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Introducing Bulgan

Bulgan’s lack of major tourist sights has kept it off the beaten track. Most visitors to northern Mongolia charge through the aimag en route to more popular sights such as Khövsgöl Nuur and Amarbayasgalant Khiid, but travellers with a bit of time on their hands can find some interesting, rarely visited sights in Bulgan, as well as some beautiful scenery that makes for nice cycle touring.

A small mountain range, the Bürengiin Nuruu, bisects the aimag and, though it only reaches a maximum altitude of 2058m, it provides plenty of lush habitat for wild animals and livestock. In the south of the aimag are two unique historical sights, Tsogt Taijiin Tsagaan Balgas and Khar Bukh Balgas, which are both geographically more in line with sights found in central Mongolia.

This section includes the small aimag of Orkhon, which contains the city of Erdenet. This aimag was formed in 1994 after being previously run as a federal municipality under the capital, Ulaanbaatar.