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Trashigang

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"The Jewel of East"

Trashigang Tourism

Trashigang, called the 'Jewel of the East', is a beautiful hill station located in Eastern Bhutan, spread across an altitude ranging from 600 m to over 4000 m. It is the largest district of Bhutan and is immensely beautiful and serene. Trashigang is also a renowned town for trade-in Bhutan, serving as a vital trade centre on the trade route between Assam and Tibet.

One of the most famous tourist spots you will find here is the Trashigang Dzong or 'The Fortress of the Auspicious Hill'. Built-in 1659, the purpose of this majestic fort was to defend the town against Tibetan invasions and is now a prominent tourist-spot in Eastern Bhutan. Radhi village, known for its rice fields and skills of weavers, is a must-visit location when you are in this side of Bhutan. The town's old bazaar area around the prayer wheel is an excellent place to shop for clothes, eatables and Bhutanese goods.

An interesting fact about Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary is that it's known to house the Black-rumped Magpie and Migoi (a type of Yeti whose existence is believed by Bhutanese). Dangme Chhu, Bhutan's largest river, also flows through this district and offers a great scenic view. The district also has its own domestic airport Yonphula domestic airport.

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Language

Tshangla (Sharchopkha) is the common language of Trashigang, similar to that of rest of Eastern Bhutan.

History

It's a small district with no significant historical tale. Although Trashigang Dzong, now a prominent tourist-site built in 1659, is historical and was constructed to defend Trashigang against Tibetan invasions.

Shopping

Trashigang, being the small town that it is, doesn't have many market-places but there's an old-bazar near the prayer wheel where you can buy Bhutanese souvenirs such as Handwoven Textiles, handicrafts, cane and bamboo items, small wooden products. Food items such as fruits, vegetables, dry fruits can also be bought at reasonable prices here.

Religions

Religious Majority is Buddhism, like the rest of Bhutan. Sharchops, the populations of mixed Tibetan, Southeast Asian and South Asian, dominate the region.

Nightlife

The place is quiet with not a remarkable development and therefore, the nightlife is dull and silent. There are no clubs or bars where you can enjoy the night.

Customs

Trashigang witnesses an annual fest around November and December called Trashigang Tshechu which is one of the biggest festivals in eastern Bhutan. People from all over eastern Bhutan come to the festival which takes place at Trashigang Dzong. It is a festival of dance and songs and hence different sacred mask dances are performed during the festival along with other traditional folk songs and dances. The main focus of the festival is the unfurling of the thongdrel (large tapestry) of Guru Tshengyed (eight manifestations of Guru Rinpoche).

Tips

If you're planning a trip to Trashigang, then try to keep it during December when the annual festival takes place. You will get to see Bhutanese culture in a better way.

Restaurants and Local Food in Trashigang

Druk Denjung Hotel offers simple and tasty Bhutanese dishes. Lepcha Hotel, Kuenkhor Restaurant, Nyendra Restaurant, Dubjor hotel are a few names where you will find delicious food. Suja, pa, shamu datsi are some common Bhutanese dishes that you'll find here. However, you won't really find any clubs or bars for alcohol here.
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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

The scenic beauty and view it offers leaves you awestruck. You feel close to God and nature.

What's Not So Great?

There's no infrastructural development and the transportation facilities are not really great which can be an obstacle for old people or physically disabled group.

How To Reach Trashigang

There are regular buses from the capital city Thimphu, leaving at 7:00 AM and reaching Trashigang the next day at 5:30 PM, with a night's stop in Bumthang. Direct buses are also available from Samdrup Jongkhar, Trashiyangtse, and Mongar.

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