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Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Kharkhorin

Erdene Zuu Khiid

Founded in 1586 by Altai Khaan, Erdene Zuu (Hundred Treasures) was the first Buddhist monastery in Mongolia. The monastery went through periods of neglect and prosperity until finally the Stalinist purges of 1937 pu…
Top Choice Statue in Töv

Chinggis Khaan Statue Complex

Few tourists come to Mongolia without visiting its most iconic landmark, a 40m-high glistening silver Chinggis Khaan statue. Constructed in 2008 from stainless steel, the dramatic statue, built with private funds, h…
Top Choice Lake in Khorgo-Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur National Park Region

Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur

Protected within the Khorgo-Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur National Park, this scenic freshwater lake is around 16km long, east to west, and around 4km to 6km wide, north to south. It takes around two hours to walk from Tari…
Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Orkhon Valley

Tövkhön Khiid

Hidden deep in a pine forest in the mountainous Khangai Nuruu National Park, this scenic monastery has become a major pilgrimage centre for Mongolians. Zanabazar founded the site in 1653 and lived, worked and medita…
Top Choice Sports in Töv

Nomadic Naadam

For those unable to make it to Mongolia in July for Naadam – one of the world's great festivals – you no longer have to worry about missing out. The team from Nomadic Naadam have come together to regularly host a mi…
Top Choice Museum in Kharkhorin

Karakorum Museum

Kharkhorin's museum is small, but highly impressive – probably the country's best museum outside Ulaanbaatar. Everything is beautifully designed and well displayed.The exhibits include dozens of artefacts dating fro…
Top Choice National Park in Töv

Khustain National Park

Situated around 100km southwest of Ulaanbaatar, this 506-sq-km reserve is most famous for its population of takhi, a Mongolian wild horse once thought extinct. Other wildlife in the park includes maral (Asiatic red …
Top Choice Museum in Tsetserleg

Museum of Arkhangai Aimag

This is one of the best aimag museums in the country, not least because it is housed in the charming courtyard-temple complex of Zayain Gegeenii Süm, which was first built in 1586 but expanded in 1679, when it house…
Top Choice Cafe in Tsetserleg

Fairfield Cafe & Bakery

A godsend for those who've done the hard yards in the countryside, this Australian-run cafe-restaurant offers a fantastic menu of international cuisine. The cafe bakes its own bread and cakes, to go with full Englis…
Top Choice Volcano in Khorgo-Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur National Park Region

Khorgo Uul

With its surrounding lava field, this 200m-tall extinct volcano dominates the area to the east of the lake. From its west side there are stairs leading up to the rim of the crater, a short 15-minute trek that leads …