Lhuentse is the ancient region that lies in the northeastern corner of Bhutan and is located 77 km from Mongar and is one of the most isolated districts in Bhutan. Lhuentse is popular for its weavers and their distinctive textiles are generally considered to be the best in the country. The district offers the spectacular landscapes with stark cliffs towering over river and dense coniferous forests. Most of Lhuentse district is part of the environmentally protected areas of Bhutan. The district contains parts of Wangchuk Centennial Park in the north, Thrumshingla National park in the south and Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary in the east.
Lhuentse Dzong is situated at a hill overlooking the Kurichu River and is popularly known as Lhundub Rinchentse. The dzong was constructed in 1654 by the Trongsa Penlop, Chogyal Minjur Tempa upon the site of an older temple built by Nagi Wangchuk in 1552. The dzong today serves as the administrative and the religious centre of the district and houses many sacred artifacts that were installed by the 4th Druk Desi Tenzin Rabgay.
The Kilung village is 20 minute drive from the Dzong and the Kilung Lhakhang is situated on a ridge overlooking the Kurichu River. The temple was built on the former site of the Kilung Gyalpo, a regional chieftain and houses the sacred chain mall that was once used to recapture a statue that miraculously flew away from the Lhuentse Dzong.
Jangchubling Dzong was founded in the 18th century by Pekar Gyatso and is a monastery that is definitely worth paying a visit. The daughter of the 1st King, Ashi Wangmo lived in the monastery as a nun. Until recent the monastery was under the patronage of the 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorji. Jangchubling Dzong is easily accessible from a feeder road.
Dungkar Naktshang is the ancient home of the Dungkar Chojie and the ancestral home of the Wangchuk Dynasty which stands amid a scenic backdrop of towering mountains overlooking the tiny Dungkar village below. It is 40 km from the Lhuentse following the dirt road which offers an exciting and magical journey into Bhutan’s past.