Major Tourist Attractions
The attractions and activities for tourists in Mongolia relate to the natural environment, historic features and cultural heritage.
Mongolia has diverse and distinctive vegetation and fauna including some rare species such as the Argali Sheep, Przhevalsky Horse, Asiatic wild ass, wild Bacterian camels, snow leopard and ibex. The remains of dinosaurs have been found in the Gobi desert.
The historic heritage of Mongolia is mainly related to Chinggis Khaan, the warrior-statesman, who, in the 13th century, united the Mongolian people into a strong nation that controlled much of Asia.
The traditional nomadic way of life, based on livestock raising and living in traditional gers, is of great interest to overseas tourists.
The two major public holidays are the Naadam, a traditional festival celebrated each summer and displays three types of traditional games; horse racing, wrestling and archery, and the Tsagaan Sar, the Mongolian Lunar New Year, which marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. These two festivals are the most visited events by tourists and something that shouldn’t be missed.