Mongar is located on hill (like most of the eastern Bhutan towns and villages) at an average of 1600m altitude. The older town was relocated to the current site after the reconstruction of the road. It is the district head quarter and shopping center for villagers of Kurtoe (Lhuntshi) and Mongar. It is quite common for people here to speak three- four dialects because of its location as well as the district being the home to Khengpa, Tsangla and Kurotep speaking groups. The town is small, pleasant with traditionally painted and decorated shops lining the main street. Rows of large eucalyptus trees are planted around the town, somewhat protecting from the wind.
1. MONGAR DZONG
MongarDzong – Rebuilt in 1953 and is bit unusual with two main entrances. It is two-storey high with the utse (central Tower) in the centre of the courtyard. It is much smaller as compared to the other Dzongs in Bhutan. The original fortress of the region was in Shongar and the present Dzong replaced it in 1930s. Like most other Dzongs, it is the administrative headquarters for Mongar district
2. ZHONGAR DZONG.
The ruin of ZhongarDzong endures to this day as a testimony to the skill of its builders, most notably the renowned master craftsman, ZowoBalip.
It is located on a hilltop overlooking the village of Themnangbi and is visible as one descends to Lingmenthang from the highway. Constructed in the 17th century, the Dzong is believed to have been built at a site where the master architect ZowBalip saw a white bowl. A visit to the ruins can be a memorable experience and will give you a sense of medieval Bhutanese administration.
3. AJAY NEY
Another sacred site in the Mongar district is the renowned Aja Ney. Pilgrims from all other parts of Bhutan converge here to receive blessings and wash away their sins.
A rock that bears 100 renditions of the sacred syllable “Aa,” is said to have been discovered by Guru Padmasambhava. It is located at an altitude of more than 3,500 meters and falls under Ngatsang geog. It is approximately a two-day trek from Serzhong village.
4. YAGANG LHAKHANG
The YagangLhakhang is located in a small village next to the town is another sacred monument of the Dzongkhag.
It was built in the 16th century by Sangdag, the youngest son of TertoenPemaLingpa. It was built after the KupijigtsamLhakhang in Yangneer village in Trashigang was completed. Today, the lhakhang plays an important role in the religious life of the people.
5. STUPA (JARUNG KHASHOR CHORTEN)
The JarungKhashorChorten is located in Lingmethang, next to the bridge over the Kurichu River.
It is modelled after the JarungKhashorChorten in Nepal and is definitely worth visiting when in the area.
6. DRAMITSE LHAKHANG
One of the most notable religious sites is the DramitseLhakhang. It was built in the 16th century by AniChetenZangmo, the daughter of the renowned Terton (religious treasure seeker) PemaLingpa.
The DramitseNgacham or the “Dance of the Drums of Dramitse,” was created in this lhakhang in the 16th century. Today, it is a popular dance performed at all major festivals. It is also on the esteemed UNESCO World Heritage list.