Dear Guest! Thank you for visiting my website. I'm a Mongol and I live in Mongolia which is the ancestral heartland for more than all 12 mln. Mongols who live now in 8 countries/Mongolia/2.8mln/, China/6.0mln/, Afghanistan/3.0-4.0mln/, Russia/0.8mln/, Iran, Burma, Kyrgyzstan and in Pakistan/. We, the Mongols are even more separated than the ill-fated Kurdish people. Do you know any person, any family or any nation who is happy for being separated from brothers and sisters. ...If Mongolia can bring Kyrgyzstan's Sart-Kalmyks, China's Kuko-nor's Mongols, Russia's Kalmyks and those Hazaras who are clearly of Mongol appearance what they have been discriminated for, back to the central land of their ancestors?! They wouldn't be coming to Mongolia as refugees, they will be here at home. ... If Astana is bringing the ethnic Kazaks from different countries to Kazakhstan in order to make their country stronger, why Ulaanbaatar wouldn't consider to do the same?! We have enough land for every Mongol who wants to settle permanently in Mongolia for the ethnic reason. UN should help us too. When Soviet Union ended up with the splits, Germany has received ethnic Germans from Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and other former republics too. Remember, Turkey received Turks from Bulgaria when Todor Jivkov changed his mind towards them. Ukraine and Russia welcome their ethnic kinsmen from the post-Soviet countries to settle in their countries.
We invite you to visit the country and its people. You will be visiting a people with centuries-old nomadic lifestyle, listening to the absolute silence and breathing the purest ever air and seeing the eternal blue sky dominating over this beautiful land on Central Asian plateau:
green taiga forests, the second largest fresh water lake in Siberia, ancient burials, icy streams of crystal clear rivers, in its north,
two-humped camels, towering sand dunes, green oases with saksaul trees, rocky mountains in scarsely green plains, natural formations of cliffs... in its South,
endless steppes, homeland of best horses, bird gathering at blue lakes, fishing rivers, numerous gazelles, volcanic craters... in its East,
snow capped mountains, great lakes, rock paintings, steep canyons, yak herds and massive sand dunes, mountain and field caves ... in its West!
Discover Mongolia with Bolod's Tours which operates since 1991!!! Stay comfortably in Bolod's Suburban Guesthouse!!! It's a truly experienced native tour operator and guesthouse reccommended by Lonely Planet's "Mongolia" guidebook of 2001/page 139/, 2005/pages 69, 72/, 2011/page 58/ and its "Trans Siberian Railway" of 2006/p. 263/, "Mongoru"/in Japanese/ by Globe-Trotter/ of 2007-2008/page 56/, "Mongolie" by Petit Fute of 2008-2009/page 86/and on the www.mongoliatourism.gov.mn- the official tourism website of Mongolia.
What's now the situation with Mongolia's tourism like? As Mr. Davaadorj Ts, the Minister of the Manufacturing and Trade admitted on October 2nd, 2007, on TV, "-Now, most foreign tourists enter and leave Mongolia by foreign-owned airlines or trains, stay at foreign-owned accommodations, eat at foreign restaurants and travel with foreign tour companies". It's true, indeed, nowdays.
This country doesn't need foreign investments in fields where the Mongols are capable or must do businesses themselves. What kind of foreign investments does Mongolia indeed need? The country needs foreign investment in manufacturing and technology most!!! Mongolia's rulers must serve in the interests of their own people.
I'm almost one of patriots who want to remain in this last homeland instead of emigrating abroad as too many Mongols do so. Exodus of its young population and export of Mongol women are the greatest threats to the further existense of Mongols as a nation...
Nationwide mining boom and gold rush are the greatest threat to Mongolia's nature... The gold may feed the people for 50 years, while preserved Nature-Mother would be able do it for another 5000 years.
Thank you for taking your time visiting my modest website.
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Impressions of the Mongols:
1: "Two were Mongolian lamas in shabby robes of saffron and crimson, bound at the waist by twisted sashes of faded purple cloth. One lama had a crushed felt hat on his shaven head, the other was bare-headed, and both wore high, leather Mongol boots. The one with hat was tall and rather gaunt, with a long nose, and sunken cheeks below high cheekbones. The other was shorter and more thickset, with a broader face. Both might have been taken for American Indians. As we camp up, they were in the act of replacing their carved snuff-bottles in their belt-purses, having taken them out to exchange them with third man, who had just joined them.
The newcomer was a layman, with a frank, pleasant expression in contrast to the somewhat furtive looks of the lamas. He too would have resembled an American Indian except for the long, drooping moustache under his small, finely chiseled nose. Unlike the lamas, he was wearing a dark blue summer robe of heavy serge, with a red sash, a brown belt hat, and cloth boots. Though the features and dress of all three were so typically Mongol, and unlike anything we had seen in China, I thought I would try the experiment of greeting them in Chinese. The taller monk answered, with quite a strong accent, explaining that he, like many other lamas of the border regions I had visited, often had occasion to deal with the Chinese merchants in buying things for his temple, and had learned their language in that way.
pages 6, 7. "The Land of the Camel" by Schuiler Cammann. 1950. The Ronald Press Company. NewYork.
2: " We found the Mongols to be a hospitable people with full, healthy-looking faces and often with handsome and intelligent intelligent features...
In the morning several Mongol men and women looked in on us and very kind-heartedly sewed the extensions on our sleeves and fixed knapsacks for us. The Chinese have a long way to go to match the Mongols in kindness...".
"The Chinese Agent In Mongolia" by Ma Ho-t'ien. Baltimore, Johns Hopkins Press, 1949.
3: " Here, for the first time, we accosted representatives of pure Mongol race; truculent-looking rascals they seemed to us, after the reserved and rather timid Uriankhai/энэ тохиолдолд Тувачуудыг хэлж байна.А.Б/. The natural influence of the wild life and freedom of the open Mongolian plateau could be traced in their careless and reckless manner; they were loud-speaking, rough soldiery, used to a hard life, apt to bully those below them, but respectful to their superiors./page 260/
...Thus we never saw the Khan/of the Durbets/; and much to our regret, for he was a rare type of an hereditary prince of ancient stock, claiming direct descendent from Jenghis Khan himself. One evening two of his sons visited us, giving us thereby an idea of appearance of a Mongol of a good birth. After our dealings with the rift-raft of the herdsmen, with rough soldiers and with primitive hunters, we had grown accustomed to the idea that all Mongols were heavily built, rough, ill-mannered, ugly to look upon, and with leathery faces, but these two Mongol gentlemen astonished us by their indefinable look of breeding and by their charm of manner. Of average height, and lightly built, with clean, sharp-cut features, soft, dark, olive skin and small hands, they showed a marked contrast to their retainers. Their had the refined air, the politeness of manner, courteous style, which belongs only to those Mongols who are accustomed to rule...There is still "spirit" left in the Mongols, judjing by these two men of a good birth; they, at any rate, gave us no impression of decay or deterioration. Turned into the right channels, the Mongol Khans could wield great power to good effect. Even now the tide is turning, and when the nomads have realized their strength and regained their self-reliance, they may also regain their independence..."/pages 269, 270/.
"Unknown Mongolia"/a record of travel and exploration in North-West Mongolia and Dzungaria/ by Douglas Carruthers. 1913. London. Hutchinson & Co
4: "The houseboys, Chinese privates from the Sarachi district of central Suiyuan, tried to crowd into the mess hall, saying that if "that no-account" could come in, they could too. They recognized him as a Mongol by the scarlet vest he wore with his student uniform-no Chinese would wear anything as bright- and Sa-hsien people, as members of the first wave of Chinese migtation into the Mongol grazing lands, are the most open in their scorn of the people they dispossessed.
Their feeling was even more obvious next morning when Fred went to ask the cook for an extra plate of eggs to give Dunguerbo. "Mongol no good!" the Chinese servants said with emphasis. This annoyed us very much, as Dunguerbo had a far finer personality and a much more generous nature than most of the Chinese we had contact with up there"
page127, "The Land of the Camel" by Schuyler Cammann. The Ronald Press Company. New York. 1950.
5: "Huc and after him, Prjevalsky have described the Tsaidam Mongols as morose and melancolic, speaking little-in fact, hardly better than animals. I was glad to find all those I met quite different from what the accounts of these travelers had caused me expect. Not only they showed themselves ready to do anything for me, but they expected themselves to make my stay agreeable, inviting me, or playing on a rough kind of banjo they manufacture themselves".
page 130, "The Land of the Lamas" by Rockhill W.W/a journey into eastern Tibet and Mongolia in 1888-1889/.
6: "Away in the distance we had seen some black spots from which faint columns of blue smoke were raising peacefully in the morning air. these were the yurts, or felt tents, of the Mongols, towards which we were making.. .. All round the sides of the tent boxes and cupboards were neatly arranged and at one end were some vases and images og Buddha. In the centre, was fireplace, situated directly beneath the hole of the place. I was charmed with the comfort of the place. The Chinese inns, at which I had so far had to put up, were cold and draughty. Here the sun came streaming in through the hole in the top, and there were no draughts whateever. Nor was there any dust; and this being the tent of a well-to-do Mongol, it was clean and neatly arranged"
-"Among the Celestials" by Captain Younghusband, C.I.E. London. John Murray, Albemarle Street. 1898
7. "...Pass begins. The carts here began to progress in brief spasms, and the gradient, together with the general conditions, made this a somewhat painful experience. Leading our ponies, we were able by devious paths to discover rather smoother going, and the number one Mongol, a charming old man of some position, who, having no mount, now seated himself (without invitation) on the shaft of my cart, remarked that " The great one must be possessed of extraordinary strength to be able to walk like that". I learned subsequently that a horseless Mongol is just about as much use as a seagull with its wings clipped. The missioneries had arranged that this same old Mongol, Dobdun, by name, should act " boy" for me on the way up, i.e. boil water, peel potatoes, and spread my bedding at night. I liked him very much, but mainly for the sake of his picturesque appearance, for besides being very stupid, extremely lazy, and knowing not one word of Chinese, he had not the foggiest notion as to how to do anything for my comfort beyond getting me hot water, and smiling in a paternal way, when, to relieve my beasts, I got out and walked up the steep places.
By the time we were at the top of the pass, between five and six thousand feet above sea level, it was dusk. We had taken our time over the ascent, an icy wind was blowing, and the scene before us was desolate indeed. Earlier in the day and under normal conditions the traffic here is very considerable. Not so at the time of my visit, for beyond being overtaken by a couple of
Mongols trotting swiftly along on camels, who drew rein for a few seconds just in order to pass the time of day, or, more literally perhaps, to put the inevitable question as to our destination, before they flew on again, we encountered never a soul. I had never seen camels trotting before and they reminded me of leggy schoolgirls fielding at cricket, for they scatter their limbs about in just such an ungainly way..."
\from "A tour in Mongolia" by Beatrix Bulstrode\Mrs. Manico Gull\ published in 1920.
8. "...Our first halt was 30 versts from Kiachta, where we found a rest-house used by travellers, at which one could obtain the use of a samovar for a few kopecks. These rest-housies had only just been put up and in point of cleanliness and accommodation were very far below the standarct of those on the way from Verkhne-Udinsk.
After our meal we continued the journey for another 30 versts over fine country with pretty scenery. The snow was still to be seen lying in drifts out of the sun. How we rattled and jolted over the ground ! Sometimes we went at a canter, the telega swaying from side to side as the yamschiks urged their ponies forward. At times when descending a hill at a gallop, we thought our last hour had come, and in vain we remonstrated with the drivers, who in true Russian fashion shouted " Nitchevo." Our expostulations were in vain and in the end we resigned ourselves to our fate. A more nerve-shattering travelling experience it would be difficult to imagine. Just as it was beginning to grow dusk we sighted, on the bank of the frozen Yero, our resting place for the night. It was the only sign of human habitation we had seen since leaving the first rest-house after lunch. Here the ponies were taken out and attached to the telegas by their halters. To our disappointment we found other travellers already in possession of the only available accommodation, and fast asleep. The hut was very dirty and overheated by a huge Russian stove which seemed to take up all the room. There was no ventilation of any kind, and, as every effort was made to keep the door shut, the atmosphere in the one and only room could be better imagined than described. Henningsen and I decided to sleep out in the telega, notwithstanding the temperature, which by this time was very low. We lined the bottom of this vehicle with all the skin rugs we could find, and shifted it into a position to protect us from the wind. The wind increased in force until at midnight there was a blizzard from the North and, curled up in the telega, we ha-d the greatest difficulty in keeping warm. It wae so cold that even the ponies put their noses in our cart to find shelter from the wind. When the day broke, we crawled out of our uncomfortable bed, isuffering from want of sleep, cold and cramp in the limbs from lying in one position so long, and went across to the hut where we found Wong preparing tea — a very welcome beverage after our night in the open.
We were on the road again with the wind behind us and, having crossed the Yero not many yards from our halting place the previous night, we followed the cart track winding through a valley which has all the characteristics of Siberian scenery. A few hours later the weather showed signs cf improvement, and by midday the sun burst through the clouds, much to our delight. Here and there off the road we caught sight of Mongol yurts, and of sheep and cattle grazing on the sides of the hills and in the sheltered parts of the valley. When we came to a particularly stiff climb we invariably eased the load and stretched our legs. Sometimes we rested on the tops of the hills to give the ponies a spell, and this enabled us to get a good view of the surrounding country for many miles.
In the afternoon of the following day we reached another small station where it is usual to halt for the rest of the day. From the Yero to this place, we had done 60 versts without stopping longer than a few minutes to rest the ponies after a stiff climb. Here we found a tolerably clean isha of a better type than we had hitherto encountered, and we made ourselves as comfortable as circumstances permitted. A stream runs through the long valley and on the opposite side we saw a cluster of yurts and a temple standing out in the landscape, conspicuously painted in flaming colours of yellow and red. The scene was aSso enlivened by ducks and geese, and by plenty of lama duck, a variety peculiar to this part cf Asia.
The next morning we set out at 8 o'clock with the knowledge that progress would be slow and tedious over the pass leading to Manhatai, where there is a telegraph station in charge of a Russian. A very stony road leads to the foot of the pass through a well wooded valley. Snow drifts and melting snow, with boulders every few paces, rendered it anything but easy going for pedestrians in heavy boots. The ponies threaded their way cautiously along the track, but the telegas rocked from side to side, with a jerky motion, and we were thankful not to be inside, as the jolting and jarring of this springless vehicle must have been trying, to say the least. Mr. Henningsen and I were walking ahead and just as we came to the top of the pass, a Lama appeared with his servant, leading their ponies. Both stopped and appeared to be apprehensive of danger. The Lama gave the Mongol greeting, to which we responded by raising our right hands, fingers closed and thumbs pointed up. As we approached each other we noticed that the Lama was armed with a Mauser pistol, which, when he saw that we were two inoffensive travellers, he handed back to his servant, who concealed it in the ample folds of his sheepskin coat. He made a few remarks in Mongol which we could not understand, and after trying him in Chinese, we gave him him up as hopeless. We were told by the Russian in charge of the telegraph station that this part of the country is particularly dangerous in the spring and summer, there being many brigands who infest the pass and rob travellers, not stopping short of murder if they offer any resistance. The descent of the pass on the other side was equally bad going, the road leading into another valley in which we found the telegraph station and a resting place for the night...".“
\from "Old Tartar Trails” by A. S. KENT\
9. "...As we approached it, dogs began to bark, tent door opened, and fires gleamed. We had found inhabitants at last. We were soon seated by the bright fire of a lama's tent. The lama was about twenty-seven years of age, and lived with his mother, an old woman over fifty, and another little lama, about fifteen...", page 83, "Among the Mongols" by James Gilmour/1843-1891/,
Impressions on the Mongols\collected by Bolod \:
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Immensity in Mongolia
Created on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 01:25
04.7.2012. Although Mongolia is the 18th biggest land in the world, a half of its 3-million population lives in just one valley where Ulaanbaatar City is located. Since early 90-s, as almost all factories... libraries and public baths were ruined in provinces, the most Mongols who suddenly got unemployed, started moving towards the capital city in hope of better life. It's how the city of Ulaanbaatar has tripled its inhabitants in last 23 years and it still may increase the number.
What's are needed now? Mongolia must start building thousands of houses in Harkhorin in central West and in Undurkhaan in central east. Many people will then quit the horribly crowded Ulaanbaatar. The historically known Harkhorin town should have been immediately declared as would-be capital. The Kalmyk-Mongols who live in central Russia should better to settle in Mongolia as well as those Hazaras who show evident Mongol features. Taken by me, Bolod N. Mukhadi.
Camels in Eastern Mongolia.
Created on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 02:17
There are camels everywhere in Mongolia including these eastern grasslands. I took the photo in the historically significant place of Huduu Aral\"Country Island"\, Hentii Pprovince where "The Secret History of the Mongols", the most famous Mongolian chronology book was declared to be completed shortly after the death of Chinggiss Khaan in 1227 by an anonimous author. Before pick-up trucks and chinese motorcycles became very common in the country since about 2000, the camels still were an important transport along with medium and heavy russian trucks in Mongolia and the main riding animal in the southern provinces. Now, the most camels are having rest for undefinite term, if not forever after their centuries-long and enduring caravan trails.
Created on Saturday, 26 October 2013 06:11
25.10.2013. Italians riding camels near Hugnu Khaan Mountain and Mongol Els sand dunes which is located in Central Western Mongolia. Their guide is a 75-year old herdsman called Bor. The man's camels now totall 10 after 2 of them are missing since last spring. The owner thinks the two animals the most probably joined somebody's herd and still stay somewhere in a neighbooring county. His wife dismisses any probability that the animals may have been stolen or already slaughtered. The family asked their friends in the region to look for these 2 missing camels. Camels which look a bit ugly being "naked" in summer, are now growing hair again and will look great in December, January, February and March. Photo taken by me, Bolod N. Mukhadi.
Created on Saturday, 12 October 2013 00:50
30.9.2013. Milking mares in Gurvanbulag County, Bulgan Province. The mares are now being milked every 1.5 hour. Airag, a traditional fermented mare's drink from the province is widely considered as one of the best in the whole Mongolia. The family is probably storing now the drink for incoming winter consumption, the most of all, for Mongolian Lunar New Year which normally comes in late January or in February each year. When we driving through the province, almost every herder's family seemed to be milking mares. Photo taken by me, Bolod N. Mukhadi.
A Martial Artist.
Created on Friday, 04 October 2013 00:25
I was amazed to see how the 4-year old boy was very fast in his martial art performance and the same time he can be patient enough to sit still when he was drawing different figures. The boy is back home for weekend from a village where he started going to kindergarden a month ago. Photo taken by me, Bolod N. Mukhadi.
A Difficult Track in Taiga.
Created on Monday, 23 September 2013 00:58
A good weather and a difficult track in Baruun Taiga/"Western Taiga"/ through muds, stones, rocks, woods and water. Another time Mongolian horses have shown their amazing endurances during our 7- hour journey. The horseman-guide leading our group is a herdsman who lives in a valley to east from Tsagaan Nuur/"White Lake"/ Village which is located in Darkhad Depression in northern Huvsgul Province. That moment we don't suspect that tomorrow it will be snowing and much colder. Photo taken by me, Bolod N. Mukhadi.
A Reindeer Family In Taiga.
Created on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 01:24
07.9.2013. A reindeer family in deep taiga which we visited at 40km to west from Tsagaan Nuur Village, Mongolia's north-western Huvsgul Province: father is an Tuvan-uigur or Soyot man who is fluent in Mongolian, Tuvan-turkic and understands Kazak well and mother of these two boys who is a Darkhad-Mongol woman. As the mother says, the older boy does not go school for a health reason while younger one is to there next year. Other 2 children of the family are absent because they stay in village for their schooling. The children don't speak Tuvan at all. The Tuvans who the father belongs to is now numbering only 400-500 in Mongolia. Photo taken by me, Bolod N. Mukhadi.
Is A Rain Playing with A Sunlight?
Created on Wednesday, 28 August 2013 04:13
16.8.2013. Is it raining this locally in the nearby valley by playing a game with a beautiful sunlight that comes through the clouds or is it just to come here the ghers of malchid\herders\ and yaks/"sarlag" in Mongolian/grazing around? Western Mongolia is a home to sarlags. There are very few cows in this vast mountainous region with big lakes and massive sand dunes. Photo taken in Arkhangai Province by me, Bolod N. Mukhadi.
A Crater in Arkhangai.
Created on Sunday, 25 August 2013 01:38
2013.8.16. An extinct volcano near Tariat Village, Arkhangai Province. There are 6 craters in this area only including the well-known and fresh-looking Horgo crater which is found only 5-6 km to east from Tsagaan Lake\"White Lake"\. Central western Mongolia is rich in volcanoes and lavas. In this area ervery stone is a lava. But south-eastern Sukhbaatar Province's Erdenetsagaan County is the richest with about 300 extinct craters spreading in plain grasslands. Photo taken by me, Bolod N. Mukhadi.
It's Raining in Mongolia
Created on Tuesday, 20 August 2013 23:23
14.8.2013. It's raining a lot these autumn days in Mongolia. This year, in many areas, it didn't rain much during the summer. That's why, for example, horseraces held in July 27th-28th in a valley near Tsetserleg Town raised a heavy dust there, I recall. When I returned in this region, I found that it turned green everyway after these rains. The dirt road was muddy and slippery we were heading for Ulziit County of central-western Arkhangai Province. By the way, the county is populated by descendants of Galdan Boshigt Khaan's people who bravely fought against Manchu troops... MongolsPhoto taken by me, Bolod N. Mukhadi.
"A Policeman, Teachers, A Doctor..."
Created on Saturday, 10 August 2013 13:59
30.7.2013. Guests arrived! As we camped nearby herders in a valley of Ider River, the north-western Huvsgul Province, the kids came to us, probably, in their expectation to have some candies from travellers. We chatted with them. The boy in yellow sweater is fairly decisive that he wants to be a policeman when he grows up while his older sister\in blue jacket\ and the younger girl\in red\ are dreaming of becoming teachers. The latter was more precise in her future choice saying -"a primary school teacher". Another girl who is a classmate to the "policeman"s sister and sitting with a little baby on her knees is thinking of doctor's job. Only one who could not tell us anything of a "job" was the baby who has got recently a twin brother and a sister. Hopefully, he may want to be a herder in this beautiful land. Photo taken by me, Bolod N. Mukhadi.
A Town near Huvsgul Lake.
Created on Thursday, 08 August 2013 15:20
02.8.2013. Hatgal Town located on the southern shore of Huvsgul Lake-the 2nd biggest lake in Mongolia... In nearer view, a wooden house with white roof belongs the Hatgal Guesthouse run by Mr. Gerele, a local guide\translator, a reliable and experienced man in his early 30s. His phone is 98611524. He provides travellers with overnight stays in a light log house that stands next to his house, in a ger or in tent as well with horseriding or motorcycle rides. Some locals including Gerele used to fence their fairly big hay fields because they keep some cows near homes for everyday fresh milk. Photo taken by me, Bolod N. Mukhadi.
A Family That We Met.
Created on Sunday, 04 August 2013 14:15
Today, I'm back from a 12-day trip to Central and North West. I wish I had a time to upload many nice photos from the trip and write comments to them... Anyway, here is the first photo. Date taken is: 30.7.2013. This is a family whom we met on a dirt road to north from Jargalant Village, Huvsgul Province. As the man told the family was returning home after visiting their village for shopping and meeting with relatives and friends. I'm sure that the little daughter fairly benefited from the trip by having some candies and something else that she liked the most. Roads were very mudy and rivers were full that day because it was raining a lot in this mountainous area. Photo taken by me, Bolod N. Mukhadi.
Past Neighbours With Present.
Created on Tuesday, 23 July 2013 04:47
15.7.2013. In a valley of Herlen River. Past neighbours with Present: one of thousands of ancient graves- traces of ancient people who once inhabited this land and 2 ghers of herders which are seen just behind it. The round shape of stone fence of the grave shows a person-a king or a warrior who was buried here was from a Mongol-speaking tribes, as archeologists say. Instead, a square fencing would mean a grave belongs to kirgiz or turkic- speaking person. Anyway, he or she must have been a VIP only in order earn such a big stone pile tomb that stands for this many centuries. Photo taken by me, Bolod N. Mukhadi.
Land of Best Horses and Saddles.
Created on Monday, 08 July 2013 16:29
In the land of the best horses and saddles in Mongolia. About these horses: they just happened to be of our camel guides. Almost all winners-horses of Naadam festival\attention: it's wrong to pronounce it as 'nadaam'!!!\ race came and come from somewhere here -eastern Mongolia. For example, the name of "Galshir" sounds for a Mongol's ear as "the heartland of best horses", although it's officially just the name of a county in eastern Hentii Province. The horses from Galshir are the best of best in the country. The best Mongolian saddles are associated with eastern Mongolia too-those of Dariganga and Bayanmunkh styles...
Photo taken by me, Bolod N. Mukhadi.
In the 18th Biggest Land in the World.
Created on Thursday, 04 July 2013 23:56
26.6.2013. Immensity in Mongolia, the 18th biggest land in the world. A valley of Thenkher River that's mentioned in "The Secret History Of The Mongols", a chronology book written in 13th century by an anonimous author. When you read about constant battles between different tribes which were taking place on this land from the book, it seems that Mongolia was much more densily inhabited that early time than today. Why? When Chinggis Khaan unified all these tribes, the most population of this land was mobilised on foreign military expeditions starting with the revenge attack for the massacre of 300-men Mongolian delegation in Central Asia. That's why, for example, there are millions of Hazara Mongols living under ethnic discrimination in Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan.
And more than half of the country's 3 mln inhabitants live in Ulaanbaatar, the capital city. Photo taken by me, Bolod N. Mukhadi.
Photo taken by me, Bolod N. Mukhadi.
An Elderly Woman.
Created on Saturday, 29 June 2013 13:53
26.6.2013. An elderly woman is going back in her small, possibly 3-wall gher\home\, instead of 4-5 wall gher which is common in Mongolian countryside. As her gher stood a bit distant from the closest family, I thought she may not be a grand-mother to them. I would believe 2 neighbour families take a care of her in case she needs it. But, so far, she seems to be fairly helpful than being helped by her neighbours. When we arrived at this nomadic campement that consisted of 3 ghers, the woman was doing something near animal fences. Anyway, she is the most likely a life-long herdswoman. I regret that I had no a chance to talk to her. It would have been interesting to know about her stories.... Photo taken by me, Bolod N Mukhadi.
A Sad View of Ancient Tombs.
Created on Saturday, 29 June 2013 04:17
26.6.2013. We have found that all of 142 ancient graves spread in a sunny valley near mountain of Duulga in eastern Mongolia's Hentii Province which is well mentioned in "The Historical and Cultural Treasures of Mongolia" had been excavated or looted. Although the book printed in 1999 says only about 20 graves were excavated, there is indeed no single grave has survived from the intervention by modern people. Commentary continued. Photo taken by me, Bolod N Mukhadi.
Herder's Meal Is Ready!
Created on Monday, 17 June 2013 05:10
09.06.2013. Full bowl of mutton is getting ready to be served in this small, 3-wall mobile gher in which the man lives with his wife and a 8-month old baby and 5-year old son who is now practicing to be jokey in incoming horse races along with his friend-another boy of the same age from a neighbour's family. These delicious intestines will also be shared with their neighbours-fellow herders who live at distance of "only" 1-2 km from them. The family has a bigger, a 5-wall gher which is normally assembled in spots where they stay for relatively long. But, this time was not the case. The family moved to this spot about 12 days ago and is now already planning of next move shortly. Photo taken by me, Bolod N Mukhadi.
A Herder's Ever LastinG Image.
Created on Friday, 14 June 2013 02:07
09.6.2013. Ever lasting or centuries-old gracious image of Mongol herdsman: a horseman carrying an "uurga", a lasso is driving his horses through immensity of his native land in eastern Mongolia. Finding and bringing horses to vicinity of home is a part of nomadic lifestyle. Even Chinggiss Khaan was doing the same in his childhood. While being in search of his horses, Temujin, the teenager then found a golden whip that meant a great destiny for him and met Borchy, his first and life-long friend who became later one of his top generals. Because of being a semi-wild type as biological species, the Mongolian horses never return home themselves although they normally stay in home area. Unless the horses, cows go back home voluntarily after each grazing day. Photo taken by me, Bolod N Mukhadi.