Trashigang, located in the easternmost part of the country, is known as the “Jewel of the East.” A part of it brushes the edges of the state of Arunachal Pradesh in India. The largest river of Bhutan, Dangme Chhu, flows through this district. The main town is situated on the hillside, and at one point of time, was a trading center for merchants looking to sell their goods in Tibet. A major attraction is the Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the ten protected areas of Bhutan. It was created to protect the migoi, a type of Yeti. One of the biggest festivals of eastern Bhutan, Trashigang Tshechu, is held here.
Bhutan is one of the most beautiful travel destinations which you will ever come across. It is blessed with an incredible landscape combined with a rich culture and heritage. A tourist will find much to revel in here, and much to keep them occupied. One of these travel destinations is Trashigang, fondly referred to as the “Jewel of the East”, a place which you can never miss out on during your Bhutan Trashigang sightseeing tour.
Trashigang is one of the largest districts in Bhutan. It is located in the easternmost corner of the country, and almost touches the state of Arunachal Pradesh in India. Like all the other districts in Bhutan, it boasts a beautiful landscape which is characterised with differences in altitude which vary from 600m to 4000m.
Coincidentally, and what also makes for an interesting fact, is that the largest district in the country is home to the largest river in the country, Dangme Chhu. The main town itself enjoys a comfortable location, located as it is on a hillside. During ancient times, it was an important place for trade and commerce for merchants looking to buy and sell their goods in Tibet. The marketplace is also frequented by semi-nomadic people belonging to Merak and Sakteng. They are easily identifiable by their unique way of dressing, which is markedly different from the regular Gho and Kira, the traditional dress of Bhutan.
Among the many tourist attractions in Trashigang is Trashigang Dzong, also known as the Dzongs of Eastern Bhutan. The citizens fondly refer to it as the Fortress of the Auspicious Hill. Built in 1659 by the fourth Rinpoche Mingyur Dempa to protect the region from Tibetan invaders, it is a magnificent structure to come across. Quite massive by its proportions, it rests gently on a cliff like structure which overlooks River Dangme Chu. Just like many of the structures in Bhutan, this one is also related with an interesting legend. One of such legends state that a Tibetan invader, upon seeing the dzong the first time, remarked that it was not present on the ground and that it was a “sky dzong”.
If you plan a Bhutan tour in the month of December, then don’t forget to attend the Trashigang Tshechu. Held according to the 10th month of the Lunar calendar, it is one of the biggest festivals in eastern Bhutan. During the course of the festival, various kinds of mask dances called chaam, which are popular all over Bhutan, are performed. These are accompanied by traditional folk dances and songs. The highlight of Trashigang Tshechu is the revealing of thongdrel (large tapestry) of Guru Tshengyed (regarded as the eight manifestation of Guru Rinpoche).
You don’t need many reasons for planning a visit to Trashigang on your Bhutan sightseeing tour. Even then, here is one more. It is home to the Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary, which falls under one of the “ten protected areas of Bhutan”. This wildlife sanctuary was created in order to protect the migoi, a type of Yeti whose existence the Bhutanese people believe in but which has not been scientifically proven yet. It is connected to another sanctuary called Khaling Wildlife Sanctuary through a biological corridor. There are many bird species like blacked rumped magpie and eastern blue pine which are found in this sanctuary. The Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary is included among the protected areas of Bhutan. Visiting this sanctuary promises to be a wonderful experience.
The best time to plan a visit to Trashigang largely depends on you, and what kind of weather you enjoy travelling in. During the summer season, the weather is quite pleasant and dry, with low humidity. The average temperature throughout the year fluctuates between 7°C to 26°C.
With an operational Yongphulla Airport near the town and good road connectivity with major cities and towns of Bhutan, reaching Trashigang is an easy and hassle-free task. There is decent bus connectivity between Trashigang and Thimphu, Phuentsholing, and Samdrup Jongkhar.