Each year between 11th – 13th July, Mongolia celebrates its biggest festival of the calendar year. The Naadam Festival, known locally as ‘eriin gurvan naadam’ translates as ‘the three games of men’. Not surprisingly, it comprises of three sporting events: Archery, Wrestling and Horse Racing.
Naadam is the most-watched festival among Mongols, and is believed to have existed for centuries in one fashion or another. It celebrates what defined civilisation in the Steppes centuries ago and more recently commemorates the 1921 Revolution when Mongolia declared itself independent of China.
For the last 15 years, Golden Eagle Luxury Trains has been running its own Trans-Mongolian Express tour. This eagerly anticipated departure takes place every July, incorporating the famous Naadam festival into the programme. Guests get to spend 3 nights in Ulaan Baatar during the festival. To read this blog post in full, please follow the link below:
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