Location: Eastern Bhutan
Distance from Mongar: 76 km (3 hrs)
Elevation: 1,700m, 5,580ft
Lhuntse, the rural isolated district is the ancestral home to the royal family of Bhutan. The place is famous for the hand-loomed fabrics typically woven from fine silk, known as Kishutharas, keeping intact one of the most distinctive art forms of the country.
Besides the perpetual royal anecdotes and the idiosyncratic ethnicity of the region, Lhuntse is fairly blessed with several places of sanctity. The quaint Lhuntse Dzong is one of the most picturesque in the country being located in such a position that it overlooks the daunting Kuri-chhu beneath the valley. The Jigme Namgyel Naktsang and Dungkar Naktsang can still be seen in their novel forms. The Singye Dzong is an important pilgrimage site for Bhutanese, but it is not open to tourists.
1. Khini Lhakhang in Metsho Geog
It is said to have been constructed at the same time as Kyichu Lhakhang in Paro and Jampey Lhakhang in Bumthang in the 7th century.
2. Khentangbi or Jigme Namgyel Ngagtshang
It is the ancestral home of the Wangchuck dynasty.
It is the hidden place of Guru Rinpoche.
Hot springs. Tourists are not allowed for the time being.
4. Ethnic Festivals
‘Priu’ in Gangzur, ‘Haa’ in Metsho, and ‘Lhacham’ in Khoma Geogs.
5. Kishutharas (handwoven fabrics with intricate designs)
The weavers of Lhuntse are famous, especially for ‘Kishutharas’ from Khoma and Kurtoe Geogs.
6. The Underground Palace
The ancient ruins of the underground palace of the Bangtsho King in Tsenkhar Geog can still be seen.
7. Varied Flora and Fauna
Besides the many day hike trails, picnic spots and camping sites, there is a variety of flora and fauna. The Black-Necked Cranes arrive in Membi Geog in the first Bhutanese month and can be seen in the paddy fields of Tangmachu.
1. Lhendrup Rinchentse Dzong
2. Aja Nye Trek via Phuningla..see Trekking in Bhutan
3. Rodongla Trek via Khini Lhakhang..see Trekking in Bhutan