Located at an altitude of 600 m – 4000 m, Trashigang is the heart of eastern Bhutan. The valley shares its borders with Mongar Trashi yangtse, Samdrup Jongkhar in Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh in India. Therefore is an important trade hub in eastern Bhutan and acts as a good base for tours to other areas. The northern most part of Trashigang is home to Bhutan’s semi-nomadic tribe Brokpa of Merak and Sakteng. Having recently opened to visitor the Merak Sakten is a popular area for trekkers, culture lovers and a hot spot for community based tourism. Trashigang is also endowed with rich biodiversity. Bhutan’s largest river, the Dangmechu flows through the district and is home to wide variety of bird species. The people of this district are famous for their skills in textile production. The raw silk textile called Bura originates from this area. The Yonphula airport in Trashigang district, is serviced by Royal Bhutan Airlines and offers tourist easy access to district and Assam India ( Samdrup Jongkhar Border). The eastern part of Bhutan is relatively undeveloped in terms of tourism infrastructure and offers rustic yet beautiful experiences. There is shortage of quality hotels in the area. For options, please refer to our Hotels in Trashigang page. One may also wish to time their visit in conjunction with Trashigang festival. Please refer to our festival calendar for details.
Places to see in Trashigang.
Trashigang Dzong : Built in 1659 to defend Tibetan invaders, the fortress is the largest structure in the eastern region and currently is the office of distort administrator.
Bratsam Chador Lhakhang: Famous for fascinating tales revolving the thumb-size replica of Chador Vajrapani. The temple is approximately one and half hour drive from Trashigng.
Bremung Lhakhang: Built in 15th century, it is the most revered temple in Trashigang. Located in Bindung Village, it is 10 minutes’ drive from Bartsham. The temple was built by Kuenga Wangpo, son of highly revered treasurer revealer Terton Pema Lingpa.
Kupijigtsam Lhakhang: Built in the 15th century, the temple houses scared relics of the east. The temple is located on the other side of the valley in Yangneer Village.
Kanglung Zangdopelri: The lhakhang houses some of the most intricately designed statues in Bhutan.
Sherubtse College: Bhutan first college fondly called “ peak of learning”
Yonphu Lhakhang: The oldest temple in Trashigang.
Radhi village: known as the Rice Bowl of the East, the village features largest rice terrace fields in Bhutan. Radhi women are also known to be expert weavers and area is famous for traditional handlooms as well.
Namdru Choling lhakhang: Built in the late 1890’s this lhakhang caters to the spiritual requirements of Rangjung town.
Gom Kora Temple: Located at a distance of 13 kilometers from Trashigang town, the beautiful temple is an important place of pilgrimage for Bhutanese. History has it that Bhutan Patron saint Guru Rinpoche medicated in the temple and left his body impression. The temples is also the venue for popular Gom Kora festival.
Merak Sakten National Park: Home to the nomadic tribes of Merak and Sakten. The national park makes for an interesting offbeat trek and community based tourism. The Brokpas, are indigenous to the region, and migratory in nature. Tey travel through the seasons with their yaks: moving between the high valleys in summer and the lower valleys in winter. The Brokpas still take part in the Barter system, exchanging cheese, butter and yak meat for grains and different merchandise, that are not promptly accessible to them.
Merak and Sakteng is part of the Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary and encompasses Bhutan Biological Conservation Complex. The Sanctuary preserves and protects the fragile temperate forest ecosystem and is the natural habitat for animal species such as eastern blue pine, dark rumped jaybird and numerous others discovered just in the eastern Bhutan. While it may be a myth or a hoax, the mysterious Migoi or Yeti is also said to be spotted in this area. Other untamed wildlife endemic to the region are snow panther, red panda, Himalayan mountain bear, yapping deer and Himalayan red fox. The hoary Himalayan squirrel, Assamese macaque, blood pheasant, grey backed shrike, grey headed woodpecker, common hoopoe, rufous-vented tit and dark breasted rosefinch are also locals to the sanctuary. The Nature preserve is a classic Himalayan terrestrial biological systems, combining high-altitude pasture, pleasant woodlands and warm wide leaf forest. As per the review by the World Wildlife Fund about 203 types of plants, 119 types of birds and 18 types of vertebrates is confirmed to have been spotted in the reserve . The snow Leopard and red panda have been categorized as endangered species.
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