Location: Eastern Bhutan, between Bumthang and Trashigang
Distance from Bumthang: 198 km (7 hrs)
Elevation: 1600m, 5,250ft
Mongar is the eastern commercial suburb and lately it is prospering with industrial boom. Like other towns in the East, Mongar town is also located on the top of a hill. The prominence of the Dzong is an exhilarating vista although it is newly built to replace the old Zhongar Dzong which now stands in ruins. But the Dzong still houses the artifacts of the Zhongar Dzong.
In addition to the fascination offered by the manner and architecture of the entire section and the people, there are places of pilgrimage like the Aja Nye and the Hungja Nye, besides hundreds of lakes which are considered sacred and must-visit sites in one’s lifetime. Drametse monastery is another place of sanctity, and its splendor is entrenched with profound history and the significant accounts of the past.
1. Mongar Dzong
Although new, the Dzong houses the artifacts of the old Zhongar Dzong.
2. Thrumshingla National Park
It is home to varied flora and fauna including the tigers, red pandas and leopards. It also embraces the rhododendron park.
• Tourists are allowed till the courtyard of the Dzong.
4. Zhongar Dzong
5. Aja Ney
6. Hungja Ney
7. Ugyen Dorji Paper Factory at Ngatshang
8. Lakes (Dangling Tsho, Zunglen Tsho, Damtsang Tsho and Yogoe Tsho)