Public transportation services have been working under the several options in Ulaanbaatar city such as bus, taxi, and lined bus etc. And these services are comparatively easy to take and understand, for example, you can take a taxi by the road merely by lifting your arm. Also taking a bus is same as taking a bus foreign countries, simply with card scan system. You can get a bus card at every bus stop from newspaper booths with a sign “U” or (u money card). Taxi services are provided by taxi service companies and individuals who own cars. For tourists we suggest you to use official taxi company service. Generally all transportation services are safe for tourists and foreigners. Travel safe!
Mongolian Lunar 🌙 New Year, Tsagaan sar is one of the two main celebrations of Mongolia 🇲🇳 (other one Naadam Festival). It is nomads celebration for successfully surpassing the harsh cold winter months ❄️ and finally greeting the warm spring 🌱 . Families living in remote areas visit their elderly relatives and celebrate the beginning of spring. All kinds of delicious food 🍲🥘🥙 are prepared and the feast can continue for few days. It is a national celebration that brings together families and relatives together.
When you get a chance to visit Mongolia in the middle of July, you should definitely stay and enjoy the Naadam Festival. You will see the four main games (wrestling, archery, horse racing, and ankle bone shooting) during this period. Here is a short description about Horse Racing.
Horse racing is considered as one of the main games of Naadam festival. It is also organized during the ceremonies like traditional weddings, birthday of an elderly, anniversary of aand religious observances and so on. And racing distance depends on horses age, it’s arranged by under the 5 different distances.
Daaga (2 years old) – 10 -12km
Shudlen (3 years old) – 14 – 16km
Khyzaalan (4 years old) – 18 – 20km
Soyolon (5 years old) – 22 – 25km
Ikh nas (6 years old) – 25 – 30km
Ambler (no age limit) – 15km
#khantravel #khantravelmongolia #mongolia #horseracing
Which mountain range would you find in Mongolia?
The Altai Mountains can be found in the west of Mongolia and include the five peaks of Tavan Bogd (Five Saints). The highest of these, and the highest peak in Mongolia, is Huiten Uul (Mt Cold) which is 4374m. The Sayan Mountains lie north of Mongolia in Russia, the Khinggan Mountains can be found in the Chinese province of Inner Mongolia while Tian Shan stretches across Kyrgyzstan and the Chinese province of Xinjiang Uygur.
Borts is dried meat (usually of beef, goat or sheep) similar to jerkey. Mongolian nomadic lifestyle and the extreme climatic conditions gave rise to specific methods of preserving meat. The fresh meat is cut into long strips, 2-4 cm thick and 15-30 cm long. The strips are hung on strings in shaded parts of the yurt or in the barn, where the air is free to circulate. After a month or two, the fresh meat turns into dry, hard sticks of brown color, borts. Compared to fresh meat, borts is 4 times lighter, convenient to store upto 3years and still preserves all of its nutritional values, therefore perfect for our nomadic lifestyle
There are 136 Buddhist monasteries and temples in Mongolia. You will probably see at least few of them during your visit. It doesn’t matter if you are Christian, Catholic or Muslim, when you visit Buddhist temples and monasteries you should take off your hat and step over the threshold (not step on it) with right leg. It means the visitor is showing respects and mindfulness. Also, avoid speaking loudly and touching deities sculptures. Furthermore I’d like to remind you do dress appropriately, do not wear short skirts, shorts and backless clothes. #khantravelmongolia #khantravel
More than 60 species of fish exist in Mongolian lakes and rivers, around 28 of which are for fishing. The official fishing season starts from June 15th, shortly after the spawning period and closes as of November 1st. namely perch, Lenok or trout, taimen are the widely fished. Taimen, known as the “king” fish of Mongolia can live up to 50 years and reach 60 inches (1.5m). Anglers catch and release hundreds of Taimen annually, due in part to conserve these beautiful creatures. Moreover, all foreign anglers must have a fishing license, referred to as a “Taimen Permit”
Ankle bone shooting began in 13th century in central Mongolia, also it was a game only for authorities. Afterwards ankle bone shooting has been widespread around Mongolia as a traditional game. Since 2001 ankle bone shooting officially declared as one of the main games of Naadam festival.
The shooting target distance is 4.7m. Each team has 8 members and it takes about 80 minutes in one competition.
Bayanzag or the Flaming Cliffs are probably one of the most historic and famous sight in the Gobi desert. In 1923 when archaeologist Roy Chapman Andrews discovered dinosaur eggs this destination became an important paleontological sight for tourists and scientists alike.
Since the ancient times as illustrated on rock and cave paintings, horses were an inseparable part of Mongolian people and their lifestyle. The very first thing you have to know about Mongolian horses is that they are still half wild. Apart from few horses that are used for riding, the rest of the herd usually roams around grazing grass and spending their time free. Even the riding horses are set free in the evening. This is the main reason they have their own temper and unique character.