Photographs by courtesy of the Tourism Council of Bhutan
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Artist: Jigme Drukpa Title: ‘Ling Sho La’ from CD: ‘Endless Songs of Bhutan’
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Location: Eastern Bhutan, Between Bumthang and Trashigang
Distance from Bumthang: 198km (6hrs 30mins)
Elevation: 1,600m (5,250ft)
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.
Ugyen Dorji Paper Factory at Ngatshang
The Paper Factory was constructed in the eastern part of Bhutan since the local communities in this district have traditional expertise in handmade paper manufacturing. In 1992, 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. Since then, NWAB has been manufacturing Bhutanese Paper from the unit.
Thrumshingla National Park
Thrumshingla National Park is one of the 9 protected area systems of Bhutan and was gazetted in 1998. It is located in the central part of Bhutan and contains spectacular mountains with a rich cultural and biological diversity.
Another sacred site in the district is the renowned Aja Ney where pilgrims from all other parts of Bhutan converge 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 two days trek from Serzhong village.
The Yagang lhakhang, in a small village next to the town, is another sacred monument in the Dzongkhag. It was built in the 16th century by Sangdag, the youngest son of Terton Pema Lingpa, after having built the Kupijigtsam Lhakhang in Yangneer village in Trashigang. Today, the lhakhang plays an important role in the religious life of the people.
Jarung Khashor Chorten
The Jarung Khashor Chorten in Lingmethang next to the bridge over the Kurichu river is another monument in the district that is worth paying a visit. The Chorten is modelled after the Jarung Khashor Chorten in Nepal.
The ruin of Zhongar Dzong endures to this day as a testimony to the skill of its builders, most notably the renowned master craftsman, Zowo Balip. It is located on a hilltop overlooking the village of Themnangbi and is visible as one descends to Lingmenthang from the highway.
Hungja Nye, monasteries and temples, bird watching, etc