Trashigang is the largest and farthest district of eastern town of Bhutan with elevation ranging from 600 m to over 4500 m above sea level. The major towns in the district include Trashigang, Radhi, Rangjung, and Phongmey. Trashigang serves as a base for tourists venturing into the surrounding villages and mountains. It was once the centre of an important trade route with Tibet. Traditional architecture and narrow streets give the town a quaint and snug feel, not unlike an Italian or Cornish fishing village.
Further north from Trashigang is Trashi Yangtse. Trashi Yangtse has a great Nepalese chorten copied from the Bodhnath Stupa in Kathmandu. There is also Dzong, institute for Zorig Chusum, school of traditonal arts and a hospital. Dzong was built in 1659 on difficult terrain which makes it difficult for Tibetan invaders. Dzong is the headquarters of Trashigang Dzongkhag.
Places of Interest
Trashigang Dzong: Built in 1659 by an ancient ruler as an administrative headquarters and monastery. There have been reports that it is on the verge of collapsing, despite constant renovation.
The town’s old bazaar area is around the prayer wheel.
Trashigang Tsechu: A colorful religious festival usually held for a few days during November and December, date changes each year.
Other Interesting Sights :
Rangjung Woesel Chokling monastery: 16 kms north of Trashigang.
Radi Lhakhang: 8 kms north of Rangjung also known as “rice basket in the east”.
Sakten: Situated in the northern most part of Trashigang district – a great area for trekking. Yak and dzo (female yak) are common in this area.
Khaling: A small town famous for its weaving center operated by the National Women’s Association of Bhutan.
Pasaphu Village: situated in Thrimshing district which is famous for its handmade cane baskets and other cane products (ringshu).