Mongar town is a two day journey with a night stoppover in Bumthang, administrative head of Mongar district in Eastern Bhutan. Perched on a hill, the old bazaar area has been expanded extensively in recent years, making the town one of the region’s largest settlements.
What to see?
- Mongar Dzong
- Mongar Town
- Visit the extreme Eastern CUlture of Bhutan
- Visit close by Lhuntsi District
Trashigang (population 4,500) is in an administrative town in the east of Bhutan. The traditional architecture and narrow streets give the town a quaint and snug feel, not unlike an Italian or Cornish fishing village.
From Thimphu there are two routes, both requiring two days: On the northern route there are direct buses that make a night stop at Jakar and pass through Mongar. The southern route passes through Phuentsholing, where you’ll need to arrange private transportation to Samdrup Jongkhar as there are no buses on this route. This leg of the journey passes through the Indian states of West Bengal and Assam. From Samdrup Jongkhar, there are direct buses to Trashigang.
What to see?
- Trashigang Dzong (castle)
- The town’s old bazaar area around the prayer wheel.
- Sakten, in the northern most part of Tashigang district – a great area for trekking. Yak and dzo (female yak) are common in this area.
- Khaling – a small town famous for its weaving center operated the National Women’s Association of Bhutan.
- Pasaphu Village in Thrimshing – famous for its handmade cane baskets and other cane products (ringshu).