Top Choice Buddhist Monasteries in Ongiin Khiid

Ongiin Khiid

The bend in the pretty river here marks the remains of two ruined monasteries: Bari Lam Khiid was built in 1810 on the north bank, the same side of the river as the tourist ger camps. Khutagt Lam Khiid was built in …
Top Choice Valley in Gurvan Saikhan National Park

Yolyn Am

Yolyn Am was originally established to conserve the birdlife in the region, but it’s now more famous for its dramatic rocky cliffs and narrow, heavily shaded canyons that allow sheets of blue-veined ice to survive w…
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Top Choice Sand Dunes in Gurvan Saikhan National Park

Khongoryn Els

Khongoryn Els are some of the largest and most spectacular sand dunes in Mongolia. Also known as the Duut Mankhan (Singing Dunes – from the sound they make when the sand is moved by the wind or as it collapses in sm…
Top Choice Gorge in Gurvan Saikhan National Park


From the museum, the dirt road continues for another 10km to a car park of sorts. From here, a pleasant 2km walk, following the Yol Stream, leads to the ice-filled gorge and one or two lonely souvenir salesmen. Loca…
Museum in Bayankhongor City

Aimag Museum

The Aimag Museum, inside the sports stadium in the park, is well laid out and worth a quick look. There is a good display on Buddhist art, featuring two lovely statues of Tara, some fine old scroll paintings and tsa…
Museum in Bayankhongor City

Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum across the street from the Aimag Museum is filled with badly stuffed animals, a replica Tarbosaurus skeleton and some fossils, including a 130-million-year-old fossilised turtle.
Museum in Sainshand

Aimag Museum

The well-appointed Aimag Museum houses plenty of stuffed Gobi animals, and a collection of seashells and marine fossils (Dornogov was once beneath the sea). There is also an impressive skeleton of a Protoceratops an…
Monastery in Sainshand

Dechinchoinkhorlin Khiid

This monastery, which opened in 1991, is in a large walled compound at the northern end of the central district. There is an active temple and, although visitors are welcome, photographs are not allowed inside. The …
Museum in Sainshand

Museum of Danzan Ravjaa

The life and achievements of Noyon Khutagt Danzan Ravjaa (1803–56), a well-known Mongolian writer, composer, painter and medic who was born about 100km southwest of Sainshand, are honoured in this small but well-put…