Trashigang

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Trashigang is the most eastern point on the highway and is the largest district in Bhutan. It was used to be an important trade center for a brisk trade with Tibet. Today, it is still serve as the primary route for Bhutanese to trade with India. Besides, Trashigang is a trading place for hill tribes (Merak and Sakteng people, known for their remarkable features and costumes) to trade yak butter for their basic necessaries.

Trashigang has an altitude ranging from 600 metres to over 4,000 metres above sea level. Bhutana��s largest river, the Dangmechu, flows through this district.

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Trashigang Dzong is built in 1659 on the auspicious hill, which overlooks the Dangmechu River. It has withstood various invasions from Tibetan troops. It is only accessible from the north through a slender road.

The only university in Bhutan is found in the town of Kanlung (25 km south of Trashigang). The Sherubtse College is founded in 1978 which trains their graduates with different skills to benefit the country.

Further east from Trashigang, Rangjung town is another major commercial center for Bhutanese. One can visit the Rangjung Temple located on a small hillock overlooking the town. Above the Rangjung town is the famous Radhi village, which is known as the a�?rice bowl of the Easta�?. Rahdia��s women are experts in weaving natural raw silk textiles. The textiles are cheaper in this village than those selling in Thimphu.

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Other places of interest include :

  • Chador Lhakhang a�� 1 A? hour drive away from Trashigang. Though a feeder road, you will reach a village of Bartsham. Chador Lhakhang houses the mystical thumb-size statues called the Chador Yabyum. According to legends, the statues blessed its owners with a lot of wealth and descendants. Only blessed people who are fated to the statues have such fortunes.
  • Bremung Lhakhang a�� a 10 minute drive from Bartsham. It is the most venerated 15th century temple in Trashigang which house a sacred relic of its founder Kuenga Wanpo, the son of Terton Pema Lingpa.