MONGOLIAN LUNAR NEW YEAR 2021

  • MONGOLIAN LUNAR NEW YEAR 2021
6 day
from 837 USD

Tsagaan Sar, the “White Moon,” or New Year’s Day, which has been celebrated since the time of the Mongol Empire. Although Mongolia uses the Gregorian calendar, the lunar calendar is also used due to tradition and religious practice. Tsagaan Sar usually falls in February or early March. As with most New Year celebrations, Tsagaan Sar focuses on happiness and an optimistic future, and the color white is considered an auspicious color in Mongolian tradition. Throughout the ages the festival has been celebrated in the traditional way - family ties are renewed and in particular, it is a time to honor the elderly.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ulaanbaatar city tour
  • Mongolian Secret History tourist complex
  • Learning about Mongolian tradition
  • Mongolian folk concert
  • Shaman visit
  • Nomadic family visit
  • Horse riding
  • Traditional concert
  • Traditional games
  • Khustain Nuruu National park
  • Wild Life observing
  • Winter photography 

TOUR ITINERARY

 

Day 1. (10th of February) Arrival in Ulaanbaatar city

 

Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar city, our driver and English speaking guide will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the hotel in downtown. After you settled in, we will start city tour by visiting Sukhbaatar’s square. The Square is in the center of Ulaanbaatar, in front of the Mongolian Parliament House. Across from the central square, we will visit the National Museum of Mongolia, the biggest museum with over 54000 exhibitions from prehistoric period till 21st century. Our next stop will be Zaisan Hill Memorial.  This hill provides a panoramic view of Ulaanbaatar. Our next stop will be Gandan Monastery, the biggest Buddhist pilgrimage center in Mongolia. Gandan Monastery is a Tibetan-style Buddhist Monastery. Its name means ”the big place of complete joy”. The monastery has a 26,5-metres (87 feet) high statue of Megjid-Janraiseg. Megjid-Janraiseg is a bodhisattva, a sage who leads the men on the way of Truth. He represents compassion. If time permits, we will visit to Zaisan Hill memorial. This hill provides a panoramic view of Ulaanbaatar. Overnight at the hotel.

-/Lunch/Dinner

Day 2. (11th of February) Lunar new year eve in Mongolian Secret History tourist complex

 

After having breakfast at our centrally located hotel, we will drive to the "Mongolian Secret History" tourist complex, which is 65km northwest from Ulaanbaatar city, by 4WD vehicle or mini-van. Once we arrive at the complex:

·         Acquainting with Mongolian literature along with its heritage & culture.

·         Visiting a famous shaman statue "Tev Tenger" to be introduced with fascinating customs of ancients,

·         Treated to traditional drinks

·         Traditional music concert & dress show

·         Picture taken with Nomadic traditional costume

·         Visit nomadic family: to learn about their way of life & taking part in preparing traditional foods, and enjoy the local culture

·         Learning traditional games: knuckle bone games (Overnight in a ger camp.)

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 3. (12th of February) First day of the new year with nomadic people

 

You will wake up earlier to see the first sunrise of Lunar New Year. Then we will do a lot what Mongolians do in the first day of the New Year, in accordance with Mongolian custom. Today you will experience

·         Visit a nomadic family on the first day of the New Year

·         Having a New Year’s breakfast with nomadic people

·         Introduction to traditional greeting called “Zolgolt”

·         Traditional gift of Tsagaan Sar

·         Ride a horse

·         Enjoy horse racing & guess the winner

·         Free time (horse and camel riding, horse & dog sledding is available on request)

·         Learn Mongolian traditional dance “Zadgai tsagaan”, “Khumuun turlukhtun”

·         Learning to play Mongolian traditional “Horse-headed fiddle”

·         Enjoy the nomadic “Lunar New Year” tradition

Overnight in a ger camp.

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 4. (13th of February) Wild life observing in Khustain National park

 

After having breakfast at the camp, we will drive to Khustain Nuruu National park. The national park is famous for its unique inhabitants such as the world’s last species of the wild horses named ‘Przewalski’s horse’, Asiatic red deer, roe deer, mountain sheep ‘Argali’, ibex, and lynx. Once we arrive in Khustain Nuruu National Park, we will watch a documentary movie about their story, and you will get a chance to see a rarely seen Takhi, the wild horse in their wild habitat. Overnight in a ger camp.

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 5. (14th of February) A Lunar new year in Ulaanbaatar city

Today we will have a breakfast at the camp, then drive back to Ulaanbaatar. Relaxing hours at the hotel. Also, you have time to visit the world's number one cashmere store and souvenir shops. In the evening, our farewell dinner will take place in a restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 6. (15th February) Departure

 

Today is the end of the Tsagaan Sar discovery tour. Our team will transfer you to the airport in time for your international flight. Have a nice trip back to home and thank you for choosing ELT Mongolian tours.

Breakfast/-/-

INCLUSIONS

  • Accommodation (twin based): 2 nights in 4 – star hotel, 3 nights in ger camps
  • Guiding and interpreting service
  • Full board meals
  • Transportation: vehicle 4x4 or minivan
  • Entrance fees to protected areas and national parks
  • Museums and cultural performance
  • Sleeping bags, and Matt
  • Pack animal rental

EXCLUSIONS

  • International airfare
  • Personal equipment
  • Optional activity cost
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Travel insurance

TOUR PRICE PACKAGE /per person/ USD

 

Group size

Price per person

2 pax

954 USD

3-5 pax

908 USD

6-9 pax

853 USD

10-14 pax

837 USD

15+ pax

814 USD

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