Mongar Dzongkhag is 450 km east of Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. It lies between 27.25˚ latitude and 91.2˚ longitude. It has an area of about 1,940.26 sq.km with elevation ranging from 400-4000 meters above sea level. The lower and southern parts are sub tropical while northern and higher regions have temperate climatic conditions. Summer can be hot and humid and winter cold.
The Mongar Dzong was established in 1930 to replace the original Shongar Dzong although the original Utse (central tower) dates from an earlier age. It has two entrances and the monk and administrative bodies share the same courtyard. There are four lhakhangs in the Utse including a goenkhang (chapel dedicated to protective deities) and a Sangay Lhakhang. The week-long Mongar tsechu is held here in November.
This temple is located at about 20 minutes walk from Mongar towm. This privately owned temple was founded by Lama Sangdag, the sixth son of Terton Pema Lingpa. It is of great cultural significance and a repository of a wide range of spiritual treasures and other sacred objects known to have been revealed by Terton Pema Lingpa.
Drametse Lhakhang means the ‘peak without enemy’, is one of the largest and most important monastery in eastern Bhutan. The lhakhang was founded by a highly accomplished Ani (Nun) named Choten Zangmo in 16th century, the granddaughter of the famous religious master Terton Pema Lingpa. The lhakhang is deeply associated with Terton Pema Lingpa and the peling tradition of Buddhism. It houses wide range of spiritual treasures and other sacred objects and is the source of spiritual inspiration to the people of Drametse and neighbouring communities.