Trashiyangtse Dzong


Trashiyangtse is located in the eastern Bhutan at an altitude of  1700 m. Trashiyangtse is a rapidly growing town and administrative center of the district. The main town is situated in a small river valley and is a lovely spot to take walks in the countryside. This area is famous for wooden containers and bowls.

Tourist Attractions in Trashiyangtse

Chorten Kora

Chorten Kora is one of the most important stupa in Trashiyangtse built in the year 1740 by Lama Ngawang Loday, the nephew of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The stupa was built to subdue a demon believed to have been living at the site where the chorten is now located. Modeled after the famous Boudhanath stupa in Nepal and was consecrated by the 13th chief Abbot of Bhutan Je Sherub Wangchuk. It was built in order to enable pilgrims to visit the temple in Trashiyangtse instead of making a trip to Nepal.  Legend has it that a young girl from Tawang, believed to have been a Dakini agreed to be buried alive inside the Chorten. For this reason a ritual known as Dakpa Kora is organized every year where hundreds of people from Arunachal Pradesh known as the Dakpas make it to Chorten Kora to circumambulate. Dakpa Kora is held on the 15th day of the 3rd month  and the Drukpa Kora (circumbulation by the Bhutanese) is held on the 30th day of the 3rd month corresponding to 15th March every year.

Trashiyangtse Dzong

This is one of the oldest Dzongs in Bhutan. It was previously known as  the Dongdi Dzong and is said to be built somewhere in 9th century. The Dongdi Dzong was built by Gonkar Gyal, grandson of lhasey Tshangma, who had established himself in Tshenkharla. When the Tibetans attacked the dzong fell into ruins and was abandoned. Later in the 15th centur, terton Pema Lingpa decided to rebuilt the dzong during his visit to the place. The Dzong was then renamed as Trashiyangtse Dzong (the fortress of the auspicious fortune). It was further renovated and sanctified by a sacred consecration ceremony in 2005.


Bomdelling is a pleasant three hours of walk from Chorten Kora and is the annual migration place for the endangered blacknecked cranes during winters which fly over from Tibet.

Rangjung Woeselchholing

Half an hour drive from the Trashiyangtse town is this Nyingmapa Monastery founded by Garab Rinpoche in 1990. The place gives a good view of the valley.