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Best Time: September - November Read More

Ideal duration: 1-2 Days

Nearest Airport: Paro International Airport Check Flights

"The Land of Lemongrass in the East"

Mongar Tourism

Mongar is a small town situated in Eastern Bhutan, widely known for its lemongrass production in the country. It is also one of the oldest education centres in the country. With a population of about 40,000 people, Mongar is one of the fastest developing districts in Bhutan. It is also the site of Bhutan's newest Dzong - The Mongar Dzong was built in the similar traditional architectural style of Bhutan

Best known for textiles, it produces some of the finest of Bhutanese fabrics. The lemongrass produced here is an ingredient used in therapies and manufacturing essential oils. Mongar holds the honour of housing Thrumshingla National Park and Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary. Mount Gangkhar Puensem, the world's highest unclimbed mountain, can be seen from Mongar as well. There is also a hydroelectric powerplant on the river Kuri Chhu. Once you are here, you will see a bunch of eucalyptus trees lined up on both sides, adding to the charm of the already spectacular area.

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National producer of Lemon Grass Oil.

Due to its Chir Pine reserves, Mongar is the national producer of lemon grass, an important ingredient in aroma therapies. You must buy a lemon grass oil's bottle while you are here.


Mongar is home to many Bhutanese cultural languages including Sharchopkha (spoken in the East), Chali (spoken in the central Mongar), Gongduk (spoken in Southern Bhutan) and Khenga (spoken in southwestern Mongar).


The region played an active role in the politics of Bhutan. Previously known as the "Bastion of the Zhongarps", Mongar provided the country with some of the best administrators in the past who played a crucial role in the political development of the country.


There is a small market where you can buy essential goods like fruits, woven clothes and lemongrass oil which is the town's speciality. Also, every Sunday near new park, a market is set up where you can buy fruits, vegetables, dry fruits, meat etc.


Buddhism is the major religion of the town, like the rest of Bhutan.


Mongar is a small district and the nightlife is quiet. There are no pubs or clubs in the city.


English is not understood by many, so it is advisable that you grasp a few Sharchopkha phrases.

Restaurants and Local Food in Mongar

Since it is not really a tourist spot, the variety in restaurants are not so much. Lotus Pond Restaurant, Kuenzang Hotel and Bar, Puensom Confectionary and Bakery and Druk Zhongar Hotel are some of the decent places where you can enjoy a good meal. Restaurants serve Chinese, Bhutanese and Indian meals and you can have a taste of whatever you want.
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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Availability of Lemon Grass, Sunday Market, Ambience of the place.

What's Not So Great?

Lack of choices in hotels, not many tourist sites.

How To Reach Mongar

Mongar is best reached through road. One can either take a bus from Thimphu or Samdrup Jongkhar, which both have daily bus services to Mongar.

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