Buddhist Monastery in Trashigang Dzongkhag

Drametse Goemba

The biggest and most important monastery in eastern Bhutan, Drametse is an 18km, hour-long drive on a dirt track off the main road at Thungari. The rough road gains 1350m, and you'll need a 4WD vehicle if it's...

Buddhist Monastery 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...

Arts & Crafts in Trashigang

Thinley Choden Handicraft

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

Arts & Crafts in Trashigang to Merak

Pema Lhundup Handicrafts

This roadside weaving centre 1.5km past Rangjung sells beautiful embroidered cloth, shawls and scarfs made from bura (raw silk – literally 'insect fibre') or sechu (spun silk) by women from the surrounding...

Bhutanese in Mongar to Trashigang

Monkey Shoulder Cafe

This restaurant, just off the highway in Zalaphangma (Monkey Shoulder), 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.

Bakery in Trashigang

Druk Deothjung Bakery

Inside the Druk Deothjung Hotel; just follow your nose. Ask what has been baked that day – it could be doughnuts, chocolate cake or cream horns, and usually arrives from the oven around noon. Bread is also...

Buddhist Site in Trashigang

Prayer Wheel

This large prayer wheel and the pedestal on which it spins sits in the centre of Trashigang's tiny town square, and doubles as a meeting point and taxi shelter.

Cafe in Mongar to Trashigang

Coffee Café

The Coffee Café is adjacent to Kori La along the route between Mongar and Trashigang; here you can get a hot drink, instant coffee or tea and a packet of biscuits.

Teahouse 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 (Nu 25). It can get busy when passengers pile out of the buses running from Trashigang to...

Food in Trashigang

Pema Bakery & General Tsongkhang

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