Located at an altitude of 1000m to 5000 m, Trashi Yangtse valley surrounded by alpine forests, borders North-Eastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh and is famous for wood carvings. The people of the region have developed incredible skill at woodworking and paper making. The items they produce such as traditional wooden bowls are prized throughout the country. Hence, Institute for 13 Arts and Crafts (Zorig Chusum) has been established in the region leading to a greater number of skilled artisans.
Many Bhutanese travel to the valley to witness the annual circumambulation at Chorten Kora and Gomphu Kora monasteries, because of which over the years the area has become an area of prayers and pence for many devotees.
Chorten Kora, a two-hour drive from the main valley, the stupa was built after Boudhanath stupa in Nepal adopting similar idea. Local people and Dakpa individuals from Arunachal Pradesh (India) gather in February/March for a festival to circumambulate the chorten. After 10days following the festival a similar festival takes place, Gom Kora.
Bumdeling is home to the national butterfly, the Ludlow’s Bhutan Glory and the black-necked cranes. The Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary has one of the richest temperate Fir forests in the eastern Himalayas and provides an ideal protected habitat for big cats like Tigers and Leopards.
Places to see in Trashi Yangtse.
Dongdi Dzong: Oldest dzong in the vicinity built in 8th century by Gongkar Gyalpo, son of Lhasey Tsangma, a Tibetan Prince.
Chorten Kora: Built in 1740 by Lama Ngawang Loday in same style as famous Boudnath Stupa in Nepal.
Institute of Zorig Chusum: Traditional wood carving institute
Bomdeling wildlife Sancutary: Natural habitat for the endangered black-necked crane
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