Trashigang

TrashigangTrashigang (Altitude: 1144m/ 3775ft above sea level)

In terms of population Trashigang is the largest district in the country. The district boasts of its ethic diversity. There are nomads called Brokpas with their own distinct culture, Khengpa diaspora, Kurteop and Sharchop. Sharchops are considered the aboriginal inhabitants of the district.

Trashigang Dzong is one of the major attractions. It was built in the 17th century and is located on a hilltop overlooking the longest river in Bhutan called Drangme Chhu. The district was one of the political centers of the east for a long time. In Trashigang, you will be able to visit some interesting village communities. Radhi is known as the ‘rice bowl’ of eastern Bhutan and it is famed for fabric textile made of raw silk. You could also visit a village called Yangnyer. Here you be able to visit one of the most sacred sites called Kupigigtsha Lhakhang (where Cocoo bird sang to show the establishment of the temple was destined). The temple was built by one of the sons of Treasure revealer Terton Pema Lingpa called Drakpa Gyeltshen. It is believed that there are treasures hidden to be revealed by destined treasure discoverers in the future. Among others, you could see Swastika imprints on the rocks around the temple meaning the treasures are hidden in them. Another landmark is the replica of Bodhgaya temple. People from the region frequent this site on auspicious occasions.

Merak and Sakten communities will be the highlights of your visit to the district. It involves some trekking. But it will be worth climbing the hills and walking in the woods. You will experience the cultural and ethnic diversity of Bhutan.