Hovd (Ховд in Mongolian and alternatively spelled Khovd) is a town in Hovd Aimag (Province) in the far west of Mongolia. Its history goes back 240 years, when the Manchus set up post here and the town was established as a center for business and trade. In the present it is still a trading center, mostly through its links with nearby China.
What is interesting about Hovd is its ethnic and thus cultural diversity, which is unrivalled in Mongolia except for its capital. It's 30,000-ish inhabitants hail from 10 ethnic groups including Kazakh, Uzbek, Zakhchin, Bayad and Khoton peoples. To learn more about this head to the Museum for local studies, showing the ethnic groups' traditional clothing and archeological artifacts. Other sights in the town include a theater and the main Ard Ayush Square where the locals gather together.
Besides culture, there are scenic landscapes aplenty around Hovd. The aimag consists of a mixture of lakes, rivers, snow-capped mountain peaks and desert sand. And not a person in sight... [Review by travelindicator]
- Hovd is a city in Mongolia. It has a population of 27,924, is situated at an altitude of 4580ft and the best airport to fly into is HVD (Khovd, Khovd)
- The currency used in Mongolia is the Mongolian tugrik (MNT)
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