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Eastern Mongolia is this country’s hidden gem. While most travelers head for big-ticket destinations like the Gobi or Lake Khovsgol, a few intrepid souls venture east. Rarely do they regret the decision. The region comprises mostly flat steppe, some of the largest tracts of untilled prairie left on the planet. There is an impressive array of wildlife in these parts and its not uncommon to see hundreds of gazelle bounding together over the plains. The far eastern tip of Mongolia juts into China like a finger and contains the remote but beautiful Nomrog Nature Reserve. With a little bit of luck visitors may spot moose and wolves. Eastern ...

Eastern Mongolia is this country’s hidden gem. While most travelers head for big-ticket destinations like the Gobi or Lake Khovsgol, a few intrepid souls venture east. Rarely do they regret the decision. The region comprises mostly flat steppe, some of the largest tracts of untilled prairie left on the planet. There is an impressive array of wildlife in these parts and its not uncommon to see hundreds of gazelle bounding together over the plains. The far eastern tip of Mongolia juts into China like a finger and contains the remote but beautiful Nomrog Nature Reserve. With a little bit of luck visitors may spot moose and wolves. Eastern Mongolia is also a major destination for twitchers, attracted to the swans, eagles, falcons and other feathered creatures that migrate here in summer. World history has also been affected by events in eastern Mongolia – it was here that Ghengis Khan grew up and forged the beginnings of his great empire. It’s possible to visit Khokh Nuur where he was crowned khan in 1206. Dariganga, in Sukhbaatar province, is a rarely visited destination of sand dunes, lakes and volcanic craters. Armed with a tent and sleeping bag it would be easy to while away a few days in this peaceful corner of planet Earth.

Michael Kohn
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Michael Kohn is the author of Lonely Planet guides to Israel & the Palestinian Territories, South Africa, Tibet, Central Asia, Mongolia, and Sri Lanka.

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