Explore Mongolia To Experience Adventure Like Nowhere Else
There is a landlocked country in East Asia, bordered by Russia and China, that offers adventure like no other. Mongolia mesmerises with its largely unexplored natural beauty as much as it enchants with its traditional nomadic culture.
Despite being one of the least densely populated countries in the world, there is no shortage of things to do in Mongolia. The highly untouched land has a rich diversity of scenery, stunning Buddhist monasteries and a vibrant cosmopolitan capital, Ulaanbaatar.
But mixed among it all are those “only in Mongolia” experiences, including watching camels racing across the desert sands, embracing nomadic culture by spending a night in a ger with a nomad family, and cheering on Mongolian wrestlers in the open fields.
Five Of The Best Things To Do In Mongolia
1. Mongolian Festivals
Is there any better way to experience traditional Mongolian culture than by attending a festival in the country? Probably not. And Naadam is the top one of them all. This three-day celebration sheds light on traditional Mongolian games and sports, attracting thousands each year.
2. Nomadic Culture
One of the most fascinating ways to enjoy Mongolia’s pristine countryside is to spend a night in a ger with a nomadic family. These circular structures have been in use for thousands of years, specifically designed for life on the move. They allow easy assembling and dismantling.
3. Modern Day Mongolia
The majority of travellers visiting Mongolia never choose it for its bright lights and big city vibe. They visit the country for its landscapes and culture. But for a change, explore the lively capital, Ulaanbaatar, once to witness the old Mongolia and new Mongolia coming together.
4. Gobi Desert
Despite its reputation as one of the most remote places on the planet, the Gobi Desert is relatively more accessible these days. While the focus is on outdoor adventures, stargazing experiences and traditional culture, the Gobi can be harsh and unforgiving, sometimes.
5. Horseback Riding
For a taste of life as a local, jump on a horse to traverse Mongolia’s endless landscape of rugged mountains, pristine lakes and grassy steppes. Horses here are shorter and stockier than breeds we know elsewhere. But local guides are experts at managing the animals.