Here are the top 5 tourist attractions to see in Mongar:

1. Mongar Dzong

0 km
from city center
1 out of 5
places to visit in Mongar

Mongar Dzong is one of the newest Dzongs in Bhutan and unlike other traditional dzongs, it has two entrances and is built on a flatter and gentle slope. A significant tourist attraction of Mongar, the Mongar Dzong was constructed in the early 1930s after the original Zhongar Dzong was burnt down in a fire. It is a classic example of how the Bhutanese have tried to preserve their culture. Surrounded by Rhodendrons and dense coniferous forests, it is relatively newer and still has no nails or drawings, just like other historical Dzongs.

2. Yagang Lhakhang

2 out of 5
places to visit in Mongar

Located on the outskirts of Mongar district, the Yagang Lhakhang is an important architectural structure for the locals and it is believed to battle against evil and safeguard locals. The sixth son of Terton Pema Lingpa, Lama Sangdag founded Yakang Lhakhang in the 16th century. It is of great significance in Mongar due to its classic architectural style. The temple treasures colourful masks, musical instruments, ancient weapons and even a statue of Gautama Buddha. 

3. Phrumsengla National Park

30 km
from city center
3 out of 5
places to visit in Mongar

Earlier known as Thrumshingla National Park, Phrumsengla National Park is home to more than 340 species of birds, including 6 species of endangered birds. The lateral road bisects it which contains the Thrumshingla Pass. Providing a beautiful view of mountains, Phrumsengla National Park is spread around the area of more than 900 square kilometres. The national park houses many species of mammals including Black Bear, Red Panda, Capped Langur, Himalayan black bear etc. and birds like the rufous throat wren babbler, rufous necked hornbill, nuthatch, satyr tragopan, chestnut breasted partridge, Wards trogon etc.

4. Ruins of Zhongar Dzong

4 out of 5
places to visit in Mongar

Looking majestic even in its ruins, Zhongar Dzong is an epitome of Bhutanese talent in architecture. The Zhongar Dzong was once a majestic castle perched upon a hill, destroyed by a fire more than a century ago. Now lying in ruins, reaching all the way up to the top grants one a beautiful view of the valleys around. It was built by a famous architect called Zowo Balip. Although in shambles, this dzong gives you a sense of Bhutan's past.

5. Aja Ney

5 out of 5
places to visit in Mongar

Believed to be consecrated by Guru Padmasambhava, Aja Ney is visited by people from all over the country out of faith and religious belief. Aja Ney is the perfect example for one looking for a glimpse of rural Bhutanese life, and is a great example of natural beauty. Guru Rinpoche is said to have blessed the temple himself. One can't help but admire its beauty, making it a must-visit when in this part of the country.

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The town is hardly a few streets and can be very easily covered on foot.
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