Mongar is regarded as the heart of eastern Bhutan. Located at an altitude of 400m - 4,000m, the district is well-known for wood carving and textiles artisans, who are considered one of the best in the country. Bordering the districts of Bumthang, Lhuentse, Pema Gatshel and Trashigang the area offers rich diversity of flora and fauna and a glimpse into Bhutan rich rustic culture. Tshanglas and Kurtoeps are indigenous to the valley and speak a different dialect.
The drive to Monger is stunning, crossing Thrumsing-la pass at 4000m amidst vertical cliffs, spouting waterfalls, rich tapestry of different vegetation and varieties of rhododendrons species. Also on a clear day, one can see Gangkhar Puensum (7415 m), world highest unclimbed mountain in the backdrop. The trek to Gangkhar Puensum is one of the most rewarding treks in Bhutan, however not many undertake it. Visitors with keen interest in flowers may also take the opportunity to visit the rhododendrons garden.
Alternatively, one may also choose to fly to the nearest airport at Yongphula, to capitalize on time, which is approximately 3 hours from Mongar. The district offers modest accommodation option, however is limited, please refer to our Hotels in Mongar page for details. One may also to plan the program around Mongar festival, the three day festival offers glimpse into rich cultural tapestry of eastern Bhutan. Please refer to festival calendar for exact dates.
Places to see in Mongar:
The charming quaint town stills on a hilltop. The town is abuzz with small shops as it one of the main trading centers in the eastern Bhutan and falls on the east-west highway. The Clock tower in the heart of the town, would be a good place to visit to interact with locals or perhaps the local restaurants, which offers decent Bhutanese and Indian food.
Mongar Dzong: Originally built in 1930s, the current Mongar Dzong was recommissioned by the third king of Bhutan Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in 1953. Today it house the district administrative and religious body and is the venue for annual Mongar festival. The fortress is an architectural feat as no drawings or nails are known to be used in its construction.
Zhongar Dzong Ruins: Built in the 17th century, the ruins alludes a sense of medieval Bhutanese bureaucracy. It sits on a hilltop overlooking the Themnangbi village.
Dramitse Lhakhang: The monastery was built in 16th century by Ani Cheten Zangmo, the daughter of the renowned treasure revealer, Terton Pema Lingpa. The monastery makes for an important religious site and is also listed in UNESCO world heritage list. The famous religious dance called the ‘Dramiste Cham’ is said to have originated in this monastery.
Aja Ney: Guru Rinpoche is said to have meditated here and therefore is considered to be one of the most revered pilgrimage site in Bhutan. It sits at an altitude of 3500m, the journey to Aja Ney is about two days trek from Serzhong village.
Yagang Lhakhang: The monastery was built in the 16th century by Sangdag, the youngest son of, treasure revealer Terton Pema Lingpa. It is a popular place of worship for locals and located just outside the town in small village.
Jarung Khashor Chorten: The monastery is designed in line with, Jarung Khashor Chorten in Nepal and is a popular place of worship for locals. It is situated in Lingmethang village overlooking Kurichu river.
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