As written in The Secret History of the Mongols, it is now generally accepted that the great Chinggis was born at the junction of the Onon and Balj Gols (though his date of birth is still subject to great conjecture). The assumed spot is in Dadal sum, near the town of the same name.
Dadal is a gorgeous area of lakes, rivers, forests and log huts (very few people live in gers), reminiscent of Siberia, which is only 25km to the north. Even if you are not a Chinggisphile, there is no shortage of scenery to admire and hike around in. It wouldn’t be hard to stay here a few days (which may be necessary anyway unless you have rented a jeep). The downside is that it often rains here in summer.
The 415, 752-hectare Onon-Balj National Park, extending north from the village towards Russia, offers enticing camping spots, fishing holes and chances for spotting wildlife. Buy your national park ticket (T3000) in the Government House.
Last updated: Feb 17, 2009
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