Photos of Arkhangai Province, Mongolia

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Arkhangai Province

The Arkhangai (= Northern Khangai) province is located just west of the country’s centre, on the northern slopes of the Khangai Mountains that rise to a height of 3,300 metres. It is a very scenic place with mountains, forests, and steppe and covers 55,313.82 km², with about 90,000 inhabitants.

Houses and gers, Tsetserleg
Wrestler's statue
Museum of Arkhangai
Temple roof
Buyandelgerüülekh Khiid
Up to Galdan Zuu
View from Galdan Zuu
View to Tsetserleg
Temple roof
Aimag museum
Museum entrance
Monument in Tsetserleg
Ger camp, Arkhangai
Chuluut Gorge
Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur
Horses at the lake
Sol's ger camp
Milking the cows
Boy and his horse
Riding a foal
Yaks, Tsagaan Nuur
Gers on the lake
Suman Gol
Goats, Suman Gol
Monastery, Tariat
Monument, Tariat
Khorgo Uul
Crater of Khorgo Uul
Vew from Khorgo Uul
Milking a mare
Milking a mare
Hotel, Tariat
Buyandelgerüülekh Khiid
Street in Tsetserleg
Shops, Tsetserleg
Breakdown repairs

AArkhangai’s capital is Tsetserleg that grew around its Buddhist temple complex of Zayain Gegenii Süm, first built in 1586 and expanded in 1679 when it had five temples and up to 1000 monks. It wasn’t destroyed during the Stalinist purges in the 1930s because it already had become a museum; it is a marvellous sight.

The natural highlight of Arkhangai aimag is Khorgo-Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur National Park, with its freshwater lake Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur, the Great White Lake. It is at 2,060 metres above sea level, thus called because it is covered in ice for a good part of the year. There are places to camp, and a local family has gers where travellers can stay and eat with the family.

Near the village of Tariat is the Khorgoo Uul volcano, which can be easily climbed to view the crater and panoramas of the surroundings. Tariat also has a guest house and even a hotel. About 50 kilometres from Tariat is the impressive Chuluut river gorge.