For those with enough time on their hands, venture into eastern Bhutan for something quiet different. This is the Land of the Sharchops who speak their own language and nurture their own culture and weave beautiful textiles.
Trashigang: Elevation 1151m
Trashigang, the largest district of Bhutan is a 3-5 hours drivefrom Mongar and 547km from Thimphu. The historic Trashigang Dzong, atop a vertival hill above the sherichu river, is a fine example of the strategic role that these monastic fortresses played in keeping enemies out in ancient times.
The Trashigang town has cleverly expanded up the steep mountainside to provide basic essentials for a large population that come long distances to shop here.
Half an hour drive from Trashigang is Kanglung, a new town that has grown around the country’s only college, offering undergraduate degrees to about 1,000 students.
Trashi Yangtse : Elevation 1,830m
A 3.5 hour drive from Trashigang is Trashi Yangtse, the eastern home of the Black Necked Crane, bordering the Indian district of Arunachal Pradesh. Both Bhutanese and local tribes from across the border enjoy the Chorten Kora festival at Trashi Yangtse.
Mongar : Elevation: 1400m
Mongar is the district headquarters and hardly more than a stopping place surrounded by fields of Maize. It is also first town which is built on a mountainside instead of in a valley. This is characteristics of Eastern Bhutan where the valleys are usually little more than riverbeds and the mountain slopes which rise abruptly from the rivers flatten out as they approach their summits. Looking up at those steep slopes from the river, one would never imagine that the upper parts of the mountain were so densely populated. Mongar is the fastest developing dzongkhag in eastern Bhutan. The district boast of a newly constructed Referral Hospital and the region is bustling with many economic activities. Mongar is noted with its lemon grass,a plant that can be used to produce an essential oil.It also has a hydropower plant on the Kuri Chhu river.