Welcome to Darkhan
The city was created by the Soviets in the 1960s as an industrial base for the north. Under communist rule it worked as a model urban cooperative of factory workers, tractor drivers, coal miners and government officials. The economy took a nosedive in the early 1990s following independence, but is slowly picking up again, thanks to grain production and coal mining.
The city's part of an autonomous municipality, Darkhan-Uul, that sits in the centre of Selenge aimag. Darkhan is divided into an ‘old town’ near the train station and a ‘new town’ to the south; most hotels, restaurants and amenities are located in the latter.