Festival Dates: 19 – 22 November 2023; 19 – 22 November 2024
Mongar in eastern Bhutan is largely known as the “Bastion of the Zhongarps,” after the illustrious Dzongpons of Zhongar that played significant role in the history of Bhutan. One can still see the ruins of the Zhongar Dzong next to the highway in Lingmethang before reaching Mongar.
The main inhabitants of this region are the Tshanglas and the Kurtoeps. They speak distinct languages known as Tshanglakha and Kurtoepaikha. This region is famous for its exquisite wood carvings.
The new Dzong in Mongar was built at the initiative of the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in 1953. Today the dzong is the centre of administration where all important decisions are taken.
The most exciting local event is the annual three day Tshechu that is held every November. It is witnessed by people from as far as Trashigang and Lhuentse.
There are numerous local Tshechus in this region all with their own unique dances and traditions. They occur at various times throughout the year so visitors can be assured that no matter when they visit a fantastic and colorful local festival will be taking place.
Itinerary (15 days/14 nights)
Day 1 – Arrival at Paro
Day 2 – Paro Taktsang Hike
Day 3 – Paro – Thimphu
Day 4 – Thimphu Seightseeing
Day 5 – Thimphu – Punakha
Day 6 – Punakha – Gangtey
Day 7 – Gangtey – Bumthang
Day 8 – Bumthang Seightseeing
Day 9 – Bumthang – Mongar
Day 10 – Mongar Festival
Day 11 – Mongar Festival
Day 12 – Mongar – Tashigang
Day 13 – Tashigang (Rangjung Excursion)
Day 14 – Tashigang – Samdrup Jongkhar
Day 15 – Departure
Please Note: This is just sample itinerary. We can customize it as per your interest.