Mongar is a town and the seat of Mongar District in eastern Bhutan. As of 2005 it had a population of 3502. Mongar is on the road from Thimphu to Trashigang. It is one of the oldest educational hubs of the country. It has a regional hospital and a good standard hotel, among other facilities. The important Yagang Lhakhang monastery is on the outskirts of the town.

Location: Eastern Bhutan, Between Bumthang and Trashigang
Distance from Bumthang: 198km (6hrs 30mins)
Elevation: 1,600m (5,250ft)


MONGAR DZONG: Built in the 1930’s using the traditional process. Annual Tshechu (festival) is held in the courtyard of the Dzong.

UGYEN DORJI PAPER FACTORY:The late Dasho Ugyen Dorji, Chairperson of Tashi Group of Companies and a well-wisher of NWAB donated a paper unit in the eastern part of Bhutan because the local communities in this district have traditional expertise in handmade paper manufacturing.

THRUMSHINGLA NATIONAL PARK: It is one of the 9 protected area systems of Bhutan and was gazetted in 1998. It is rich in biological aspects.

AJA NEY: In that Ney (Cave), there is a rock that bears 100 renditions of the sacred syllable “Aa,” is said to have been discovered by Guru Padmasambhava.

ZHONGAR FORT: Here you can witness the skills of the builders, renowned master craftsman, Zowo Balip.

DRAMITSE LHAKHANG: It was built in the 16th century by Ani Cheten Zangmo, the daughter of the renowned Terton (religious treasure seeker) Pema Lingpa. The Dramitse Ngacham or the “Dance of the Drums of Dramitse,” was created in this lhakhang in the 16th century.

Other attraction: Jarung Khashor Choeten, Yagang Lhakhang, Jarung Khashor stupa, Hungja Nye, Yagang Monastery, bird watching etc.