New Year Celebration (4 Days / 3 Nights)
Tsagaan Sar or White Month is one of Mongolia's two major and long-awaited holidays, the other being Naadam in July. For Mongols, Tsagaan Sar is not only an ancient holiday marking the end of winter and the beginning of a new year's cycle, but is also a time for unification and reinforcing social bonds. Preparations for the festive start well ahead of time. Several families usually gather in the eldest man's ger ( traditional dwelling), where the holiday will take place. Since the holiday means all relatives, neighbors, friends and guests will be treated to a lavish meal, women make more than a thousand buuz and dumplings. Ready dumplings are lined on wooden plates and put outside. The next day, the frozen buuz are ready to be steamed. Families all across the country stock-up on food, dairy, mild milk vodka and other specialties for the occasion.
This trip gives you a great opportunity to celebrate Mongolian traditional festival with nomads. You will participate in the Mongolian oldest festival celebration and get a chance to taste Mongolian special cuisine and drinks while you are enjoying nomads hospitality and friendliness. You can ride horse and watch the winter horse race, which is the biggest and great fun for locals.
Day 1: Ulaanbaatar
Friday, February 22, 2019 - Saturday, February 23, 2019
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, meet with your guide and driver at the airport, transfer to hotel. Visit the Zaisan Memorial and the Sukhbaatar square and watch the traditional wrestling in the Wrestling Palace. Welcome dinner at a local restaurant and overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Ulaanbaatar
Saturday, February 23, 2019 - Sunday, February 24, 2019
After breakfast we will visit to Gandan Monastery, take part in morning chants and watch Religious tradition of holiday. Then drive to the countryside and visit a nomadic family and take part in their White Month celebration. Overnight in traditional Mongolian ger.
Day 3: Ulaanbaatar
Sunday, February 24, 2019 - Monday, February 25, 2019
Enjoy seeing the nomadic lifestyle and explore the nomadic culture. After lunch we drive back to Ulaanbaatar. Transfer to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Ulaanbaatar
Monday, February 25, 2019 - Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Transfer to the airport after breakfast.