Mongar (alt. 1600m/5250ft) & Lhuntse(alt.
The journey from Bumthang to Mongar is one
of the most beautiful in the Himalayas crossing 4,000m high Thrumshing la
(pass). Gushing waterfalls, steep cliffs with even steeper drops, blazing flowers and constantly changing vegetation combine to make this journey
as varied as it is beautiful. Mongar marks the beginning of Eastern
Bhutan. The second largest town in the sub-tropical east, Mongar like
Trashigang further east, is situated on the side of a hill in the
contrasts to other towns of Western Bhutan which was built on the valley
Places of interest in and around Mongar
It is site of one of Bhutan's newest Dzong built in 1930s. Yet the
Dzong is built in the same method and traditions of all the other
Dzongs; no drawings and nails have been used. A visit gives visitors an
impression of how traditional Bhutanese architecture has continued to
thrive through the centuries.
Located at about 20 minutes walk from Mongar town, this privately owned monastery was founded by Lama Sangdag, the sixth son of Terton Pema Lingpa. It is of great cultural significance and a repository of a wide range of spiritual treasures and other sacred objects known to have been revealed by Terton Pema Lingpa.
Dramtse Lhakhang means, ‘the peak without enemy’, is one of the largest and most important monastery in eastern Bhutan, situated about 18 km away from Trashigang to Monger highway. The lhakhang was founded by a highly accomplished Ani (nun) named Choten Zangmo in the 16th century, the granddaughter of the famous religious master Terton Pema Lingpa (the Treasure Discoverer).
The lhakhang is deeply associated with Terton Pema Lingpa and the Peling tradition of Buddhism. It houses a full range of spiritual treasures and other sacred objects and is the source of spiritual inspiration to the people of Drametse and neighbouring communities.
The local people from Mongar and Trashigang gather at Drametse Lhakhang to witness the annual religious festival, celebrated every year on the 10th day of Bhutanese calendar and locally known as Kaggsol Chenmo, Trel Da Tshechu and Daw Drugpai Choep. The Drametse Ngacham (Dance of the drums of Drametse) was established by Lam Kuenga Gyeltshen, Ani Chhoeten Zangmo’s brother and
Excursion around Mongar
Lhuntse is 77 km from Mongar (3 hours drive) and is one of the most
isolated districts in the country. The landscape here is spectacular
with stark cliffs and gorges and dense coniferous forests. The region is
notably famed for its weavers and their special textiles generally
considered to be the best in the country. The Kurtoe region of Lhuntse
is also the ancestral home of royal dynasty.