‘If you want entertainment seven days a week, you should visit Mongar’. It is a jocular remark making reference to the numerous local Tshechus in this region all with their own unique dances and traditions. They occur at various times throughout the year so visitors can be assured that no matter when they visit a fantastic and colorful local festival will be taking place.
The most exciting local event, the annual three day Tshechu held every November is witnessed by people from as far as Trashigang and Lhuentse. The venue of these festivals is the new Dzong in Monggar which was built at the initiative of the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in 1953.
Monggar in eastern Bhutan is largely known as the “Bastion of the Zhongarps,” after the illustrious Dzongpons of Zhongar that played significant role in the history of Bhutan. One can still see the ruins of the Zhongar Dzong next to the highway in Lingmethang before reaching Monggar.