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EASTERN Mongolia

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Khentii aimag has many places of historical significance related to the life of Chinggis Khaan. The historical places are Deluun Boldog where Chinggis Khaan was born and Aurag where his residential palace was located and the "The Secret History of the Mongols" was written in 1240. There are many places of interests such as cave paintings, ruins of 13th and 14th century towns, Stone Walls of the Kidan dynasty, Khajuu bulag and Uglugchiin Kherem. 
Khukh Nuur or the Blue Lake is said to be the site where Temuujin was crowned as Chinggis Khaan in 1206. There is a small plaque that marks the coronation spot, which some say was attended by 100,000 soldiers. 

Khan Khentii Protected Area

Khan Khentii Protected Area covers over 1.2 million ha of the rugged Khentii mountains with several peaks over 2,000 meters 70 rivers of  various sizes, including the three large ones, the Tuul, Onon and Kherlen feed from numerous springs of the Khentii range. 

The peak of Tsogt Chandmani at the end of the Khentii Mountain Range is the world watershed of three huge drainage basins: the Arctic Ocean, Pacific Ocean and the Inland Basin of Central Asia

Baldan Bereiven monastery

Baldan Bereiven monastery considered as one of the three largest monasteries in Mongolia was built in 1777 with more than 1,500 lamas at one time.  The monastery architecturally resembles the famous Utai Gumbun monastery in Tibet.

Burkhan Haldun

This remote mountain, known as God's Hill in the Khentii range is one of the sites mooted as the burial place of Chinggis Khaan. Over 800 burial sites have been found in the region, though the main tomb has yet to be located. 

Dornod aimag

Eastern Mongolia is the least traveled place despite its rich historical significance and stunningly diverse natural settings. Dornod aimag, home to various ethnic groups such as the Khalkh, Buriad, Barga, Uzemchin, and others certainly make a colorful cultural fabric adding to the charm of this destination. The area is being targeted as the next frontier of economic development of Eastern Mongolia and as a center of culture, communications, trade, and information. 
​​​​​​​History comes to life at Khalkh Gol, the battlefield during 1939 between Mongolian and Soviet Russian allied forces and Japanese troops.  

Mongol Daguur Strictly Protected Area

The Dornod Mongol Biosphere Reserve or the Mongol Daguur Strictly Protected Area, uninhabited by humans, extends for over 200 km along the Chinese border. It boasts 226 species of birds, including the endangered whooper swan, relict gull, mandarin duck, and great bustard. The protected area is home to 36 mammals, including roe deer, Mongolian gazelle, red fox, raccoon, and wolf. Established in part to protect the habitat for the Mongolian white-tailed gazelle (Procapra guttarosa) the area covers a representative part of the last great plain ecosystems where herds between 300,000 to 1 million Mongolian white-tailed gazelle roam the steppes. The Menen steppe extends for more than 250 km enticing the traveler with beautiful sunsets and sea of grass as far as the eye can see. 

Numrug Strictly Protected Area

Numrug Strictly Protected Area has the Manchurian flora and fauna ecologically distinct from rest of Mongolia. The protected area, with high biological diversity, is home to 44 mammals, 234 species of birds, 24 fish, 3 reptiles and 4 amphibians. Rare Usurian moose, black-naped oriole and great black water snake and the endangered hooded crane and Houbara bustard are found here along with otter, brown bear, lynx and wild boar.

Buir Nuur lake

The Buir Nuur lake, the largest lake in the eastern Mongolia stretching 40 kilometers is an important local fishing site where Amur carp, mirror carp, Amur grayling, lenok, khadary, burbot, whitefish, and others are found in abundance. 

Huh Nuur (Blue lake)

Huh Nuur (Blue lake) is the lowest point in Mongolia, 554 meters above sea level. The beautiful rivers of Khalkha and Numrug and Buir Nuur lake all boast rich bird life. 

Sukhbaatar aimag

Sukhbaatar aimag has more 220 dead volcanoes, lakes, sand dunes, and ancient stone monuments.


Dariganga is by far the most interesting place in the aimag to visit, famous for its silversmiths and blacksmiths. Friendly Dariaganga is where the sand dunes of the Gobi and the grassy plains of the northern steppe converge. 
​​​​​​​There are dozens of stone figurines, the origins of which are yet to be discovered, close to Altan Ovoo, a wide crater topped where only men are allowed to visit. Originally Batsagaan stupa was erected on top of the mountain in 1820. According to local tradition, you should place an offering of food in the cup held in the statue's left hand. There are also three balbals known as the king, the queen and the prince, in the north edge of town, near some hay sheds.

Shiliin Bogd mountain

Shiliin Bogd mountain (1,778 m) is the highest peak in Sukhbaatar aimag. The locals believe that the spirit of a man who climbs it especially at sunrise will be revived by the sacred volcano. The region is isolated yet stunning in so many ways. En route to Shiliin Bogd there is the statue of Tooroi Bandi, the “Robin Hood” of Mongolia who stole horses of local Manchurian occupants and hid them in the mountain. 

Taliin Agui or the Steppe Cave

Taliin Agui or the Steppe Cave is one of the largest caves in Mongolia with seven chambers to explore, the entrance of which is covered with ice till August.

Ganga Nuur Lake

There are six lakes in the vicinity of Dariganga all of which are part of the 28,000 ha of Ganga Nuur Natural Reserve. Ganga Nuur lake is the gathering ground for thousands of migrating swans from the start of August to end of October 

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