Born in Gurvanbulag, Bulgan, Gurragchaa studied in Ulaanbaatar to become an aerospace engineer. In 1966, he joined the Mongolian Air Force. Graduated from the Zhukovsky Air Force Engineering Academy in 1978. He was selected as part of the eighth Intercosmos program on 1 March 1978, at time he was in the rank of Major General. His backup was Maidarjavyn Ganzorig. Gürragchaa, along with Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Janibekov, departed from Baikonur Cosmodrome on 22 March 1981. They docked with Salyut 6. While in orbit, Janibekov and Gurragchaa carried out experiments on earth science. After 124 orbits and 7 days, 20 hours and 42 minutes in space, Gurragchaa and Janibekov landed 170 km southeast of Jezkasgan.
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”
When you visit Mongolian family they would offer you some hot drinks and foods. The housewife will give you a cup of milk Tea. As a respectful gesture she offers the tea with her right hand holding the right elbow with her left hand. Guests should receive the cup of tea in the same way, meaning guests and hosts consider each other. You will find milk tea whenever and wherever you want in Mongolia, at fancy restaurants, small cafes and during celebrations. There are few different types of milk tea that contains borts (air dried meat), sheep tail, and rice etc. Generally it depends on which province you are in. Typically Milk Tea tastes salty but delicious and filling. #KhantravelMongolia
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.
Travel extraordinaire, cultural icon, and advisor to Khubilai Khan, the grandson of the notorious Chinggis Khan. Yes you read that right. During his expeditions across the globe, Marco Polo had stumbled upon the Mongolian Empire with his father and uncle. Khubilai Khan quickly got word of their arrival and had them brought to him at once. Very quickly, Marco Polo and his ensemble was a great asset to the khan as advisors and informants as they had brought back much useful news while on their travels around the Asian continent. Marco Polo quickly rose through the ranks and was positioned in high posts of the empire’s administration. For many years the Polos were of big help to the Khan.
The tale of Marco Polo’s time in Mongolia still echoes today with a statue that was commemorated in the Ulaanbaatar’s business district. An icon of travel, intelligence and wonder. Come join us in the grand adventure.
Use of rock snuff-bottle in Mongolian is nascent from Chin Empire.
During 16th – 19th century snuff has been spread rapidly in central Asian region.
Therefore it has become abundant and culturally symbolic item in Mongolia from 17th century. To make snuff bottles,hand craftsmen use many different types of rocks such as coral, chalcedony and spotted chalcedony etc.
In the 13th century, Mongolia was united by a single man who is known as Chinggis Khan, and controlled the vast area of Asia and Europe under one roof. Chinggis Khan also brought new rule of law, cultural society, and new business trade ways to the people of Mongolia and connected trade routes to Europe from Asia. Even today, the people of Mongolia understand and feel that important connections with him, that we ruled the world. It is found to be in our blood and mind that his contribution to our society lives on.
Although we have seen the life and read about the history of Chinggis Khan and in terms of how people lived and the nomadic cultures in the cinema’s around the world or on various books, it is very tough to actually live in that moment of time or tough to imagine ourselves living in that time. One of the fundamental reasons of our construction of the Chinggis Khan’s 13th century complex is that it creates a great opportunity for tourists to relive the 13th century lifestyles and cultural impacts of Mongolia and it will contribute to our dynamic understanding of the history.
“13th century complex” is located 96 km far from the Ulaanbaatar city in Erdene soum, Tuv province and which covers an area of 88 hectares surrounding Yol mountain.
The Turtle Rock, or called Melkhi Khad by the locals, is an interesting rock formation that looks like a turtle. This giant rock formation is a popular spot for visitors and has its own legend.
A traditional yurt (from the Turkic languages) or ger (Mongolian) is a portable, round tent covered with skins or felt and used as a dwelling by nomads in the steppes of Central Asia. The structure comprises an angled assembly or latticework of pieces of wood or bamboo for walls, a door frame, ribs (poles, rafters), and a wheel (crown, compression ring) possibly steam-bent. The roof structure is often self-supporting, but large yurts may have interior posts supporting the crown. The top of the wall of self-supporting yurts is prevented from spreading by means of a tension band which opposes the force of the roof ribs. Modern yurts may be permanently built on a wooden platform; they may use modern materials such as steam-bent wooden framing or metal framing, canvas or tarpaulin, Plexiglas dome, wire rope, or radiant insulation