Trashigang is a major centre for trade in Eastern Bhutan, from the surrounding towns of Mongar and Trashi Yangtse as well as cross border traffic from Assam in India. It is a lively town with a pleasant ambience. There are numerous cafes, restaurants and bars where one can relax after a day's trek. It is possible to find a multitude of tropical fruits in the many small shops in the town. There is a large square in the centre of the town which acts as the main focal point and in the centre of the square is a large prayer wheel.
Trashigang Dzong is situated at the confluence of the Drangme Chhu and Gamri Chhu rivers and was constructed in the 17th century. Unusually, it has a single courtyard shared by both the administrative and monastic bodies.
The town of Mongar is situated on top of a ridge and is protected from the winds by a row of eucalyptus trees. It is often using as a stopping point for those continuing on to the far east and is a pleasant town with rows of traditionally built Bhutanese houses. Mongar Dzong was constructed in the 19th century and is situated on a ridge above the town. Yagang Lhakhang close to the town is small temple dating back to the 16th century and contains some very interesting relics.
Not many travellers make it as far as Trashi Yangtse, however it is certainly worth a visit. Here you can see the enormous stupa of Chorten Kora modelled on that of the stupa of Bodhnath in Nepal. There is also the National Institute for Zorig Chusum here where students can learn traditional arts and crafts. The town itself if famous for handmade wooden cups and bowls. For anyone booking the Eastern Dragon Tour, we will take you all the way to Trashi Yangtse.