One of the world’s most colourful traditional events, the Naadam Festival, is among a host of unique highlights on Byroads Travel’s small group 14-day Mongolian Discoverer tour, from 4 July to 17 July 2018. Although the Mongolian 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.
“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 the tour.
“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.”
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 felt gers (yurts), the traditional houses of the Mongolian people.
The tour is priced from USD$3550 (approx AUD$4884) per person, twin share, excluding return airfares from Australia.
For more information contact Byroads Travel on (02) 9357 6800.