Photos of Khövsgöl Province, Mongolia

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Khövsgöl Province

Khövsgöl aimag is the northernmost province of Mongolia. The name is derived from Lake Khövsgöl, the country's largest freshwater lake by volume. The province has an area of 100,629 km² and a population of around 125,000. It is a mountainous region of great natural beauty.

Over Mörön
 
Wrestling stadium
 
Wrestler statues
 
Mörön Town Hall
 
Wide street in Mörön
 
Mörön street
 
House in Khatgal
 
View to Khatgal
 
View of Khövsgöl
 
View Khövsgöl Nuur
 
Stupa in Khatgal
 
Along the lake
 
Shops in Khatgal
 
Toilogt Camp
 
Lake at Toilogt
 
Khövsgöl Nuur, Toilogt
 
Khövsgöl Nuur view
 
Blue Pearl Guesthouse
 
Peninsula, Khövsgöl Nuur
 
Nature's Door ger camp
 
Tourist ger camp
 
Tourist guest house
 
View of Khövsgöl Nuur
 
View of Khövsgöl Nuur
 
Khövsgöl Nuur beach
 
Ashikai Tourist Camp
 
Khatgal harbour shops
 
Family ger, Khövsgöl
 
Chingünjav memorial
 
Khövsgöl park
 
Children in park
 
Buddha statue
 
Danzandarjaa Monastery
 
Chanting monks
 
Mörön's Monastery
 
Deer stones
 

The province's biggest drawcard is Khövsgöl Nuur National Park, with its beautiful lake, the "Blue Pearl of Mongolia". The lake is about 136 kilometres long, stopping just before the Russian border. There are great possibilities for trekking, on foot or on horseback and at the western shore near the village of Hatgal, are ger camps to stay. For example, Nature's Door ger camp has solar hot water showers and cabins too, plus good food.

The provincial capital is Mörön, a transport hub in the north with good hotels, guest houses and restaurants. It has a large wrestling stadium with statues of famous local heroes, a large square with a statue of Marshal Chingünjav, one of the two major leaders of the 1755-1756 rebellion against the Manchu in Outer Mongolia. There is Khövsgöl Park, a giant map of the province with displays of the highlights, a favourite with children. Nearby is Danzandarjaa Khiid, a monastery, rebuilt monastery and reopened in June 1990; the original monastery (Morongiin Khüree) was built around 1890 and was home to 2,000 monks. It now has 30 monks of all ages.

Past Mörön airport, about 20 kilometres west from the town, is Uushigiin Övör, an emplacement of sacrificial mounds ("khereksuur"). Within it are 14 "deer stones", carved standing stone that date to the mid-Bronze Age, between 1500 and 800 BCE. These feature images of flying deer in high relief and often hunters with bows and arrows, chasing them. There are about 700 deer stones known to exist worldwide; of these, 500 are located in Mongolia and the best collection is here in Uushigiin Övör.