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Khovd (Mongolia)

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3 / 5 - One review
How to get there
4hrs flight from Ulan Bator
When to go
In summer
Minimum stay
2 to 3 days

Reviews of Khovd

Marc Sigala Travel writer
67 travel articles

Khovd is the capital of the aïmag (region) that bears the same name and is situated to the east of the country. It has a population of 20,000 and stretches as far as the Altaï foothills.

My suggestion:
If you're heading to the Altaï, spend a few days here so you can meet travellers returning to Khovd; they'll be able to give you the lowdown on their trip. You'll also be able to hook up with travel buddies, which will help you keep your costs down.

Situated on the border of the Mongolian Altaï, Khovd is better developed than its sister towns to the west, You're bound to go through it, if you're heading to the mountains by road. The town isn't that interesting but is great for stocking up on supplies before heading to the vast, solitary Altaï.

Before leaving, I managed to visit the 18th Century Manchu ruins. You'll find them to the north and on the outskirts of the town. Khovd's also home to the biggest Buddhist monastery in the western part of the country, which is a popular pilgrimage site that was officially re-opened in 2010.

During a trip to Mongolia, Khovd's a useful place to stop and prepare for the next stage of your journey. The stunning landscapes of Altaï will be waiting with open arms!

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