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About Mongar / Lhuntse / Ura Valley

Mongar marks the beginning of Eastern Bhutan. Mongar is the second largest town in the sub - tropical east.  The settlement of Mongar like Trashigang is situated further east. It is situated on the side of a hill in the contrasts to other towns of Western Bhutan which are built on the valley floor. Places of Interest in Mongar are Mongar Dzong. This historic site of one of the newest Dzong was built in 1930. Though built late the designs used are of similar methods and traditions of all the other Dzongs. There is no use of drawings and nails. The impression of how traditional Bhutanese architecture has continued to thrive through the centuries can de deduced from the concept. Excursions around Bumathang are Tangbi Goemba a half an hour walk north of Kurje Lhakhang is this monastery of the Kagyupa religious school. The temple has two sanctuaries and a temple of terrifying deities. The sanctuary on the ground floor contains statues of past, present and future Buddha and three clay statues. On the floor above, the vestibule has two remarkable paintings of Guru Rimpoche heaven and the Buddha Amitabh’s heaven.

Places to Visit Mongar / Lhuntse / Ura Valley

Mongar Dzong

According to oral legend, a king named Karpo Dung invited an architect from Paro, Zochhen Bala to build a fortress in the region.  The architect while surveying the land came across a white stone shaped like a bowl on a mound just above Kurichhu. He called the place Zhongkar (white bowl), now known as Mongar, and on this spot stands the present dzong. Zhongar Dzong was demolished by a fire and a subsequent earthquake that lasted seven days. It was abandoned thereafter and its functions shifted to present-day Mongar.

Mongar Dzong

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.

Mongar Dzong

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.

Drametse Lhakhang

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 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 

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