Traditional circular yurt in the Mongolian-Manchurian steppe
Mongolian-Manchurian steppe
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Mongolia Vacations

A Glimpse into Timeless Heritage and Untouched Landscapes

Mongolia, nestled between China and Russia, is a land of timeless nomadic culture and untouched landscapes. The nomadic way of life is deeply ingrained in its culture, and it is way too appealing for travellers who are in search of nomadic or primordial culture. For travellers who adore nature, Mongolia offers stunning landscapes which are perfect for relaxation and adventure activities.

Amidst all these, the place also has a diverse and rich cultural heritage which is evident in its Buddhist temples and monasteries. For example, The Erdene Zuu Monastery, which is the earliest surviving Buddhist monastery in Mongolia, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site showcasing Buddhist architecture. On the other hand, the capital city is a cultural hub with numerous museums showcasing the country's rich history and art. In short, Mongolia is a blend of nomadic culture, spirituality, and beautiful landscapes, perfect for travellers who seek adventure, tranquillity, and spiritual experience.

What's unique about Mongolia is its nomadic heritage. While most countries that had rich nomadic traditions have lost their nomadic identity and practices, Mongolia still maintains the nomadic culture. The best way to experience this culture is to visit two or three families, which gives a good chance to witness their day-to-day activities and hospitality. However, if you want to get fully immersed in their culture why not stay with a nomadic family for several days? That's possible. Travellers can live with a family and engage in their daily lives. While staying with your host family, you can learn horse riding, milking the cows, cooking Mongolian food, and other nomadic activities.

If your purpose for a vacation is to get away from the hustle and bustle of cities to a tranquil place, Mongolia is right up there. From the Gobi Desert, and pristine lakes, to rugged mountains, all these offer tranquillity and relaxation.

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Sunset areial view of Ulaanbaatar, capital of Mongolia, the coldest capital city in the world by average yearly temperature
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A Travel Destination with Something for Everyone

Mongolia is a travel destination that is beyond nomadic culture. From rugged mountains, deserts and pristine lakes to World Heritage Sites, Mongolia captivates the souls of all those who embark on this journey. The "icing on the cake" — is its hospitality. Travellers are welcomed with open arms, making it a tourist-friendly destination.

Gorkhi-Terelj National Park at Ulaanbaatar, summer day

The Culture

Mongolia is a melting pot of Buddhism and shamanism perfectly blended with nomadic traditions. You can see these traditions ingrained in their daily lives, from etiquette to prayers. When greeting locals in public, greet them with a standard handshake, with direct eye contact and a smile. While greeting, the locals may use phrases like Sain Bain UU (How are you?) and you should reply by saying Sain (I am well).

Hospitality is ingrained in Mongolian culture, so you can expect a warm welcome from the locals. When you visit a home or yurt, the locals will offer food and drinks as a sign of respect and friendship. So, expect kindness, generosity, and respect when you meet Mongolians.

Another important aspect of their culture is their beliefs. Mongolian society is deeply influenced by Buddhism and shamanism. Buddhism is the primary religion practiced by many Mongols, but shamanism also continues to be a spiritual part of Mongolian culture. You can see numerous temples and monasteries spread across Mongolia depicting the rich Tibetan Buddhist traditions. While at the temples, make sure to walk around the stupas or temples in a clockwise direction one or any odd number of times. Doing this shows a sign of respect for the temple.

Traditional music and arts are an integral part of Mongolian culture. Khoomei is a traditional singing method where multiple tones are produced simultaneously. Along with this vocal singing technique, the musicians play local instruments like Khuur (fiddle) and Yatga (a type of zither), all together to captivate the listeners. So, if you are planning to visit Mongolia, immerse yourself in their rich cultural music by trying your hand at their local instruments.

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