Darkhan (Mongolian: Дархан, blacksmith) is the second largest city in Mongolia and the capital of Darkhan-Uul Aimag (Darkhan-Uul Province). It has a population of 180,738 in 2010.
On October 17, 1961, the city of Darkhan was built with extensive economic assistance from the Soviet Union. As its name implies, the city was originally conceived to be a manufacturing site for Mongolia's northern territory. The city remains a mostly industrial region and is the home of some 82% of Darkhan-Uul Province's population. As with most urban Mongols, some 86% of the city's population live in residential apartments, with the remaining population living in yurts (gers) on the outskirts of the city.
There are hourly coaches from the bus station in Ulanbataar starting at 9 a.m. They take around 4 hours and cost 10,000 ₮.
From Erdenet coach station, mini-vans go to Darkhan when there are full, for 10 000 ₮/person, and cars for 15 000₮/person. Beware: minivans and cars can be dangerous.
Darkhan is around two hours from the Russian border. A taxi here will cost 100,000 ₮. For a bus, transfer in Sukhbaatar (about an hour away).
There are many restaurants in the downtown area. Including at least two Korean, one Chinese and one Russian.