Punakha Festival
August 18, 2017
Trashigang is a town in eastern Bhutan and the district capital of the Trashigang Dzongkhag (district). It lies on the east side of the valley above the Drangme Chhu River just south of where it is joined by the Gamri River. Trashigang is the eastern terminus of the Lateral Road, Bhutan's main highway leading to Phuntsholing in the southwest. The population of Trashigang was 2,383 in 2005 according to a census. In October 2011, Trashigang Dzong, under renovation since 2007, was on the verge of collapse. Trongsa Penlop Minjur Tenpa built the dzong in 1659, serving for centuries as an administrative headquarters and monastery, though government offices mostly relocated by 2011. Its sinking easterly foundation and crumbling upper walls necessitated either relocation or total destruction and reconstruction, according to dzong officials. Trashigang is the largest district in Bhutan. It has two sub districts and fifteen gewogs.

Domestic Airport

  • Yonphula domestic airport in Trashigang
  • Yonphula is located about 34 kilometers from Trashigang proper towards Samdrup Jongkhar. It is remains gloomy and foggy almost throughout the year. Asked whether the climatic conditions might pose any problem, Lyonpo DN Dhungyal said it has been found feasible for planes to take off and land in the mornings.

Accommodation

  • Druk Deothjong Hotel
  • Druk Deothjong has two hotels; one in the centre of Trashigang and the second in the newer residential area above the Dzong. Hotels get simpler and more basic the further east you go in Bhutan. This hotel is located centrally in the middle of town, which is convenient for attending the teschu that is why most western tourists come to this part of the world.

Rangjung Woesel Choeling Monastry

Drive to Sherubtse College

 
 
Rangjung Woesel Choeling Monastry is located around 17 kilometer away from Trashigang town. On its Journey the beautiful flowing river and plain road provide a mood of good journey. Dungse Garab Dorje Rinpoche founded Rangjung Woesel Choeling Monastry in the year 1989. The main objective of establishing the monastery is to provide a conducive heaven for the study of Buddha dharma as expounded in the Dudjom New Treasure Lineage and carry out dharma activities for the benefit of the Buddhist community living in and around the monastery. It is a thriving community with four Retreat Centers and more than three hundred resident monks and nuns including tulkus, khenpos and a large number of old folks.
The 3rd king of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck laid the foundation stone for Sherubtse School in June, 1966. The school opened in 1968 with Father William Mackey as principal. Jamie Zeppa's "Beyond the Sky and the Earth" provides a detailed account of her experiences teaching at Sherubtse College. In 1976 the school was upgraded to a Junior College with pre-university courses in science. Sherubtse College was the first accredited college in Bhutan, founded in 1966. As of 2003 it became part of the newly created Royal University of Bhutan system that comprises all public post-secondary schools in Bhutan. Sherubtse College is located near the small town of Kanglung 27 kilometer from Trashigang town.

Yonphula Monastery

National Institute for Visually Impaired

Yonphula Lhakhang is Buddhist monastery headed by third generation Lama Jigme Tenzin. The overviews of this monastery provide the expression of Buddhist art and architecture. Even its geographical location lies on the top of the mountain. Where one get a view of complete beautiful scenery of near by its locality and to extreme far of Dramatse Lhakhang. It takes 15-minute drive from Kanglung to the uphill. The environment is feasible for cycling expedition. Moreover, the Rover Scout of Sherubtse College has discovered a hike route to reach Yonphula Lhakhang 1 hour by foot.
On 23rd of February 1973, the National Institute for the Visually Impaired began as the school for the blind with three students that were directly picked up from respective homes (1 from Trashigang and 2 from Pema Gatshel Dzongkhags). Mr. Einar Kippenes, a Norwegian, was designated as the first principal of the school. With his wife and a national teacher, the school was established here at Khaling in 1973.The records available in the institute clearly reveal that it was purely with the personal initiative of His Royal Highness Prince Namgyel Wangchuck, the then honorable minister of Trade Industry and Forests, that the school for the blind was established. With the royal patronage and personal care of His Royal Highness, the school remained under the administrative guidance of the ministry.

National Woman weaving Center

To promote and preserve the age-old traditional art of weaving and to impart the weaving skills to rural women in order to supplement their family income and to impart Non-formal Education to the trainees to improve their literacy level. With the objective of promoting and preserving the traditional weaving skills NWAB, in 1984 received assistance from the Royal Government of Bhutan for the establishment of the Weaving Training Centre.