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Naadam means to come together as one and have a celebration. A spectacle of pageantry and cultural performances, the centerpiece of this journey will lift your spirits and fill your heart. Bear witness to the height of these competitions during the nation’s largest Naadam Games in the capital of Ulaanbaatar.
Whether you’re a professional photographer or a world traveler with only a passing appreciation for photography, the beauty of nomadic people and lands is unmistakable—and incredibly alluring—calling you to explore these gorgeous settings and cultures for yourself.
We at Nomadic Expeditions have it in our nature to eagerly create epic journeys and attend to the finest detail. So as your travel experts, we have compiled the seven simple steps it takes to plan a thoroughly thought out and utterly enjoyable international adventure.
Mongolia proudly has five such sites, with another 12 on the tentative list. Ranging from relatively small monument sites to vast tracts of natural landscape, these locations embody Mongolia’s heritage as our legacy and key to our past—places we absolutely must pass on to future generations—irreplaceable cultural and natural sources of life and inspiration.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has placed eight sites on the tentative list for the small Himalayan nation of Bhutan. UNESCO designates places as unique and diverse as the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the grand cathedrals of Europe—and it is only a matter of time before the process of inscribes these sites on the World Heritage list ensuring their protection and preservation as sites of cultural and natural heritage of outstanding value to humanity.
Although technically an autonomous region of China, Tibet has been recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as home to three World Heritage Sites. All of which may be found in the capital city of Lhasa—plus one Tentative listing, the Yalong region, which is the cradle of Tibetan culture. The three places within Lhasa are each highlights of any Tibet cultural itinerary offering unique vantages of the beauty, history, architecture and culture of this stunning land.
Visiting Nepal’s four UNESCO World Heritage Sites is like traveling backwards in time—seeing the birthplace of Lord Buddha, touring the ancient monuments of long-ago dynasties dedicated to Hindu and Buddhist deities, and visiting national parks whose headwaters provide flowing life for so much of a vast region. From intricately carved architectural details to the peak of Everest—Nepal is not short on splendor, as these four sites comprise innumerable marvels.
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When tourism works to successfully protect natural and cultural heritage, it also invests in safeguarding this legacy for future generations. Sustainable tourism will only successfully transform the entire industry if we each do our part.
Sanjay Saxena, Director of Operations at Nomadic Expeditions, was born in New Delhi, India. A professional guide since 1979, Sanjay has led groups on touring, trekking, climbing, and on safaris to Mongolia, Tibet, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Venezuela, Peru, Iran and across his homeland India.
Then there is the lifetime of expertise of the travel expert who has not only been to a place but guided numerous tours to and throughout the region. Experts who have contacts not only in-country but along the routes they tour. They know their roster of destinations like the back of their hand. Their degree of knowledge would certainly be enjoyable to obtain, but it would also require a lifetime of passionate pursuit.
The colorful and vibrant festivals of India have the dramatic effect of allowing travelers to gain a better perspective of one’s own identity by deeply discovering and experiencing another culture. Far from superficial, the festivals of India revolve around celebrations of life itself, harvest times, seasonal changes, anniversaries of deities, and mythological stories as old as the Indus Valley. One of the vital birthplaces of civilization,