ENDLESS PLAINS OF THE EASTERN MONGOLIA
ABOUT ENDLESS PLAINS
Except for the Khentiin Nuruu Mountain Range and some forests surrounding it, eastern Mongolia is pure steppe plain. There is some stunning scenery, and it is one of the world’s last great undisturbed grasslands. The most famous and plainest steppe in the country is the far eastern part named Menengyn Tal via Menen steppe.
The area is almost uninhabited by people, but home to some of the largest herds of gazelle left on earth. Also, there is one of the world’s last undisturbed grasslands, named as the ‘strictly protected areas’ of Mongol Daguur, Dornod Mongolyn Tal Steppe and Nomrog Region.
Some of the largest left behind herds of Mongolian gazelle can be found in the region. They can even run faster than any best jeep driver. The eastern region aimags are also the home to Mongolian antelopes which have now become very rare in the world. Out of three millions antelopes, half of the in Mongolia flocks only in Dornod province. There are worldwide rare or threatened bird species and also hosts distinctive Central Asia fauna and flora in comparatively natural surroundings compared with other Asian steppe ecosystems. There are these bodies of Natural attractions water like rivers and lakes like Khalkha gol, , Numrug and Buir Nuur lake which have expanded all through the Dornod Mongolia steppe and is conserved with very fresh and clean waters and Khukh Nuur is the lowest point in the country. In 1939, the brutal battle amongst joint Soviet–Mongolian forces and the Japanese at Khalkhiin Gol were fought whose traces stayed behind, as does a mystifying stone giant from a long-gone period. There are also many activities you can indulge in like: Hiking in Dornod Mongolian Vast Steppe, Seeing white-tailed gazelles in Dornod Mongolian Steppe, Visiting Nomadic Family, and Introducing with Mongolian Real Culture, Playing Mongolian Traditional Games and also Riding Horses. But despite its affluent historical worth and attractively varied natural surroundings, the easternmost territory of Mongolia is the least traveled place.
GOOD TO KNOW
KHENTII NURUU MOUNTAIN
The Khentii Mountains are a mountain range in the Töv and Khentii Provinces in North Eastern Mongolia. The chain overlaps the Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area and includes Mongolia’s sacred mountain, Burkhan Khaldun, which is associated with the origin of Genghis Khan.
The range forms the watershed between the Arctic Ocean via Lake Baikal and the Pacific Ocean basins. Rivers originating in the range include the Onon, Kherlen, and Tuul.
The legendary Mongol Genghis Khan is thought to have chosen a resting place in the Khentii Mountains, called the Great Taboo, or Ikh Khorig, by the Mongols. The area is thought to be where Khan may be entombed.
Mongolia’s most vast steppe is called the Menen steppe, it is located in the Dornod province, 60 km to the west of Buir lake, it is 600m above sea level. This is one of the biggest steppes in the world, it is unique because it has largely remained undeveloped. This vast steppe continues all the way till the east side of Mongolia, to Dariganga volcano. The Steppe zone stretches to Khalkha river in the north, it lies east of the Khyangan mountain range.
The steppe is divided into 2 main parts: the north side of Kherlen, and the south side of Tamsag. The lowest point of this steppe in Mongolia lies in the northern area of the Kherlen. Mongolian famous poet B.Yavuukhulan described this steppe as: “Seeing the sunrise from the distance of lassoing the horse is amazing” (it means that because Mongolian people lasso the horse from very close, looking the sunrise from very close is more amazing.
Mongol Daguur, also referred to as Mongolian Dauria is a steppe and wetland region in Mongolia listed as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and Ramsar Site of International Importance. A transboundary ecoregion straddling three countries, the area is located in Dornod Province of eastern Mongolia, and is contiguous with the Daurian ecoregion in Russia and the Hulun Lake wetlands in China. The area is categorized as a Strictly Protected Area within the framework of protected areas in Mongolia.
Mongol Daguur’s steppe and wetlands territory mainly consists of low mountainous landscapes that support a variety of fauna and flora. The biosphere reserve provides nesting and breeding grounds for globally endangered species such as the white-naped crane, while also serving as a migratory stopover site for many rare and endangered species.
DORNOD MONGOLYN TAL STEPPE
Dornod Mongolia Steppe is located in the eastern corner of Mongolia. Because Dornod Mongol has isolated locality, the rustic lifestyle and traditions in this region have continued to be constant and offer opportunities to maintain this way of life that has progressed together with nature over many thousands of years.
Dornod Mongolia Steppe is located in the eastern corner of Mongolia. Because Dornod Mongol has isolated locality, the rustic lifestyle and traditions in this region have continued to be constant and offer opportunities to maintain this way of life that has progressed together with nature over many thousands of years. Since there are also these rare species which can only be found in this steppe, the region is being secluded so that no one can harm these species found inside this park.
Dadal – the birthplace of Genghis Khan – Temuujin (Genghis Khan) was born into the family of Yesugei Baatar in 1162 at a place called Deluun Boldog by the Onon river in Dadal soum of Khentii aimag.
Menen Steppe (Menengyn Tal) is endless plain steppe with over 90 km long and over 60 km wide, located in Dornod, Eastern province. This is the big steppe in the world which has kept its native land and there are a plenty of pasture plants, antelopes, wolves as well as rare animals.
Genghis Khan (also known as Chinggis Khan) lost his battle against the Merkit (one of the major tribal confederations (khanlig) of the Mongols) and escaped death by seeking protection in the sacred precincts of the Burkhan Khaldun