Mongolia’s Nadaam festival is a nation wide celebration of archery, wrestling and horse racing, all performed in beautiful traditional dress.
By Jennifer Perkin
TO even the most jaded of travelers Mongolia still has an exotic ring – in fact this writer admits having to look it up on the map when a friend announced she was moving there recently.
Bordered by Russia and China, the country is one of the biggest and most picturesque countries in the world. With a large chunk of the population still earning their keep as nomadic herders, the country has retained a lot of its traditional culture.
Perhaps the best place to witness just that, is their annual Nadaam festival which is a nation wide celebration of manly sports such as archery, wrestling and horse racing, all performed in beautiful traditional dress.
Travel Indochina have organized a dream trip to Mongolia which coincides with the festival – a 17 day odyssey which includes a stint on the famous Trans-Mongolian railway, a camel ride to the Gobi desert, a visit to reindeer herders and staying in a traditional yurt. The trip departs July 2 and includes all in-country transport, guides, accommodation and most meals.
The trip costs £ 2560, see www.travelindochina.co.uk for more info.