Tsuivan is a fried noodle dish served with meat (usually mutton) and vegetables (cabbage, carrots, and potato), and is believed to have originated in China. However, thanks to frying and then steaming the meat in the same pot, the flavor of this dish is entirely unique to Mongolia. The noodles are usually made from scratch, while the meat can range from mutton, to horse, to tail fat. In the style of the nomads, whatever is on hand is what will work best. As one of the most widely eaten dishes in Mongolia, you should have no problem finding it wherever you go.

Khuushuur: Meat Hot Pocket

Another dumpling-like dish, khuushuur is more closely linked to Russian cuisine, rather than East Asian. The meat, whether it’s mutton, camel, or otherwise ... Read more »

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Hustai National Park is one of the best managed national parks of Mongolia located in Tov Province, around 100 kilometers west of Ulaanbaatar. The park is a reserve in the UNESCO World Biosphere listing as Nature Reserves and upgraded as National Park relating to the reintroduction of famous for Przewalski’s wild horse-only wild horse of the world. The park is pretty good for short time travelers who want to see the wild horse and wild life without going too far from Ulaanbaatar.

You will not only see a wild horse but also have the chance to spot 44 known species of mammals including the red deer, Mongolian gazelle, Eurasian lynx and badger, gray wolves and fox. Moreover, the park is considered as one of the best bird watching spots in Mongolia offeri ... Read more »

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Mongolia may not be on the top of everyone’s list of must-visit places, but it really should be. The Asian country is a unique, diverse land with many beautiful places to discover and explore, from the capital Ulaanbaatar, to ethereal places of worship, to picturesque natural wonders. Whether you want to take in some culture or see what Mother Nature has to offer, you’ll find it in any one of these pretty places in Mongolia.

Ulaanbaatar is the capital of Mongolia with about 1.3 million residents. It’s a fascinating city that beautifully combines old and new. Visitors will find a vibrant city brimming with modern buildings, shopping, art, a thriving nightlife scene, restaurants and much more; however, they will also be abl ... Read more »

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This milk tea is unlike other milk teas found in Eastern Asia, with which Americans may be more familiar. In Mongolia, tsai is traditionally a herder’s drink, made from a simple recipe that includes salt, which creates a flavor profile that can take time for foreigners to become accustomed to. However, it’s a common beverage usually served with meals, including many of the dishes listed here, and is often offered by hosts to their guests, especially upon entering a family’s ger. The popularity of tsai means you will encounter it throughout the country, and you can even take some home in the form of a dehydrated packet.

Yak Butter and Yak Yogurt
Because cattle aren’t hardy enough for the steppes of Mongolia, the heavily-furred y ... Read more »

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Forged by the harsh climate of the steppes, the Mongolian horse is derived from millennia of ruthless natural selection, which is added to a very ancient human selection. Small, almost a pony, its toughness is legendary, however, and he accompanies the nomads of Mongolia in their daily lives. It provides them with means of transport, milk, and sometimes meat in winter.

History of the breed
The Mongolian horse is a very ancient breed, as evidenced by many signs: frequent line following the spine, zebra stripes on the legs...
Rarely did a breed play such a historic role, since it is partly thanks to the exceptional strength of the Mongolian horse that Genghis Khan could conquer an empire from China to the heart of Europe in the 13th century!
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Visiting Tsaatan nomad family is a great opportinuty to explore their unique lifestyle. Northern part of Mongolia is known by Amarbasygalant monastery,Uran uul(extinct volcano).

Lake Khuvsgul the Dark Blue Pearl

Khuvsgul Lake is known as Dark Blue Pearl among beautiful mountains. Lake Khuvsgul is Mongolia's largest and deepest lake. Located in the northernmost province, it is the largest tributary stream of Lake Baikal in Russia. 96 rivers and streams flow out of Khuvsgul, among them the Egiin River, which then joins the Selenge along its eventual path to Lake Baikal.

Lake Khuvsgul is 136 km long, water beneath 100 meters & 36 km wide, 262 meters deep and is located at an altitude of 1645 m above sea level.

Taiga Fauna and Flora, ... Read more »

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The Mongolian government established the Great Gobi National Park in 1975 and the UNESCO designated as the Great Gobi as the fourth largest Biosphere Reserve in the world in 1991. Mongolians consider that there are 33 different Gobi, where sandy desert occupies only 3 percent of the total territory. The area is often imagined as a lifeless desert like in many other parts of the world. Gobi Desert is a land of dinosaurs and it is the home for camel breeders rich with wildlife and vegetation. Dinosaur skeletons and their petrified eggs have been preserved here to the present day. Wild asses, camels, snow leopards, mountain sheep and gazelles flourish here, as do different types of flora.

Khongor sand dunes

This is a Mongolian largest sand dune reaching a h ... Read more »

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The Mongolian national holiday Naadam is celebrated in Mongolia each year on 11-13 July. The festival starts with Opening ceremony that features horse riders, wrestlers,athletes, musicians, monks and dancers. The three manly games of wrestling, horse racing, and archery- make up the core activities of the National day festivals.

At the start of competition all the wrestlers with the higher title - holder in front , enter the hall in a line wearing gutuls (decorated Mongolian boots. ) and hats and their wrestling costumes called "zodog"(an open fronted , long sleeves vest of silk) and "shuudag"(tight short trunks ). There are many different titles for the wrestlers such as Titan (avarga), Lion (arslan), Elephant(zaan) and Falc ... Read more »

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Mongolian Ethnic - Unique type of nation
Although most people probably think of Mongolia as being inhabited by a single ethnic group - the Mongols - this is wrong. There are actually quite a few. There are over 20 different groups of Mongols.

Ethnic group, Percentage of total population:

Khalkh (Халх) - 84.5%
Kazakh (Казах) - 3.9%
Dörvöd (Дєрвєд) - 2.4%
Bayad (Баяд) - 1.7%
Buriad (Буриад) - 1.3%
Dariganga (Дариганга) - 0.9%
Zakhchin (Захчин) 1.0%
Uriankhai (Урианхай) - 0.8%

The Khalkh are the largest group of Mongols in Mongolia. In fact, they are the core of all the Mongol peoples across North Asia. The Khalkha Mongols are considered the direct descendants of Chinggis Khan and therefor ... Read more »

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Cinema, the miracle of the 20th century, came to Mongolia in 1910s. First movies were shown in the capital city, at the American Consulate and Russian Stock Exchange's hotel. In 1913 Mongolian prince Namnansuren is known to have brought some films from Russia to show at the residence of the Bogd Khan. After the revolution of 1921, equipment and movies have been purchased and students trained in Russia . Thus people have acquired access to cinema. At that time, cinema in Mongolia was called "Shadow show", and it was free of charge, until the first cinema theatre "Ard" was built in 1930s. In 1935, under the decision of the Council of Ministers, a movie production company "Mongol kino" was set up with Soviet assistance. The fi ... Read more »

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