Northern Mongolia

Northern Mongolia

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Northern Mongolia The highlight of Mongolia’s northern provinces, an alpine region bordering the forests of Siberia, is the pristine Lake Huvsgul, known as Mongolia’s “dark blue pearl.” Believed to be several million years old, Mongolia’s deepest freshwater lake is surrounded by dozens of small rivers and streams that empty into its waters, pristine taiga forest, and valleys and meadows rich with wildflowers.

Country Mongolia
Languages spokenMongolian
Currency usedMongolian Tugrug
Area (km2)513,120

Sports & nature

KHUVSGUL LAKE huMongolian the freshest watered lake is Khuvsgul. It is 136 kilometers long and 36 kilometers wide, 265 m deep and at 1.645 meters above sea level. It is the second-most voluminous freshwater lake in Asia, and holds almost 70% of Mongolia’s fresh water and 0.4% of all the fresh water in the world. Well known as the Blue pearl of Mongolia because of its crystal clear water, 99 springs and rivers flow into the lake and just one river flows out of the Khuvsgul which is Eg river. Also the lake surrounded by alpine mountains, which are covered with thick taiga. 12 species of fish dwell here including Sibirian ruff and lenok. The lake freezes over by second half of November and the thickness of the ice reaches 1m. Lake Khuvsgul is surrounded by grand mountains including 3000-3200m high Khoridol Saridag Mountain range and Bayan Mountain range on the southwest. The lakeshore is canyon-like steep. Rocks by the lake have many cave paintings dating back to the Bronze Age. There are 4 islands in a middle of the lake. SONY DSCReindeer people who claim themselves Uighar reside in a forest by the lake. They migrate seasonally following their reindeer pastureland like herders. Reindeer people are ethnic minority who has their own language, tradition, religion and special way of life. They practice shamanism and their mode of life involves herding reindeer, benefiting from it and hunting games. These people live in a coldness of minus 31-50 degrees. DEER STONES IN UUSHIGIIN UVUR This place is situated on southeastern sunny side of rocky Mountain Uushig 17km west from Murun, Huvsgul province and about 3 kms from northern bank of Delger River in Burentogtokh small town. You can find khirgisuurs, square burials and 14 deer stones in a single area at the same time. This memorial contains the most clearly depicted deer stone in Mongolia. These deer stones were aligned from north to south in a single column. Each stone is 3-20m distant from each other and was made of tetrahedral granite stone in reddish color. A deer, an arch, a shield, a horse, a knife, the moon, the sun and a mirror figured belt were engraved on the stones. These oblong-shaped stone monuments are 1,5-4,8m high, 0,4-1m wide and 20-50m thick. Total of 109 deer figures as well as some human figures were carved on 14 stones.Sports and nature image

Nightlife info

But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure. To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure? On the other hand, we denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment, so blinded by desire, that they cannot foresee.Nightlife image

Culture and history info

AMARBAYASGALANT MONASTERY Amarbayasgalant monastery/Monastery of Tranquil Felicity/ is one of most beautiful monasteries in Mongolia. It is located near the Selenge River at the foot of Mount Buren-Khaan small town of Selenge Province in northern Mongolia. The nearest town is Erdenet which is about 60 km to the southwest. It was built between 1726 and 1736 in Selenge province. It is dedicated to Undur Gegeen Zanabazar and built by Manchu style. Originally, Amarbayasgalant Monastery consisted of over 40 temples built on the special terrace, surrounded by a wall, measuring 207x175 m. Only 28 temples now remain they have been under State protection since 1944. Its construction expresses the planning features of the Mongolian national architecture and engineering solutions are very original. One of the interesting solutions is routing of roof water through the inside of four columns, under the floor, through stone grooves and away from the Tsogchin temple. In recent years, a spectacular ceremony called “Gongoriin Bumbanii Takhilga” has been taking place at Amarbayasgalant Monastery annually. This ceremony of worshipping a special urn is only held at the monastery and the ritual is performed under strict rule. BAIBALIK CITY baiUighar city ruin Baibalik is situated 14km west from the centre of Khutag-Undur Small town, Bulgan province. Baibalik was a flourishing city and one of cultural centers in central Asia of the period. There were two fortresses built of clay in the city. But most part of them collapsed and only east and north section of the northern fortress remained currently. This remained fortress is 4m high and 2m thick. Many tiny holes on the fortress are supposed to have been used for observing outside. On northern fortress of the city there was a large temple surrounded by lions of male and female. In 840 Baibalik city was destroyed by Kirgiz nomadic tribes from Enisei River. Culture and history image

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