Tsetserleg (also spelt Tsetserlik, Tsetserlig or Cècèrlèg) is the capital of Arkhangai province.



The town is located in a beautiful forested valley in the Khangay mountains; it has a population of around 20,000, and is generally considered to be the most pleasant of Mongolia's provincial capitals. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Mongolia, with monastery built on the current site of the town in 1642. While the monastery was closed in the 1930s by the communist government, the original temple was turned into a museum.

 Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily highs (°C) -8.1 -6.4 0.2 8.1 16.0 20.1 20.5 19.3 15.1 8.0 -1.0 -6.5
Nightly lows (°C) -20.4 -19.3 -13.0 -4.5 1.7 6.5 8.7 6.8 1.5 -5.2 -13.1 -18.2
Precipitation (mm) 1.9 2.7 5.8 16.3 32.6 63.6 75.4 66.9 26.7 13.4 5.8 2.6

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Get in

Due to improved roads to the capital, Ulaanbaatar, there is no longer scheduled air transportation. On the bright side, there is daily buses to and from UB on paved road the entire way.

By bus

Buses for Tsetserleg leave from the Dragon bus station in Ulaanbaatar at 8AM on daily. The ride typically lasts at least 10 hours, and tickets must be purchased a day in advance. As of June 2009, bus tickets from Ulaanbaatar to Tsetserleg cost approximately 18,000 tugrug, around US$13.

There are also microbuses that run between Ulaanbaatar and Tsetserleg. These are often very cramped (four across a bench seat), as drivers want to fit as many people in as possible to maximize profit. If possible, it is not a bad idea to pay for an extra seat to be left empty.

Get around

Tseterleg isn't very big. The city center and most hotels are in walking distance of the main attractions. If you don't want to walk, stand on the side of the road and stick your hand out. It won't be long before a car stops. Expect to pay between 500 and 2,000 T for rides around town.


Lamaist Monastery



Tsetserleg Market





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