Trashigang and Trashiyangtse – An Orient’s East
Beyond Mongar and a 90-kilometre stretch of arid landscape is Trashigang, a town tucked into a hillside cavity.
Minute as it appears Trashigang is the nerve center of eastern Bhutanese commerce as its roads stretch one way towards the southern border and the other way into two interior districts. Another road follows a separate direction towards the satellite township of Rangjung and then spreads out in fingers to more rural settlements.
Trashigang’s 17th century dzong is built on a cliff further out of the town and commands a majestic view of the Dangme Chhu river.
Yongphula Domestic Airport in Trashigang flies to Bumthang and Paro frequently as well.
Trashiyangtse grew out of Trashigang and achieved separate district status only recently. Far more sparsely populated than Trashigang, Yangtse is more an administrative center than a town. Like Mongar, its dzong was also constructed in recent times.
The place has developed around Chorten Kora, a stupa where Guru Padma Sambhava is believed to have foreseen the construction of a special temple and chorten (stupa). Indeed the chorten is one of the only three in Bhutan built in the style of the Boudnath stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Trashiyangtse is known for its skilled wood craftsmen and for the Bomdeling National Park where the endangered Black Necked Cranes (Grus nigricollis) roost each winter.
PLACES OF INTEREST :
Trashigang Dzong, Khaling Blind School, Weaving centres.