Trashigang, or “Auspicious Mountain”, is the Kingdom’s largest and most easterly district with an altitude ranging from 600m to over 4,000m. Known as “The Jewel of the East”, Trashigang town is a marketplace for the semi-nomadic people of Merak and Sakteng. Here is where visitors can get the opportunity to sample the local araa (rice wine).

Set against a beautiful wooded valley, Trashigang makes for a picturesque town that is used mainly as a base for treks and excursions in east Bhutan.

Key Activities: Cultural Sights, Trekking, Hiking, Camping, Fishing

Key Highlights

  • Trashigang Dzong
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    Built in 1659, the fortress is one of the largest in Bhutan and is perched on a mountain cliff overlooking the confluence of the Drangme Chhu and Gamri Chhu rivers. Established to defend against Tibetan invasions, legend has it that the armies saw it as “a sky dzong” and retreated. For over 300 years, it served as the political stronghold of Bhutan where the entire eastern region was governed from. It also houses six temples and remains a hub for Bhutanese arts and crafts, as well as cultural events and festivals.
  • Radhi and Rangjung Villages
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    Experience traditional farm life amidst terraced rice fields at both villages. You can even peep into the farmhouses and watch the women strapped to their looms and weaving silk textiles to sell in Thimphu’s handicraft shops.

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