It’s an ancestral home for the kings, the Kurtoe Dungju which is three hours drive from Mongar and has the sacred sites of pilgrimage, isolated district but densely populated with unbroken coniferous forests and famous for weavers; typical textiles are found best in the country including Kishuthara. The average women of the region are neatly skilled in weaving Kishuthara which is being demonstrated and sold in the textiles show rooms and presented in the museums all over the country.
The Dzong was built in 1654 by the Trongsa Poenlop Chogyal Minjur Tempa over the small temple built by Nagi Wanghcuk in 1552, located on the hill overlooking the Kurichu. It has the administrative and religious office for the district and houses enormous cultural and historical items which was installed by 4th Desi Tenzin Rabgay.
20minutes drive towards the kurtoe dungkhar one will come across a small village called kilung village inhabited by the Tshanglas who migrated during the late 1880’s and settled there. On the ridge overlooking the kurichhu river there is kilung lhakang which houses the sacred chain mall once used to recapture a statue that miraculously flew away from the Lhuentse Dzong .
Lam Peker Gyatsho in the 18th century founded the monastery, until recently it was under the patronage of the 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorji. The daughter of 1st king, Ashi Wangmo lived there at the monastery as a nun. The monastery has got well access to the feeder road.
Dungkhar was a home to the Trongsa Poenlop, Jigme Namgyal among the noble lineages to emerge from Kurtoe. The Progenitor of the Wangchuck dynasty, was the ancient home for the Dungkhar Choeji. It is a 40km rough road from Lhuentshe leading up to the Dungkhar Lhakang.
Three days up climb from the Dzong situated at an altitude of more than 3000 meters is one of the most important spots of the pilgrimage in the country. Visit to this Dzong would be rewarding experience since it is believed that Guru once meditated there.
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