In Mongolia, the Naadam Festival is one of the most anticipated events of the year for the entire nation. It’s a celebration of the country’s history, culture, and way of life. For visitors, everything can seem a bit foreign when you explore a cultural event in a new place, so we’ve put together a beginner’s guide to the Naadam Festival as a resource that travelers can reference on their journey to Mongolia. Here, you’ll get a better understanding of where the Naadam Festival came from, why it’s celebrated, and how you can join in on the fun.
If you are planning a trip to Mongolia, you must be looking forward to having adventures in the Gobi Desert, exploring ancient history at the Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue Complex, and observing traditional Mongolian customs, like eagle hunting. But, while you are traveling in this delightful country bordered by China and Russia, do not skimp out on your meals! Food can be just as much of a cultural experience as going to a museum or taking an adventure tour in the countryside. It gives you a taste of ethnic cuisine and allows you the opportunity to interact with the local community. Knowing what food you need to try in Mongolia is tough if you’ve never visited the country, so, we have done all the taste testing for you. Below is a list of the food you need to try in Mongolia!
Many cultures around the world have traditional clothes – from lederhosen in Bavaria to the kimono in Japan. Mongolia is no different. Their traditional clothes are called a deel. It’s pronounced “dell” like the-farmer-in-the, but it doesn’t mean a clearing.
According to the gender gap report written by WEF, Mongolia has ranked 79th out of the 153 countries that have been studied.
In 2006, we were ranked 46th.
What has happened over the decade that has worsened the country’s ranking by a whole 33 places?
You will find no shortage of restaurants to enjoy in Ulaanbaatar. There are some well-established eateries around the city, both local chains and stand alones, but also plenty of new places popping up all the time. I am NOT a food critic nor a master chef; however, I like to eat--and prefer to eat good food--and have visited numerous restaurants in the capital.
One of the most exciting aspects of visiting a new place is trying the food. In Mongolia, there are really only two types of food: countryside food and city food. Countryside food consists of traditional Mongolian food. Traditionally, Mongolians have been herdsmen and dairy producers. Agriculture has never been a large part of Mongolia’s history, mostly because of the country’s harsh climate. In the wintertime, most of the country drops to temperatures averaging around -30 degrees Fahrenheit, thus, meat and dairy have been the main aspects of Mongolian cuisine.
Travelling to Mongolia is one of the most rewarding, inspiring and memorable experiences you will ever have. The fascinating culture, gorgeous landscapes, unique varieties of food and hospitable people make it a true bucket list destination for anyone with a sense of adventure. When you’re planning your trip to Mongolia it can be easy to get overwhelmed with the logistics of travel in a country where tourism infrastructure is still in its infancy. That’s where joining a tour with a professional company can be your best option! Our team at Selena Travel are known as being the best in the business when it comes to licensed tour operators in Mongolia. So if you’re looking for the right people to look after your amazing adventure in this magnificent country, here are 5 reasons why you should tour Mongolia with us at Selena Travel.
The Gobi Desert is one of the most beautiful areas in all of Mongolia. The two best times to visit Mongolia is the summer, where you can really experience the Mongolian Desert.
The vast dunes spreading out around you will put you in awe. Seeing the life that can survive in the harsh environment is exciting, and there are a number of natural features to visit. There are also fossils and tours where you can see where dinosaur eggs were first found!
The best way to experience all of this is in a traditional Mongolian yurt, or ger. These cute, round little structures have been used by nomads for centuries. They typically have a stove in the middle and a couple cozy beds inside. You can look up at the sky through a window in the top while you’re cozy in bed.
They rarely have a bathroom inside, though, so late-night bathroom trips will require you to leave your cozy ger.
Choosing a ger camp can be difficult though. Each year there are more to choose from in the Gobi region. Here are three of the top choices for staying in a ger camp in the Gobi Desert.
Chinggis Khan did a lot for Mongolian nomads and the world. He administered an empire, enforced security so merchants could safely trade, and created military tactics that would inspire leaders for centuries afterwards.
However, there’s one accomplishment that may surprise you – he brought writing to Mongolia.
With a name that literally means “Axe Hero” in Mongolian, you would expect great things from such Mongolian man. And great things he did – he’s credited with being the “Father of the Mongolian Revolution.” Sukhbaatar’s life was not very long, but the man was instrumental in making a modern country. He was a gifted military leader and found a lot of success in turbulent times.
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