Do you love immersing in another country’s culture? Are you fond of enjoying festivals that are unique? Are you lured by places that are not in your comfort zone? If you answered yes to these questions, you must head to Ulaanbataar in July and be one with the locals in celebrating the annual Naadam Festival.
A huge land-locked country with about 3 million people, Mongolia is located in east-central Asia. It was once a massive empire founded by Genghis Khan whose descendants including Kublai Khan expanded the empire’s territory, and ruled the empire for centuries. With the fall of the empire in 1691, the country was controlled by the Qing Dynasty until it declared its independence in 1911. It was under the Soviet Union’s rule until it collapse, and a new constitution was introduced. Today, Mongolia is fast becoming a favorite tourist destination. Located 12 kilometers from the capital city of Ulaanbaatar, the Chinggis Khaan International Airport is your gateway to Mongolia, and is served by a few international carriers including Air China, Aeroflot, Korean Air, and Turkish Airlines.
The best time to visit Mongolia is in July when you can also enjoy the annual Naadam Festival, the biggest event in the country. You can enjoy the attractions of Ulaanbaatar before or after the festival including Genghis Khan Statue Complex, Terelj National Park, Zanabazar Museum of FIne Art, Gandantegchenling Monastery, Mongolian National Modern Art Gallery, Beatles Monument, and the International Intellectual Museum, just to name a few. The highlight of your trip is to enjoy the Naadam Festival which was included in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO. The festival is the best way to learn more about the culture, history and people of Mongolia through three of its passions, namely: horse racing, wrestling and archery. Aside from watching these sport events, the festival showcases elaborate parades of athletes mounted cavalry, and monks, as well as a lot of art vendors, music, and food.
The Naadam Festival is one event you must be able to experience. It best represents the qualities of the people of Mongolia, brave, courageous, strong and proud of their heritage. Consult travgroup for more details.