People, food and culture
From before Genghis Khan’s times the Mongol’s life is deep rooted in their nomadic culture with a whopping 40% of the population following their livestock and moving 2-3 times a year. Interacting with these nomads is a unique experience that will take you back to the roots of an ancient civilization.
Given the prevalence of livestock in Mongolia, a majority of their traditional dishes involve Tsagaan Idee, or Dairy. The summer-time drink Airag and Shimiin Arkhi (White Vodka) are just a few authentic drinks that are a must-try!
The country is also home to some of the most ancient and exciting traditions- whether it is the Naadam festival that is a celebration of their independence, or the Golden Eagle Festival that involves traditional games. The latter celebrates age-old Kazakh traditions and begins with a parade of eagle hunters on horseback, displaying their elaborate hunting costumes and accessories. The eagles are judged for their speed and agility as they are released from a cliff and swoop down to the waiting arms of hunters below.