Trashigang

Trashigang serves as the largest town in the eastern region, and a base for tourists venturing into the surrounding villages and mountains. It was once the centre of an important trade route with Tibet. Trashigang extends from the easternmost corners of the kingdom, stretching up to the edge of the Indian state of Arunachel Pradesh. It is the country’s largest district, with an altitude ranging from 600m to over 4000m. Trashigang town stands as the main market place for the semi-nomadic people of Merak and Sakteng. It is home to the Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary which was created in part to protect the migoi, a type of yeti. Trashigang houses one of the most reputed colleges in the country, the Sherubtse College which was founded in 1966 by a group of Jesuits under the leadership of William Mackey.

Trashigang Dzong

Trashigang Dzong (The Fortress of the Auspicious Hill), one of the largest dzong fortress in Bhutan was built in 1659, to defend against Tibetan invasions. This wonderful fortress is situated atop a ledge with steep cliffs on three sides overlooking the Dangmechu River. According to legend, the sight of the Dzong sacred the Tibetan Army which retreated while remarking that the Dzong was a “Sky Dzong and was not on the ground”. It has been the political stronghold of Eastern Bhutan for over 300 years. Due to its location, Trashigang Dzong is one of the most strategically placed Dzongs in Bhutan. The present Dzong was enlarged by Dzongpon Dopola in 1936.

Trashigang Tshechu

Trashigang Tshechu (festival) is held annually for three days during the 7th to 11th days os the tenth month of the Bhutanese calendar (December) in Trashigang Dzong. The festival is attended by the Brokpas, a semi-nomadic people that reside in the valleys of Merak and Sakteng, the Khengpa community and people from as far as Samdrup Jongkhar, Pema Gatshel and Trashi Yangtse.

Radhi Village

Radhi Village is often known as the ‘Rice Bowl of the East’ due to its verdant rice fields that supply most of the grain to eastern parts of the country. Rice fields and skill of weavers are famous in Radhi Village. Around 200 households are present in the village, all of which the people make living from fine raw silk or bura textiles during the off-agricultural seasons.