The Traditional Instruments of the Mongols

Mongolia’s Enchanting Sounds

The Traditional Instruments of the Mongols

When you travel to Mongolia, you’ll discover a rich musical culture that reflects the country’s customs and traditions. Traditional instruments of Mongolia are divided into categories like strings, wind, struck, bowed, and percussion. These are classified as either indigenous or adopted and modified from neighboring ethnic groups or conquered countries. Read more “Mongolia’s Enchanting Sounds”

Preserving the Sport of Khans

Three Camel Lodge Goes Beyond Green to Support Falconry

Falconry has an ancient and distinguished history. The world’s oldest field sport, it began on the great steppes of Asia, flourishing under the khans of Mongolia, who practiced the art between military campaigns for sport and to capture food.

The nomadic Mongolian’s hunting practice has always used female golden eagles—which can reach 15 lbs with a wingspan of 7 ft 8 in—to set after quarry and use their talons and diving speed of up to 200 miles per hour to snatch up or take down such animals as hares and foxes. Females are used to hunt as reverse sexual dimorphism—found across almost all of the raptors—finds females up to 37% larger than males, thereby more powerful in their attack, as well as less likely to be injured by retaliating prey.

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Khankhongor School Scholarship Grantees 2021-22

This article was originally posted on Nomadic Expeditions Travel Blog

Since 2008, Nomadic Expeditions and the Three Camel Lodge have proudly supported local students studying traditional Mongolian music and dance at the Gobi’s Hanhongor School. We regularly host performances at the lodge that allow the students to share their talents with our guests and share the beauty of these traditional arts. Read more “Khankhongor School Scholarship Grantees 2021-22”

Naadam in Mongolia: The National Festival vs. the Countryside Festivals

What is the Naadam Festival?

Most travelers heading to Mongolia are intrigued by the annual Naadam Festival, the country’s traditional summer games. The games began more than 1,000 years ago and were created to ensure soldiers remained in shape during times of peace and consist of three events; wrestling, archery, and horse racing. The largest and most spectacular festival takes place in the capital of Ulaanbaatar on July 11 – 13. Over the summer, every province in Mongolia holds its own regional Naadam festivals.

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A Nomadic Herder

The Nomadic Lifestyle

The Nomadic Lifestyle
A Lesson in Harmony with the Earth

Today the world is changing faster than we can comprehend, and it is all because of the industrial and technological advances of mankind. But on the Central Asian Plateau, a timeless way of life persists. Specifically in Mongolia, where Bronze Age nomadic tribes once roamed the steppes and the high mountains, their modern-day descendants today continue to live in coexistence with the environment.

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Gobi Daytrips

Suggested Gobi Itineraries: 3 Popular Gobi Daytrips

At the Three Camel Lodge, there is no shortage of adventures to savor. The lodge is the ideal base from which to explore the Gobi’s must-see destinations. You will encounter vastly different eco-systems, ancient petroglyphs or use indigenous wildlife, and the region’s most fascinating sites of historical and natural significance.

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Mongolia on the BIg Screen

Mongolia on the Big Screen

While travel to Mongolia remains restricted for the time being, we can still enjoy seeing its epic nomadic lands in the stunning photography of movies and TV series. Here we share some of our favorites showcasing Mongolia. Films have certainly led to many countries seeing increased tourism, such as New Zealand following The Lord of the Rings. So whether you’re looking for a good story or a glimpse at what a Mongolia adventure might entail, you will certainly find it in this sampling of dramas and documentaries set in our storied land. We hope that they inspire your wanderlust as much as they do ours.

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Family Travel to Mongolia

Family Travel to Mongolia: Top 5 Benefits for Kids

The world really is the best classroom. Bringing children on your family vacations allows them to grow in unexpected leaps and bounds. Becoming engaged one-on-one with Mongolia’s unique people, landscape, and traditions allows kids to experience history in the flesh, geography beneath their boots, and culture everywhere they look.

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What to Expect When You Attend Naadam Festival

Festivals are more than just a celebration; they are a way to honor one’s traditions and history. However, some festivals are woven into the identity of a place. Holi in India. Dia de Los Muertos in Mexico. And, Naadam in Mongolia. Held annually in the summertime, Naadam is celebrated across the country, from the capital city of Ulaanbaatar to the remote towns of the Gobi. 
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