Arriving in Mongar is welcome breather from the seemingly endless journey over the pass. The town is small with a sprinkling of shops. Mongar, like Trashigang further east, is built on the side of a hill instead of next to the river on the valley floor like other towns in the Kingdom.
The present Dzong is modern compared to others on the Kingdom. It was built on the orders of the third King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The Kuri Chu hydroelectric project will change the industrial emphasis of the Mongar area after it is complete before the turn of the Millennium. When complete it will have the capacity to output 60 mega watts of hydroelectricity.