in Mongar is a great relief from the turns and heights
of the journey over the pass. The town is small with
a sprinkling of shops. Mongar Dzong is modern compared
to others in the Kingdom. It was reconstructed by the
order of the Third King. No drawings and nails have
been used. A visit to the dzong gives visitors an impression
of how traditional Bhutanese architecture has continued
to thrive through the centuries. A hydroelectric project
is under way and after completion it will have the capacity
to output 60 megawatts of hydroelectricity which will
change the industrial emphasis of the eastern area.
Lhuentse: is 77 kilometers from Mongar
and is one of the most isolated districts in Bhutan.
The landscape is spectacular with stark cliffs and gorges
and dense coniferous forests. The region is notably
famed for its weavers and special textiles and fabrics,
generally considered to be the best in the country.
The Kurtoe region of Lhuentse is also the ancestral
home of the Royal dynasty.