A ger or “House, home” is referred as the White Pearl of the Steppe. It is not only practical in daily use but holds many meaning for Mongolians. The ger or yurt in a Turkish language, perfected to meet the demands of a nomad’s life, is as circular felt covered dwelling with lattice walls that can be erected and dismantled with an hour. The materials of the ger are lightweight that make it easy for herders to transport the gers either on the back of a camel or on a horse pulled cart. The gers are decorated with beautiful carved doors and pillars as well as handmade (woven and knitting) fabrics. The two pillars that hold toono (roof in a shape of a round opening) symbolize the man and the woman of the household, and walking between them is not approved of. A herder can easily tell you what time of day it is according to how the light comes through roof. Due to wind mostly from North and Northwest, the doors of the gers always face south, useful to know when one is travelling in the countryside. Another useful tip for a traveler is not to step on the threshold as you enter the ger, for you would be seen as stepping on the neck of the head of the household.
The furniture inside a ger is arranged according to the year of the lunar calendar in a clockwise direction. For example, the honored place for the quest is khoimor opposite the door where the family keeps its treasures and khoimor location is in the year of the Rat, a symbol of abundance and richness. The door is located in the year of the Monkey because strangers and guests come through the door (monkey is an uncommon animal to Mongolia).
From the religious standpoint, a ger resembles a white seashell, symbol of intelligence in Buddhism. Accommodation in a ger providers a perfect blend of comport and authenticity