If your itinerary takes you to Darkhan, there's no reason to dawdle—this mining town is relatively new, modern and industrial, and really holds little of interest for most visitors. Should you get stuck there for a full day, there are two monasteries that can be visited: the small Haragiin Hiid and the much more interesting Amarbayasgalant Hiid. The latter is reached via a three-hour journey on dirt roads—the monastery is nice, but will be of interest to Buddhist monastery enthusiasts only. The wild forests and the rivers along the way provide some reward for this grueling trip. 115 mi/190 km northwest of Ulaanbaatar.

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