Introducing Khovd City
Khovd City is a pleasant tree-lined place developed by the Manchus during their 200-year rule in Outer Mongolia. Slightly more developed than other cities in western Mongolia (although still basically just a small town), it boasts an agricultural university and some food processing and textile manufacturing.
The town offers a few sights to keep you busy for a day and some pleasant ger camps outside town. Shops are well stocked and there are plenty of jeeps, making this a reasonable place from which to launch a trip to the Altai Mountains or the lakes region. You can also cross into China from here (assuming you already have your China visa), using the little-used border at Bulgan.