is a town near Bumthang. The journey from Bumthang to Mongar,
crossing over the 4,000m high Thrumsing-la pass, is scenically
The small town marks the beginning of eastern Bhutan. The
second largest town in the subtropical east, Mongar is built
high on a gently sloping hillside.
Sightseeing in Mongar
Mongar Dzong: Although built in the
1930s and one of Bhutan's newest dzongs, it is constructed
in the same way as all earlier dzongs, without plans or nails.
A visit to Mongar Dzong shows one how traditional Bhutanese
architecture has continued to thrive through the centuries.
Lhuentse (2,323m/7,621ft): Lhuentse
is 77 km. from Mongar (3 hours' drive) and is one of the most
isolated districts in Bhutan. The landscape is spectacular,
with stark cliffs towering above river gorges and dense coniferous
The region is famous for its weavers, and their distinctive
textiles are generally considered to be the best in the country.
The Kurtoe region of Lhuentse is also the ancestral home of