MONGAR – The Journey East
The difference between East and West Bhutan are as far greater than the high pass that separates them. Perhaps like the Scots and the English, there are subtle but marked differences. The journey from Bumthang to Mongar is one the most beautiful in the Himalayas crossing 3800m high Thrumshing La pass. The descend from Thrumsing La to Limithang is astonishing for several reasons. The road drops from 3800m to 650m in only a few hours passing from pine forest through semi-tropical forest to orange groves.
Arriving at MONGAR marks the beginning of your Eastern Bhutan experience. The towns in Eastern Bhutan are built on the sides of the hills, which contrast, to the West where they are concentrated mainly in valleys.
MONGAR DZONG was built in 1953 on the orders of the Third King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. It is one of the newest Dzongs and yet it is built in the same method and traditions of all the other Dzongs, no drawing and nails have been used.