Mongolia held a camel festival over the weekend (6-8Mar), attracting a large number of domestic and foreign tourists.
In the two-day festival held in central Mongolia, more than 100 camels from South Gobi Province and East Gobi Province took part in camel racing and camel ball.
The most thrilling part of the festival was a race among camels strictly trained for the match. In this year's festival, camels raced for 12 kilometers at a speed matching galloping horses.
amels are taller and have more endurance than horses. They can walk more than 50 kilometers one day and can run very fast. Camel racing has become one of the most beautiful scenery in the country.
Camel, called "cattle king" by steppe nomads, has played a special role in the life of the Mongolian people. Nowadays, camels as a means of transportation have been replaced by modern transportation, but camel racing has become popular among herdsmen.
There are about 500,000 Bactrian camels in the world, and 300,000 of them are in Mongolia. The government has encouraged camel breeding in recent years.
The festival also featured trade fairs on camel milk, camel hair products and other camel-related commodities.
Event date: 06-07 March, 2015
Venue: Bulgan soum, Umnugobi province
The festival program includes camels racing, local children’s concert, camel wool product exhibition, camel polo, parade on camels and nice couple competition. Also you will enjoy a relay competition with camel and an entertaining competition which shows camel training methods and customs of “Heroes of great Gobi”. Teams each having 5 members participate in it and show many methods and techniques of catching camel with lasso, tying and bringing down, putting wooden peg into camel’s nose and loading camel. Other highlight is visit to significant paleontological and cultural sites in the Gobi.
Truly, in these days we will “breathe” by camels. Joining this magnificent festival will take you into a rare and unique opportunity to enjoy & interact with these amazing animals, and to take part in the camel herders’ nomadic lifestyle.