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  • Burma | Traveller's Tales
    and experiences It is also a great place to shop handicrafts textiles antiques jewels and the beautiful lacquerware that Burma is famous Read More Top 5 Secret Places We offer unique holiday experiences which are off the beaten track All our trips are individually designed to get you up close and personal in some pretty amazing parts of the globe However there are some destinations that are even more extraordinary hidden gems in Mongolia Bhutan Read More Last Minute August Holidays If you have left booking your summer holiday until the last minute don t despair We still have last minute August holidays available in all our destinations at great prices MONGOLIAN EPIC Camels in the South Gobi Mongolia Leaving on Tuesday 12th August the Mongolian Read More The Best of the Burmese Festivals It is almost impossible to visit Burma and not experience one of the hundreds of Burmese festivals that are celebrated across the country throughout the year Cultural or religious events these festivals are a riot of colour and pageantry music and dancing Here is our guide to the best of Read More Newer Entries Older Entries PANORAMIC JOURNEYS Welcome Welcome to the Panoramic Journeys blog We hope it paints an intimate portrait of the countries we visit Mongolia Bhutan and Burma Here you will find stories and adventures useful information interesting facts and beautiful photographs And every month we bring you the travel news from our three destinations Take the Trip of a Lifetime Trips to BHUTAN Trips to BURMA Trips to MONGOLIA PANORAMIC FIXERS CATEGORIES BHUTAN 69 BURMA 88 FAMILY FUN 3 FESTIVALS 12 FOOD DRINK 3 GENERAL 100 INDIA 2 INSPIRATION 16 MONGOLIA 129 PJ 10th BIRTHDAY 7 PJ NEWS 76 REVIEWS 1 SHORT BREAKS 4 Slider 6 THAILAND 1 THINGS TO DO 2

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  • VISIT MONGOLIA IN AUTUMN - Traveller's Tales
    for the spectacular Eagle Festival the culmination of this inspirational journey A final day back in Ulaanbaatar visiting museums historical sites and great restaurants rounds off your extraordinary adventure EAGLE FESTIVAL CLOSE UP 2014 A Kazakh Eagle Hunter This is a fabulous opportunity to experience the life of a Kazakh eagle hunter first hand Living alongside a hunter and his family you will have the privilege of witnessing their daily lives and the preparations for the Eagle Festival Your host is one of the region s most experienced and respected hunters You will learn skills and history from him and help to do the final training with his bird before the festival After a brief introduction to Mongolia s capital Ulaanbaatar fly West to the Altai Mountains Before heading off to meet your hosts visit Bayan Ulgii s mosque museum and baazar Drive the 45km to the yurt of one of the regions most respected Eagle hunters You will spend the next few nights alongside this family Learn about the relationship between man and bird from when the chicks are first collected from their nests perched high on cliff faces until they work together to catch quarry as large as foxes or wolves In preparation for the festival you and your host practice skills with his award winning bird Mount the family s horses and head off together to the amazing two day Eagle Festival As many as 400 Eagle hunters gather on horse back with their prize birds to compete in contests of speed and agility The festival starts with an impressive procession which perhaps you can join There will be traditional Kazakh games including Bushkushi during which riders wrestle over a goat skin and the colourful and unique festival culminates in a Kazakh concert The Kharkhorin River Mongolia

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  • HORSE-RIDING IN MONGOLIA - In Search of Nomads - Traveller's Tales
    to the wild west Hunting fox armed with golden eagles the nobles of the sky we had to pinch ourselves The landscape was huge and without boundaries not one fence or gate was spotted during our entire journey We were fascinated by what we learned about the hunting the people and the region James mid gallop Eagle Festival Mongolia 2012 Our English speaking Mongolian guide Agi was a super companion He translated for us in a fun and enjoyable manner was very considerate and a real gentleman Jenka our cook worked tirelessly throughout and endeared herself to everyone We slept deep down in our quilts and sleeping bags on cosy felt rugs surrounded by colourful Kazakh embroidered textiles and woke to the sound of the fire being topped up with coal ensuring we weren t cold on awakening Kazakh eagle hunter in wolfskin The Altai is a powerful place The hunters here have lived in equilibrium with the eagles for as long as falconry can be traced back in history Hawking is age old in these mountains the human population is very low and the wild eagle population thrives We were honoured to be there to share time with the nomads whose hunting and outdoor skills are so accomplished and whose hospitality is both warm and giving A shaman once said that you are invited to Mongolia when you are spiritually ready That is about right It was super to be working with Panoramic Journeys who were absolutely excellent Karina made a surprise appearance here and there The trip was a great success and bodes well for plenty more exploratory journeys in the region I can t wait to return See www bagual co uk horseback journeys html to choose one of our uniquely crafted horse riding trips hosted by

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  • 10 Facts About Mongolia - Traveller's Tales
    under Communist rule in 1921 and remained so for nearly 70 years In 1990 after civil unrest the country transitioned successfully into democracy a multi party system and a market economy 4 RELIGION The majority of Mongolians practice Tibetan Buddhism which was introduced to the country in the sixteenth century after links were forged with the Chinese Qing dynasty Shamanism had been the national religion prior to that and still has an enduring effect on Mongolia s culture and traditions It is still practised today in remote area Islam is the religion of the Kazakh and Turkic people who live in the west of the country 5 CULTURE Mongolia is the Land of Nomads People here have always lived in sympathy with the landscape moving with their livestock as the seasons change The traditional felt tent known as a ger is as integral to the sense of national identity as the concept of horsemanship is 6 FESTIVALS Mongolia s most important festivals include Naadam which means games and is celebrated in July The largest festivities take place in the capital Ulaanbaatar at the National Sports Stadium but smaller games are held in every community across the country with fierce competitions of the three manly sports horse racing archery and wrestling 7 NATURE Mongolia boasts a wide range of birds fish and mammals but is probably best known for the Siberian Ibex Snow Leopard Gobi Bear Wild Bactrian Camel and Przewalski s Horse 8 LANDSCAPE The Land of the Blue Sky has a widely varied topography and the most dramatic landscapes Central wide open grasslands or steppe give way to the Gobi Desert in the South the Altai mountains in the West and Taiga forest to the North 9 ICONIC STRUCTURES As befits the country s national hero the larger than life Chinggis Khan a monument has been built to his memory about 33 miles east of Ulaanbaatar The Ghengis Khan Equestrian Statue is 40m high and depicts the emperor on horseback It is part of a busy tourist centre and visitors can walk through the statue to the head of the horse to enjoy an incredible panoramic view 10 ETHNIC GROUPS After the Khalka who are the largest ethnic group of Mongol people at 86 the next largest ethnic group are the Kazakhs who live in the west of Mongolia They are differentiated from the rest of the population by language the Kazakh language is part of the Turkic language family and by religion Sunni Islam A small minority of Kazakh people are also Eagle Hunters who hunt foxes and hares with their own trained Golden Eagles from horseback In October this tradition is honoured in the Eagle Festival in Bayan Olgii Next week 10 Facts About Burma Check out our Mongolia pages on our website for more information about the Land of the Blue Skies and details of the great trips to Mongolia we offer Altai Mountains Chinggis Khan communism mongolia Eagle Festival ghengis khan equestrian statue Gobi desert

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  • Good Ger Etiquette for Visitors to Mongolia - Traveller's Tales
    the altar or at another person 5 If you have stepped on someone or kicked their feet immediately shake their hand The cosy interior of the PJ private ger 6 Sleep with your feet pointing towards the door 7 Pick up everything with an open hand with your palm facing upwards Never take food from a communal plate with your left hand Hold a cup by the bottom and not by the top rim 8 It is not rude to come and go as you please in a ger Even taking a short nap is considered perfectly acceptable 9 Try never to refuse what is offered to you If you don t like what you have been given take a small sip or bite and leave the rest on the table An empty plate is seen as a signal that you are still hungry and your plate or bowl will be refilled 10 Avoid stamping out or putting water or rubbish on a fire for fire is sacred to the Mongolians If you would like to stay in a Mongolian ger with a nomadic family or enjoy an exclusive stay in the PJ private ger ring us in the office on 01608 676821 to find out more We have a selection of holidays to Mongolia which include homestays and these can be found on our Mongolian Tours page Eagle Festival ger etiquette mongolian customs mongolian ger nomadic life Did you like this article Share it with your friends Tweet 4 Responses to Good Ger Etiquette for Visitors to Mongolia Susan Fox says September 12 2013 at 12 24 am Great post but around 40 of the population lives in the countryside as herders these days not over half and not all of them live in gers Up in the north I ve visited herders who live in wood houses I guess what you say would be true if you count the ger districts in the soum and aimag centers and in UB but visitors are not likely to be going to those Susan Fox says September 12 2013 at 12 27 am Just checked out your Mongolia trip Yolyn Am is Vulture Gorge not Eagle It is named after the lammergeier or bearded vultures that csn be seen there admin says September 18 2013 at 10 50 am Hi Susan thank you for your comment Technically you are absolutely right that the gorge is named after the Lammergeier Old World Vulture Yolyn meaning of the Lammergeier and Am meaning mouth However in day to day conversation it is actually called either Eagle or Vulture gorge by the indigenous people when translating for tourists just for ease of understanding While most people wouldn t know what a Lammergeier Old World Vulture is they would certainly understand Eagle By the way James is absolutely delighted and very impressed that you questioned this as sloppy translation is one of his bugbears Well done We are advised by our Mongolian team and guides when

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  • When is the Best Time to Visit Mongolia? A Seasonal Guide - Traveller's Tales
    the Land of the Blue Skies lives up to its name there is much to see out of season The spectacular snowscapes and frozen lakes and rivers of the North provide a dramatic backdrop for the Ice Festival at Lake Khovsgol in the Winter The country bursts into life in the Spring as the flowers blossom and lambs and foals gambol across pastureland It is also James favourite season The Autumn brings a palette of beautiful colours to the forests and foliage this is the time to ride through the Terelj National Park and appreciate the cooler temperatures and the breathtaking scenery At Panoramic Journeys we pride ourselves on our adaptable and flexible itineraries that cater for all our guests preferences To help you decide when is the best time for you to visit Mongolia we ve come up with this handy seasonal guide AUTUMN IN MONGOLIA Autumn in Mongolia at the Terelj National Park PHOTO travelphotogallery net When September October Tourist numbers Not very crowded Weather Clear and cool Seasonal highlights Eagle Festival the camels look great in their new coats and the autumn colours of the landscape are breathtaking WINTER IN MONGOLIA Mongolia in Winter Karina rides with the Tsaatan reindeer herders When November February Tourist numbers This is the quietest time of the year but Winter tourism is a growing area Weather Dry but bitterly cold Seasonal highlights Tsagaan Tsar Thousand Camel Festival Ice Festival SPRING IN MONGOLIA Spring in Mongolia on the Eastern Steppe PHOTO The Nature Conservancy When March May Tourist popularity There are not many tourists about Weather Dry but very windy Seasonal highlights Nauryz after the hard winter the country comes to life with spring flowers in bloom and young animals on the plains SUMMER IN MONGOLIA Summer in Mongolia the Land of the Blue Skies When May August Tourist level This is the most popular time to visit Mongolia Weather Rainy hot and humid Seasonal highlights Naadam bright blue skies Once you have decided when is the best time for you to visit Mongolia take a look at the trips we offer We can organise private tailor made holidays for you or you might like our small Group Tours which include Classic Tours Cultural journeys offering a comprehensive introduction to Mongolia A combination of variety flexibility relative comfort relaxation and a range of optional activities Ideal for anyone looking for a bit of everything the perfect all rounder Activities and Expeditions Active adventures which explore the wild side of Mongolia Trekking and camping form the backbone of these rustic exploratory forays into remote areas and seldom visited communities Special Interest Our portfolio of fascinating and unique journeys designed and led by experts in their field From photography to history to hot air ballooning ask and we will arrange a journey to cater for your particular interest Working Holidays Opportunities to get involved in community projects that we are associated with whilst also enjoying the travel experiences that the country has to offer

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  • HORSE-RIDING IN MONGOLIA - The Eagle Festival - Traveller's Tales
    the more adrenaline fuelled Buzkashi a kind of tug of war over an animal hide on horseback James competing in the pick up a coin game Eagle Festival Mongolia 2012 The main event is about the hunters The objective is to preserve their culture by making people aware of it and their sustainable life in the Altai wilderness They really live there and it is really is tough no disguises These horseman are at the festival to put to the test what they do most days at home but here it is under the careful and strict observation of a full judging panel The judges sit on a big trailer and the horseman enter the wild arena in a parade The judges take note of the quality of hunter s horse saddlery clothing and hunting kit The line up at the Eagle Festival Mongolia 2012 Then one by one hoods are lifted and on the sounding of the hunting horn their bird is released up to the mountain behind Up soars the eagle and so the load cries begin Time is of the essence The hunter is mounted on his horse in the plateau below the mountain the eagle with a 2 5 metre wing span is in full flight Silau the Eagle Hunter and his bird PHOTO Timothy Allen http www humanplanet com The two golden eagle and man are communicating crying out to each other and the judges are timing them The cries are extraordinary Meat is held in the hunter s glove The best partnerships see the hunter on his horse at a gallop as the eagle comes down from the mountain towards him at full tilt talons stretched out in front swooping onto the arm both eagle and hunter going at an incredible pace See www

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  • WINTER TRAVEL IN MONGOLIA: An Extraordinary Adventure - Traveller's Tales
    Kath will be leading a trip out to coincide with the celebrations Are you tempted WINTER IN MONGOLIA Perfect conditions for mountain biking We have posted about the once in a lifetime experiences our intrepid guests have had in the depths of a Mongolian winter like Peter Rimmer s extraordinary adventure dog sledding in the Gorkhi Terelj National Park Another PJ guest Yihui was in Mongolia for Tsagaan Sar My friends and I had such a wonderful time in Mongolia and I found it difficult to return home and back to the usual routine First of all Boloroo was fantastic as a guide translator and all of us really loved her cheerful and upbeat disposition We also appreciated the fact that she had to sacrifice her Tsagaan Sar holidays for our trip She was dedicated to making sure that there was always something for us to do we had a really fulfilling trip filled with activities Day 1 settled down into our ger collected wood on top of a small slope for firewood Day 2 walked with Naraa to watch how he collected water from a frozen stream We also tried doing it Day 3 Day 1 of Tsagaan Sar Greetings with the family Horse riding to visit Naraa s relatives who lived near Tuul River Day 4 Day 2 of Tsagaan Sar Horse riding to visit families Day 5 Horse riding to a mini festival with horse racing archery and wrestling Day 6 Hiking up the mountain Bayanbulagiin zuu Day 7 Ice shooting and other games on the frozen Tuul river MONGOLIAN WINTER Where better to ski than with the Tsaatan Reindeer Herders in Northern Mongolia In the North of Mongolia the Tsaatan Reindeer Herders have their own ways of dealing with winter conditions This ancient race developed the ski as a more efficient way of herding their Reindeer in deep snow Harry is planning a skiing trip to the Taiga for PJ guests Imagine skiing on virgin terrain living with the mysterious Tsaatan learning the craft of traditional ski making now that would be an adventure MONGOLIAN WINTER Help a nomadic family move to their spring pasture The Mongolian winter is not just a good time to escape other tourists and attend some of the world s quirkiest festivals With the changing seasons the nomads are on the move Panoramic Journeys can arrange for you to go with them Ride through the snow and help a family move between their winter and spring pastures MONGOLIAN WINTER Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur White Lake Arkhanghai Winter in Mongolia is a special time The camels look resplendent in their winter coats and the skies darken with thousands of migrating birds MONGOLIAN WINTER The skies darken with migrating Pallas Sand Grouse in the Gobi in November There is much to see and do and with the right kit and preparation the cold is merely an inconvenience the travelling a snowy adventure It offers a unique opportunity to get up close to a land

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