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Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Ongiin Khiid

Ongiin Khiid

The bend in the river here marks the remains of two ruined monasteries which are today considered one vast complex known as Ongiin Khiid. Bari Lam Khiid was built in 1810 on the north bank, the same side of the rive…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Ikh Nartiin Chuluu

Ikh Nartiin Chuluu Nature Reserve

This 670-sq-km nature reserve, only a four-hour drive from Ulaanbaatar, at an elevation of 2200m, is home to hundreds of ibexes (mountain goats), argali (big-horn sheep), gazelles, black vultures, wolves and other w…
Top Choice 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), they are up to 300m hi…
Top Choice Gorge in Gurvan Saikhan National Park

Yolyn Am Gorge

A pleasant 2km path leads from the parking area to this gorge filled with blue ice, one of the park's can't-miss sights. You can hike, bike or hire a horse and ride here. Along the way, you'll see herds of shaggy ya…
Top Choice Buddhist Site in Khamaryn Khiid

Shambhala

In 1853 Danzan Ravjaa told the local people that he would die in three years but that they could forever come to this place and speak to his spirit. Indeed, he died three years later and the site was marked by an ov…
Top Choice Area in Gurvan Saikhan National Park

Yolyn Am

Yolyn Am was originally established to conserve the region's bird life, 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 well …
Top Choice Desert in Ömnögovi

Bayanzag

The so-called Flaming Cliffs are a Gobi highlight and an important palaeontology site first excavated by Roy Chapman Andrews in 1922. Even if you are not a ‘dinophile’, the eerie beauty of the surrounding landscape …
Top Choice National Park in Ömnögovi

Gurvan Saikhan National Park

Gurvan Saikhan National Park (20,000 sq km) offers a wealth of sand dunes, canyons, dinosaur fossils and mountainous terrain. Desert wildlife includes argali sheep, ibexes and snow leopards. The most visited sights …
Top Choice Cultural in Bulgan

Bulgan Camel Festival

For two days every March (usually the 6th and 7th), Bulgan is happening! That's when visitors from around the country and beyond descend for camel polo, camel shearing and camel races, as well as demonstrations of h…
Top Choice Natural Feature in Dundgovi

Tsagaan Suvarga

A 400m-long jigsaw of white-sand cliffs, striped pastel shades of purple, orange and red. That's the scene awaiting you at Tsagaan Suvarga, a sight similar to Bayanzag, but with much more colour and a sliver of the …