Mongolia

Mongolia

Etymology

Latinization of Mongol. [wiktionary]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Mongolia Culture – Whether you are live in UB or visintg for few days. We’d like to meet up and do something fun! Let’s exchange our languages and cultures. [meetup]

Ulaanbaatar Health & Wellness Meetup – People who are interested in living healthy naturally. We will educate people in nutritional health with Glutathione being the Master Antioxidant & Master Detoxifier. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Mongolia Dating – Mongolia is a fascinating country that prides in having the most beautiful women in the whole world! Their women are strong willed with a sense of pride and independence. Ask any Mongolian single guy and he will tell you that they are hard to find. The dating norm in Mongolia has greatly evolved over the years and today, Mongolian singles are more open to interracial relationships than ever before. [mongolia.asia.dating]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Free City Tour – Main purpose of Free City Tour is introducing UB city’s history & Mongolian culture, religion, custom and common lifestyle of Mongolians as well as helping tourists who just come in Mongolia and foreigners living in Mongolia to know directions of UB city. [free city tour]

Hippie Walks – The free English language sightseeing walking tour of Mongolia’s capital, organized by a non-profit organization. [hippie walks]

Travel Gobi Mongolia – Mongolia travel, Mongolian experts, Mongolian native tour operator company based in Ulaanbaatar, over 10 years experience experts in Gobi Desert, various tours to Gobi Desert, group scheduled tours. [travel gobi mongolia]

Ulaanbaatar Free Tour – Our guides are well travelled and know what you want to see when experiencing a new country. All our guides have lived many years in Ulaanbaatar and know the city like their pocket. Not only we are professionals with bright personalities and an open heart, we love meeting new people, share experiences and are open to any question you might have. [facebook]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Altai 5 bogd – The five sacred peaks are also the highest ones in Mongolia. In the shadow of the Tavan Bogd is a glacier spanning 23 square kilometers, several lakes and a stunning waterfall. This location is also home to many archeological sites, collective forming the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Petroglyph Complexes of the Altai. [discover mongolia]

Gobi desert – One of the most unusual desert landscapes in the world, the Gobi Desert has the spectacular singing dunes- Khongoryn Els. Gravel plains and rocky outcrops cover much of this area, which is the home of the last two-humped camels in the world and Gobi bears, the only bears you can find in a desert landscape. Visit the Eagle Valley, a protected site which narrows into a gorge. Bayanzag is another must-see place especially for those keen on history. This was an ancient sea floor and the site of several remarkable paleontological finds. [discover mongolia]

Karakorum-Erdenezuu – Believed to be the oldest surviving Buddhist monastery in Mongolia, this is adjacent to Karakorum, the ancient city. Stones from the ruined old city were used to build the monastery. [discover mongolia]

Khorgo Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur National Park – Within this park, watched over by extinct volcanoes, the Terhiin Tsagaan lake can be found at an altitude of 2060 m. The unique geology of the Khorgo Volcano to the east makes this a location that remains in your memory for ever. The lake has a volcanic island at its center where exotic birds flock. [discover mongolia]

Khustai National Park – Named for the birch trees that grow in the vicinity, this is the perfect place to get a glimpse of the steppes ecosystem. The fauna of the area include the red deer, white tailed gazelles and Roe deer among others. There are quite a few historical monuments here such as the Ongot’s man monuments, temple ruins and Hunnu’s rectangular tombs. [discover mongolia]

Khuvsgul lake – Known as the Dark Blue Pearl of Mongolia, this lake is a sight worth seeing with lush greenery surrounding it. Almost a 100 rivers and streams culminate in these waters that were first formed almost 3 million years ago due to tectonic actions. [discover mongolia]

Orkhon valley – This is a UNESCO World Heritage site where you can find writings from the 8th century. The ancient capital city of Uighur thrived here and this is also where you can find the Tuvkhun monastery. If nature is more your thing then the Eighth Lakes (Naiman Nuur) and Orkhon waterfall should make a spell binding spectacle for you. [discover mongolia]

Terelj National Park – The biggest protected area in the country, this park is about 80 kms away from Ulaanbaatar, Complete with natural beauty, adventure sport activities and great scenic spots, this is the perfect tourist destination indeed. [discover mongolia]

Tsagaan suwarga – The words mean White Stupa and the towering structure revealing limestone bedrock dating back to the ancient times makes for a truly awe inspiring sight here. Don’t miss the splendid views of the desert floor down below which transforms from white to yellow to pink before turning red. [discover mongolia]

Ulaanbaatar city – The capital city shows you how ancient culture can be fused with modern day trends with ease. The ruins of monasteries rub shoulders with glass encased skyscrapers here while the covered Narantul Market gives you a single point from where to pick up traditional essentials for your life. [discover mongolia]

Festivals

Festivals

Eagle Festivals – There are two Golden Eagle Festivals held each year; in September and October respectively, when the weather is beginning to get cold and the eagles are livening up ready for a winter of hunting. The ancient art of falconry as practised by the Kazakhs in the west, has remained unchanged for millennia. Admire the speed and power of the noble eagle and marvel at the close relationship that exists between her and her master. Set against the majestic Altai mountain views, this is an experience that truly epitomizes Mongolia. You can experience the earlier Eagle Festival & other parts of Mongolia on our Gobi, Heartland and Altai Small Group Tour or combine with other stunning locations in the west with the Sagsai Eagle Festival and Dayan Lake tour. Our Eagle Festival Close Up Journey focuses on the later Eagle Festival. [panoramic journeys]

Gobi Camel Festival – The Thousand Camel Festival, held in the Gobi Desert, is a celebration of the endangered Bactrian camel and the role it plays in the lives of the Gobi’s nomads. Camel racing and polo competitions, as well as performances of traditional Mongolian music and dance, are among the highlights of this annual event. Taking in the beautiful scenery of the Gobi Desert with its towering dunes, glacial canyons and red sandstone cliffs; this is the land of the Bactrian camel and is the best time to see them in all their fluffy winter splendour when their coats at their thickest. [panoramic journeys]

Khovsgol Ice Festival – March is witness to the unique Ice Festival at Lake Khovsgol. This time of year offers the rare opportunity of experiencing one of the deepest winters on the planet with temperatures regularly dropping below -35°C. The wind can make even moderate temperatures seem much colder, so this festival is not for the faint hearted! The enchanting ice festival with horse-sled races, ice rally-driving, wrestling, and tug-o-war are all held on the frozen lake which offers the perfect light in the afternoon for those interested in photography. [panoramic journeys]

Naadam Festival – Naadam is celebrated every summer throughout Mongolia across every province, in most towns and villages. Local Naadam celebrations are our favourite of the Naadam festivals – none of the queues, crowds and pollution of the big festival in Ulaanbaatar. The atmosphere is fantastic. In traditional dress, the colourful spectators watch competitors take part in the three ‘manly’ sports of archery, wrestling and horse racing. Tradition states that only men will wrestle, men and women can participate in archery and children (some as young as 5) are jockeys for the races up to distances of 35km. Read more or consider joining our Mongolian Epic small group tour. [panoramic journeys]

Nauryz (Spring /New Life) Festival – Nauryz is a new year celebration for the Mongolian Kazakhs, many of whom live in the Bayan Ulgii province. Kazakhs call the month of March ‘Nauryz’ – this is the time of renewed life which comes with the spring. The non-religious Nauryz celebrations take place on 21-22 March, the day of the spring equinox. People believe the more generous the celebration of Nauryz, the happier the year would be. A time to settle rivalries, upset and debts then fill all vessels in the house with milk, airan (plain yogurt), grain, and spring water to gain good yield, fortune and plenty of rain during the coming year. [panoramic journeys]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Bus, Minibus & Trolleybus – In Ulaanbaatar, crowded trolleybuses and buses ply the main roads for T200–400 a ride. Cities such as Darkhan and Erdenet have minibuses that shuttle from one end of town to the other, but you are unlikely to need them because most facilities are located centrally. [lonely planet]

Minivan & Jeep – Both minivans and jeeps are used for long- and short-distance travel in the countryside. They can be shared among strangers, which is good for a group of people headed from one aimag centre to another (or usually to/from Ulaanbaatar). Alternatively, they can be hired privately. [lonely planet]

Taxi – Mongolia claims to have about 49,250km of highway – of which only around 5000km is actually paved. Taxis are only useful along these paved roads, eg from Ulaanbaatar north to Darkhan, Erdenet and Bulgan, west to Kharkhorin, Tsetserleg and Bayankhongor, south to Mandalgov, Sainshand and Zamyn-Üüd and east to Chinggis Khot (Öndörkhaan). However, most sights worth seeing lie a considerable distance from the main roads, so even short trips require some off-roading. [lonely planet]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Startup Grind Ulaanbaatar – Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in 200 cities and 85 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, & investors. [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Living in Mongolia – Not very many expats settle in Mongolia and those that do find that life can get a little boring … The temperatures go from one extreme to the other with the mercury hitting the 30s and above in the summer and then plummeting to well below -30 degrees Celcius in the winter. Bring plenty of books to read during those cold winter months – and read more expat advice right here. [expat woman]

Living in Mongolia- Expat – Located in Central Asia, Mongolia leaves no stone unturned in its endeavor towards modernization. It has managed to develop and give a new dynamism to its economy thanks to its natural resources, as well as its raw materials. [expat]

Mongolia Expat – Welcome to Mongolia Expat, Chris Devonshire-Ellis the original and best website for adventure travel and life in this most beautiful country. Click on our archives for back issues of our complimentary magazine, and feel free to browse around. Welcome to Mongolia Expat. Welcome to Mongolia! [mongolia expat]

World of Expats – Mongolia is a large, landlocked country sandwiched between two of the largest countries in the world: Russia and China. It also has one of the lowest population densities on the planet, with 4.7 people per quare mile. [world of expats]

Your Expat Community in Mongolia – Sain baina uu! Welcome to InterNations Mongolia! While starting a new life in Mongolia is an exciting venture, it’s also natural to have questions, such as ʺwhat is the best way to school my children in Mongolia?”, ʺwill I need to have vaccinations?ʺ, or “how can I find a job in Ulan Bator?ʺ. InterNations can help you find answers to those questions by linking you to other Mongolia expats with a vast expanse of experience. InterNations wants to provide you with all the information necessary to help you in your move to this beautiful country. [internations]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

The LGBT Centre (Mongolia) – The first LGBT human rights organisation of Mongolia. [facebook]

Resources

Resources

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