Transfer in Darkhan
Many tourists come to Mongolia to visit only its capital, Ulaanbaatar. It will also be interesting to visit Darkhan, which is called the "City of Friendship".
Founded in 1961 by the Soviet authorities, Darkhan was supposed to become one of the main industrial centres of the Soviet Union for the production of building materials. Now it is a large agricultural centre with beautiful nature and cultural attractions.
There are several ways to get to Darkhan. The easiest way is by train from Ulaanbaatar, Irkutsk or Ulan-Ude. It is also possible to book a transfer and reach the city in a few hours by driving on highways. The nearest airport to Darkhan is in Ulaanbaatar where direct flights arrive from major cities in Asia and Europe.
There are a few world-famous attractions in the "city of friendship", but tourists have a lot to see in Darkhan. The main attraction is the Kharagin Monastery which has become one of the most important centres of Buddhist pilgrimage in Mongolia in recent years. The Museum of Folk Art will be interesting for those who are fond of history, artworks and life of the eastern people. The largest exhibition of national costumes in Mongolia and the exhibition of archaeological and ethnographic artefacts are presented here.
You should go to Darkhan for nature. The city itself is rarely green due to parks, squares and alleys. Darkhan is located in the valley of the river Haara-Gol near the picturesque Khentii Mountains range. From the city to the Khentii Mountains, there are often hiking and car tours. If you do not want to go on a tour, you can rent a car with a driver in Darkhan and go to see the nature of Mongolia by yourself.
The city has a continental climate with warm summers and very cold winters. The best time for visiting is the summer and the beginning of autumn. At this time, the weather in Darkhan is comfortable to walk around the city and the outskirts. The air temperature varies between +20 and +25 °C.
The transport system for tourists is poorly developed — there are almost no buses and minibuses. Many tourists take a taxi to Darkhan as it is cheap and fast.
The hotels in Darkhan are very few. However, there is a unique opportunity to sleep in a real Mongolian yurt. There are several hotels in the city where you can rent a real yurt instead of a room or an apartment.
Darkhan is an atypical tourist city which is worth visiting to truly experience the atmosphere of Mongolia and enjoy the beautiful nature. Think your route over and travel with comfort!