For those with enough time on their hands, venture into eastern Bhutan for something quite different. This is the land of the Scharchops who speaks their own language and nurture their own culture and weave beautiful textiles.
1. Trashigang: Elevation 1,151m
Trashigang the largest district of Bhutan is a 3.5 hour drive from Mongar and 547 km from Thimphu. The historic TrashigangDzong atop a vertical hill above the Sherichu River is a fine example of the strategic role that this monastic fortress played in keeping enemies out in ancient times.
The Trashigang town has cleverly expanded up the steep mountainside to provide basic essentials for the large population that comes long distances to shop here.
Half an hour’s 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.
2. Trashi Yangtse: Elevation1, 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.