Lhuentse is the ancestral home of the royal family of Bhutan, therefore historically very rich and significant. The valley is home to some of country’s most sacred pilgrimage sites. Located at an altitude of 800m - 5700m, it is approximately 3 hours’ drive from Mongar. Undoubtedly one of the most remote areas in Bhutan, it is popular for trekking, rich biodiversity and textile. The landscape is impressive with towering cliffs, deep river gorges and dense coniferous forest. Some of the best handmade textile comes from the valley of Kurtoe, the Kurtoep women are known to be a connoisseur of traditional textile weaving; the famous Kushuthara textile originates from here.
Tourist accommodation option is very limited in the valley, with only one B&B Phayul Resort, however one may choose to camp or alternatively organize a farmhouse stay. The Lhuentse festival takes place in November and provides good opportunity to see sacred historical relics from the valley, besides the mask dance and other entertainments. Please refer to festival calendar for exact dates.
Places to see in Lhuentse
Lhuentse Dzong: Built in 1654 by the Trongsa Penlop Chogyal Minjur Tempa. Today it serves as the office for district administrative and religious body and houses many scared relics installed by Desi Tenzin Rabgay. The fortress sits atop a hill overlooking the majestic kurichu river and is the venue for Lhuentse festival.
Kilung Monastery: Myth has it, that the monastery houses a holy chain mall, which was used to recapture a statue that miraculously flew away from the Lhuentse Dzong. The monastery is located in kilung village overlooking the Kurichu River, which is approximately 20 minutes from the Dzong towards Kurtoe Village.
Jangchubling Monastery: Built in 18th century by Pekar Gyatso, The daughter of 1st King of Bhutan , Ashi Wangmo lived in the monastery as a nun.
Dungkar Nagtshang: The house belongs to Trongsa Penlop Jigme Namgyal, ancestor of the Wangchuck dynasty, the present Royal family of Bhutan. The house sits on the backdrop of towering mountain, overlooking Dungkhar village below. There is a 40 km rudimentary farm road leading to Dungkhar monastery. Program around Dungkar Nagtshanga and monastery makes for an enchanting journey to past and royal family of Bhutan.
Gangzur village: The village is renowned for its traditional pottery, which is undertaken by women of the village. It is located approximately 2 kilometers away from the Dzong.
Khoma village: The village is famous for its textile weaving, the famous Kushuthara textile originates from this village. Weaving is a community activity here, were women sits together in rows weaving intricate patterns and chit-chatting. The village is a scenic two hours walk from Dzong and the walk makes- up for a pleasant experience amidst easy slopes and blue pine forest.
Singye Dzong: One of the most important sites of pilgrimage for Bhutanese, It is believed that Guru Rinpoche (Bhutan’s patron saint) once meditated here.
Tsokar Tsona Lakes: Situated above Singye Dzong, It is a popular pilgrimage site for Bhutanese. The area constitutes a group of lakes in the backdrop of rhododendron tree.
Guru Nangsey Zilneon Statue: The edifice is one of the largest statue in the world measuring 157 feet, sitting on a 38 feet lotus. It is located in Takila, which is approximately 13 km from Tangmachu village in Lhuentse. The place is important place of pilgrimage for Bhutanese. The statue is an culmination of prophesy of treasure revealer Lerab Lingpa (1856 -1926) and famous yogi of Bhutan Sonam Zangpo, who foretold the need for physical edifice of Guru Padamsambhave to ensure peace and prosperity in Bhutan.
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