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Mongar Festival

  • Start Date: November 9, 2024
  • End Date: November 11, 2024
  • Destination: Mongar
  • Venue: Mongar Dzong

Mongar Festival Overview

Mongar is one of the 20 dzongkhag (districts) comprising Bhutan. Mongar is the fastest developing dzongkhag in eastern Bhutan. A regional hospital is under construction and the region is bustling with many economic activities. Mongar is noted for its lemon grass, a plant that can be used to produce essential oil. It also has a hydropower plant on the Kuri Chhu River. 

Mongar Dzong, 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.

Discover the Enchantment of Mongar Tshechu: A Spiritual and Cultural Experience in Eastern Bhutan

Mongar District, a picturesque region located 450 km east of Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital, is a vibrant blend of natural beauty and cultural richness. Encompassing an area of 1,940.26 sq. km and varying in elevation from 400 to 4000 meters, the district is a mosaic of climatic zones. Its southern parts bask in a sub-tropical climate, while the northern areas enjoy a temperate climate, creating a diverse natural environment. The district is bordered by the regions of Trashigang, Lhuentse, Pema Gatshel, Samdrup Jongkhar, Zhemgang, and Bumthang, and is traversed by major rivers like Kuri Chuu, Sheri Chhu, and Dange Chhu.

Historically significant, Mongar, formerly known as Zhongar, holds a rich legacy. In the 17th century, under the legendary Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, Zhongar was a powerful force in the Dungsam region, commanding respect as the ‘bastion of the Zhongarps’.

Today, Mongar is renowned for its annual three-day Mongar Tshechu, a festival deeply embedded in Bhutanese tradition and spirituality. Attended primarily by the Tshanglas and the Kurtoeps, the indigenous people of Mongar, this festival is a spectacle of color, culture, and faith. Held in the Mongar Dzong’s courtyard, the Tshechu features an array of masked dances, along with cultural and religious performances. Participants, adorned in their finest attire and jewelry, immerse themselves in the festivities with great devotion, viewing it as a path to earn merit and reinforce their spiritual beliefs.

Why Attend Mongar Tshechu?

Attending Mongar Tshechu is more than just witnessing a cultural event; it’s an immersive experience that connects you with the spiritual and cultural essence of Bhutan. Here are compelling reasons to participate in this vibrant festival:

  1. Cultural Immersion: Engage directly with Bhutan’s rich heritage, witnessing unique traditions and customs firsthand.
  2. Spiritual Enrichment: The festival is a reminder of the importance of religion and spirituality in daily life, encouraging positive deeds and thoughts.
  3. Community Connection: It’s a perfect occasion to build and strengthen community bonds, fostering a sense of unity and belonging.
  4. Scenic Beauty: Enjoy the diverse landscapes of Mongar, from lush subtropical areas to serene temperate zones.
  5. Historical Significance: Delve into the history of the Zhongarps and the region’s past under the rule of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

In summary, the Mongar Tshechu is not just a festival; it’s a gateway to understanding and appreciating the deep-rooted spirituality and communal harmony that define Bhutanese culture. Whether you’re seeking spiritual insight, cultural enrichment, or simply an extraordinary travel experience, Mongar Tshechu in Bhutan awaits your discovery.

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During this journey, one will experience breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, and other Himalayan Peaks including sacred Jomolhari and Mount Jichu Drakey in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, the representative from Truly Bhutan will receive and help you with the arrival formalities and you will be transferred to the hotel through the enchanting valley of Paro.

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Drive through the winding road northwest up the Pa Chu to Drukgyel Dzong, the ruined Fort (destroyed by fire in 1951.) which once defended this valley from the Tibetan invasion. From here one can have a view of sacred Mt. Jhomolhari on clear days. On the way back visit a typical Bhutanese farmhouse and stop for a view of Taktsang (tiger’s nest) Monastery where the saint Guru Padmasambhava landed on the flying tiger and meditated there.

After lunch drive to Thimphu, en route visit Ta Dzong, the National Museum. The drive to Thimphu takes around two hours along the winding road, which follows the Paro River downstream and subsequently the Thimphu River upstream till you reach the capital.

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After breakfast drive for a visit to the National Memorial Chorten, built in the memory of the Late King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, the father of modern Bhutan. Visit the Handicraft Emporium and the National Library. After lunch drive to Wangdiphodrang.

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After breakfast drive to Bumthang which crosses two passes, Pelela and Youtongla, passing Trongsa after Pelela. Pack lunch will be served on the way. Drive passes Trongsa and reaches Bumthang.

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After breakfast drive around the valley for sightseeing. Visit the courtyard of Kurjey Lhakhang, Jambay Lhakhang, Tamshing Lhakhang, and Kencho Sum Lhakhang and visit the Swiss farm. After lunch, walk around the town.

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After early breakfast drive to Mongar, which is 192 km. En-route if time permits, visit the Ura Lhakhang. Pack lunch will be served on the way.

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Witness the festival for the full day at the Dzong with a lunch break in between. Photography is prohibited.

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Witness the festival for the whole day. Photography is allowed.

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Morning witness the festival. After lunch drive to Tashigang which is three hours journey.

Overnight Tashigang

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After breakfast drive to Samdrup Jongkhar, the town bordering the Indian State of Assam in the east. On the way visit the Zangdopelri Lhakhang at Kanglung. Pack lunch will be served on the way. On arrival at Samdrup Jongkhar visit the Zangdo Pelri Lhakhang there.

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After breakfast drive to Guwahati airport for onward departure.

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  • Insurance
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle.
  • 3-star accommodation (4 & 5 stars may require an additional premium update).
  • Bhutan visa fee – including all necessary processing
  • Route Permit
  • Three meals per day during your stay in Bhutan
  • A licensed Bhutanese tour guide
  • All land transportation by private vehicle
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Monuments entrance fees where applicable
  • Drinking water
  • All internal taxes and charges
  • A sustainable development fee of $200. (This sustainable development fee goes towards free education, free healthcare, and poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.)
  • Airfare & Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of personal nature, Tips to guides and drivers
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.

Package does not include insurance of any kinds, and that you are required to obtain separate coverage from your home country before your trip begins.

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