Mongar is the district headquarters and hardly more than a stopping place surrounding by fields of maize. It is northern portion of the ancient region of Kheng. Mongar is also the first town which builds in a mountain side as an alternative of valley. It is not as architecturally spectacular as others in the region. Arriving in Mongar is a great relief from the turns and heights of the journey over the pass.

Shongar Dzong, Mongar’s original Dzong, is in ruins and the new dzong in Mongar town is not as architecturally spectacular as others in the region. Dramtse Goemba, in the eastern part of the district, is an important Nyingmapa Monastery, but it is difficult to get there.

Sightseeing around Mongar Lhuentse

Dramtse Goemba

Mongar Dzong
Mongar Dzong is modern compared to others in the Kingdom. It was reconstructed by the order of the Third King. No drawings and nails have been used. A visit to the dzong gives visitors an impression of how traditional Bhutanese architecture has continued to thrive through the centuries. A hydroelectric project is under way and after completion it will have the capacity to output 60 megawatts of hydroelectricity which will change the industrial emphasis of the eastern area.

Lhuentse is 77 kilometers from Mongar and is one of the most isolated districts in Bhutan. The landscape is spectacular with stark cliffs and gorges and dense coniferous forests. The region is notably famed for its weavers and special textiles and fabrics, generally considered to be the best in the country. The Kurtoe region of Lhuentse is also the ancestral home of the Royal dynasty.


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