Ondorkhaan (also spelled Öndörkhaan and Undur Khan, Mongolian: Өндөрхаан) is a city in Eastern Mongolia.
Ondorkhaan is home to about 15,000 people and is the capital city of Hentii province.
There is no functioning airport in Ondorkhaan. It closed ~2008 when the paved road was completed from Ulaanbaatar.
There is no train line in Ondorkhaan or Khentii aimag (province).
Taxis and meekers (vans) travel daily between Ondorkhaan and all major cities (UB, Choibolsan, Baruun-Urt). The price is negotiable based upon the number of travelers, the type of vehicle, and the final destination. A taxi from Ondorkhaan to UB (small car) typically costs 30,000 to 45,000T each way. In Ondorkhaan, the taxi/meeker stand is in front of 4th school near the sports complex.
This is the most economical way to travel between Ondorkhaan and other major cities. Here is the current bus schedule (as of 2/9/11):
Ondorkhaan to Ulaanbaatar: 10,000T each way, leaves Ondorkhaan post office at 8am everyday, arrives in UB at 2pm, tickets purchased the day before or the morning of in the post office (center window). This bus includes stops at soums along the road, including Baganuur and Mandaltsenker. The bus stop in UB is Bayanzurk Teevrin Tovchoo, which is about 8 kilometers east of Sukhbaatar Square.
Ondorkhaan to Bor-Undur: 8,500T each way, leaves Ondorkhaan post office at 8am, Monday, Thursday, Saturday only, arrives in Bor-Undur at 3pm, tickets purchased the day before or the morning of in the post office (center window). This bus includes stops at soums along the way.
Ondorkhaan to Choibolsan: 15,000T each way, ask the ticket window for where and when the bus leaves (changes regularly), tickets purchased the day before or the morning of in the post office (center window). This bus includes stops at soums along the way.
Ondorkhaan to Baruun-Urt: 15,000T each way, ask the ticket window for where and when the bus leaves (changes regularly), tickets purchased the day before or the morning of in the post office (center window). This bus includes stops at soums along the way.
It is recommended to purchase tickets early the day before because the seats do fill up. Also, if the bus is full, tickets will be sold for the center aisle, which will require the rider to sit on a plastic stool in the aisle or stand for the duration of the ride.
There is no boat transportation in Ondorkhaan. The Kherlen river runs just south of the city, but it is not navigable by boat.
Ondorkhaan is situated Southwest-Northeast and is about 5 kilometers long. Most travel is done by walking, but taxis are common. A taxi stand is located in front of the West Market. Also, just standing beside the road and stretching your arm will flag a taxi. The rate is 500T/kilometer.
Museum of Khentii – this is the premiere museum in Khentii. It is open from 9am-6pm Tuesday-Saturday and costs 1,500 T per person. The museum, which is a set of small buildings from a former Buddhist temple, includes an impressive replica of Chinngis Khan’s ger, along with an extensive collection of historical pieces from the area. Well worth a visit.
Buddhist Monastery – located south of town and to the west of the bridge crossing the Kherlen river, is the recently renovated Buddhist Monastery (surrounded by large white walls). It is an impressive structure and one of the most beautiful places in Khentii.
Turkic Balbal – located 7km southwest of town (past the old airport) is a stone man from the Turkic era. Look for the blue habuks blowing in the wind. The intricacies of the stone carving and the age of the stone man are very impressive. Be sure to bring a small offering of food or money to leave at the balbal.
Khan Park – this is the centrally located city park in Ondorkhaan. It starts at the Museum of Khentii and ends at the sports complex. There are a few monuments and tanks from the Soviet era. The park also includes a monument with the image of an approaching Mongol horse and a stone status of Chinngis Khan.
Ondorkhaan is home to many Buryats (or Buriyads), which is an ethnic people from Siberia. There are bootmakers in the city that make boots called "Buryats", which are known for their warmth. A typical pair will cost ~60,000T. Also, there are many bakeries in Ondorkhaan that make Buryat bread, which is fluffier, lighter, and sweeter than traditional Mongolian bread. To find the bread, go into any of the supermarkets/delguurs and look for the bread section.
Culinary Café is the newest addition to the restaurant offerings in Ondorkhaan. The café is a vegetarian restaurant that also includes a bakery. The food often includes soy or tofu and some vegetable variations of traditional fare are available. Open 11-7.
There are many guanzs on the main street of Ondorkhaan. The fare is typical Mongolian (hooshur or buuz). The pricing is essentially the same and the service is quick. If you are in a hurry or on a tight budget, try one of these. There are multiple guanzs located on the first floor of the Ogooj (өгөөж) building. The Ogooj building is the 2 story yellow building in the center of town on the main road.
China Restaurant, is located on the first floor of Hotel Negdulchin. It is an upscale restaurant that focuses on traditional Mongolian and Chinese platters. The food portions are large, so you may want to consider splitting.
Khangard (хангард), is the most popular upscale restaurant in town for the locals. The menu is very broad and includes many traditional dishes, along with chicken and Italian fare. A VIP room is available.
Och (өч), specializes in large dishes of traditional Mongolian food. The décor is very modern and clean and this restaurant stays open later than others.
(Зочид буудал) Public Hotel – located across the street from Khan Park and near the Museum of Khentii. Private room with shower and toilet (15,000 per person), Quad room with private toilet (7,000 per person), Regular no toilet (6,000 per person). Shared hot shower.
Jonon Hotel – Luxury with toilet (22,000 per person), ½ Luxury with toilet (9,000 one person), Regular with shared toilet (6,000 per person). Special luxury room for foreigners with toilet/shower (22,000). Shared hot shower. Karaoke bar on first floor. Lower rates were quoted.
Governor’s Hotel – 2 rooms available, both rooms are spacious and sleep 2-3 people (20,000 per person). There is a recently renovated shared bathroom (hot shower and toilet). Private parking, large shared kitchen/dining area available.
(Эрдэс Hotel) Erdes Hotel – This hotel was under extensive renovation at the time of publication. No room information or pricing was available. The hotel is centrally located next to the Museum of Khentii and near many of the shops, supermarkets, and banks.
Hotel Negdulchin – Premier hotel in Ondorkhaan. English speaking staff. Deluxe with private shower/toilet (45,000), ½ Luxury with private toilet (30,000), Double Room with shared toilet (20,000), Single Room with shared toilet (15,000), Shared hot shower. Private parking, China Restaurant on first floor.
Travelers need to be aware of pick-pocketers (including children), primarily in the markets and the main shopping district. Also, please beware of drunk people and avoid them.
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