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Bakery in Trashigang

Pema Bakery & General Tsongkhang

On the road to the dzong, this fascinating general store stocks a decent range of imported goodies from Pringles to Coffee Mate. The odd smell comes from the sacks of dried fish.
Buddhist Dzong in Trashigang

Trashigang Dzong

The dzong is on a thin promontory overlooking the confluence of the Drangme Chhu and the Gamri Chhu. It was built in 1667 by Mingyur Tenpa, Bhutan's third desi. The entire eastern region was governed from this dzong…
Bakery in Mongar

Puensom Confectionary & Bakery

The Puensom is the place to load up on acceptable pizza, donuts, apple pie, rasgulla (semolina dough in syrup) and chocolate eclairs. Your best bet is to ask what was baked today and make that your choice.
Arts & Crafts in Trashigang to Samdrup Jongkhar

National Handloom Development Project

Three kilometres beyond Khaling is the National Handloom Development Project, operated by the National Women’s Association of Bhutan (NWAB). It contracts out weaving and provides cotton yarn on credit to about 400 v…
Buddhist Dzong in Mongar

Mongar Dzong

The Mongar Dzong was established in 1930 to replace the original Shongar Dzong, although the original utse (central tower) dates from an earlier age. It's unusual because it has two entrances. There are four lhakhan…
Bhutanese in Lhuentse

Shangrila Hotel

This local hotel should be able to provide Bhutanese staples such as ema datse or momos, but it may require an hour or two prior notice.
Cafe in Mongar to Trashigang

Coffee Café

Here you can get a hot drink, instant coffee or tea and a packet of biscuits. By the look of the shelves alcohol is the major warming drink up here.
Bhutanese in Mongar to Trashigang

Choden Hotel General Shop Cum Bar & Lodge

This roadside hotel next to a giant prayer wheel is a decent enough place to break the drive for a cup of masala tea. It can get busy when passengers pile out of the buses running from Trashigang to Mongar to breakf…
Bhutanese in Mongar to Trashigang

Doechog Puensum Restaurant

This restaurant just off the highway is well set up for passing trade, with indoor and outdoor seating and a comprehensive menu. If it's not meal time just drop in for a coffee.
Arts & Crafts in Trashigang

Druk Deothjung Eastern Rural Handicraft

This small shop beside the Druk Deothjung Hotel is your last place to load up on crafts such as traditional boots, painted masks and woven and embroidered textiles.