EASTERN BHUTAN TOUR

There are five districts in the eastern part of Bhutan. To visit eastern part you have to drive through Bumthang, which is the far end of central Bhutan also the longest journey. From here, the road gradually passes through picturesque alpine valleys, pine forests, maize fields and hamlets. The tour ranges from 12 to 18 days. Hardly any tourist prefers to visit the eastern Bhutan. You can opt for an exit from Guwahati (India) in Druk air or an entry from Guwahati to southeast Bhutan and end the tour in Paro.

1 / MONGAR

Location: Eastern Bhutan, Between Bumthang and Trashigang
Distance from Bumthang: 198km (6hrs 30mins)
Elevation: 1,600m (5,250ft)

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     MONGAR DZONG: Built in the 1930’s using the traditional process. Annual Tshechu (festival) is held in the courtyard of the Dzong.

     UGYEN DORJI PAPER FACTORY:The late Dasho Ugyen Dorji, Chairperson of Tashi Group of Companies and a well-wisher of NWAB donated a paper unit in the eastern part of Bhutan because the local communities in this district have traditional expertise in handmade paper manufacturing.

     THRUMSHINGLA NATIONAL PARK: It is one of the 9 protected area systems of Bhutan and was gazetted in 1998. It is rich in biological aspects.

     AJA NEY: In that Ney (Cave), there is a rock that bears 100 renditions of the sacred syllable “Aa,” is said to have been discovered by Guru Padmasambhava.

     ZHONGAR FORT: Here you can witness the skills of the builders, renowned master craftsman, Zowo Balip.

     DRAMITSE LHAKHANG: It was built in the 16th century by Ani Cheten Zangmo, the daughter of the renowned Terton (religious treasure seeker) Pema Lingpa. The Dramitse Ngacham or the “Dance of the Drums of Dramitse,” was created in this lhakhang in the 16th century.

Other attraction: Jarung Khashor Choeten, Yagang Lhakhang, Jarung Khashor stupa, Hungja Nye, Yagang Monastery, bird watching etc.

2 / LHUENTSE

Location: Eastern Bhutan
Distance from Mongar: 76km (2hrs)
Elevation: 1,700m (5,580ft)

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     Lhendrup Rinchentse Dzong: Popularly known as Lhundub Rinchentse, the Dzong was built in 1654 by the Trongsa Penlop Chogyal Minjur Tempa. The Dzong houses many sacred artefacts installed by the 4th Druk Desi Tenzin Rabgay.

     Singye Dzong:It is located at an altitude of more than 3,000 meters. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche, the Precious Tantric Master once meditated here.

     Ethnic Festivals: : “Priu” in Gangzur, “Haa” in Metsho, and “Lhacham” in Khoma Geogs (locality) are celebrated on special occasions.

     Kilung Lhakhang: The tiny village of Kilung is a twenty minute drive from the Dzong on the route towards Kurtoe Dungkharg . This village is inhabited by the Tshanglas who migrated and settled here during the late 1880’s. In the village you will come across the Kilung Lhakhang situated on a ridge overlooking the Kurichu River. It was built on the former site of the Kilung Gyalpo, a regional chieftain. This temple houses the sacred chain mall that was once used to recapture a statue that miraculously flew away from the Lhuentse Dzong.

     Dungkar Nagtshang: The house of Dungkar, one of the noble lineages from Kurtoe was home to the Trongsa Penlop Jigme Namgyal, the father of the Wangchuck dynasty. Dungkar Naktshang the ancient home of the Dungkar Chojie and the ancestral home of the Wangchuck Dynasty, stands amid a scenic backdrop of towering mountains overlooking the tiny Dungkar village below. There is a 40km dirt road from Lhuentse leading up to Dungkar Lhakhang. The Dungkar expedition is an exciting and magical voyage into Bhutan’s past.

     Khoma village: This village is known throughout the country for its production of Kishuthara, an extremely intricately patterned silk textile. The women of Khoma work in makeshift textile cottages, weaving delicate designs and patterns.

Other attraction: Lhuntse Tshechu, Jangchubling monastery, Gangzur village, Khini Lhakhang, Trekkings via Phuningla and via Khini Lhakhang.

3 / TRASHIGANG

Location: Eastern Bhutan
Distance from Mongar: 90km (3hrs)
Elevation: 1,070m (3,510ft)

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     TRASHIGANG DZONG: It was built in1659, on a hilltop overlooking the Dangme chhu (river). Annual tshechu is being held inside the Dzong, The Tshechu is witnessed by the Brokpas, a semi-nomadic community of Merak and Sakteng, the Khengpa community, and people from as far as Samdrup Jongkhar, Pema Gatshel and Trashi Yangtse.it also holds administrative office of the district.

     Gomkora and Doksum village:24 km from Trashigang, where you can see women busily weaving traditional Bhutanese fabric and also one of the famous places where Guru Rinpoche meditated in order to subdue a demon that dwelt in a huge black rock.

     Yongpo Monostery: It is the oldest monastery in Trashigang, whose establishment cannot be ascertained. It houses several sacred relics and a Tercham that is conducted twice in a year commemorating the feats of religious luminaries like Guru Padmasambhava.

Other attraction: Zangdopelri Lhakhang and Merak Sakteng trek.

4 / TRASHI YANGTSE

Location: North-Eastern Bhutan
Distance from Trashigang: 53km (1hr)
Elevation: 1,871m (6,137ft)

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     CHORTEN KORA: The dazzling white stupa, during the second month of the lunar calendar there is an interesting celebration known as ‘Kora’which means circumambulation of a stupa. There is an institute for Zorig Chusum, where student are trained in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts.

     BOMDELLING:About an hour walk from Chorten Kora, It is the winter resting place of black-necked cranes.

Other attraction: Thrichu Gompa, Pang Chorten, etc.