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Explore the best of Ulaanbaatar city, the capital of Mongolia
Genghis Khan SquareUlaanbaatar (UB), the capital city of Mongolia is the cultural, political, and financial heart of the country, located in the Tuul River valley and surrounded by 4 sacred mountains. UB has become a main tourist hub for foreign tourism in Mongolia. UB has numerous museums with world famous valuable exhibits and Buddhist heritage sights. In UB there are 14 historical and cultural sites that are listed under State Protection including Gandan Monastery, Bogd Khan's Winter Palace, Choijin Lama Temple dedicated to the brother of the Bogd Khan, petroglyphs at IkhTenger and Gachuurt Mountain range, numerious tombs at Songinokhairkhan Mountain, and Chin Van Khanddorj's house. Also, there are 11 places under the city's preservation and protection some buildings of the Bogd Khan's summer complex, Khunnu tombs in Belkhiin Am, rock scripts in Nukhtiin Am, where the patriotic lords held a secret meeting regarding the separation from the Manchu dominance.

Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue
Genghis Khan Statue ComplexThe world's largest statue of a rider on a horse, Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue, is a place you cannot miss when visiting Mongolia for the first time. Part of the Genghis Khan Statue Complex, it is a 130ft (40m) tall giant steel-clad statue monument of Genghis Khan (1162-1227), founder and Great Khan (emperor) of the Mongol Empire located on the bank of the Tuul River at Tsonjin Boldog 60km east of the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar, is one of most visited tourist destinations in Mongolia. Visitors can even take an elevator and have a panoramic view from a deck atop his steed's head. Genghis Khan's Statue Complex also contains a restaurant, mongolian souvenir shops, museum which has exhibitions relating to the Bronze Age and Xiongnu archaeological cultures in Mongolia.

Mongolia National Naadam Festival
Mongolia National Naadam FestivalNaadam is a Mongolian National Festival celebrated every year from 11 to 13 July throughout the country with the biggest processions in Ulaanbaatar, that the Mongolian people wait for round the year. In 2011 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) listed Mongolia's biggest holiday festival, Naadam, as intangible cultural heritage.
Naadam in Mongolian language usually terms as "Eriin Gurvan Naadam", which means "Three Games of Men". In other words men compete in traditional wrestling, race their horses and contest in archery. Mongolian wrestling, Horse racing and Archery tournaments are held throughout the country during the festival. The wrestling and horse racing became the main play festival and archery was left behind them somehow. Opening ceremony features amazing activities including Mongolian folk and traditional music, song, dance and historical show, performance of acrobatics, gymnastics and huge mosaic animations. The rituals and customs of Mongolian Naadam also accentuate respect for nature and the environment.

A few days in Mongolian Ger
Mongolian GerGer has historically been a major habitation in Mongolia. The unique design, structure and practical features, the ger is still a popular habitation in Mongolia, even in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar, and a high percentage of the Mongolian population retains a nomadic lifestyle and gers can be seen throughout the country, whether on the steppes, the Gobi Desert, or the mountainous regions in Central and Western Mongolia. Mongolian gers are attracting interest from people in many parts of the world as an ecologically friendly and attractive living space that can be used for a variety of purposes. Gers are designed to be easy to take apart, transport, and reconstruct. Despite this portability, they are warm enough to keep the coldest winter temperatures and strong enough to withstand strong winds and the demands of a whole family.

Eat delicious food
Mongolian delicious foodOnce you are in Ulaanbaatar on vacation or on a strip, do not miss the chance to taste delicious Mongolian dishes. Ask your tour guide for advice. Mongolian cuisine is distinctive and unique, has been heavily influenced by the Mongol nomadic way of life, environmental, social, geographical, economic and historical factors of Mongolia. Traditionally Mongolians are accustomed to eat non-spicy mild foods due to the extreme continental climate but nowadays the food come very close to international with plenty of vegetables and salads, and variety of international cuisines can be enjoyed in Mongolia.

Get to know the nomadic family
Get to know the Mongolian nomadic familyThere's simply no better way to explore mythical land of Mongolian nomads! During our tours you will have a chance to visit to a local nomad family, to experience centuries-old nomadic lifestyle, their culture, traditions, religion and hospitality. You even have the opportunity to stay for a few days in their carefully woven dwellings – gers, where a friendly atmosphere allows you to feel free and ease, to practice Mongolian in an authentic environment and experience firsthand Mongolian way of living, to cook and eat traditional homemade. Nomads are sociable, always like to meet new people, and can give a warm welcome to their guests. Living with a nomads family can be a unforgettable part of your journey.

Orkhon Valley Heritage
Orkhon Valley HeritageThe Orkhon Valley covers an area of 1,220 square kilometers and is one of the most important cultural regions in the world and was recognized by the UNESCO World Heritage as a cultural landscape in 2004. The Orkhon Valley Cultural landscape includes sites such Karakorum - the 13th century capital of Genghis Khan's Empire, oldest surviving buddhist monastery Erdenezuu (1586), Tuvkhun monastery and Khar Balgas from the Uyghur Empire and Orkhon waterfall, the largest waterfall in Mongolia.


Camel Riding in Gobi Desert
Camel Riding in Gobi DesertIf you have never been on a Bactrian camel called "The Ship of The Desert" before, this is a fantastic way to explore the amazing landscape of the Mongolian Gobi desert through a series of photogenic sand dunes. The Bactrian camel is a large, even-toed ungulate native to the steppes of central Asia. It is presently restricted in the wild to remote regions of the Gobi Desert of Mongolia. It is one of the two surviving species of camel. The Bactrian camel has two humps on its back, in contrast to the single-humped dromedary camel.

National Parks
Khustai National ParkMongolia is rich with unique scenic National Parks such as Khustai NP which is home to Takhi wild horses or Przewalski's horses, Gobi Gurvansaikhan NP that is famous for breathtaking landscapes of Golden Gobi Desert, Khorgo-Terkh White Lake NPark including some of the most amazing and majestic Terkh White Lake and Khorgo extinct volcanoe, Terelj NP with beautiful surrounings and quietness just 2 hours away from Ulaanbaatar.



Golden Eagle Festival
Golden Eagle FestivalThe Eagle Festival or Golden Eagle Festival is an annual (October) amazing traditional celebration held in Bayan-Ulgii aimag of Mongolia, where the kazakh eagle hunters (burkitshi) celebrate their heritage and compete to wild animals such as foxes, wolfes and hares with specially trained golden eagles in Altai Mountains. Festival program includes opening ceremony with eagle parade, eagle hunting contests, selecting the best traditional costume kazakh people and horse harness, traditional kazakh games known as Kekbar (Kokpar), kazakh handicrafts' exhibition.

Tsagaan Sar, Mongolian Lunar New Year
Tsagaan Sar, Mongolian Lunar New YearThe Tsagaan Sar or White Month (Mongolian Lunar New Year), celebrated on the first day of the first month of spring according to the lunar calendar, is the biggest and important festivals in Mongolia inherited many centuries ago. Mongolians usually dress in traditional clothes and celebrate Tsagaan Sar within family members, telling stories that transmit traditional knowledge, consuming traditional dishes, playing traditional games mostly with knucklebones (anklebones), practising customs that reinforce Mongolian identity, solidarity and continuity, enjoying festive table and watching the traditional wrestling competition dedicated to the White Month Holiday.

"Tumen Ekh" National Song and Dance Ensemble
Tumen Ekh National Song and Dance Ensemble"Tumen Ekh" Ensemble is the best Mongolia's premier traditional performance group. In 1989, "Tumen Ekh" was founded and became the name of Mongolia's famous folk song and dance ensemble, using traditional arts like contortionists and traditional instruments like the Morin Khuur to tell the cultural stories of this country. The music of Mongolia expresses vastness, freedom and life in harmony with nature and the environment.
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