Trashigang is the largest and farthest district of the eastern town of Bhutan with elevation ranging from 600 m to over 4500 m above sea level. The major towns in the district include Trashigang, Radhi, Rangjung, and Phongmey. Tashi or Trashiyangtse is another Dzongkha created in 1992 by separating them from the Trashigang dzongkhag The Trashigang town lying at an altitude of 3775 meters once served as a trade center with Tibet lies n the banks of the Gamri Chu River. With a population of around 5,000, Trashigang is the largest town in far eastern Bhutan.
Trashigang has been traditionally used as an important trade route connecting Assam with Tibet. Presently, it is also a primary route for Bhutanese trade with India. After crossing the Thrumshingla Pass and then going down, one arrives at a distinctly tropical region of Trashingang. Further north of Trashigang is Trashi Yangtse, east to Radhi, and south to Khaling and Kanglung. Trashi Yangtse has a great Nepalese Chorten copied from the Bodhnath Stupa in Kathmandu. There is also the Dzong, the Institute for Zorig Chusum School of Traditional Arts, and a hospital.
Places to visit in Trashigang
The dzong was built in 1659 on the difficult terrain make it difficult for the Tibetan invaders. The Dzong is the headquarters of the Trashigang Dzongkhag. The Sharchops, meaning “easterner” in the local language are the indigenous people of the region. In the South, to Khaling there is a school for blind children and also a weaving center. The weaving center is run by the National Women's Association to teach women weaving skills to use in their own homes and earn by selling their weavings in the market. This town is also the principal marketplace for the semi-nomadic people of Merak and Sakteng, whose way of dress is unique in Bhutan.