Mongolia's National Naadam Festival is an ancient warriors' festival developed before the Chingis Khan days that would test the warriors skills at hand-to-hand combat (wrestling), archery and racing horses that displays the heroic might of men and their lightning fast horses. The Naadam Festival showcases the strength, wisdom and agility of its competitors. The Hunnu celebrated Naadam as a means to select the future king and the Naadam Festival they would invite guests, soldiers and other foreign dignitaries to participate.
The Mongolian Naadam Festivals was initially celebrated in this manor between tribal leaders until it eventually grew into today's nationwide Mongolian Naadam Festival.
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Fee: $133USD for 4+ pax for event (minimum)
Dates: July 11-12, 2010
Day 1 - Experience the BUZZ of the Opening Ceremony of Mongolia’s National Naadam Festival: Get ready for a fun filled day! Today you will see and experience the buzz of the grand Opening Ceremony of Mongolia’s National Naadam Festival with its elaborate introduction ceremony featuring dancers, athletes, horse riders, military parades, long singers and musicians. Afterwards, the MEN of Mongolia, 512 wrestlers, will enter the stadium and showcase their strength and amazing skill; wrestlers come from both nearby and far off distant regions of Mongolia to compete.
In the afternoon, you will have lunch at a restaurant nearby to ensure that you don’t miss out on a marvelously colorful archery competition; many Mongolians wear their own region’s ethnic costumes. In the evening, after an energetic day, you will have a wonderful evening dinner among you and your travel colleagues where you can swap and share your day’s experiences. Its best to rest early as the next morning will start early with the horse races, so right after dinner we will be transferring you to your hotel.
Day 2 - Horse race and Closing ceremony of Naadam: It’s time to get up! This morning you will experience the brilliant madness of the horse race field and the unsurpassed cultural opportunity to watch the ‘daaga’ (2-year-old horse) race of 10km at “Hui Doloon hudag” with Mongolian racers from all corners of Mongolia.
As the horses gallop into the final stretch towards the finish line, the energetic crowd charges the atmosphere and emotions of trainers and finalist are at their peak – crowds of locals surround the baby horses as they make their way to their mothers; for Mongolians these are heart-touching moments and brings tears to many.
While you are waiting for next race, you will have a great opportunity to relax in a Naadam tent, visit local horse trainers, buy some local handicrafts and have a picnic lunch. In the afternoon, soyolon (5-year-old horse) race will start for 25km - Soyolon horse is the fastest and most powerful. Mongolians often say that the one who stands in dust of Soyolon race will be blessed till next Naadam. So don’t be surprised if you see many businessmen, crowds of people wearing fancy traditional garments, as well as the Mongolia ‘strong-men’ that will wait for Mongolian fastest of the Soyolon horses.
After the race, we will drive back to the stadium and follow up on the last two rounds of the wrestling competition that is followed by the closing ceremony. By this time, you may or may not be tired (the evening is yours to explore as you don’t have to wake up early if you don’t wish), we will take you to your hotel – where a wonderfully hot shower and some R&R awaits those that are tuckered out.
Our program includes the following:
• Two lunches as stated on the itinerary
• One reception dinner
• One fluently English speaking guide
• Naadam Festival entrance tickets
• Toll fees
• Transfer service as stated on itinerary