Tamir River in Arkhangai Province


Located in Khangai Mountains, Arkhangai province, Tamir River consists of two rivers, the Northern Tamir and the Southern Tamir. Because of that, sometimes the river is called Gurvan Tamir (Three Tamir) and the name Tamir is mentioned in The Secret History of the Mongols book.

The main part of the river is 180km long, excluding the Northern Tamir and the Southern Tamir rivers’ length. And it gets wider down the stream as the width goes up to 40-70m and the depth is 2-3m. The river bank is covered by aspen trees and bushes.

There is a legend about Tamir River and Taikhar Rock which says “Before the invention of the mirror there once was a girl named Tamir lived near a crystal clear river and used the water as a mirror. The water was so pure and clear, people called it Bolor (Crystal). And one day, a rich man proposed to Tamir but she refused because she was already in love with a guy named Taikhar. Boiled with anger, the rich man tainted the river and it was no longer crystal clear. Tamir was shocked to see turbid water when she arrived at Bolor River and decided to dive into it to find out what was the cause but she never came out. And her lover, Taikhar, waited for her at their meeting place so long that he turned into a rock and the locals changed the river name into Tamir in her loving memory.”

Besides the story, Tamir River basin contains iron ore and archeological findings. Also, a famous novel called “Tungalag Tamir” was written by Lodoidamba Chadraabal back in the 60’s where the main plot takes place around the river.

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