So you may have “bow hunting skills…nun chuck skills….” but what about Mongolian warrior skills…aka shooting a bow and arrow off of horseback while riding across the Steppes?
I didn’t think so.
Mongolian warriors were the fastest most tactful warriors in their time. Led by Genghis Khan (name given in 1189), who united rival clans , and by the mid 13th century, the Mongol Empire extended from Beijing to the Caspian Sea.
Now you can learn what it takes to be a Mongolian warrior through Mongolian Warrior training….one word…AWESOME.
Mongolia, or “The land of the blue sky”, is one of the last places on earth where one can explore an untamed natural world in a dynamic landscape. Travel on horseback with nomads, who learned their skills from their ancestors, through ominous snow capped mountains, down through lush and calm green meadows filled with wildflowers and edelweiss, galloping towards a barren desert until you reached a pine-tree filled forest reminiscent of an Asian warrior film.
A Mongolian travel adventure is responsible travel because it furthers the idea of “Fair Trade Traveling” by supporting the local culture, traditions and arts, while not exploiting it.
BBC did a piece on this travel adventure entitled “Tasting Warrior Life”. Mongolia, as well as being great for adventurers, is a great place to show your support for the local flora and fauna which carries some rare animals…including the argali sheep, przhevalsky horse; Asiatic wild ass, wild camels, snow leopard and ibex. Dinosaur remains have also been found in the area!
Depending on the tour company you travel with, and how much you are willing to pay, groups can range from 2-12 people and are usually around 9 days long and cost around $2000, not including airfare.
Tours include an itinerary in which you are completely taken care of. Think of it as Mongolia’s version of a safari on the steppes.
Activities include, and are not limited to, learning how a warrior would live their day, riding horses and taking care of them at the end of the day, learning archery skills, Mongolian cooking, taking part in Mongolian shaman ceremonies, Mongolian traditional songs…and…my favorite…learning Mongolian wrestling tactics and skills. Training progresses over time, and in between you travel to different parts of Mongolia, and can opt to visit museums and monasteries.
If you do not want to do a full tour, but want to stay at a truly Mongolian hotel that is only $60 per night…yes only $60 per night…try the Hotel Mongolia Resort (click here)
The Resort is equipped with all modern essentials but you will feel like you are stepping right back in time to the Mongolian empire…you even have your own “tent” which is actually furnished with a full bathroom.
There are different types of rooms, and the most expensive (from $80) is the Temple Room located in the stone building.
The Resort is only 40 minutes from the regional airport and 20 minutes from Ulaanbaatar city. It has facilities and services that include a business center, restaurant, room service, pool tables, boating, archery, beach volleyball on the river beach, massage…any modern hotel amenity.
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Now…If you are in the mood to splurge in your trip to Mongolia after a long hard adventure-packed tour through the Steppes…then you have to check out Mongolia’s premier luxury resort…The Terejl Rsort and Spa
The resort was recently named one of the top luxury hotels in the world. It only opened in 2007 and is the first luxury hotel in Mongolia. The design reminds me of a 19th century palace and yet fits well into the Asian landscape.
The hotel functions as any other luxury hotel, catering to every need (including pick up from the local airport and organized tours of surrounding areas of interest), and even has an outdoor wedding garden!
The resort has eco-friendly initiatives and “Fair Trade Traveling” initiatives that include utilizing local fabrics (like cashmere and camel hair) for its linens and decor, and employing local artisans to make furniture, sculptures and paintings for the hotel.