality services
    • Relax the nights in comfortable and finest tourist camps and enjoy the delicious meals
    • I have discovered Mongolia! brand t-shirt is yours!
    • A chance to see how the real Mongolian authentic Barbecue is made the traditional way!

  • ​Day 1: Arrive in Mongolia's historic capital and city tour

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    Visit to Giant Chinggis Khan statue and relish spectacular views from the 40 meter tall stately structure. Enjoy an evening concert of “Tumen Ekh” national folklore. Lunch and dinner will be provided.

  • ​Day 2: A nomad's life and the Elsen Tasarkhai sand dune

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    Experience the traditional Mongolian nomadic lifestyle including migration and the kind of livestock raised. Take selfies wearing local clothes. Travel to central Mongolia's Elsen Tasarkhai sand dunes and trek through the sand. Feast on authentic Mongolian barbecue prepared, traditional style on hot stones in the evening. Sleep in a ger. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided.

  • ​Day 3 Erdene Zuu and Karakorum

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    Genghis Khan established Karakorum in 1220 to make it the capital of Mongolian empire. The city was once thriving and traders made a beeline to the place from all over the world. Only a few remains exist but a visit to the Erdene Zuu monastery is informative. (B+L+D)

  • ​Day 4: To Ulaanbaatar and city tour

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    Return to Ulaanbaatar and visit Gandan monastery. Explore the richness of living Mongolian culture. You can opt for a city tour where you will be taken to shopping areas. (B+L+D)

  • ​Day 5: To Singapore

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    You will be transferred from your hotel to the international departure airport.

  • ​5 MUST DO activities when visiting the Gobi Desert

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    MUST DO activities when visiting the Gobi Desert

    If you would like a completely unique travel practical experience free from any specific sign of urbanization, endless horn-honking and also hurried people trying to get everywhere else, head over to Mongolia. It's the most excellent place to let your head of hair down , get pleasure from the peace together with quiet of the never-ending landscapes , ride camels , as well as become skilled at completely new hobbies and interests akin to throat singing and then falconry . Any time travelling to Mongolia, listed below are some must-try activities to fill up your tour arrangement:

    1. Remain in a ger (yurt) - There is certainly no practical experience quite likes sleeping and then living in the original felt-tent nomadic folks of Mongolia makes use of as they migrate between pastures. If you would like to have a feel of that genuine Mongolian wilderness, camping out of these warm and comfortable as well as spacious dome-like tents right in the middle of the remote country side is the most excellent way to just spend a portion of your entire vacations in Mongolia.

    2. Climb the Khongor sand dunes - Khongor Sand Dunes are the largest and one of the most impressive sand dunes in the world. Climb to the peak of the dunes and you will be greeted with stunning panoramic views of the desert.


    3. Visit Bayanzag -the land of the dinosaurs - the area of Bayanza was excavated in 1922 and is known around the world as one of the main places of discoveries of dinosaur bones, fossils and eggs which are millions years old. You can explore the beauty and the stillness of this native land of dinosaurs at your leisure and if you are lucky, you may spot a fossil or two!

    4. Ride a camel - Absolutely no visit to Mongolia is complete without voyaging around the dunes and deserts on these kind of humpback Bactrians . Although camel using may sound not for the faint-hearted, it is actually almost a rite of passing while visiting the Gobi along with the huge beach sand dunes in the nation, furthermore, it is good quality fun looking at folks trying to get along with their obstinate rides.


    5. Eat lamb - Lamb is commonly used in all kinds of dish you might imagine, from dumplings to soups, stews, and many more. Should you be a true-blue mutton lover, Mongolia is a real haven.

    Each one of these even more awaits you in the amazing country of Mongolia. In case you are up for a nomadic practical experience, take a look at perfect-made holiday and thus take a trip adventures in Mongolia to see unique people with beautiful culture.



  • SERVICES INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

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    Hotel:

    Hotel is based on two people sharing one room with twin beds at 4 star hotel
    2 nights including Western or Mongolian breakfast
    Free luggage keeping in the hotel while on tour to countryside


    Tourist Ger camp:
    Shared accommodation in tourist ger camp Ger (traditional dwelling) has 2 to 4 beds - very interesting and unique Western style toilets and hot shower facility is separate block - shared The restaurant serve usually Western and Mongolian meals Single supplement cannot be guaranteed but possible

    Transportation:

    Domestic flights from Ulaanbaatar to South Gobi from Huvsgul to Ulaanbaatar


    Private Transfers on each day:

    Air conditioned and comfortable Mitsubishi Delica 4x4 off road van Highly skilled driver Airports pick up and drop off service Allow only 4 passengers for 5 passenger seats - Your comfort is our priority!


    Guides:

    English speaking guiding service throughout the entire time Local guides for horse and camel ride trials Boat driver


    Meals:

    All meals as listed in the itinerary Finest Western and Mongolian meals, deserts Authentic Mongolian Barbecue Daily supply of bottled water: 3 x 0.5 bottle per day


    Entrance fees:

    To all scenic spots as listed in the itinerary such as museums, monasteries, strictly protected areas, parks, concert, road fees


    Horse ride - 1 hour Camel ride - 1 hour Boat trip - 1 hour

    A chance to see how the real authentic Mongolian Barbecue is made the traditional way!

    Invitation letter for entry visa to Mongolia.

    I discovered Mongolia! brand t-shirt is yours!

  • Service not included in the price

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    International airfare or train tickets:Discover Mongolia! offers cheap international airfares and train tickets for our clients upon request.

    Mongolia entry visa fee:Discover Mongolia! provides confirmed clients an invitation letter for obtainingentry visa to Mongolia.

    Excess luggage charges:

    Free luggage allowance is 15 kg for domestic flights depending on the air company.


    Personal expenses:

    Such as laundry, beverages, alcoholic drinks, telephone calls, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the tour itinerary.


    Travel insurance:

    Our clients are recommended to get travel insurance before traveling. Buy Simple and Flexible Travel Insurance from WorldNomads.com.


    Single room supplement:

    Single supplement is available at $70 in the hotel (for 2 nights)


    Single ger supplement:
    Single supplement is available at $25 per night at ger camps.

  • ​Accommodation:

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    We believe that comfortable, welcoming accommodation is vital to the enjoyment of your trip. You will be stay in a standard 3-4 star hotel in Ulaanbaatar and a tourist ger camp (traditional dwelling) with currency (220V), shower and other useful services (2 or 4 people per ger) in the countryside. All accommodation offered by Discover Mongolia is personally checked by our staff to ensure high standards.

  • The best time to make this trip:

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    May to September is the best season, with the peak season in July for the Naadam Festival. July and August are also the wettest months of the year, but be assured; our climate is such that you will still have many sunny days at this time.

  • ​Transport

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    Discover Mongolia use the highest level, latest model, air-conditioned private vans or 4WD vehicles for the maximum comfort on your touring days. A day's drive in the countryside will be approx 200-250km.

  • ​Meals

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    In Ulaanbaatar, you will be dining at fine European and Asian cuisine restaurants. Mutton, beef, rice and noodles form the basis of the Mongolian diet, so your meals will be based around this. However, the trail rations may include vegetables, eggs, peanut butter, cheese and sometimes yak! On some days there will be lunchboxes from tourist camps. It is good food and our experience has been that guests are happy with this arrangement. Please let us know in advance if you are a vegetarian. Alcohol is not provided on the trip but tourists are free to bring their own.

  • ​Guide:

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    An English speaking Mongolian guide will accompany the group at all times. The guide will be a native Mongolian person with great local knowledge who can deal with any requests and ensure that your holiday to become one of the most unforgettable experiences of your life.

  • Personal things to bring with you:

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    Warm thin layers of clothing are the best such as bring a waterproof jacket, sandals and a hat and headscarf to protect you from the sun and winds. Don't forgot insect repellent, sun cream, lip-gloss and first aid kit (medicine for headache, cold, diarrhea, runny nose; bandages; any medicine prescribed for you ). All your camera equipment.

  • ​GOLDEN EAGLE FESTIVAL

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    GOLDEN EAGLE FESTIVAL IN BAYAN-ULGII PROVINCE

    The Golden Eagle Festival in Bayan-Ulgii Province, found within Altai Mountains of Western Mongolia is a unique emotional and primal connection between man and beast. It started in Central Asia over two centuries ago by Jalsa Urubshurow; who is among the Kazakh tribes, with the aim of preserving their tradition as well as to protect golden eagle. This is popularly called Berkut. From that time, Kazakh men and members of the Berkut Association which is a community-based conservation organisation, have been hunting from horseback with prepared brilliant golden eagles: the planet's biggest and most powerful raptors. Just across the Altai Mountains of Western Mongolia, creatures such as rabbits, foxes, marmots, and wolves are hunted and killed so as to get their hide which is an important piece of the customary Kazakh garments.


    The festival is a unique experience...meet the amazing golden eagle hunters and find out about their strategies of training a falcon, as well as using eagles for hunting and catching prey.

    You should also plan to spend some time during your tour to the rugged Altai Mountains on horseback just as Mongol hunters do. Although, it is not necessary that you are a professional horse rider before you ride a Mongolia horse; Mongol horses are solid, yet little, which make them moderately simple to mount.

    This unique and unforgettable experience additionally offers you the chance to meet the Kazakh individuals. You may decide to live with one of the Kazakh families for one or more days and get direct information on their exceptional society and custom. You will also get the opportunity to visit monumental places such as archaeological sites, provincial museum, market and their local mosque. In addition towards the excitement on the Eagle Hunt itself, you will probably experience being inside Altai Mountains, the most spectacularly beautiful elements of Mongolia and Central Asia.

    Eagle hunting festival

    Eagle hunting Festival tour : click HERE

  • Astana, Kazakhstan

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  • Ankara, Turkey

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  • Bangkok, Thailand

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  • Berling,German

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  • Brussels, Belgium

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  • Budapest, Hungary

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  • Beijing, China

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  • Warsaw,Poland

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  • Washington DC, USA

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  • Vienna, Austria

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  • Vientiane, Laos

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  • Havana, Cuba

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  • New Delhi,India

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  • Jakarta, Indonesia

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  • Cairo, Egypt

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  • Canberra, Australia

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  • London,UK

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  • Moscow,Russia

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  • Rome, Italy

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  • Ottawa, Canada

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  • Paris, FRANCE

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  • Pyongyang ,DPR Korea,

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  • Prague,Czech Republic

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  • Sofia, Bulgaria

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  • Seoul,Republic of Korea

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  • Singapore

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  • Tokyo, Japan

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  • Hanoi, Vietnam

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  • Stockholm,Sweden

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  • in Kuwait

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  • Altai Mongolia-Donoi

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  • ​Sightseeing/history

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    Sightseeing/history

    Mongolia’s history is dominated by the figure of Genghis Khan but sightseeing offers much more than just the famous leader. Ulaanbaatar is not only the capital but also the heart of the country with its beautiful temples and ruins dating back to Genghis Khan’s times. For lovers of wildlife, the Khustain Nuruu Nature Reserve offers the chance to see the wild Przewalski’s horse, known to the locals as takhi horses. While modern Kharkhorum may not look too spectacular, this was the capital of Genghis Khan and home to the most important monastery in Mongolia with a museum next door covering its history.

  • ​Fishing

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    Fishing

    For anglers, Mongolia presents one of the best opportunities for their sport in the world. Fly fishing in particular is said to be better here than anywhere with taimen growing to a huge size and offering challenges unlike any other freshwater fish. There are also trips along some of the wildest rivers imaginable with camping at the riverside each night after the day’s fishing ends. Alternatively, travel to the fishing location by camel for a unique and authentic experience showing how the locals live and fish in the area. Enjoy fishing amid one of the most inspiring landscapes on the planet!


    /Onon river, 2013/

  • ​Dog sledding

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    Dog sledding

    While dogs have always played a crucial part in traditional Mongolian life, the idea of dog sledding is a relatively new idea. With temperatures reached -40 degrees Celsius in winter, Ulaanbaatar is the coldest capital city in the world so making use of dog sleds to get around is both practical and great fun. Guided trips are the best way to experience this method of travel, which is an ideal way to see the landscape and wildlife as well as visit some of the nomadic locals. There is even the chance to cross frozen rivers and lakes to see Mongolia from a unique perspective.


  • ​Visit the capital Ulaanbaatar

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    The capital city of modern nomads

    Visiting Ulaanbaatar is to see an ancient city that is undergoing an industrial revolution while remaining one of the most hospitable cities in the world. One of the highlights is the Gandan Monastery, home to around 5000 monks while the Choijin Lama Monastery is a unique showcase of the art and history of Buddhism in the country. The Genghis Khan Equestrian Status stands 40 metres high showing the famous leader on horseback overlooking the Tuul River, at the spot where he was said to have found a golden whip and stands on the visitor centre dedicated to the famous Mongolian.


  • ​Sample local food

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    Sample local food


    The cuisine of Mongolia is referred to as the Five Snouts – the basis for both the food of the country and much of its agriculture. These are horses, sheep, goats, camels and yaks, all of which are used in traditional dishes. Yak milk is also a common part of the diet, used to make soups and curds as well as cheese. Cooking is done over a barbecue known as a khorkhog, where a pot is placed on burning rocks over a fire.


    /Mini Khorkhog/


    Another traditional dish is called buuz, a type of dumpling made from dough and filled with mutton or beef.



  • ​National Parks

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    National Parks

    There are a number of national parks and protected areas spread across Mongolia each offering something different to visitors. One example is Lake Khovsgol, one of only seventeen ancient lakes in the world that is more than two million years old and is home to wildlife such as elk, wolf and brown bear. Gobi Gurvansaikhan is the largest national park in the country, at the north edge of the Gobi Desert and famous for its Singing Sands and Yolyn Am, a near-permanent ice field. It is a haven for snow leopards as well as Siberian ibex and the lammergeyer or bearded vulture.

  • ​Visit nomadic family

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    Visit nomadic family and stay in GER

    To understand the true spirit of the Mongolian people, the best way is to a visit nomadic family still living life in the way of Genghis Khan. Many of these people will open their ger tents to visitors for a night or two and allow a glimpse at a traditional way of life. See them sheep herding, milking their cows and even making the dairy products from these animals. It is an opportunity to try the local food and drink in the most natural settings, spending the night in one of their homes and joining their community for a short while.


  • ​Arrive in Mongolia

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    Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. You'll be greeted at the airport and escorted to 4* hotel. After lunch, take a half-day city tour including a visit to the dinosaur skeletons at the National Museum of Mongolian History and an excursion to the Zaisan Hill War Memorial to get your bearings with a panoramic view of the whole city. Overnight in the hotel. (L+D)

  • ​Tour to Arkhangai province

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    Tour to Arkhangai province will be quite exciting with exploration of attractive landscape composing of mountains, forest, grassland and rivers. Overnight in tent camp.(B+L+D)


    170km 5hours

  • ​Drive to Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake and Horgo extinct volcano crater

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    Continue on the tour to Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake and arrive at tourist camp. Small presentation. Overnight in tourist ger camp. (B+L+D)

  • ​Discover volcano area

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    Today is to explore Horgo extinct volcano crater and Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake – a great spot for bird watching and fishing. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)

  • Drive to Choidogin Borigo

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    Drive to Choidogin Borigo: an exciting place situated near the Chuluut and Suman rivers with a small waterfall, where in spring many fish gather. Explore local flora and fauna. Overnight in tent. (B+L+D)



  • Taikhar rock

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    Today’s spot is the Taikhar rock - unique rock that is situated in plain land. Once here you can walk around exploring the river, natural landscape and wildlife – a great place for photos. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)

  • Tsenkher hot spa

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    Drive to Tsetserleg, capital of Arkhangai province, where you are free to explore the local town and museum. Then drive to Tsenkher hot spa, which reaches up to +80 C degrees and you have the chance to bathe under the sky. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)

  • Elsen tsarkhai and visit a nomad family

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    Drive to the Elsen tasarkhai - a unique area combining forest and sand dunes, where our tourist camp is situated. In the afternoon, visit a nomad family and experience their way of life, culture and traditions. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)

  • Karakorum

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    Today’s destination is the symbolic ruins of Karakorum, which was the capital city of Great Mongol Empire founded in the 13th century by Genghis Khan. You will also visit the oldest Monastery Erdene-Zuu built in 1586, with 108 stupas. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)

  • Middle Gobi

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    Driving through Middle Gobi should provide a wealth of diverse wildlife, nature and historical places. The Ongi Monastery ruin is one of the oldest monasteries in the desert, over 200 years old, and is situated on the bank of Ongi River. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)

  • Dinosaur’s land

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    Today we will explore Bayanzag – the biggest Saxaul forest and the Flaming Cliffs, the archaeological place where Roy Andrew Chapman discovered fossilized dinosaurs’ skeletons and eggs in the 1920s. In the late afternoon you will arrive at Khongoryn Els sand dunes. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)

  • Bactrian camel

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    Enjoy the real life of a camel herdsman family, pasturing camels through nature and wildlife, while driving through the South Gobi. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)


  • Eagle valley

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    Trip to Yol Am canyon (Eagle Valley) – a wonderfully picturesque place, with ice even in summer and it is surrounded by sheer rocky walls, forming incredible canyons. Visit Gobi museum. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)

  • Fly back Ulaanbaatar and city tour options

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    After breakfast you will fly back to Ulaanbaatar. As an optional city tour you will be taken to souvenir and cashmere shops and in the evening you can enjoy a National Folklore concert. A farewell dinner and overnight in the hotel. (B+L+D)


  • Departure from Mongolia.

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    You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport. (B)

    B – Breakfast L - Lunch D - Dinner

  • ​July 01. Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and city tour

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    Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. You'll be greeted at the airport and escorted to 4* hotel. After lunch, take a half-day city tour including a visit to National Museum of Mongolian History, where you will see artifacts from Mongolia and Central Asia from the Stone Age to the present and an excursion to the Zaisan Hill War Memorial to get your bearings with a panoramic view of the whole city. Overnight in the hotel. (L+D)

  • Services included in the price

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    Guiding and interpreting service


    Private transfers


    Accommodation in tourist ger camp


    Entrance fees


    meals as listed


    1 hour horse riding


  • Services not included in the price

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    Hotel in Ulaanbaatar


    Personal equipments


    Optional activity cost


    Meals


    Alcoholic drinks


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    Note: The duration and activities can be changed to suit your needs and requirements.

  • why choose hustai np

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    • Quality & well-designed itineraries
    • Fast Response within 24 hours
    • Authentic Mongolian experience
    • 10 years in business & 8 years online
    • Easy and Safe payment method
    • Recommended by New York Times & Guardian

  • In Astana, Turkey

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    Астана

    Ж.Сүхээ

    Посольства Монголии в Республике Казахстан 010010, г.Астана, ул.Дарабоз 35

    Утас: +7/727/269-35-70
    Факс: +7/727/-229-37-90, 8/7172/-96-51-56
    И-мэйл: astana@mfa.gov.mn

  • Terelj, Elsen Tasarkhai and Karakorum Tour 4 - Days

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    Mongolia is the ultimate adventure destination in the sense of embracing all types of natural zones from sheer mountain ranges and ice glaciers to singing sand dunes and hot spring waters. Therefore, visit to the two main natural zones are included in this trip. First up the Terelj National Park; where the nature is articulated in great combination of sheer granite mountains, open fields and river. Visit to the tallest horseman-statue in the world, dedicated to Mongolian legendary emperor – Chinggis or Genghis Khan, is also included in your convenience on the way to the next destination.

    Although Khustai National Park is best known as a home to wild Przewalski horses, it is not the only attraction of the Park. Because the Park occupies such a vast territory, there is ample opportunity for various outdoor activities such as takhi and bird watching, hiking, horse or camel riding, photo shooting and visiting ancient artifacts there.

    Our next destination will be Karakorum city, which once served as the capital of Mongolian Empire and an essential station of the Silk Road; and thus has much more to share than its current physical appearance. Mongolian largest and the historically most significant religious and cultural center – Erdenezuu monastery – is operating as a museum there. Different stone relics and other ancient artifacts are standing around the city to reveal the history and stories dated back to hundreds of years ago.


    Our next stop will be Elsen Tasarkhai, marvelous oasis with sand dunes, vegetations, lake and birds, an hour drive from Karakorum.

  • Discover Mongolia with Naadam tour

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    Do you want to experience all Mongolia has to offer but don't know where to start? See not only the boundless steppe and the great deserts but also explore the historical sites and meet the people? Then this tour is for you. Amazing sceneries, rich history, wildlife and adventure await on this fabulous trip - we promise you won't forget it!

    Southern Mongolia
    (4 days) A chance for you to try riding the 2 humped Bactrian camel amongst the huge sand dunes of Southern Mongolia. Meet the camel herdsman and his family and then go on to see the land of the Dinosaurs, with relics from 60 million years ago.
    Central Mongolia
    (4 days) Visits to huge Buddhist Erdenezuu monastery, the symbolic ruins of the ancient capital Karakorum, and great extinct volcano area with White Lake. Visit nomadic horseman family and sample their home made dairy products.
    Northern Mongolia (4 days) Huvsgul Lake is the second biggest freshwater lake in Asia after Baikal and is a great place for fishing and boating and hiking through the beautiful scenery on land to explore the flora and fauna. Plus here you will meet Tsaatan reindeer nomads and explore their lifestyle.
    Ulaanbaatar (2 days)
    The capital of Mongolia is a city of contrast where modern life comfortably blends with Mongolian traditional lifestyle you will visit the best of the city including Gandan Monastery, National Museum of History, Zaisan Hill War Memorial and live performance of Mongolian National folklore.


    Are you not able to have this wonderful tour on a fixed date? No worries, just visit our regular Discover Mongolia Tour with many flexible departure dates.

  • "Following the footsteps of Genghis Khan" Horse Trek

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    A remarkable horse trekking tour named "Following the footsteps of Genghis Khan". The trip goes back to the 13th Century and experience the life of a Mongolian legend. There is no better way to explore Mongolia on horseback.

    Genghis Khan conquered lands riding his 8 light bay horses, which none of his entourage were allowed to touch. But at this time, his geldings are waiting just for you in Khentii National Park- a beautiful combination of forest, mountain, steppe, rivers and lakes. To evoke the spirit and time of Genghis Khan, each participant can wear traditional costume and accessories of the time, while riding through the landscape that has not much changed since the time of Genghis Khan.

    We guarantee this trip will be an experience you will never forget.

  • Best of Altai Mountain Tour

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    This is the best and fast way to Discover Western Altai.

    Altai Mountains is the highest of three major mountain ranges in Mongolia, straddling the Russian and Chinese frontiers in the Far West. Mountains of eternal snowcapped mountains and glaciers. In these remote regions live many nomads of ethnic minorities.

    The Kazakhs are Muslims, and speak an ancient Kazakh language, as well as Tuvan, who are Buddhist and shamanistic. This dramatic journey will bring us to Mongolia’s highest mountain region. We will trek to the Potanin glacier supported by pack camels and locals. Local Kazakh herdsmen will keep their priced Golden Eagles next to their yurts.




  • Central Mongolia Highlights Tour 6 - Days

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    Explore many of the things that Mongolia has to offer all in central Mongolia.

    Mongolia the ultimate place to go for a vacation when you want a variety of natural settings and much history and culture. From breathtaking and awesome sheer mountain ranges and ice glaciers to relaxing hot springs and endless sand dunes. Just imagine – you can experience all of these natural wonders in one part of our beautiful country.

    First we are going to adventure to gorgeous Tereli National Park, where you will encounter many natural wonders. From gorgeous granite mountains to open fields and pristine waters, nature abounds. You will visit the world’s tallest horseman statue, which is dedicated to Mongolian’s legendary emperor – Chinggis or Genghis Khan.

    Another natural wonder of our country are the gorgeous Przewalski wild horses, which you will encounter in the beautiful Khustai National Park. This is our stop when we are on our way to Karakorum.

    Karakorum once served as the Mongolian Empire’s capital and it will be forever known as one of the most important stops on the famous Silk Road. Even though it may seem like it’s run down, there are still many surprises it has to offer. One of the most important features is Erdenezuu is one of our largest and most significant cultural and religious center and operates as a museum. It’s also our country’s oldest monastery.
    After Karakorum, we will travel to Ugii Lake, exploring historical artefacts on the way. Uggi Lake is home to many species of wildlife and a wonderful place to fish. We then travel to Elsen Tarakhai, which is a marvelous oasis with gorgeous sand dunes, a breathtaking lake, birds, and verdant vegetation, all just an hour’s drive from Karakorum.

  • Mongolia Motorcycle Adventure tour

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    If you are looking for an adventurous way to travel through central Mongolia and are up for a real challenge why not go by motorcycle? Explore the huge steppe, the high mountain ranges, and experience the traditional Mongolian life-style on a BMW-650 motorcycle! Visit the ancient Mongolian capital of Kharkhorum, Erdene Zuu Monastery, and other intriguing places in the valley of the fabled Orkhon River !

    An escort vehicle will follow the same route to provide the best support and safety for the participants. It will carry luggage, camping gear, fuel, tools and spare parts, water, food and first aid kit. Riding in the support vehicle will be a mechanic, a cook. People who wish to accompany the motorcycle riders can follow in a 4WD car on the same route and share the same adventure.

    We know you will enjoy Mongolia and come to love it the same way we do!

  • Mongolia Fishing Tour for Taimen

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    Fishing in Mongolia is wonderful experience. We have over 4000 rivers and more than 30 lakes - all totally unspoilt and unpolluted, and a fabulous place to catch a wide variety of fish. Although many of them are similar varieties to those found in European rivers, Mongolian fish are much bigger and more abundant - much more satisfying for a day at the river! The Taimen, the largest fish in the salmon family, is a real challenge to catch - try your luck on this tour! The average taimen is around 33 inches and weighs roughly 10 pounds, however, there will be multiple chances every day to try catching fish over 50 inches.

    Siberian White Fish, Siberian Grayling, Lenok, Umber, Baikal, Omul and River Perch are among the other varieties you will catch among the spectacular scenery of Mongolia's exotic nature. You will stay at a fishing lodge on the river Balj in the eastern region of Mongolia. The fishing area in the campground extends about 10-15 km along the river and the surrounding area is sparsely populated, with the exception of a few nomadic dwellings.


    The peaceful environment offers a perfect opportunity to escape the tension of the city and just relax and unwind. The fishing season lasts from about August 20th till October 20th. During this period, there is no rain and water is usually transparent and at a low level, enabling the best catch. June 15th to July 5th is also possible as the water level is normal, however there is occasional rain.


    We don't teach you how to catch fish we just show you where to fish.

  • (July 02) Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and city tour

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    Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. You'll be greeted at the airport and escorted to 4* hotel. Take a city tour to Gandan Monastery where you will see huge gold plated Buddha, a symbol of Mongolian national pride and cultural revival and visit National Museum of Mongolian History, where you will see artifacts from Mongolia and Central Asia from the Stone Age to the present. Excursion to Zaisan Hill War Memorial to get your bearings with a panoramic view of the whole city. Overnight in the hotel. (L+D)

  • ​(July 03) Eagle valley in South Gobi

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    An early morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Dalanzadgad, the capital of Umnugobi aimag. The flight takes hour and a half and on your arrival at the airstrip in Dalanzadgad, the Discover Mongolia team will be waiting for you. Take a city tour of Dalandzadgad town, the capital of South Gobi province and visit local museum. Drive to Yol Am (also called Eagle valley) – a wonderfully picturesque place with ice even in summer, and surrounded by sheer rocky walls, forming incredible canyons. These areas are situated in the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park that encompasses the "Three Beauties" peaks and the most easterly points of the Altai Mountains. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)

  • (July 04) Khongor sand dunes and camel ride

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    After breakfast, drive to Khongor sand dunes. These are Mongolia's largest sand dunes, reaching a height of 300 meters in some areas. you will be riding on camel to explore the Khongor sand dunes area. The two-humped Bactrian camels are very comfortable to ride as they walk slowly and gently, and you will be well supported by the humps, sitting comfortably in between them. Our camel guide will lead you safely through the sand dunes. Plus, you will have an opportunity to visit a camel herdsman family to experience their lifestyle, culture and traditions. The sand dunes change color with each hour of the day, from yellow to silver to rose-color at (sunrise or sunset). Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)

  • (July 05) Bayanzag, land of the Dinosaurs

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    Morning, walk around sand dunes. After lunch, we will drive to Bayanzag, (known as Flaming Cliffs where the first nest of dinosaur eggs ever discovered was found in 1922) a site famous for the remains of the Dinosaurs which lived here 60 million years ago. What a chance to walk around where the Dinosaurs once roamed and also get to know saksaul trees and other classic desert vegetation. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)

  • (July 06) Ongi Temple Ruins

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    After breakfast, we will drive to Ongi Temple ruins which had about thousand lamas. It is a ruin of big monastery Bari Yonzon Hamba on the bank of a river. On the way, we will enjoy the vast steppe of the country. Play traditional games and Overnight in the tourist camp. (B+L+D)

  • (July 07) Karakorum and Erdenzuu

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    After breakfast, continue driving to Karakorum, the symbolic ruins of the 13th century capital of the Mongol Empire. On the way, we will enjoy beautifully changing landscape from semi desert Gobi into forest steppe. Visit Erdene-Zuu, the oldest monastery, with 108 stupas, built in 1586. Then visit Karakorum museum and see the Great Mongol state period, Stone Age, Bronze Age, Ancient state period halls. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)

  • (July 08) Local Naadam Festival

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    Today is the inauguration ceremony of Naadam, opened by the governor of the town. There will be held wrestling, horse racing and archery tournaments. Naadam festival continues to tournaments of wrestling, horse racing, archery and other traditional games. A real chance for you to experience the tradition and culture of the people of this unique country. A chance to try the local foods and beverages. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)

  • (July 09) Local Naadam Festival and Ugii Lake

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    After breakfast, Naadam festival continues on the second day with tournaments of wrestling, horse racing, archery and other traditional games. Drive to Ugii Lake (altitude 1387 m; surface area—25 sq. km). When you visit the lake, you will have an opportunity to take a hike and do some birding. On the way, you will see Khusuu Tsaidam, a Turkic inscribed monument of the Turkic State (6th – 8th Centuries A.D). Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)

  • (July 10) Tour to Arkhangai province, claim to be Switzerland in Mongolia

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    Drive to Arkhangai province. Take a city tour of Arkhangai province and visit local museum. Tour to Tamir valley will be quite exciting with exploration of attractive landscape composition of mountain, forest, grassland and rivers. Enjoy hiking and photographing. Overnight in tourist camp near legendary Taikhar rock. (B+L+D)

  • (July 11) Horgo extinct volcano and Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake

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    Drive to Horgo extinct volcano and Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake (spelled also Khorgo and white lake) It was established to project the spectacular mountain scenery and endangered species of flora & fauna. It's surrounded by the Khangai Mountains, which reach as 3000 meters above the sea level. Over comparatively small area here there are a dozen or so extinct volcanoes. We will ride horse here to explore big volcano crater area. White is a good spot for bird watching and photographing. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)

  • (July 12) Drive to Jargalant and visit nomad family

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    After breakfast we will drive Jargalant soum, Visit Jargal Jiguur hot springs, sulphar springs that emerge from the ground (300m) at 70 degrees Celsius. Facilities include outdoor baths (male and female), showers and accommodation. We will visit a local horsemen family where you have an opportunity to experience their way of life, their culture and traditions. Dinner is real authentic Mongolian barbecue, prepared in the traditional style with hot stones. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)

  • (July 13) Tour to Murun town

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    After breakfast drive to Murun town, the capital of Huvsgul province. Take a city tour of Murun town and visit museum. Relax in local hotel. (B+L+D)

  • (July 14) Huvsgul National Park

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    Today, we will drive to Huvsgul Lake, the deepest and purest lake in Mongolia. You will have 2 days for relaxing and enjoying in the end of tour. On the way visit a fantastic historical area including 2-3m high deer stone in Uushgi uvur. You have opportunity to trek to the lakeside & mountain for taking photos and exploring and enjoying the wildlife, flora & fauna of Huvsgul lake area. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)


  • (July 15) Take a boat tour to see Mongolian reindeer

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    Today we take a boat tour to see local reindeer in the deep taiga forest. Reindeer are herded for their antlers, a lucrative medicinal material as well as for their milk and meat. You have a chance to ride reindeer and take your memorable pictures. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D)


  • (July 16) Fly back to Ulaanbaatar

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    Drive back to Murun for your return flight to Ulaanbaatar. If you would like to do some shopping for souvenirs and cashmeres in Ulaanbaatar, here is the chance and later in the evening, we all attend a live performance of Mongolian National folklore. Overnight in the hotel. (B+L+D)

  • (July 17) Departure from Mongolia

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    After breakfast, you will be transferred from your hotel to the airport. (B)

    B – Breakfast L - Lunch D - Dinner

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  • ​Tourist ger camp

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    About Tourist ger camp

    Ger is Mongolian traditional dwelling used over centuries in Central Asia suited to its nomadic lifestyle and extreme climate. Tourist camps have gers with 2-4 beds for accommodation for receiving and serving tourists, so tourists feel and taste the difference in world.
    The restaurant serves fine Mongolian and Western menu. Ger is not facilitated with bathroom, so you find separate washing blocks with western style toilets and shower cubicles, and there are also laundry, restaurant and shopping facilities available.
    Comfortable and welcoming accommodation is vital to the enjoyment of your trip. All accommodation offered by Discover Mongolia is regularly checked to ensure high standard.

  • Where is Mongolia?

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    Geographical location

    Mongolia is a land-locked country in the North-East Asia bordering China with 4.673 km in the south and Russian Federation with 3485 km in the north. The total territory of the country is 1.566 million square kilometers making approximately 1 square kilometers per 1.6 persons and 18th largest country in the world. The territory of Mongolia is larger than territories of Great Britain, Germany France & Italy together.
    It is located on average altitude is 1580 meters above the sea level. The largest Mongolian mountain range, the Altai Mountain, is located in the western part of the country. This range of mountains stretches for 1500 km. The highest point in the country, Mount Huiten (4374m above the sea level) is in the Western Altai Mountains the lowest point, Huh nuur (560m) is found in Dornod province. Vast steppe dominated in eastern and southern part of country, the largest one is called Menengiin Tal (250, 00 square km).


  • DISCOVER MONGOLIA TOUR (14 days)

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    Amazing scenery, history, wildlife and adventure wait on this fabulous trip - we promize you won't forget it!



  • Ludy and Daisy. USA

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    I would like to let your company know that we had a great time in Mongolia. Our tour guides, Norka and Sethna, were wonderful! Our drivers, Bayra and Batir, were great. We learned a lot about your beautiful country and were happy that we decided to take this vacation. We are both glad we used your company for our tours.

    Thank you!


  • Robert ,USA

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    We just returned home from our delightful trip to Mongolia. We thoroughly enjoyed it and appreciate your organizing it. Our guides: Dawaa in Ulaanbaatar, and Bossy in the Gobi were exceptional and competent. The drivers also were the best.

    We loved the Naadam Festival and the events and all the sights we saw. The country is beautiful with all the green grass, and the people are very nice.

    We had a wonderful time and you certainly may use us as a positive reference.

    Thanks again,


  • WHY DISCOVER MONGOLIA

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    Founded in 2004, Owned & operated by local Mongolians who have experience and knowledge of Mongolia.

  • Festivals and events

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    Festivals and events-2016

    MAIN EVENT: The Naadam festival


    The Mongolian national holiday Naadam is celebrated in Mongolia each year on 11 July. "Eriin gurvan naadam" the three manly games of wrestling, horse racing, and archery- make up the core activities of the National day festivals.


    Mongolian WrestlingWrestling
    - At the start of competition all the wrestlers with the higher title - holder in front , enter the hall in a line wearing gutuls (decorated Mongolian boots. ) and hats and their wrestling costumes called "zodog"(an open fronted , long sleeves vest of silk) and "shuudag"(tight short trunks ). There are many different titles for the wrestlers such as Titan (avarge), Lion (arslan). Zaan and Falcon. All the names signify strength. Titles are mostly confirmed during the national festival Naadam. A wrestler who wins five fights in succession uring one competition has the right to have the title of Falcon, and if he wins seven fights in succession Elephant. When a wrestler wins all the fights in a competition during one of these festivals he will be a Lion. If he wins a subsequent year he merits the title of titan, the highest rank. There is a variety of throws used to defeat opponents. Some say there are hundreds of them. When the wrestling arena or step onto the carpet in the case of an indoor competition and the second take off the wrestler's hats.

    When a wrestler touches the ground with any part of his body other than his feet and arms, he is considered to be defeat. The main difference between Mongolian national wrestling and international free wrestling is that the weight category of wrestlers is not taken into consideration.


    Horse racing MongoliaHorse racing.

    Mongolian people have loved horse racing since time immemorial. A whole system for conducting the contests has developed over the centuries. In the races held during national festivals, including Naadam, participants are six age groups and the distances range from 15-30kms. No special tracks are prepared, the horses covering the distance in the steppe and jumping over natural barriers. Before they start the riders sing an ancient war-like song -Giingoo. The competitors start at the finishing line and at the signal to start and back to the finish line. Thus the distance is actually doubled. The horse racing can be held on saddled or unsaddled horses. Horses of two years older take part. The winner is honored with a cup of airag which he drinks and sprinkles on the head and croup of his horse. After the races, praise-singer extols the best riders and their horses.

    Archery: the third element of the national games is archery. Five lines engraved on an ancient Mongolian target immortalize the phenomenal record of Yesuhei- baatar, saying that his arrow hit the target at a distance of 536 meters. The bow is an ancient invention going back to the Mesolithic Period. Ancient Mongolians made their contribution to the design of the bow as a combat weapon.

    Mongol Archery

    Today Mongolian's use less complicated form archery than in ancient time; the target is 'wall' made of cork cylinders braided together with leader straps. It is four meters long and 50cm high. The target is placed on the ground at a distance of 75 meters for men and 60 meters for women. In the past Mongolians used three types of bows; "big hand" (165-170cm),"average hand" (160cm), "small hand' (150cm). Today Mongolian's mostly use the average hand bow which requires a force of 22 to 38kg to draw it.

    Arrows are usually made from pine wood and had feather fins which help the arrow to reach distance of 900 meters. Naadam archery also attracts individual archers as well as Teams of 8-12 people. Every male archer has forty arrows to shot at each target. The judges dressed in national attire, stand by the targets with hands held up after the arrows have been shot. They praise the best shot in a drawing recitative voice. The contests are accompanied by colorful national rites. Before the competition starts you hear the recitative song "uukhai', calling on the archers to be good marksmen and hit the target.

    Mongol New Year

    Mongolia and a number of other Eastern and Central Asian countries have followed the lunar calendar with its 12 year animal cycle since ancient times. The New Year according to the Oriental calendar in Mongolia is called Tsagaan sar which translate white month. There are many options about the origin of this name. One is that Mongols believe white symbolizes happiness, purity and abundance of milk products. The date of Tsagaan sar, depending on the phases of the moon, falls anywhere between the end of January and early March. Tsagaan sar is a birthday for all Mongols. Mongol families start preparations for a holiday almost a month a head. First of all there is a tradition to prepare plenty of gifts and food, in other words to have one's hand's full. Also gers, sheds and pens should be cleaned out. Every Mongol family makes hundred of buuzs and bunshes. Mongols like to greet the New Year in everything new. So women sew new dels for the whole family. According to custom Mongols kill a sheep, the fattest in the flock. Then the lower back with the tail is boiled and served on the table for the entire holiday. Tsagaan sar symbolizes wealth and prosperity in the family. The New Year eve in Mongolia is called Bituun - the last dinner of the old year. Beginning at noon family begins to set up the table. There must be several dishes; a dish with the boiled sheep's back tail a dish with ul boov (traditional bread biscuit), a dish with the berees (rice cooked with butter , sugar and raisins) and dish with traditional milk products; aaruul. Byaslag (unsalted cheese), cream, etc. one must eat all the traditional dishes that evening; boiled lamb and beef, huge variety of milk products, buzes and dessert. Some families have the tradition of placing coins inside the banshes. Whoever bites into the bansh with them coins will have good luck. At the end of the evening everyone's stomach is fully satisfied. The following morning everyone rises bright and early according to tradition (about 6-7 o clock). On this morning there are many customs to follow. The first is to greet the sun; everyone watches the sun rise. Second in order to have good health and happiness in the New Year, each individual must take "their first steps of the year". Everyone takes some steps in a specific direction. The direction is dependent upon what lunar calendar year one was born in. for ex, a person who was born in the mouse year must take the first steps to the north at the first day of the monkey year. The following year the direction will be different. After the fist steps are take, all family members re-enter their home. At this point the traditional Tsagaan sar greetings begin. The oldest family member is greeted first. They are seated at the north side of the ger -the most respected side of the ger. The next oldest family member is the first to greet. This member carries the hadag- a beautiful piece of blue silk - across their arms. A cup filled with milk is placed in the right hand on the silk. This person greets the oldest family member by saying"Sar shinedee saihan shinelj bna uu?" and then gives the silk and milk to them. The younger member has her or his palms facing upward and grasps the older one's elbows. The older member has palms faced down, and the arms are above the younger. While this occurring, the two kiss one other on each cheek. (This kiss, not exactly kiss, is the touching of one's cheeks) On this day 'all family members show their respect and love through this greeting. After the second oldest member has finished the greeting, the one family member greets the oldest member. Then they continue to greet one another and give gifts. After the greetings, the food is placed on the table and the eating and drinking begins once again. The drinks consist of airag and vodka. The almost favorable drink during this holiday is Mongol milk tea. The woman who is head of the house continually cooks, and serves, cleans all day. Her children help her with all of the work.

    At this point, guests begin to arrive and continue to all day long. The greetings continue as well as the gift- giving. The conversation greetings with the guests are a little different. Usually, question is asked about livestock's how they survived through the winter, if they are healthy, etc.

    During this period it is expect that all family members visit one another. The greetings should be finished within 15 days then Tsagaan Sar has ended.

  • Mongolian flora and fauna

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    Mongolian flora and fauna

    Mongolia has a very diverse and distinctive flora and fauna, which represent a mixture of species from the northern taiga of Siberia, the steppe, and the deserts of Central Asia. Many of them are unique to Mongolia and largely unknown to the rest of the world.

    Flowering Plants:

    The largest families flowering plants in Mongolia. There are registered 3000 species of flowering plants. 975 species are registered as medicinal plants which are used in folk and traditional medicine of Mongolia and boundary countries, including 200 species which are used in modern medicine.

    Mammals in Mongolia

    Russian and European researchers started studyinMongolia travelling information: Mongolian flora and faunag Mongolian wildlife, especially mammals, in the early 19 th century. The training of Mongolian wildlife researchers started in the early 1950s.In Mongolia exists 138 species mammals. There are 32 species of rare very rare and endemic species of Central Asia, but also Mongolia, 8 species of amphibians and mollusks spread across the vast territory of the country.
    Mongolian birds and insects

    Mongolian Bird

    57 different species of birds belonging to 200 genera, 60 families f 19 orders registered. 81 species birds permanently live during the four seasons, while others migrate.
    Insects in Mongolia
    Entomological research started in 1960's in the Mongolia and for the past 40 years, Russian Polish and other countries scientists have worked on Mongolia. Results of this research, over 12500 species of insects have been recorded in Mongolia, and over 2000 species have been initial discoveries in the world.
    Fish of Mongolia
    Since in 1954 fish has been exploited in Mongolia. There are 75 species of 43 types, 13 families, 8 groups, 2 classes fishes live in rivers and lakes of Mongolia. There are 33 species of fish for fishing tour and sport fishing in our rivers and lakes. There are also represented 875 funguses; 300species of Microorganisms have been registered in Mongolia.

  • REASON TO VISIT MONGOLIA

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    REASON TO VISIT MONGOLIA

    Mongolia culture - Real Nomadic style
    For 3 000 years, the people of the steppes have adopted a pastoral way of life moving in the search of best pastures and campsites. Since the Hunnu Empire Mongolians raising their five domestic animals (it is including sheep, horse, cow, camel, and goat) in the broad region of forest, steppe and Gobi desert.

    Mongolia History -Great Empire of Chingis Khan
    The name echoes through the history of Europe and Asia with a drumbeat of horse-hooves, accompanied by the screams of doomed townspeople. Incredibly, in a span of just 25 years, Genghis Khan's horsemen conquered a larger area and greater population than the Romans did in four centuries.

    Mongolian Ethnic - Unique type of nation
    Although most people probably think of Mongolia as being inhabited by a single ethnic group - the Mongols - this is wrong. There are actually quite a few. There are over 20 different groups of Mongols.

    Mongolian Nature - Real wild and free nature
    Mongolia, with an area 1.567 million sq.km, lies in a transitional zone at 42° to 52° N, between the boreal forests of Siberia and the Gobi desert, spanning the southernmost border of the permafrost and the northernmost deserts of Central Asia.

    Mongolia Gobi - Home land of dinosaur
    The great Mongolian Gobi has High Mountain, springs, forests, sands, steppes and rich animal kingdom. The Gobi is occupying 30 percent of the country's vast territory and stretching from east to the west through southern part of Mongolia, has total of 49 mammals, 15 reptiles, 1 amphibians, and 160 bird's species and its plant kingdom comprises over 400 species including many valuable medicinal, fodder and decorative plants.


  • ​Dialing / Zipcode Mongolia

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    Dialing / Zipcode Mongolia

    Ulaanbaatar city:

    / Source: http://zipcode.mn/ this site can show cities zip code. /


    Phone Number 976 + Local Number

    International Example: Phone Number Format for Ulaan Bataar, Mongolia
    Ulaan Bataar, Mongolia: +976-1-xxxxxxxx, 9761xxxxxxxx, 976(1)xxxxxxxx
    Mongolia Phone Numbers: +976 + Area Code + Local Number


    Country: Mongolia
    Capital of Mongolia: Ulaan Bataar
    Area code for Ulaan Bataar: 1

    Additional information is needed for Mongolia reverse phone numbers; please try again.
    Try entering only the country code and city code.

    Phone number in Mongolia: 976 + Local Number

    Local Operators:

    Mobicom: 99.... 95.... 94....

    Skytel: 96... 91.... 90

    G mobile: 98..... 93... 96...

    Unitel: 88... 86...

  • ​About Mongolian Language

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    About Mongolian Language

    The Mongolian language belongs to the Ural - Altaic language family. This included Kazakh, Turkish, Korean and Finnish. Today more than 10 million people speak Mongolian. They live in Mongolia, Buriat republic of Russian federation, Inner Mongolia in China, Shingjan and Gansu regions of China and Tibet. The history of Mongolian language divided into the old, middle and modern Mongolian periods. The old Mongolian language lasted from ancient times till XII century. The documents of the period inscribed in monuments such as rock arts, monuments etc. The middle Mongolian period continued from XII-XVI century. During the time, Secret history of Mongols, Arab-Mongolian dictionary and other important documents were composed. The Mongolian modern language is from 17th century until present days. During this period, the scientists said that standard Mongolian language has been started. Mongolians have invented and used about 10 different scripts, such as dorvoljin, tod, soyombo letters and etc. Old Mongolian script is known as Uighur Mongolian script. Mongolian language latest orientation The official language of Mongolia is Khalkha Mongolian, and 90% of the people speak the same. Oirat and Buryat are used across the country, and even Mongolic Khamnigan. In the west, Kazakh and Tuvan, are also spoken. The Russian language is usually spoken foreign language in Mongolia, followed by English, although English has been gradually replacing Russian. Korean has gained acceptance. Japanese is also used among the younger people. The older educated Mongolians population speaks some German, as they pursued their studies in the former East Germany, while a few speak other languages from the former Eastern Bloc. Besides that, Mongolians youth are well versed and fluent in the Western European languages as they study or work in foreign countries like Germany, France and Italy. As China and Mongolia are neighbors there has been growing interests in Chinese. Today, Mongolian is written with the help of the Cyrillic alphabet, although in the past it was written using the Mongolian script. An official reintroduction of the old script was planned in 1994, but has not yet taken place as older groups faced practical difficulties. The traditional alphabet is being slowly reintroduced in the schools. Carry a book that would guide you to communicate while you travel in Mongolia.

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    Post & Communication in Mongolia

    The history of Mongolian communication started 13 th century. The Genghis khans developed the postal service. Mongolian modern telecommunication history started in 1898 when the first telephone communication line was laid to connect Khyahta with Daa Khuree (present Ulaanbaatar ) .The first 60-line telephone network was installed in the capital city in 1914.
    100.000 lines, 100 telephone stations and 200 radio stations compile the communication network today. After privatization Mongolian Telecommunication Company started installing new technological equipment with Korean investment that strives to modernize international communication systems in the country. The international code for Mongolia is 976, and the city code for Ulaanbaatar is 11. International telephone cards for local and international calls are available at the post office. Internet and email service is available in Mongolia .

    Mongolian Communications

    In Ulaanbaatar and provincial centers you can use GSM mobile and Skytel mobile, but you used GSM system you will need to connect with Mongolian Mobicom Corporation and buy new SIM card unless your own SIM is international. From every central town of Province and small part of province you can make phone calls to your home using the sub part of the province.

    Internet cafes are easy to find in Ulaanbaatar and cost about 0.5 cent per hour. The internet cards are widely available in the up- market hotels, electronics shops, markets, ISP offices and mobile phone company offices.

    Mass media. One of the important achievements of the Mongolia democracy is free press and freedom of word. Socialist time Mongolia had a few kinds of newspaper and one TV channel and one Radio. But nowadays Mongolia has more than 500 kinds of newspaper and around 120 magazines are being published. People are getting information from several state and private television transmissions. MN, Channel-25. TV-9, Eagle TV, UBS and several other cable TV stations are a few examples. Mongolian radio continues its traditional transmissions English Japanese, Chinese and Russian.

  • ​Political system

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    Political system

    In 1989 when communism was starting to fall elsewhere, many Mongolian weren't really ready for the change. Some a group of young professors and activists formed Mongolian democratic Union. In 1990 March they organized hanger strike in Sukhbaatar Square . The hunger strike forced resignation of the MPRP when the party agreed to meet the demands of the strikers. In the election of July 1990 the MPRP received 60 % of the vote but the party had agreed to a major reformation of government resulting in a democratic revolution and a market economy. So In 1991 Mongolia has moved into democratic system, it means multiple party systems.


    State Hural was adopted the new constitution in January 1992. The State Hural is the highest legislative body. Mongolian State Hural has one chamber with 76 members. The executive organization is the President and Government in Mongolia

    In October 1992, the Mongolian Democratic Union became a political party along with a number of new parties that banded together to endorse P. Ochirbat for president. He won the presidential election in an overwhelming victory.

    The 1996 election represented an important change in Mongolia , as democratic forces attained government power for the first time. In 1997, the presidential election took place, and MPRP member Natsagiin Bagabandi became President. Thus, the parliamentary majority was balanced by the President, nominated from the minority party. In July 2000, a national election brought the MPRP back into power when it gained 72 seats in Parliament and formed the Government (Prime Minister and Cabinet) without any opposition. Following the election, the opposition parties, which had divided into separate parties before the election, began taking steps to reunite into one large opposition party once again. In May 2001, President Bagabandi was reelected, affirming a government and presidency of MPRP members.

    In 2004 Mongolia has Parliamentary election and voted new Parliamentary members. Mongolia has 13 ministers. In 2005 Nambariin Enkhbayar won the Presidential election.


    Nowadays, Elbegdorj Tsakhia has been President of Mongolia since 2009. He had previously served two terms as Prime Minister and held the positions of Deputy Speaker and Majority Leader in Parliament.

    There are three kinds of election in Mongolia .

    1. Parliamentary election: The State hural is the highest organ of state power and legislative body. Hural elected by citizens of Mongolia entitled to vote. Citizens of Mongolia who has reached suffrage age of 18 years. The Sessions take place every 6 months Mongolia has named "autumn, spring"

    2. Presidential election: Mongolian President is symbol of head embodiment of the unity of the people. An indigenous citizen of Mongolia who has attained the age of 45 years and permanently resided as a minimum for the last 5 years in the native land. The president of Mongolia for a term of 4 years. Hural announces the date of election at least 75 days before the day of election. President election conducted in two stages. Political parties that have seats in the parliament nominate their candidates one candidate per party or coalition of party .at the primary stage citizens of Mongolia eligible to vote it means those who reached 18 years old and staying in their country on the day of voting Mongolian president just elected 2 times and term 4 years. A candidate who wins the presidential election takes an catch of the President 30 days after the presidential election swear that he/ she will guard and defend the independence and sovereignty of Mongolia , Freedom of the people and National unity follow the Constitution and faithfully perform duties of the President of Mongolia.

    3. Representative election / citizen: This election is elected province, city bag, horoo, districts by their respective governors. Candidates for governors are nominated by the Hural of respective aimags the capital city soums, districts, bags, and horoos. Governors of provinces and the capital city are appointed by the prime minister, soum and city district by their governors / province, city./ governors of bags and horoos by soum and district governors respectively for term of 4 years.

  • ​Mongolia culture

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    Mongolian Culture:


    Mongolia culture - Real Nomadic style

    For 3 000 years, the people of the steppes have adopted a pastoral way of life moving in the search of best pastures and campsites. Since the Hunnu Empire Mongolians raising their five domestic animals (including sheep, horse, cattle, camel, and goat) in the broad region of forest, steppe and Gobi desert. Especially they respect their horses.


    Mongolians see their horse as their best friend. Mongolian nomadic people move into place to place 2-4 times a year as well as it is depending on livestock's pasture. Mongolian nomad people always follow their livestock. Because livestock knows where the best pasture is. Herders live in Mongolian traditional dwelling (covered felt) Ger. Nomadic life thrives in summer and survives in winter.
    Considering climatic conditions, especially during winter, such lifestyle may seem to the outside world to be a very hard way of living. Traditionally, Mongolian nomads raise 5 species of livestock known as the 5 muzzles: horses, cattle or yaks, sheep, goats and camels.

    Reindeer are raised by the Tsaatan people who live in the northwest areas around the lake Khovsgol bordering Siberia, Russia.


    Mongolian five stared animals


    Mongolia is the land of livestock. Nowadays Mongolia has over 55.9 million livestock, including 24.9 million sheep, 23.6 million goats, 3.8 million cattle, 3.3 million horses and 367. 9 thousand Bactrian camels.


    The means of transport is the camel. Camel wool is warm and used for various things such as clothing, ger parts and bedding. Camels are formidable. The males, when their minds are on mating, their mouth get full of foam and start fighting. The number of camel is usually smaller than those of other animals. Camels and goats are shorn once a year. A Mongolian sheep gives three or four pounds of wool a year.



    The livestock animals influence a lot to the country's prosperity. The sheep provides meat, wool and leather, nowadays its milk is taken not so often. The goat provides milk and company for the sheep, its meat is seldom eaten.
    The cattle is eaten and milked, and its hide provides leather often the yak is used instead of the cow, or else together with cattle. The female yak's milk is rich in fat. The yak seems more active than the cattle, and as one approaches a mixed herd, the yak's - hairy as terriers - are always the first to run off, lofting their- feathery tails like pennons. Also there is hainag, a yak cow hybrid. (The reverse hybrid, from a Mongolian bull with a female yak, is possible, but not used.) The male hainag is strong, stronger than either parent. It is burly beast with hair longer than its mother's and shorter than its father's. The female produces more milk than the female of either parental stock. But its calf, the ortom, is a weakling, and breeding is not taken other. The horse is kept as a mount and for milk. Mares must be in foal a great part of the year. Several times in journey you will come across twenty or thirty horses crowded, noses together close to Ger. They are waiting their turn for milking. Mongols say they milk better if you let the foal start them. After fermenting the mare's milk, Mongolians enjoy their traditional drink, Airag.


  • Mongolian Ethnic - Unique type of nation

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    Mongolian Ethnic - Unique type of nation


    Although most people probably think of Mongolia as being inhabited by a single ethnic group - the Mongols - this is wrong. There are actually quite a few. There are over 20 different groups of Mongols. Nineteen of these and one non-Mongol group (the Kazakhs) live in Mongolia itself. While peaceful, these ethnic differences sometimes matter in Mongolia when it comes to politics. Somewhat oddly, the 2000 census doesn't list give a full list of the different ethnic groups in Mongolia. It's also worth noting that there was a reported drop of almost 20,000 in the Kazakh population between 1989 and 2000.

    Ethnic groupPopulation, thousandsPercentage of total population
    Mongolian citizens (all)2365.499.7
    Halh (Халх)1934.781.5
    Kazakh (Казах / Хасаг)103.04.3
    Dörvöd (Дєрвєд)66.72.8
    Bayad (Баяд)50.82.1
    Buriad (Буриад)40.61.7
    Dariganga (Дариганга)31.91.3
    Zahchin (Захчин)29.81.3
    Urianhai (Урианхай)25.21.1
    Others82.63.5
    Foreigners8.10.3
    Total2373.5100.0
    Halh

    The Khalkha are the largest group of Mongols in Mongolia. In fact, they are the core of all the Mongol peoples across North Asia. The Khalkha Mongol considers themselves the direct descendants of Genghis Khan and therefore, the true preservers of Mongol culture.

    In the thirteenth century, Genghis Khan formed one of the greatest empires in world history by uniting all of the nomadic Mongol tribes. During the centuries that followed, the once mighty Mongol empire was squeezed between the growing Russian and Chinese empires. In the early 1920's, Mongolia became a Marxist state until its quiet democratic revolution in 1990. The Khalkha Mongol consider their language, Halh, to be the "real" Mongolian language, since all other Mongols speak variations or dialects of Halh. Halh is understood throughout Mongolia and by Mongols living in Central Asia. Mongolia was once one of the most closed countries in the world, but is now relatively open to outside influence, including Christianity.

    Kazakh

    The Kazak of Mongolia belong to a larger group of people who live primarily in Kazakstan. Ethnically, they are of Turkic descent, and are the second largest Muslim group of Central Asia. In the past, they were perhaps the most influential of the various Central Asian ethnic groups.

    The Kazak developed a distinct ethnic identity in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. In the nineteenth century, the Russians acquired Central Asia through a steady process of annexation. They eventually claimed the entire territory of Kazakstan. About half of the Kazak population was killed during the Russian Civil War of the 1920's and 1930's. During this time, many fled to China and Mongolia.
    The Kazak who now live in Mongolia make up the largest non-Mongolian ethnic group in the country. However, at the present time, their number is decreasing since many are emigrating back to their homeland, Kazakstan.

    Dorvod

    The Durbet are a Western Mongol tribe. They are primarily located in the western part of Mongolia, near the border of Russia. In the early 1600's, most of their ancestors (the Oirat) left their homeland, Dzhungaria, which is now part of the Xinjiang region of China, in hopes of settling in the rich pastures of the northern Caucasus Mountains.

    In 1771, the majority of the Oirat decided to move back to Dzhungaria in order to escape the Russian dictatorship. Those who stayed in Russia became known as the Kalmyk, which means "to remain." Of those who left Russia, only a small group survived the long and difficult journey back to Dzhungaria.

    Having arrived in the land of their ancestors, the surviving Oirat were accepted under Manchu rule and given pastures for grazing their herds. Their descendants are still found in western Mongolia, as well as in the Xinjiang region and Qinghai province of China.

    Bayad

    The Bayad people are one of the Mongol tribes, residing in western Mongolia. In the 13th century the term "Mongol" grew into an umbrella term for a large group of tribes united under the rule of Genghis Khan.
    Ethnic distinctions among the Mongol subgroups are relatively minor. Tribal differences are usually not a political or social issue as the Mongols are a generally peaceful nation.

    Buriat

    The Northern Mongolians, also known as the Buryat, are believed to be the descendants of the western Mongols and the northern Siberians. the large number of Northern Mongolians, only a relatively small number live in Mongolia. They primarily inhabit the forested lowland regions along the Russia-Mongolia border.
    The territory that once belonged to the Northern Mongolian's ancestors includes the regions along Lake Baikal, which is located in present-day Siberia.

    Three quarters of all Northern Mongolians still live there, in a region that is now known as the Buriat Autonomous Republic.

    The Northern Mongolians are very similar to the Khalkha Mongols, particularly in their physical features, dialects, and customs. In fact, they are often indistinguishable from neighboring Mongol tribes. However, they maintain a number of small differences, the most significant of which is their language.

    Dariganga

    The Dariganga, a small people group of Mongolian origin, inhabit the southeastern regions of Mongolia. They are primarily located in the southern part of the Sühbaatar province, on a volcanic plateau near the Gobi Desert. The Dariganga belong to the eastern group of Mongols, which includes the Khalkha Mongols, the Buryat, and most of the Chinese Mongols.

    The Dariganga language is closely related to Halh, and is often referred to as a Mongolian dialect. However, all Dariganga are also able to use Halh in conversation with other Mongols in North and Central Asia.

    In the 13th century, Genghis Khan formed one of the greatest empires in world history by uniting all of the nomadic Mongol tribes. During the centuries that followed, the once mighty Mongol empire became squeezed between the growing Russian and Chinese empires. In the early 1920's, Mongolia became a Marxist state, until its quiet democratic revolution in 1990.

    Zahchin
    The religion of the early residents of the Mongolian region recognized only one uniform godly power, localized in the celestial vault. They also worshiped certain natural phenomenon, and believed in a life after death in the form of spirits (demons).

    The artwork of the people, their great poetic talents, their epic works and the lyric poetry are outstanding. Singers and poets used to walk from camp to camp, singing their songs and epics, reflecting the expression of freedom and the immensity of the Mongolian steppes.

    Uriankhai

    The Tuvinian in Mongoloia inhabit a harsh mountainous region in the northern part of the country, near the border of Russia. There, the summers are hot and dry, while the winters are bitterly cold. Still, this region can have as many as 300 sunny days a year, and the extremely dry air helps people to withstand the cold winters and the hot summers.

    Because the Tuvinian, like other Russian settlers, left their home territories in the Soviet Union many years ago and immigrated to Mongolia; their present "national" status is disputed. Some Tuvinian clans in Mongolia have maintained their native language, ethnic background, and traditional culture.

    Other Tuvinian clans have been absorbed by the Mongolian culture. Their original language, Tuvin, contains many Mongolian words and uses the Cyrillic script. Most Mongolian Tuvinian also speak Halh, the national language of Mongolia.


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