Tashigang, located in the east of Bhutan is the largest district of Bhutan. It is comprised of many valleys and villages. Compared to the valleys in the west like Paro and Thimphu, the valleys in the east are narrow and steep.

The only college in Bhutan which confers bachelor and honours degrees in arts, commerce and science fields is located in Kanglung under Tashigang district, about 2 hour’s drive from Tashigang town. Students qualifying to study in Sherubtse college are considered as the cream of Bhutanese youths.

Tashigang town itself is a very small town, with about 40 or 50 shops, one school and a general hospital. The town itself is cramped into a very uncomfortable area of little space with no more space left for expansion. The main reason for the town being there is that the Tashigang Dzong, which houses the district’s administrative centre is located there.

Like all other Dzongs, Tashigang Dzong is a beautiful and imposing structure built on a ridge overlooking the Dangme chhu river.

Tashigang is surrounded by barley, rice and wheat fields as well as tropical-fruit orchards. The best time to visit is between October and Aprilyoull avoid the leeches, mosquitoes and landslides.

While one night is enough to see everything, allow two because its so remote and unusual. The Chortenkora festival is in mid March. From Thimphu, Tashigang can be reached in two ways: via Phuntsholing and Samdrup Jongkhar in the south (taking 3 days by public bus with overnight stops), or via central Bhutan taking about 2 days. Be warned that Tashigang does not have good hotels.

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