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Trashigang / Trashiyangtse

Trashigang is situated nearly at an altitude of 1100 meters.  And is three hours drive from Mongar. It is located in the Far East region of Bhutan. Trashigang is known for its woodwork and weaving. Trashigang also has an impressive Dzong and from this the town takes its name. On the bank of river Gamri Chhu is this small town of Trashigang. This is Bhutan’s largest district and the district capital of the Trashigang Dzongkhag and has two sub districts and fifteen Gewogs. It lies on the east side of the valley above the Drangme Chhu River and is joined by the Gamri River. Trashigang in the historical days was the centre of a busy trade route with Tibet. Today it is the junction of east - west corridor / highway with road connecting to Samdrup Jongkhar subsequently leading to the Indian state of Assam. This town is also known for the market place for the semi nomadic people from Merak and Sakteng bordering the state of Arunachal Pradesh of India. The costumes of this particular people are unique in Bhutan.

Places of interest are The Dzong and the Gom Kora. Trashigang Dzong was built in 1659. This Dzong serves as the administrative seat for the district as well as the home of the monks. Like any other Dong’s a remarkable view over the surrounding countryside can be viewed from here. Gom Kora is nearly twenty five kilometers from Trashigang. The temple of Gom Kora is set on a plateau overlooking the river. It is surrounded by rice fields and group of banana tress. The look is similar to that of an oasis in an arid land. It is one of the famous places where Guru Rinpoche meditated. Ranjung Woesel Chholing is the other place of interest and is half an hour’s drive from Trashigang. It is a Nyingmapa monastery founded in 1990 with a view of the valley from the monastery. Popular to this place is small trek along with tour of Trashigang, Mongar - Jakar, Bumthang, Punakha-Thimphu and Paro, including Tiger's Nest and Gomkora Festival. Paro - Day excursion to Tiger's nest - Thimphu excursion - Punakha - Gangtey - Trongsa - Bumthang - Mongar - Trashigang - Thongdrels - Samdrup Jongar – Departure is one more circuit of Bhutan tour

The total distance between Trashigang to Trashiyangtse is approximately 29 ½ kilometers. Located in close to Chorten Kora a Dzong was inaugurated in Trashiyangste in 1997. Trashiyangtse is situated at the altitude of 1820 meters. It borders the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. There is a cross border trade. The Wildlife Sanctuary at Bomdelling is one of the places of interest. Wildlife in Bomdelling includes Tigers, Red Pandas and Leopards. Black neck crane are also found here during winter. Trashiyangtse Dzong is a place to visit. It is also known as the fortress of Auspicious Fortune. It was built in the ninth century and was re-built in 1656.  There are few places of interest around Trashiyangtse like Bomdelling. It is nearly a walk of about three hours from Chorten Kora. In the second month of lunar calendar (Buddhist calendar) a celebration known as “kora” takes place in Chorten Kora in Trashiyangtse. This is attended by people from neighboring Arunachal Pradesh. Visit to the art school known as Rigne School is also interesting.  It contains a major art school teaching six forms of art namely painting, pottery, wood sculpture, wood-turning, lacquer-work and embroidery.

Trashigang to Samdrup Jongkhar road is good and the journey down to the Indian border takes about 08 hours. On the way guest can visit Zangtho Pelri temple, National Institute for the Disabled and the Weaving Centre and the National Handloom Development project. Samdrup Jongkhar to Guwahati is two hours drive. Packages with festivals are organized by us for 14 - 15 Days tour - Arrival at Paro and drive to Thimphu - Thimphu Sightseeing - Thimphu to Wangdue - Wangdue to Gangtey - Gangtey to Bumthang - Bumthang Sightseeing - Bumthang to Mongar - Mongar Festival - Mongar to Trashigang - Trashigang Festival - Day excursion to Khaling - Trashigang to Bumthang - Bumthang to Wangdue - Wangdue To Thimphu - Excursion to Taktshang Monastery then to Paro - Departure from Paro.

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Airways – Nearest Airport is Paro and Druk air serves the country. Bagdogra airport (IXB) is 185 Kilometer from Phuentsholing or nearly 360 Kilometers from Paro. Bhutan’s national air carrier, Druk Air, operates several flights per week from Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata and Kathmandu to Paro. One of the spectacular flights flies passengers through the stretch between Kathmandu and Bhutan. The flight passes along the Himalayan Range and all the peaks seems so close to eyes, it’s a flight to cherish. Recent addition is the flight from Paro to Bangkok via Bagdogra airport.

Roadways – Trashigang is the junction of the east west highway with road connecting to Samdrup Jongkhar and then to the Indian state of Assam. Trashigang is the eastern terminus of the Lateral Road, Bhutan's main highway leading to Phuentsholing in the southwest. Trashigang to Chorten Kora nearly 52 kilometers and the drive is 2 hours. Trashigang to Samdrup Jongkhar is approximately 180 kilometers and the drive 7 hours. Trashigang to Trashiyangtshe is nearly 55 kilometers and 2 hours drive. Mongar to Trashigang is nearly 3 Hours drive by road and again Trashigang to Samdrup Jongkhar is eight hours drive. Buses depart from Samdrup Jongkhar border town bus station and reaches Guwahati in 2 – 3 hours. Phuentsholing is the only entry / exit point via road. The other entry point is Samdrup Jongkhar to Assam.

Railways – There are no domestic airlines or trains. Roads are well maintained and the mountain terrain and winding roads restrict the average driving speed to less than 30 kilometers per hour. Guwahati and New Jalpaiguri is the major Railway Station (NJP) are the nearest major railway terminal. Yet one can travel close up to the Bhutan border by Indian Railway to Hashimara. Then from Hashimara via Jaigaon / Phuentsholling by road to Thimpu, Paro, Bumathang, etc

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