1,954 sq km

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Weavers and textile

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About Mongar 

Mongar situated on a hill overlooking the Kurichu valley and surrounding villages, is one of the six districts that make up eastern Bhutan. The landscape in this region is spectacular with stark cliff and gorges and dense conifer forests. The region is notably famous for its weavers and special textiles.

Places of interest in Mongar

Mongar Dzong

It is site of one of Bhutan’s newest Dzong, built in 1930 on design similar to Lamai Geonpa in Bumthang, the official residence of the 1st King Gongsa Ugyen Wangchuck. The Dzong is constructed in same manner as all others such fortresses, without any drawings and use of nails. A visit to Dzong shows one how traditional Bhutanese architecture has continued to thrive through the centuries. The annual festival, Tshechu is held in the courtyard of this Dzong, in month of November/December corresponding to 8-10th day of 10th month of Bhutanese calendar.

Yakgang Lhakhang

Located about a 20-minute walk from Mongar town, this privately owned monastery was founded by Lama Sangdag, the 6th son of Terton Pema Lingpa, a quintessential Bhutanese master. The Yakgang monastery being repository of a full range of spiritual treasures and other sacred objects known to have revealed by Terton Pema Lingpa, is of great cultural significance. Also, it is the only monastery which is preserved untouched, modified in its pure tradition and culture of Buddhism in the east.

Drametse Monastery

Established over 400 years ago, Drametse Monastery with its unique architecture remains one of the most impressive buildings in eastern Bhutan. Located in a remote, mountainous and stunningly beautiful eastern region, it houses a full range of spiritual treasures and other sacred objects revealed by the ‘great treasure revealer’ (Terton) Rigzin Pema Lingpa (1450-1521) who is one of the five great Tertons Kings within the Nyingma tradition of Buddhism.