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“The festival is so unique, it is included on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list,” said Byroads Travel’s Steve Mortimer, who will host guests on this small group tour from July 4-17, 2018.
“The three-day event officially celebrates the Mongolian revolution and independence, although the festival is said to pre-date the great warrior Genghis Khan,” he said.
“Each Naadam Festival starts with an opening ceremony - a swirl of horse riders, wrestlers, singers, musicians, monks and dancers. And the hallmark of the festival is the ‘three games of men’ - the sports of archery, horse racing and wrestling.”
Although the capital Ulaanbaatar hosts the largest and most commercial Naadam Festival, Byroads Travel has selected one of the provincial events “for a more local and authentic experience looking at the nomadic history, culture and traditional sporting events which make this fascinating country famous”.
“There’s no doubt the festival will leave a lasting impression on visitors for many years to come,” said Steve.
The 14-day Mongolian Discoverer begins in Ulaanbaatar and explores several cultural centres as well as the remote, unimaginable wilderness, populated by traditional nomads who continue to roam the great steppe lands, grazing their animals and living in their felt gers, the traditional houses of the Mongolian people.
This tour is among the Australian-based travel company’s most adventurous, traversing a large part of Mongolia from Ulaanbaatar in the central north to the South Gobi Desert.
It was designed to not only “get travellers up close” to the many historical monuments and natural wonders but also to discover the rich cultural identity and way of life of the country’s nomads.
Byroads Travel’s 14-day small group tour begins in Ulaanbaatar on July 4, 2018 and is priced from US3550 (about AUD4884) per person, twin share. Return air fares from Australia are extra.
Details: Phone (02) 9357 6800 or visit www.byroads.com.au