MONGOLIAN LUNAR NEW YEAR 2020
Tsagaan Sar, literally 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. During the holiday and days preceding it, offerings are made to ancestral spirits or in honor of their memories. 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.
Ulaanbaatar city tour
Mongolian Secret History tourist complex
Learning about Mongolian tradition
Mongolian folk concert
Nomadic family visit
Khustain Nuruu National park
Wild Life observing
Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar city, our driver and English speaking guide will pick you up from the airport and be transferred to your hotel in downtown. After you settled in, we will start sightseeing tour including visit Sukhbaatar’s square. The Square is in the centre of Ulaanbaatar, in front of the Mongolian Parliament House. Across from the central square, we will visit to the National Museum of Mongolia, the biggest museum with over 54000 exhibitions from prehistoric period till 21st century. 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 in a hotel.
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 and skiing.
· Traditional music concert & dress show
· Taking a photo on Nomadic traditional costume
· Visiting 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.
Early morning wake-up for walk your first path of the New Year before sunrise in accordance with a Mongolian custom relating to the individual’s birthday and year. Then we will do a lot what Mongolians do in the first day of the New Year, in accordance with a Mongolian custom.
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” & customs of Tsagaan Sar
· 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.
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 truly 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 nature. Overnight in a ger camp.
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 Mongolian souvenir shops. In the evening, our farewell dinner will take place in a restaurant.
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.
Price per person
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
Optional activity cost
Excess baggage charges