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The Tsagaan Sar Tour - BMT 6/2

Tsagaan Sar is a celebration of many customs and traditions to send away the bleak winter and welcome the flourishing new spring. It is truly the most heartwarming event in Mongolia as it reunites the family and kin from near and far.

Duration: 5 days & 4 nights
Starting time: 14th of February to 18th of February
Availability: 14th of February to 18th of February
Tour code: BMT 6/2
Tour cost: from $400 USA

Visit a nomadic family and take part in Mongolia’s one of two paramount festivals, Tsagaan Sar. Everywhere you see are people in holiday spirits, dressed up in traditional Mongolian clothes, on their way to their kin. Tsagaan Sar is the embodiment of the customs, traditions, cultures and beliefs of the Mongols. With an abundant history of more than 800 years, it is a celebration to send away the bleak winter and welcome the flourishing new spring.

 

The festival starts on the first day of the year according to the Mongolian lunisolar calendar. Thus, it is known as the Mongolian Lunar New Year. The name, Tsagaan Sar, literally means “White Moon” as it denotes the first month of the year while the color white conveys the pureness and goodness. The celebration consists of two main parts, Bituun (Bituulekh) and Shined (Shinelekh).

 

Bituun is the lunar phase of a new moon and is known to be Mongolian New Year’s Eve. On this day, there are a number of rituals that Mongolians perform in order to bring good luck for the year to come. First, houses must be cleaned out thoroughly, which is often a day-long task. Candles are lit to symbolize enlightenment and to give light to any spirits who have “become Buddhas” that might visit. Three chunks of ice are also left just outside the door, since the horse of Palden Lhamo, a Buddhist god, visits every home on New Year’s Eve and will be thirsty. Finally, a family dinner is enjoyed in the evening, card games are played in the hopes of beginning a year-long good luck streak, debts are paid off, and grudges are forgiven.

 

Shined is the lunar phase of the new crescent moon and is the Tsagaan Sar itself. On this day, people visit their relatives, beginning with their parents and continuing in order of descending age. They make many short visits to dozens of relatives. Each time, special rituals are followed. Everyone greets with holiday-specific greetings such as “Amar baina uu?” meaning “Are you living in Peace?” Gifts may also be exchanged.

 

Additional information

Tours can be customized at tourists’ request

The itinerary will be changed in case of unfavorable weather conditions 

Day 1: Our team will pick you up at the airport and drive you to the hotel. Our main event will start tomorrow and the rest of the day is for your leisure. (L + D)

 

Day 2: Today is the Bituun and every family is busy preparing for tomorrow, hence we will have a quick tour in Ulaanbaatar. Our first stop is the Gandantegchinlen Monastery with the 26 meters tall statue of Avalokiteśvara in it. Next, we will have small visits on the National Museum of Mongolian History, Government Palace at the Chinggis Square and Zaisan Memorial hill to view the city from above. In the evening, enjoy the Tumen-Ekh ensemble, featuring traditional song, music, dance and contortion. (B + L + D = Breakfast, lunch, dinner)

 

Day 3-4: Visit a nomadic family in Tuv Province, located 50 km away from Ulaanbaatar. Spend two days taking part in Tsagaan Sar with the Mongols. You can also go dog sledding or ride on horsebacks in the evening. Your guide will assist you on the customs of Mongolia throughout the tour. (B + L + D)

 

Day 5: After an early breakfast, we will see you off at the airport. Thank you for choosing us and we hope that you had an unforgettable experience with us! (B)

DISCOUNT CONDITIONS

Infants under age of 0-3 years are 100% free of charge

Children under age of 4-12 years have 50% discount

Inclusions

•   Guiding and interpreting service

•   Transportation in a fully-equipped vehicle with a driver.

•   Full-course meals at a tourist camp

•   Entrance fees, tickets and admissions for the above-listed activities

•   Supply of bottled water and snacks, daily

•   Pick-up and drop service /e.g From airport to hotel/

 

Exclusions

•   Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar

•   Flight and train tickets

•   Travel insurances /medical, trip or personal/

•   Personal expenses

 

Additional information

1. Please send your request via our online booking or contact via our email, Begmontour@gmail.com.

2.  For more information, please contact +976 88551155.

3. Our travel consultants will have your booking confirmed within 24 hours.

4. Your booking will be confirmed after 30% of the payment is done in advance. Master and Visa are accepted.

5. You will be notified via email or call when your booking is confirmed.

6. Enjoy your trip in Mongolia. 

2018-02-14 2018-02-18 One person $1000 USA Availability: 14th of February to 18th of February Book now
Two person $800 USA
Three person $600 USA
Four or more people $400 USA

Accomodations

Worldwide hotel chains and guest houses with three to five stars are always at your service in Ulaanbaatar. Hotel reservations are not included in our service, hence a reservation on your behalf is desired. Nonetheless, we are ready to make hotel reservations on your behalf at your request

Recommended hotels:

  • Shangri-La
  • Holiday inn
  • Grand Hill Hotel
  • Ramada Hotel
  • Kempinski Khan Palace
  • ICHMON Hotel
  • Bayangol Hotel
  • Ulaanbaatar Hotel
  • Flower Hotel

 

Road conditions

The vast majority of Mongolia's official road network are simple cross-country tracks. Therefore, tours to rural areas are made on unmaintained roads. Nevertheless, main roads connecting the center of Provinces have network of surfaced roads

 

Ger

Ger is a portable, round tent covered with skins or felt and used as a dwelling by nomads in the steppes. Individual gers are simple, cozy and comfortable, usually kitted out with two, three or four wooden beds with bedding, table and chairs. Tourists generally stay in Ger camps with a choice of Felt Ger, Wooden house or Block Ger. Most Ger camps are equipped with a toilet and shower block and have electricity running from a central generator

 

Food

Mongolian cuisine is a staple food in Mongolia tours, however, Asian & Europian cuisine is also served at your request. A full-course meal of breakfast, lunch and dinner is served throughout the tour. Takeout meal is also prepared for long-distance touring

 

Baggage allowance

The baggage allowance vary per airline and depend on the class, type of ticket and flight destination. Business class flights generally have baggage allowance of 32kg, while economy class flights have 20 kg and local flights have 10 kg. Hence a maximum weight of 20 kg baggage is recommended