Everybody is heading for Naadam horse races held in Hui Dolon Hudag, a wide plain at 45km west of Ulaanbaatar City.  And a man and a little child-jockey are going there too. By Mongolia's  law, a jockey has to be older than 7-year old and should have a helmet on his or her head. Who cares this little one !? Not even his father who is bringing the child to fairly risky Naadam races in which hundred of horses take participation. I hope the man is father to this child. Children from poor families often get hired for race by horse-lovers. These races are very beautiful, but it's still... Photo by Bolod.


A swaying basketball board left behind by a nomad family or families when they moved out to a new place for fresh grasses or water\herders normally stay in a group of 2-3 familes\. Children may have now been missing the basket ring. They probably left the basketball board here in expectation of coming back. Playing basketball is the most played game among children and youngsters in Mongolia. Photo taken by me, Bolod


A boy riding a wooden "horse". Like him, vurtually every little in Mongolian countryside including me was riding a wood or  a stick before getting on horses proper.

In the white bag hanging from a temporary wooden structure near the boys, liquidity is being removed from yougurt in order to make then dry curd\aaruul\. Photo by Bolod.


3 gold and 1 silver medals.


Mongolia's boxing team has left for Halle's Chemical Cup tournament, an annual elite tournament in Germany. The team includes 2 previous winners of the Chemistry Cup: Chinzorig Baatarsukh\64kg\ and Tuvshinbat Byamba\69kg\. 


Riding Mongolian horses with Mongolian traditional wooden saddles. Photo taken by Bolod.


Plano Carpini\1185-1252\.

He is a great lier if he is here about this animal-like marriages amongst the Mongols proper!  Mongol mentality never could imagine this madness during its long existance. May be he did have no a  translator over the issue. This particular account is totally untrue!!!

"...Everyone has as many wives as he can afford: some have a hundred, some fifty, some ten, some more, some fewer, and everyone is generally married to relatives except to their own mother or daughter or sister of their own mother— even to half sisters and they can actually marry their father's wives after his death. In fact, the younger of two brothers may marry the elder brother's wife after his death or else another younger relative may do so. They take all the rest of the women as wives without any distinction and they buy them from their relatives at great cost. After the death of their husbands the women do not willingly marry a second time, unless someone wishes to marry his stepmother...".

hangai mountain

A Hangai Mountain view in central western Mongolia. Late June of 2015. Photo taken by Bolod.


Emptiness in Mongolia. Like Iceland, Mongolia's countryside look this empty. 

Where are people? Most Mongols had gone on war in 13th century.

The rest of civilans gone "immigrating and found "refuge" in Ulaanbaatar, Seoul, New York, Berlin...Immensity or emptyness in Mongolia's countryside and "Manhatten" jam in Ulaanbaatar. Traffic in Ulaanbaatar is horrible and horrible. Photo taken by Bolod.


Two travellers visiting by a Mongolian herder's family who grows some vegetables at their summer camp. Photo taken by Bolod.


  • "History of the Mongols, from the 9th to the 19th century" by Howorth, Henry H. Sir, 1842-1923. 
    Published: (1876)
  • “…Rubruquis visited the town, where  he met a German and his wife, with whom his man Goset had spent the winter, having been sent by Sertak that he might ease his court. Rubruquis tells us that Batu and Sertak, one on one side the river, the other on the other, were wont to descend as far as this place in their winter migration, but no further, crossing over the frozen surface of the Volga when they had occasion, and taking shelter among the woods on its banks in severe weather…”, page 101, Sertak Khan.

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wtite desert

Where is it? It's in Mongolia's Dundgovi Aymag or Middle Gobi Province. Gobi is green as soon as it rains. It looks white because of flowers. Photo by Bolod.

milking goats

Milking goats in southern part of Dundgobi Aymag or Middle Gobi Province. You think these little kids are just entertaining themselves while mother and sisters work hard. Not really. Kids in herder's family help to bring sheeps and goats, bring water from container, take out rubbish from ger and bring it to can...Photo by Bolod.

evening at nomadic campment

A calm evening at nomadic campement in Mongolia. It's "too crowded"-there are "too many gers"\tents\ around. Here, there are "too many animals" too here like cars in New York. This ladscape is the greatest contract to Ulaanbaatar, the Mongolia's "New York City". There is no space left for parking cars in Ulaanbaatar. About New York City, it said the city that never sleeps. Something is similar here too-some nights, dogs may bark at a lot in case volves appraoch the camp. Photo taken by Bolod.


Western Mongolia is the land of yak. These hairy animals cannot survive in southern Gobi desert and semidesert or in eastern plains of the country-it would be too hot for them. Herders say yak milk is the most fat one. That's why yak milk cheese butter is  one of the most preferred in market in Ulaanbaatar. Photo by Bolod.