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Travel diary: Mongolian Naadam Festival Tour

Updated: Oct 8, 2019


Tour preparation:

First of all, we made one-day naadam festival join tour on our website. The next people contact us. There are 25 people joined our group tour. Then we prepared our Naadam festival tour.

  • Tour general manager: Byambaa

  • Tour guides: Boloroo, Ula, Azaa

  • Photo and video by Nomio

  • Tour driver: Khishigee

  • The number of tourists: 25

Tour information:

The Naadam Festival is a Mongolian traditional national celebration. It becomes every summer from 10th to 12th of July. There are four kinds of activity at the Naadam festival.


Chinggis Khaan Square

That are knucklebone shooting, archery, horse racing, and Mongolian national wrestling. We tried to show all the activities tourists. Let’s introduce our tour.


In the morning

In the morning, we gathered at Enza Tours LLC office. After everybody came, we ate breakfast all together in the Budvar restaurant. Moreover, we introduce our tour agenda, and we gave the identification with company logo to our tourists.


Breakfast

Then we went to watch the first activities that State banner hoisting ceremony from the government palace to the central stadium. The State Banner is one of the traditional Mongolian symbols. There are all nine state banner in Mongolia. It has been traditionally inherited from Great Mongol Empire.


Nine state banner

In 1206, when Chinggis Khaan became a Great Mongol Empire king, he worshipped a nine-foot white banner. In history, state banner made by white horsehair.


Mongolian stadium

Nowadays state banner located in the Mongolian government palace. In only Naadam festival, it moved the government palace to the central stadium. After we watch the state banner hoisting ceremony, we went to the central stadium. In the morning, it was rainy.

In the central stadium

Activities other than horse racing are in the central stadium. When we went, we watch the knucklebone shooting in the knucklebone shooting field where located beside the central stadium. The knucklebone shooting game is one of the traditional game.


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After that, we went to show the opening ceremony of the national Naadam festival in the central stadium. The opening ceremony began opening speech by the President of Mongolia. After that, we have watched the full opening perform for 2 hours. We sat first row seats. It was sunny and hot. The show was great.



After the opening ceremony, we watched the first round of National wrestling games. National wrestling game is one of the traditional Mongolian sport. National wrestling games continue two days. It is nine-round in Naadam festival. The wrestlers can increase their rank only Naadam festival. So this is significant competition for wrestlers.


Stadium

There are many little shops and sales outside the stadium. You can buy all the goods that relate to the Naadam festival. Mongolians cant imagine Naadam festival without Khuushuur, Khorhog, airag other than the main four competitions. Khuushuur and Khorhog are traditional Mongolian foods. Khuushuur is fried dumplings.



Also, airag is a Mongolian national beverage. Airag made by horse milk. This is Mongolian domestic beer. If you attend naadam festival, you must eat Khuushuur and drink airag. This is a real taste of Naadam.

In Khui Doloon Khudag

Then we moved to Khui Doloon Khudag. In there become horse racing. Khui Doloon Khudag located 60 km away from the central stadium. We ate a packed lunch in a car.



Bus trip

Then we went, we watch the six-year-old horse, or Ikh Nas, racing. Totally six different years horses race in horse racing game. This is a traditional Mongolian competition. Mongolian horses are different from European and other horses. They are not bigger than other horses. However, Mongolian horses faster and stronger than other horses.


After horse racing

In Khui Doloon Khudag, some tourists played archery. Also, archery is one kind of Naadam festival’s traditional game too. The archery has consisted two-part that arrow and bow.


On the horse racing field

Archery and horse are an inseparable connection with Mongolian history. Especially in Great Mongol empire, Mongolians conquered half of the all world with horse and archery.



In ancient time, it was a war tactic. However, nowadays, archery is one kind of sport. There are many kinds of competition in archery.


End of the day

Before we came back Ulan Bator, we ate Khuushuur and tried airag. It was very interesting for our tourists. Then we moved Ulan Bator. End of the day, we took a picture all together.



After we came back, there was a night show on Chinggis khaan square. Some tourists went to watch.


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