Trashiyangtse

Located in the eastern most part of Bhutan, Trashiyangtse is a cradle of ethnic diversity and cultural and historical wealth, not to mention rich biodiversity. The rich ethnic mosaic comprises Yangtseps – the indigenous inhabitants of the region, Tshanglas – sharchop speaking community of the east, Brahmis from Tawang, Khengpas from Zhemgang, and Kurtoeps from Lhuentse.

Trashiyangtse is renown for woodwork and traditional paper making crafts, and wooden bowls and cups from the district are prized across the country. Trashiyangtse is also home to historic monuments such as Chorten Kora and Gomphu Kora. Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary covers northern half of the district and is the winter roosting ground for the endangered black-necked cranes.

Festival Highlights

Trashiyangtse Annual Tshechu

The three-day annual Trashiyangtse Tshechu is held every year from the 7th day of the first month of Bhutanese calendar. During the tshechu, various mask dances are performed at the courtyard of Trashiyangtse Dzong.

Chorten Kora Tshechu

The Chorten Kora Festival is one of the most popular events in eastern Bhutan, and comprises Dakpa Kora, held on the 15th day of the 3rd month corresponding to 28th February, and Drukpa Kora held on the 30th day corresponding to 15th March every year.

Gomphu Kora Tshechu

The three-day tshechu is held from the 8th to 11th of the 2nd Bhutanese month. Locals and Dakpa tribes from Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh in India and Merak- Sakteng attend the tshechu. People circumambulate the monastery throughout the night during the festival.

CLIMATE

Warm and temperate

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL

Spring, autumn and winter

CLOSEST AIRPORT

Yonphula Domestic Airport

DISTANCE FROM THIMPHU

531KM via Bumthang & Mongar

PLACES TO SEE

CHORTEN KORA

The magnificent Chorten Kora elegantly sits at the base of Yangtse town in Trashiyangtse Dzongkhag. Built in the 18th century by Lama Ngawang Lodro, the iconic structure is modeled after the famed Boudhanath stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal. According to popular local legend, it is believed that an eight-year-old dakini princess from Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh in India entombed herself alive in the Chorten to meditate and pray for all sentient beings.

BUMDELING WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

Covering more than 1,500 square kilometers, Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a rich diversity of flora and fauna. Given its importance as the winter roosting grounds for the endangered black-necked cranes, Bird Life International has identified the Sanctuary as an important bird area. It is listed in Bhutan’s Tentative List for UNESCO inclusion.

GOMPHU KORA

Gomphu Kora Lhakhang (temple) is located around 13km from Chazam on the way to Trashiyangtse, just below the road, surrounded by terraced rice fields. Built in 17th century by Minjur Tempa, Gomphu Kora temple is a sacred site where the 8th century Buddhist saint Guru Padmasambhava meditated and left a body impression on the rock. It is believed that the Guru subdued an evil spirit that fled from Samye in Tibet. The Guru is also believed to have hidden a tshebum (a vase containing the elixir of immortality) inside the huge rock besides the temple.

OMBA NYE

Known as the Taktshang of eastern Bhutan, Omba Ney Lhakang is built on a cliff face. The letter OM can been seen on the rock face and it is believed to be part of a triangle of holy places blessed by Guru Padmasambhava – the other two being Aja Nye and Hungrel where the letters Ah and HUM can be seen. Omba Nye is a three- hour hike from Nagkhar Gonpa. It can also be reached from Kheni village.

THINGS TO DO

DISCOVER LUDLOW’S BHUTAN GLORY

Bhutan’s national butterfly Ludlow’s Bhutan Glory (Bhutanitis ludlowi) is found in Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary. The butterfly can be seen in the month of August. Other prime butterfly watching locations include the forest and farm roads from the Old Dzong to Phodrung and Gangkhar and the main road to Trashiyangtse between Kencholing and Buyang.

VISIT ZORIG CHUSUM INSTITUTE

The institute of Zorig Chusum keeps alive Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts. Here, students learn these age-old arts and crafts, indigenous to Bhutan. Visit the Institute to learn and witness how the Institute preserves Bhutan’s traditional arts and crafts.

BIRDING

Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary is not only the winter roosting ground of the endangered black-necked cranes but also home to some 296 species of birds, including the rare Gloud’s Shortwing and near-threatened species such as Pallas’s Fish Eagle and the Yellow-rumped Honeyguide (Indicator xanthonotus).

VISIT LOCAL CRAFT CENTERS

Trashiyangtse is best known for its wooden bowls and cups. Local artisans still practice the centuries old traditional art of wood turning locally known as Shagzo, one of the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. Visit local craft centers and witness local artisans practice this distinguished craft.