Top things to do

Top Choice Monument in Dadal

Deluun Boldog

In a boundary zone of steppe and taiga some 3.5km north of Dadal village, you'll find a grouping of rounded hills and shallow gullies intercut with clear mountain streams known as Deluun Boldog. On top of one of the…
Top Choice Lake in Dariganga

Ganga Nuur

From the end of September until mid-October, this lake is home to thousands of migrating swans. Along the shore, in a fenced compound, is delicious spring water that's safe to drink. If you don't fancy paying the ca…
Top Choice Museum in Chinggis

Khentii Ethnography Museum

This excellent museum occupies the 18th-century home of the Tsetseg Khan, who governed most of eastern Mongolia during the Manchu reign. Standout exhibits include ethnic costumes and Khalkh silver jewellery, a shama…
Top Choice Monument in Khalkhiin Gol

Yalaltiin Khoshuu

As Soviet propaganda goes, this victory monument, located just outside Khalkhgol, is a masterpiece of the genre. The sculpture features a stylised Mongolian maiden on one side and grim-faced Soviet and Mongolian sol…
Top Choice Museum in Baruun-Urt

Baruun-Urt Ethnography Museum

Baruun-Urt’s museum has a fine collection of costumes representing the three ethnic groups that inhabit the region: the Khalkh (the majority), the Dariganga (around 30,000 live in the south of Sükhbaatar aimag) and …
Top Choice Museum in Choibalsan

Dornod Aimag Museum & Gallery

Inside the former Government House, the comprehensive collections here stampede through the aimag's history, from Stone Age and Bronze Age finds to the communist years and beyond. Standout exhibits include a paintin…
Top Choice Mongolian in Choibalsan

Ikh Ursgal

We found great grilled chicken, fried mutton ribs and decent French fries at this local favourite. The kitchen pushes out delicious meat dishes sure to satisfy carnivorous Mongolians; there are also some Chinese sti…
Buddhist Monastery in Khentii

Baldan Bereeven Khiid

At its peak, Baldan Bereeven Khiid was one of the three largest monasteries in Mongolia, home to 5000 lamas and thousands more pilgrims and monastic support staff. Communist thugs destroyed this building and murdere…
Mountain in Khentii

Burkhan Khalduun

When faced with a crisis of faith or at a crossroads in his life, Chinggis Khaan would ascend the peak of Burkhan Khalduun (2350m). With his belt around his neck in a show of supplication, he would petition the gods…
Mountain in Sükhbaatar

Shiliin Bogd Uul

Towering over the steppe like a dark dagger, the tallest mountain (1778m) in Sükhbaatar aimag is one of the holiest of Mongolian sacred peaks. Ostensibly, only men are allowed to ascend this extinct volcano; we know…