The land of the Thunder Dragon, Bhutan has wooed and mesmerized travelers from across the world with its grandiose monastery and magnificent statues of the protector deities. A visit to any district is incomplete if travelers didn’t see the local monastery and dzong and the same goes with Mongar. The trip to the eastern town of Bhutan, Mongar is incomplete if tourists haven’t visited Mongar Dzong. Situated on a gentle sloppy hill above the main town, Mongar Dzong’s foundation was laid in 1930 under the commandment His Majesty, the third king Jigme Dorje Wangchuck.
Perched at an altitude of 1639mt Mongar Dzong has been entitled as the Bhutan’s newest dzong after it was constructed by replacing the original Shongar Dzong’s foundation. As per the traditional legend has it that an architect from Paro, Zochhen Bala was invited by a king named Karpo Dung to build a fort in the province and while inspecting the architect, he came across the land, a white stone shaped like a bowl on a mountain just above Kurichhu. He called the place Zhongkar which means white bowl, currently known as Mongar, and now on that very spot stands the present Mongar dzong. The Mongar Dzong has two entrances as the administrative and monk bodies’ share the similar courtyard and visitors can see the central utse which is the only reminisce left of the Shongar Dzong. There are about four lhakhangs in the Central tower as well as a chapel and a Sangay Lhakhang. A visit to the quaint Mongar Dzong demonstrates how traditional Bhutanese architecture has continued to thrive through the centuries in Bhutanese region.
The quaint Mongar Dzong has mesmerized its visitors with the astonishing murals and painting which adorns the ceiling and walls of dzong. Taking a stroll on the wooden floored corridor of Mongar Dzong, while being engulfed with the alluring aroma of incense and listening to the chanting of prayers fills the tourists with the sense of tranquility. .
The beauty of idyllic Mongar Dzong can be relished throughout the year but November when the annual Mongar festival is being celebrated in the dzong is considered the best time to see the colorful side of the serene Mongar.