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"The Land of Lemongrass in the East"

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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.


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


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


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.

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Beautiful View of Mongar Dzongkhag
Yagang Lhakhang - Built in 16th Century
Drametse Lhakhang - 3-Storied Temple in Mongar

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FAQs on Mongar

What is famous about Mongar?

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

What is not so good about Mongar?

Lack of choices in hotels, not many tourist sites.

What is the best time to visit Mongar?

September - November is the best time to visit Mongar. The weather is pleasant, i.e. neither too cold nor too hot. It is just perfect for you to enjoy the scenic beauty. Moreover, Mongar Tshechu generally takes place around November, so it is a good time to visit. 

March-May is spring season in Mongar and you will get to see the Lemon Grass farms at their best. The vibes of the city during this period are soothing and relaxing. During summer from June-August, the temperature may soar up to 35 degrees Celsius.

The nights, however, are comparatively colder and provide relief from day's heat. Mongar witnesses rough winters, and nights are extremely cold from December - February. It is not a good time to visit unless you are really looking forward to experiencing harsh winters.
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What is the 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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What is the best way 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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What are the places near Mongar?

The top places near to Mongar are Thimpu which is 159 km from Mongar, Paro which is located 180 km from Mongar, Punakha which is located 138 km from Mongar, Trongsa which is located 76 km from Mongar, Jakar which is located 59 km from Mongar

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