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  • FRIDAY FOCUS - Traveller's Tales
    Moving on the approach became narrower with stone steps leading up to the monastery I got a glimpse of heaven The beautiful sight of Taktsang Monastery few meters in front was truly a leveller We think her top tips for managing the climb up to Taktsang are worth noting Carry your own water bottles and energy bars Wear clothing that covers your arms and legs as mark of respect at this Buddhist sacred site Wear a hat or cap and sturdy shoes with a good grip The trek can take hours for beginners so go steadily Travel news from PJ The new PJ team t shirts We are really pleased to have chosen the new logo for our team t shirts They will be worn by our Mongolian staff on the ground managing our holidays and our film fixing crew and we think they will look the business What do you think We are very grateful to Sonja Kristensen from Trysk Design who has patiently worked with us to come up with the logo the challenge was to find a design that connects our three countries We thinks she s cracked it We already have a few guests keen to have one of their own so we will be offering them for sale to raise funds for our Sustainable Projects We just arranged a celebrity shoot in Mongolia and have received a long glowing report from the production team Just to say what an incredible time we had in Mongolia and how truly fantastic the Panoramic Journeys team were in every way What you and your team organised was incredible About our fabulous friend and guide Tuya they said She did a fantastic job translating but she did so much more than that she also became one of the family I think she enjoyed going back to her nomad roots but it meant that the family trusted her implicitly which meant that they then trusted us She would help them cook herd the animals do the cleaning I don t think I ever saw Tuya not working when she wasn t translating she was helping the family and when she wasn t doing that she was helping Tudvee What a very special woman Tuya has many fans including a couple who have funded her to visit the UK again This week Tuya is visiting the celebrity on her farm in Wales going to the races and exploring the South coast in a speed boat This week we are casting Mongolian models and eagles for a fashion shoot for a top UK client If you happen to be Mongolian and available to model at the end of this month East of UB get in touch Melissa is off this weekend for a six week stint in Mongolia and she is very excited having wanted to visit that country for years She is taking some things out for the PJ team in UB most noticeably a lot of chocolate can t think

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  • Mongolian Hospitality - Traveller's Tales
    and hospitality The tradition of hospitality towards strangers is deeply rooted in Mongolian culture Living in comparative isolation nomads need to be able to rely on one another for assistance even if they are strangers Travelers know they are always welcome to food and a place to sleep in a family s ger Upon entering depending on the season and time of day you might be offered tea vodka or airag the national drink made of fermented mare s milk along with a selection of cheeses The cosy interior of a Mongolian ger with traditional painted furniture In a Western house we usually invite guests only into specific areas of our house the living room the kitchen if it is neat and the downstairs bathroom The rest of the house we consider private space except to family and extremely close friends In a ger no distinction is possible between public and private spaces Eating sleeping cooking and socializing all occur within the roughly 28 foot diameter of the ger Remarkably the tradition of hospitality in Mongolia is so strong that a visitor doesn t even knock on a door of a ger or wait to be invited in he or she just opens the door even to a complete stranger s ger and walks in If you approach a ger and see that the family keeps a dog you call out Nokhoi Khor or Hold your dog but that is the only warning that people in a ger get that they are about to receive visitors Initially I had a major problem with this tradition I simply couldn t make myself walk into a ger not knowing what activity I might be intruding upon even though I knew that I would be welcomed My North American sensibilities around the notion of privacy were too strong It wasn t until I was visiting Mongolia in the winter when the outside air temperature was 40 F that the cold coupled with my increased familiarity accomplished what my intellectual understanding could not and I was able to walk into a ger without knocking It was only then that I was able to accept what had been offered to me from the beginning a true welcome into their home Celebrating Tsagaan Sarwith a Mongolian family If you do visit a nomad s ger be prepared to reciprocate in some way either with little gifts or with food Avoid junky trinkets I have found that small useful items such as nail clippers pens or food not easily obtainable in the countryside are appreciated One of the things I quickly learned traveling in Mongolia was that I need to bring gifts that could be shared or given out to a potentially unlimited number of people As soon as nearby neighbors learn that a foreigner is visiting they ride over to see One of the biggest hits was a big bag of unshelled peanuts No one had seen peanuts in the shell before and much laughter ensued

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  • TOP 10 AMAZING THINGS TO DO & SEE IN MONGOLIA - Traveller's Tales
    reindeer for all aspects of survival 5 Fishing on the Mongolian Rivers Khentii Aimeg Fishing on Mongolian Rivers While away a few hours on a sunny afternoon fly fishing for Trout Grayling or the elusive Taimen known as the Siberian Salmon Relax beside meandering rivers in the valleys below the Khentii Mountains and enjoy the magnificent landscape truly an anglers paradise 6 Climbing Altan Ulgii Khentii Aimeg Altan Ulgii Khentii Aimeg The second highest mountain in the Khentii range at an elevation of 2646m Altan Ulgii meaning Golden Cradle offers hikers unforgettable walks through large forests of pine and cedar past clear mountain streams and meadows of wild flowers and affords breathtaking views of the protected Khan Khentii from its peak 7 Riding Horses at Lake Khovsgul Explore the beautiful countryside around the shores of Lake Khovsgul Ride through peaceful forests with spectacular views and enjoy discovering the incredible landscape on horseback as Mongolians have done for thousands of years 8 Tsaagan Sar with a Mongolian Family Terelj National Park A traditional Tsagaan Sar meal Celebrate the Mongolian New Year Tsagaan Sar with a nomadic family at our refugio in Khentii Enjoy their legendary hospitality and being part of their community at this time of great festivity The traditional Tsagaan Sar feast includes dairy products mutton and horsemeat rice with curds buuz dumplings and a mountain of cookies stacked high and of course airag fermented mare s milk Immerse yourself in the Mongolian culture and experience first hand the ceremonies and customs of this special festival 9 Watching Mongolian Horsemen round up horses in spring Countrywide Mongolian Horsemen round up horses in spring Blue River valley Mongolia PHOTO Copyright Timothy Allen Nowhere is the relationship between man and horse as celebrated as in Mongolia where it has been central to the nomadic culture for thousands of years Watching Mongolian horsemen round up the herds of wild horses in the spring is both magical and humbling Testament to the extraordinary skill and horsemanship of the herders the experience will leave you in no doubt that their nomadic culture still thrives and that their understanding of all things equine is truly remarkable 10 Eagle hunting with Kazakhs on horseback Bayan Ulgii Eagle hunting with Kazakhs on horseback Bayan Ulgii The ancient art of falconry as practised by the Kazakhs has remained unchanged for millennia Admire the speed and power of the noble eagle and marvel at the close relationship that exists between her and her master Set against the majestic Altai mountain views this is an experience that truly epitomizes Mongolia To find out more about these locations and experiences please visit our Mongolia pages for details of the tours we offer or call our office on 01608 811183 airag Altan Ulgii angling bayan ulgii buuz camel riding darhad valley eagle hunters fishing fly fishing Gobi desert horse mongolia kazakh khatgal khentii khentii aimeg Khongoryn Els Lake Khovsgol Naadam siberian salmon singing dunes stargazing taimen tsaatan reindeer herders tsagaan sar Did you

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  • MONGOLIA: Revisiting the Journeys - 2003 Gobi Desert & Heartland - Traveller's Tales
    to go away Sure enough it did and the sun melted the snow in a couple of hours Sunlight coming through the roof of a ger In 2003 nearly half the population lived in gers At the main Gobi town Dalanzadgad we stocked up on meat finding that the only types available in any quantity were goat horse and camel We therefore feasted that night on Camel with Oyster Sauce in fact the meat was tender and perfectly flavoursome in its own right We were also reminded that in Mongolian terms a town is generally just somewhere where a lot of people have put their tents a high proportion of people still live in them even in Ulaanbaatar Although the camel meat was surprisingly good one local speciality I still struggled with hugely was Airag the slightly fermented mare s milk which is the staple drink of almost every Mongolian Every ger we visited seemed to have it on tap though given Nyamaa s liking for the stuff he may just have been selective about where he took us The camel variety is just as bad as is the vodka made by distilling the airag through some other ancient process Snow on Khongoryn Els The Singing Dunes in the Gobi Desert Mongolia In the Gobi the highlights included Khongoryn Els the Singing Sands where sand blowing across the desert has been formed into enormous dunes 100km long around 200m high and with incredible views from the top We also watched the camels being milked milking happens by hand on one side of the camel while the baby still feeds from the other and all in the snow too Lamas entering Laviran Temple at Erdene Zuu Monastery in Kharkhorin Central Mongolia From there we drove North West digging the van out of snowdrifts as we went as we were the first car along a fairly main road for two days after it had snowed We visited Kharkorin Chinggis Khan s ancient capital and saw the vast reopened monastery of Erdene Zuu Then we headed up to the Great White Lake an astonishingly beautiful lake surrounded by mountains and surprisingly enough almost no people On this road and back again we saw a number of families on the move from their summer pastures to the more sheltered winter ones This is almost inevitably done by yak train ten or more fully loaded yaks linked nose to tail carrying the family s worldly possessions including ger led by one man on a horse with the rest of the family herding the cows sheep goats or whatever the herd consists of This will be often be done over a distance of 100km or more Nomadic Family moving to their winter place by yak train November 2003 in Arkhanghai From there we headed back to Ulaanbataar Part of the the drive was along a brand new stretch of tarmac where we literally did not see a vehicle for the 75km of its length The road

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  • New Year's Eve in Mongolia - Traveller's Tales
    of cookies stacked high and of course airag fermented mare s milk We welcomed our relatives greeting them in the traditional Mongolian way using both hands The oldest person places his or her arms out straight with the palms turned down on the outstretched arms of the youngest person Each addresses the other with the traditional greeting of good wishes such as Amar sain baina uu Sar shinedee saikhan shinelej baina uu Hello how do you do Are you having a nice New Year celebration or Mend ee ta saikhan shinelej baina uu Hello are you enjoying yourself at this New Year s celebration while gently touching cheeks Uuganaa Ramsay A Traditional Tsagaan Sar Family and friends gather together for Tsagaan Sar PHOTO UB Post Spiritual rituals take place milk tea is cast outside to the four compass directions as an offering for an auspicious year ahead Traditional games are played snuff is shared gifts are exchanged visits are made and New Year s Eve in Mongolia is welcomed in with glad hearts During Tsagaan Sar celebrations there are three things that you cannot do first you cannot be angry the second is to not be greedy and the third is not to be sad You clear your mind and spirit of all negative things and open it up to pure clean positive thoughts During these days you always help people and give with an open heart If people will truly follow and observe these customs putting old problems behind them and looking forward to the future without negative thoughts or preconceived notions the world and their lives would be truly remarkable Mongolian Views Everything You Didn t Know About Tsagaan Sar And so from all of the team at Panoramic Journeys and in the spirit of our Mongolian friends

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  • FRIDAY FOCUS - Traveller's Tales
    a few weeks on June 8th Travel news from Bhutan Terraced fields in the Punakha valley Bhutan is aiming to become the first country in the world to be completely organic in its food production Both the Agriculture and Forests minister Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji and opposition leader Pema Gyamtsho who held the post in the previous government are united in their commitment to rid the country of chemical fertilisers and pesticides If we continue to have the same intensity of commitment and intention then we should be able to do it in five or 10 years said Gyamtsho who estimated that around 70 per cent of produce was already grown without chemicals They are still looking for a natural solution to the management of pests and diseases that still affect a few crops Travel news from PJ We have begun interviewing for another full time member of our team based in the Cotswolds We need an admin person to take over a lot of the day to day administrative tasks associated with a busy travel office so if you are interested or know of somebody who fits the bill we d love to hear from you You can see the list of the current job opportunities we have available with Panoramic Journeys on our website We had a very successful meeting with one of our Burmese partners this week who is a specialist in the Burmese Himalayas Our work with her is particularly exciting for PJ as she compliments our type of remote off the beaten track trips perfectly For our filmmaker clients the collaboration is extremely useful for shooting in the Northern Himalayas with access across the border from China We are currently working on putting together an orchid hunter s expedition a great opportunity to get up close to some incredibly rare plants in the most spectacular scenery largely unexplored Kath Bujee and her mother make buuz Mongolian dumplings Kath arrived in a snowy Mongolia and headed straight out into the countryside to visit Naraa and Bujee s winter camp with Yi Hui PJ s intrepid friend from Singapore The girls were busy with some training exercises but also managed to fit in some dumpling making However they didn t expect to be called upon to help deliver a calf Kath reports that both mother and baby are doing very well There are some great photos of Kath s visit on our facebook page In October the BBC will be filming the Tsaatan reindeer herders so Yi Hui is setting off this week to northern Mongolia on our behalf to do a recce After some training from Kath with the new GoPro camera she will be able to interview likely guides characters and locations As well as spending some time in the saddle she will also need her skiis but she is definitely the right woman for the job her achievements include walking 1000 miles across the Gobi Desert and climbing Mount Everest The Panoramic Journeys scarecrow Meanwhile

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  • FRIDAY FOCUS: Weekly PJ News from Distant Lands and Close Up - Traveller's Tales
    Paro Tsechu one of the biggest festivals in the Bhutanese calendar More about that next week BURMA One of our tours Lost Cities Hidden Trails has just got back from Burma and they had our very own Wanderlust award winning guide Frankie leading the trek As we have come to expect he excelled himself Here are a few comments from some very satisfied guests Walter Johnson says Frankie was knowledgeable enthusiastic flexible and patient He made a strong effort to show us things that most tourists would not see He did a good job of steering us to uncrowded non touristy events and sites houses shops local processions and I give him a lot of credit for making the trip so successful Beverley Cory wanted us to know that the trip was extremely well planned and executed Lots of variety in what we saw and great for getting us off the general tourist track and close to the people We dropped in on two weddings two novitiation parades and one monk s funeral My personal highlights were the village visits in Bagan where Frankie chatted with comfortably with the villagers and got them talking about their lives and livelihoods Frankie is Simply the Best Flexible patient passionate intelligent and a great communicator Wish all guides could have Frankie s interpersonal skills Well done Frankie and thank you for making another PJ trip so memorable BURMA Walking the hidden trails during our Lost Cities Hidden Trails trip And over here The week began with a phone call from the people of a Hollywood A lister enquiring whether we could arrange a holiday in Burma next week for her and her family We came up with a proposal that we are very proud of she also seemed tempted by the special suggestions that we have up our sleeve for Mongolia during the summer as well The countdown to the PJ party in April continues with only 5 weeks to go Lots of perusing menus and discussions about which dishes we ll be serving We can t decide between Burmese Ohn No Khao Swè Chicken Noodles and Mongolian Khuushuur fried meat parcels What do you think Excited as we are about our tenth birthday year we are also thinking ahead to 2014 Now that we are uploading lots of our favourite photos to Pinterest we though we d ask for your help in choosing the images for next year s PJ calendar Each week we will upload shortlisted photos to a Calendar Board on Pinterest and link to it from our Facebook page so let us know which ones you like the most It s going to be tricky to decide there are some stunning ones to choose from PANORAMIC JOURNEYS CALENDAR 2013 We are already shortlisting for the 2014 edition Check it out on Pinterest Bagan Bhutan burkhan khaldun Burma Calendar Hidden Trails Jigme Singye Wangchuck Khuushuur Lost Cities mongolia Ohn No Khao Swe Paro Tsechu Punakha Radio 4 shamanism Talo Tsechu

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  • Archery Archives - Traveller's Tales
    as if it had been rejected first thing on Sunday morning It was windy and grey over HOW TO PARTY IN MONGOLIA BHUTAN AND BURMA At last the days are getting longer and the sun is making half hearted attempts to occasionally shine The thought of a cold beer NAADAM FESTIVAL This is taster of what will be happening all over Mongolia in mid July Naadam is a 3 day festival involving three manly 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 TOP TIPS 6 TRAVELLER S TALES 4 Search Archives Archives Select Month November 2015 October 2015

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