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Dalandzadgad (Mongolia)

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  • Encounters with locals
  • Desert
  • Off the beaten track
1 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
1hr flight from Ulan Bator
When to go
In summer
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Dalandzadgad

Marc Sigala Travel writer
67 travel articles

Dalanzadgad is the capital of the Ömnögovi province, in the south of the Gobi Desert.

My suggestion:
Don't bother going to Dalanzadgad unless you're planning to tour the Gobi - the town has nothing spectacular in itself to offer.

There's not a lot to do in Dalanzadgad, or at least not in terms of tourist attractions. Nonetheless, I enjoyed wandering around its sandy streets and I got a little taste of local daily life. Nestled in the heart of the desert, the town resembles those in Western Mongolia rather than the lusher towns found elsewhere. It's an extraordinary place. For the simple reason that if you head 20 minutes out of town, in whatever direction, you'll find yourself in a desert wilderness.

Which makes Dalanzagdad an excellent departure point for touring its surrounds. There are some impressive sites to be seen in the area during your trip to Mongolia. I recommend you visit the gigantic Khongoryn Els dunes, which rise majestically above the steppe. Try to find someone who can take you there by camel, as it's the best way to enjoy the scenery. You've also got Yolyn Am (the 'Vulture's Mouth) as well as Bayang, an major archaeological attraction where dinosaur eggs and skeletons were excavated.

Dalanzadgad's surroundings
Marie Cavalié Travel writer
27 travel articles

Dalanzadgad, which is situated in southern Mongolia, is a departure point for the Gobi Desert and Yolyn Am. A mix of ugly Soviet-style buildings and traditional yurts, the town stretches across an arid, desert landscape.

My suggestion:
Breathe deeply, try to get comfy and stay positive, as the bus ride from Ulan Bator to Dalanzadgad is simply awful! Buses jump all over the road, the drivers prefer breakneck speeds and you'll fly off your seat at regular intervals.

After an atrocious and never-ending journey south across Mongolia I only had two things in mind - to eat and get my strength up for the next stage, a trip to the Gobi Desert. To be honest, the moment you set foot in the town, the only thing you'll want to do is get out! It has to be said that Mongolian towns are ugly.

Unfortunately I hadn't really prepared my trip to Gobi; I needed to get to Yolyn Am. Worse still, I couldn't find any tourists with whom to share a Jeep!! Things didn't get off to the best start. So I was forced to spend an extra day in this hideous place. I managed to get away when I met a kind lady who offered to drive me to the site of Yolyn Am.

Mongolia is an amazing country, but if you want to make the most of it, don't solo travel. It's not dangerous to travel alone, but public transport is limited and the road network poorly developed. Only Jeeps can access the country's vast countryside and petrol prices are exhorbitant. By solo travelling you'll have to make a lot of concessions.

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