Trashiyangtse (alt. 1,830m / 6,003 ft)
Bordering the north-east Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, Trashiyangtse as district was created in 1992. With area of 1437.8 Sq. Km and elevation ranging from about 500 to 5400 meters, its climate varies from sub-tropical in the south to alpine temperatures in the north. Trashiyangtse is also known for its rich biological diversity with its Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary well known as winter habitat and roosting place of Black-Necked Crane, a highly endangered species of bird in the world. This region is also famous for the production of traditional handicrafts like wooden bowl (‘Dapa’), Daphne paper (‘Desho’) and the growth of Cordyceps at the pastoral areas.
Places of interest in and around Trashiyangtse
Trashiyangtse Dzong meaning ‘Fortress of Auspicious Fortune’ was originally built in 15th century on a steep ridge rising from the confluence of Dongdi Chhu and Kholong chhu rivers
while later renovated in 1975 & again in 2005 and sanctified in a sacred consecration ceremony. The utse’s main relic is a statue of Chuchizey (Avaloketshvara) and the other relics include a statue of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, Guru Padmasambhava, Lord Budhha.
This dazzling white stupa is situated on the riverbank below the town. Constructed in 1740 by Lama Ngawang Loday to subdue the local demons, it is built in the same style as Bodhnath stupa in Nepal, with eyes painted at the four cardinal points. During the second month of the lunar calendar there is an interesting celebration here, known as 'Kora'.
National Institute of Zorig Chusum
This Art & Craft Institute was opened in 1997 to provide vocational training opportunity to young students. Ten of the Zorig Chusum (Thirteen Arts & Crafts) are taught here including Thangkha painting, embroidery, sculpture, metalwork and woodturning etc.
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Closed on Sundays & National Holidays
Excursion around Trashiyangtse
Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary
Located in north-eastern part of Bhutan, it encompasses an area of 1520 sq. km and forms an Eastern Himalayan Eco-region with wide range of eco-system ranging from warm cool broadleaved forest to Alpine meadows. Bumdeling is an annual migration place for black-necked cranes, which fly over from nearby Tibet to pass the winter months in a warmer climate. Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary is also a great place for butterflies and the only place in Bhutan where Ludlow's Bhutan Glory (Bhutanitis ludlowi), the national butterfly, is found.