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Discover Ulaanbaatar: A Tapestry of Tradition and Modernity

Step into the heart of Mongolia’s capital, Ulaanbaatar, where the echoes of history blend seamlessly with the vibrant pulse of modernity. Founded in 1639, Ulaanbaatar reveals its rich tapestry, with a fascinating journey through time.

Historic Roots and Spiritual Center

Ulaanbaatar, once known as Ih Huree or Da Huree, earned its name as the “big circle” when nomads settled and formed circular patterns around the village center. In 1840, the Gandan Monastery took root in Ih Huree, marking the spiritual center of Mongolian Buddhism. Wander through this historic space, where the serenity of the past meets the vibrancy of the present.

Architectural Evolution

Witness the architectural evolution that unfolded since the 1940s, as Russian-style architecture, characterized by Stalinist influences, left its mark on Ulaanbaatar. Immerse yourself in the juxtaposition of Soviet Classism with the emergence of modern, glass-clad skyscrapers after Mongolia’s transition to democracy in the 1990s.

What’s included:

  • Guiding: Expert interpretation and navigation
  • Meals: Full board with local and international cuisine
  • Transport: 4×4 vehicles or minivans
  • Entrance Fees: To protected areas and national parks

What’s not included:

  • Optional Activities: Additional costs outlined
  • Alcoholic Drinks: Not included
Tour Itinerary to Uncover Ulaanbaatar’s Charms:
  1. Gandan Monastery Exploration:Begin your day with a visit to the revered Gandan Monastery, a spiritual haven and a symbol of Mongolia’s Buddhist heritage.
  2. Zaisan Hill-Top Vista:Ascend Zaisan, a hill-top adorned with a Soviet-era statue, offering panoramic views of the city. Capture the essence of Ulaanbaatar’s layout against the backdrop of the Mongolian landscape.
  3. Lunch Delight:Savor a delectable lunch, indulging in Mongolian flavors that tantalize your taste buds and provide a culinary experience unique to the region.
  4. Cultural Immersion:Choose between exploring the historical Bogd Khan Winter Palace Museum or the enchanting Tsojin Lama Monastery Museum, both offering insights into Mongolia’s royal past.
  5. Sukhbaatar Square and Parliament House:Visit the iconic Main Square, Sukhbaatar Square, surrounded by architectural gems like the Parliament House. Feel the pulse of the city in this central hub.
  6. Soviet Classism Entertainment:Immerse yourself in a National music and dance show at the main theater, a masterpiece of Soviet Classism architecture.
  7. Shopping Extravaganza:Embark on a shopping spree, exploring cashmere and souvenir shops. Take home a piece of Mongolian craftsmanship and style.
  8. Museum of Mongolian History:Dive into Mongolia’s rich history at the National History Museum, where exhibits weave a narrative that spans centuries.
  9. Evening Delights:Conclude your day with a delightful dinner, reflecting on the day’s cultural immersion and exploration.

Ulaanbaatar invites you to unravel its layers, where ancient traditions harmonize with the pulse of contemporary life. Embark on this journey to discover a city that beautifully balances its past and present, offering travelers a truly unique experience.

(5 Review)
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    Anna E

    Horse trekking

    Traveling through Mongolia’s mountains on horseback was an incredible experience. Very grounding and kind of therapeutic for me. Bataa always made an effort to satisfy everyone’s wishes and helped us understand his county’s traditions. I felt very well taken care of and welcomed by his kindness and humor. I can only recommend traveling with Bataa, he was one of the reasons why that trip was so special.

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    Kathi Schnatti

    Horse trekking
    05/08/2023 Helpful

    If you were always dreaming of an amazing, unforgettable, very special and very intense journey – Bataa from Taiga Nomadic Travel is your man to help you out!!
    Why? Because he is responsible for a super well organized trip with:
    x landscapes that let you feel being directly in the scenario of “lord of the rings”
    x top powerful and brave horses, that will steal your heart forever
    x super friendly, generous and diligent team members of horse-men and eagle-hunters, who are making you feel like a champion on the horse and survive every challenge on the way
    x excellent talented cooks, letting you discover the varied culinary of Mongolian food
    x a loooot of fun and laughing, after you probably could have belly soreness
    x huge adventures, which you will tell your grandchildren for sure

    And probably many many many things more!
    I am so thankful for every second during this time and so happy about experienced this with this people!

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    Stephanie D

    Horse trekking
    18/10/2023 Helpful

    Bataa is an amazing Guide. You feel safe at every time. He takes care of his clients and make them always feel very comfortable. I can recommend him without exception. When you’re looking for a great time in Mongolia, Bataa should be your Guide. Thanks for everything! See you next year.

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    Short tour
    20/10/2023 Helpful

    It was a dream for me to discover Mongolia on horseback. The experience was even more incredible than I had hoped, and one thing’s for sure, Bataa had a lot to do with it. Thanks to him, we got to know the traditions and people of Mongolia. He was available 24 hours a day to help us communicate with our guides and helped us, explaining what we should and shouldn’t do. He was there for the laughing, the good times but also when we were having a hard time. Perfect guy-de😃 ! I’ll definetely do my next trip with him again !

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    Alessandro C

    Horse trekking
    28/11/2023 Helpful

    That was the most exciting experience of my life. Our guide Bata was always very helpful and helped us with every problem imaginable.
    I will never forget this trip.
    Thank you for everything.

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    Leonie M

    Events & Festivals
    19/10/2023 Helpful

    Where should I start – I had an an indescribable and amazing experience from the beginning until the end and further.

    I was on a very well-organized nine-day riding tour with a small group of people. Bataa from Taiga Nomadic Travel accompanied our group and did incredible work to provide us with unforgettable experiences (for example feeding eagles, eating traditional Mongolian food, galloping bareback through the Mongolian steppe and heading camels).
    Always helpful and friendly, he enabled communication with the Mongolian horsemen, took us to Gers and introduced us to nomadic families and their way of living. Further, he spontaneously organized an additional three-day stay with a family of Kazakh Eagle Hunters – another once-in-a-lifetime experience.

    Bataa was always available, helping with several issues and did his very best to fulfill all desires. My expectations were more than satisfied and for certain it wasn’t my last tour with Taiga Nomadic Travel.

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