The timeless culture of the country attracts tourism to Mongolia from all across the globe. The country’s lifestyles and landscapes are, for the most part, still the same as they were centuries ago. Today this place, frozen in time presents itself as one of the most sought after tourist spots for adventurers seeking the thrill of a lifetime with cultural authenticity.
Even to this day, in rural areas, some people of Mongolia live the nomadic lifestyle. Nomads migrate throughout the year, settling on pleasant and fertile pastures. They raise and breed sheep, horses, goats, cattle, and camels. These nomadic herders live in steppes and welcome travelers wholeheartedly into their camps so that they can get a feel of their lifestyle.
Spectators are drawn to Mongolia’s famous Eagle hunting festivals. Inspired by Genghis Khan, tourists learn to fire arrows on horseback while wearing Mongolian deel overcoats for an authentic experience.
The way Mongolia has preserved its proud ancient heritage is truly remarkable and makes for a wonderful visit for those who love the simpler times.
However, the capital, Ulaanbaatar, is home to almost half of the Mongolian population and is well versed in modern times. If you want the full experience of this beautiful country, then it is worth meeting people from different societies.
The most widely practiced religion among locals is Buddhism. Some Mongols also follow Shamanism, Christianity, and Islam, such as the Kazakh nomads.
If you plan on visiting temples or other religious places, some etiquettes to follow include, dressing modestly and removing any sunglasses, shoes, or hats before entering. One must take permission for photography, avoid touching items of religious practices, and always walk in a clockwise direction around stupa or prayer wheels.
The official language of the country is Khalkha Mongolian. The two most widely spoken dialects include Oirat and Buryat.
Modern Mongolian Art
Their nomadic heritage heavily inspires Mongol art. Therefore, articles such as horse blankets, saddles, knives, and storage chests are highly decorative and portable. The Mongols enjoy performing arts and music and have several amateur and professional theaters as well as musical organizations in various towns.