Hospitality of the Russian nomads

05.07.2012

Duration 5-6 hrs
Cost per request

Steppe filled with thyme aroma, smoke of fires, charming sounds of morin-khuur – everyone feels like being a part of nomadic culture here. This is our intention – to introduce to you the heritage of Buryats, to leave an unforgettable impression that our guests will share with their closest.

The yurt is located in Arbijil, one of the oldest Buryat settlements, in a picturesque valley of Uda river and at the foot of Ulan-Burgasi mountain range.

Buryat estates usually formed settlements of 20-25 houses and each house-keeper placed his dwelling according to lama’s advice so ulus (settlement) was spread over quite a big territory.

9am Departure from the city

10:00am Arrival to Atsagatsky Datsan. This monastery was famous for its school of Oriental medicine, and for its prominent lamas. One of them was the master of Dalai-Lama the 13th, and his successor Dalai-Lama the 14th visited this village twice. There is a museum with wax figures of these people.

11:00 am Visit to Arbijil village (private house of a Buryat family). A welcoming song meets you as you enter the gates. The house-wife tells you a brief story of Buryat-Mongol traditional felt house and makes you seated according to the tradition. Yurt is divided into two parts so the left belongs to man (arch, saddle, сбруя etc are kept here) and the right belongs to woman (kitchen ware side). The altar with god’s figures is placed in the northern part of yurt just behind the fireplace which is considered sacred.

You should try traditional Buryat cuisine which is preserved from Genghis-khan times. According to the tradition the most honored guests are treated first. Meal is accompanied by legends and fairy tales, with throat singing and morin-khuur performance afterwards. Dancing yokhor, playing shaage (Buryat-Mongolian dice) and archery competition let you entertain the way Genghis khan guests have had centuries ago.

1:30pm Departure to Ulan-Ude

2:30pm 

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Vocabulary

  • SALAMAT a dish made of flour boiled with salt and cream. An extremely nutritious hot snack that was supposed to help nomads survive in cold winter period.
  • EKHOR Buryat folk circle dance similar to Russian khorovod. It is a group dance, where people move holding hands, swaying and singing, making at the same ti...
  • MANDALA a sacred image or schematic design, used in Buddhist and Hindu religious practices. It is a geometric structure of the complex, which is interpreted a...
  • BOOKHLER simple soup with a large piece of meat on the bone and potatoes ; very nutritional and extremely popular. Local people prefer to add salt and black pe...
  • ZURKHAY horoscope of nomads, which is actually a study of the relationship of space, celestial bodies, nature and man - handed down from generation to generat...