Trashigang district shares its eastern border with the Indian State of Arunachal Pradesh. Two nomadic communities in the eastern part of this district are known for their unique cultural heritage and for the beauty of their landscape.
|Surface area||1, sq. 3066 sq. kilometers|
|Altitude||600 to 4,500 meters above sea level|
Getting to Trashigang
The drive from the capital to Trashigang takes two days of road travel through four districts. You will pass through Wangdue, Trongsa and then in Bumthang for a stopover. From here, you will reach Mongar and finally to Trashigang. You would have crossed 551 kilometers on a long winding road that passes through thick forests, lush pastures, small villages, and mountain passes.
Places of Interest
Trashigang Dzong: The Dzong presents an imposing view, perched atop a hill overlooking the Dangme Chhu. It was built in 1659 by Chogyel Minjur Tempa, the third Desi (secular head) of Bhutan. The Dzong was later enlarged during the reign of the fourth Desi. It has eight Lhakhangs (temples) dedicated to different Buddhist teachers and deities.
Dremetse Lhakhang: Along the Trashigang-Mongar highway is the famous Dremetse Lhakhang. The Lhakhang was founded in the 16th century by a highly accomplished nun, Ani Choeten Zangmo. She was the granddaughter of (treasure revealer) Pema Lingpa, the renowned Buddhist teacher who was predestined to reveal several religious texts and objects hidden by Guru Rimpoche. The origin of the famous Drametse Ngacham (Dance of the Drums of Drametse) was here.
Merak and Sakteng: The two beautiful villages of Merak and Sakteng were officially opened up to tourism in 2010. The people in the two villages are semi-nomadic yak herders whose lifestyles have largely remained untouched by modernization. The unique dialect, dress, and customs in this secluded setting high up in the Himalayas (more than 3000 meters) leave visitors fascinated. It takes two days of trekking from the road end in Chaling to reach Merak, and another day and a half from Merak to get to Sakteng.
Khaling National Institute for the Visually Impaired: In the small town of Khaling, on the way from Trashigang towards the southern district of Samdrup Jongkhar, is the only institute that caters to the needs of children with visual impairments. The institute was established in 1973. As of 2010, the institute has 123 students, a dramatic rise from just 10 five years ago.
National Handloom Development Center: The center was established in 1986 by a local NGO, the National Women Association of Bhutan. The center provides training in weaving with the dual purpose of keeping the art of traditional weaving alive while providing economic opportunities for the trainees.