There are 6 different species of cranes in Mongolia.The Demoiselle Crane is the smallest and most common. We will visit to Rashaant Khad which is a giant boulder. While most of the archaeological findings remains are underground, these are found on the giant boulders.It is a Gelugpa /Yellow Hat/ Buddhist monastery, located in the Baruun Jargalant River Valley.The foundation of the monastery was made by Tseveendorj lama in 1654.
Batshireet is a Buryat village with log cabin houses similar to the Siberian ancient style. The Opening Ceremony of the “Yokhor” festival will take place at the small square of Batshireet. There will be Mongolian wrestling, horse races and competition in Buryatian style of archery. In one of the afternoons there will be a school kids horse race on 2 year old horses, as well as children’s wrestling.
In the evenings there will be music and dance performances.
This festival is mainly a local Buryat festival, but it will likely have Buryats coming from the Russian side as well. We will now drive 150km back southwest towards Ulaanbaatar, and today spend time at the dramatic location of the Baldan Bereeven Monastery.
From ancient time the nomads have been worshipping this place. The Russian archaeologist Kondratiev excavated the site in 1926.
Rashaant Khad is only one place where mammoth was depicted on the stone in vertical position. We will start by paying our respects at Binder Ovoo, a sacred cairn. This wall is also known as ancestor’s Almsgivers Wall. Some scholars dates it back to Hunnu times, which is possibly until 200 BC. Some archaeologists suppose that this wall may be a burial place of Great kings, such as Genghis Khan or Khubilai Khan.
A bit more digging around revealed that the Inner Mongolians had their own version of the names of days of the week which are seldom found on the Internet (although this Japanese-language blog does carry them).