From The Naadam Festival To Wild Horses, Explore Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar, the capital city, is officially the coldest capital city globally.

by Nikitha Sebastian
From The Naadam Festival To Wild Horses, Explore Mongolia

Mongolia, often referred to as the “land of blue sky”, holds a unique charm that contradicts its harsh climate.  Mongolia boasts clear skies for a staggering 250 days a year. This phenomenon stems from the country’s arid climate, with minimal rainfall and low humidity. While summers are fleeting, lasting only a few weeks, they give way to long, cold winters where temperatures plummet to a bone-chilling -35°C.

A Young Nation With A Rich History


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Despite its geographic vastness, Mongolia is a surprisingly young nation. Over a third of its population is under the age of 35, making it a vibrant country with a dynamic future.  Adventure seekers will find themselves drawn to the Gobi Desert, a sprawling expanse that covers a staggering 30% of Mongolia’s landmass. This unforgiving landscape holds a secret treasure trove – the largest known site of dinosaur fossils in the world!

For a taste of Mongolian culture, look no further than the Naadam festival. This traditional summer celebration, held in major cities across the country, is essentially Mongolia’s own Olympics. Here, skilled athletes compete in archery, wrestling, and horseback riding – a testament to the country’s rich nomadic heritage.

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Home To The Last Truly Wild Horses

Another fascinating fact about Mongolia: it boasts the distinction of being the world’s least populated country. This translates to vast, open spaces, perfect for those seeking solitude and a connection with nature.  Ulaanbaatar, the capital city, wears another unique crown – it’s officially the coldest capital city globally.

Finally, Mongolia holds a special place for horse lovers. The majestic Przewalski’s horse, or Takhi, roams free here, the last truly wild horses remaining on Earth. These magnificent creatures once thought extinct in the wild, have made a remarkable comeback thanks to conservation efforts.

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So, if you’re looking for a destination that offers a unique blend of breathtaking landscapes, fascinating history, and vibrant culture, Mongolia awaits. Just be sure to pack your thermals – you’ll need them for those long, cold winters under the endless blue sky.

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