How are your “Three Manly Skills”?
The “Three Manly Skills” – archery, horse riding and wrestling – are celebrated in Mongolia’s Naadam, a traditional festival held in summer throughout the country.
"Chinggis Khan was just the ultimate nomad"
Horses have been the cornerstones of Mongolian civilization since the 13th century and nowhere is this more evident than at Tsonjin Boldog.
Let’s grab an eagle and go hunting
Eagle hunting is an ancient Central Asian tradition which has been passed down for generations.
Beautiful scenery, but life isn't a fairy tale
“He is a good driver but a sexist pig,” says my friend Davaasuren, as our driver Ganbaa battles through the anarchic traffic of Ulaanbaatar.
What’s it like to spend a night in a Mongolian tent?
Mongolia. After a day filled with hard work, the men of the family I'm staying with peel off their layers and sit down to tuck into steaming plates of food. I join them and catch the women looking over at me for signs of approval.
The horses shielded by folklore
The Mongol horse is descended from the wild Przewalski’s horse, which Mongolians call the “takhi”.
A man who can't ride isn't a man
Given the importance of the horse to the nomad’s way of life, it would be remiss of me to visit the steppes of Mongolia without hopping in the saddle.
Only the horse has made nomadic life possible
Hello Mongolia, where a third of the population are still nomads following their herds from summer to winter pasture across the steppe, a treeless grassland too dry to support farming. Only the horse has made this nomadic life possible, just as it made possible the conquests of the great Mongol Empire carved out by Chingghis Khan.