Khar Zurkhnii Khukh Lake
Khar Zurkhnii Khukh Lake, located 35km north from the main road in the northwest of Tsenkhermandal Soum, Khentii Aimag, holds significant historical and natural significance in Mongolia. Translated as “Blue Lake of Black Heart,” this freshwater lake is situated at an elevation of 1675m above sea level and consists of two lakes.
On the lakeshore, you’ll discover beautifully crafted wooden monuments dedicated to the 840th birth anniversary of Genghis Khan. These woodcrafts represent the 36 golden lineage Khans of Genghis Khan, with the central piece showcasing Genghis Khan himself, along with his father, Esukhei, mother, Oulen, and queen, Borte Ujin. In total, the memorial complex comprises 50 woodcrafts, including the depiction of 9 of Genghis Khan’s generals positioned on either side of the main gate. These boards feature inscriptions in both English and Mongolian, detailing the noteworthy achievements and specific events from that time.
Beyond its historical significance, Khukh Lake offers mesmerizing scenery, surrounded by lush vegetation and teeming wildlife in the nearby mountains. It is a picturesque destination for nature lovers and history enthusiasts alike.
According to Mongolian history, the southern shore of the lake is where Temuujin was proclaimed khaan of the united tribes of Mongolia in 1189. It was here that he was given the illustrious title of “Genghis Khan,” meaning “Oceanic Great King.” The Secret History of Mongols book further mentions place names such as Lake Khukh, Mount Kharzurkh, and Sengur Gorkhi, further highlighting the historical significance of the area.