Trashigang

Trashigang
Trashigang-dz.svg
Main street, Trashigang, Bhutan
Main street, Trashigang, Bhutan
Trashigang is located in Bhutan
Trashigang
Trashigang
Location in Bhutan
Coordinates: 27°19′57.2″N 91°33′09.9″E / 27.332556°N 91.552750°E / 27.332556; 91.552750Coordinates: 27°19′57.2″N 91°33′09.9″E / 27.332556°N 91.552750°E / 27.332556; 91.552750
CountryFlag of Bhutan.svg Bhutan
DistrictTrashigang District
Population
 (2017)
 • Total3,037
Time zoneUTC+6 (BTT)

Trashigang (Dzongkha: བཀྲ་ཤིས་སྒང་།), or Tashigang, meaning "fortress of auspicious mount,"[1] is a town in eastern Bhutan and the district capital of the Trashigang Dzongkhag (district).

The town lies to the east side of the valley above the Drangme Chhu river just south of where it is joined by the Gamri River. Trashigang is the eastern terminus of the Lateral Road, Bhutan's main highway leading to Phuntsholing in the southwest.

History

Trashigang Dzong was built in 1659 by Trongsa Penlop Minjur Tenpa and served for centuries as an administrative headquarters and monastery, though government offices mostly relocated by 2011. Its sinking eastern foundation and crumbling upper walls necessitated either relocation or total destruction and reconstruction. In October 2011, dzong, under renovation since 2007, was on the verge of collapse.[2] However, as of 2012, the Trashigang Dzong was still used for the town's yearly religious festival called tsechu.[3]

Administrative

Trashigang is the largest district in Bhutan and serves as the administrative seat for the Dzongkhag and a home for the monk body.[1] It has three sub-districts and fifteen gewogs, which include Bartsham, Bidung, Kanglung, Kangpara, Khaling, Lumang, Merak, Phongmey, Radhi, Sakteng, Samkhar, Shongphu, Thrimshing, Udzorong, and Yangneer.[1] Sherubtse College was the first accredited college in Bhutan, founded in 1966 by a group of Jesuits under the leadership of William Mackey. As of 2003, it became part of the newly created Royal University of Bhutan system that comprises all public post-secondary schools in Bhutan.

Rangjung, Kanglung and Wamrong are some of the major towns under Trashigang district.

Demography

The population of Trashigang town was 3,037 (1,565 males and 1,472 females) according to the 2017 Population and Housing Census of Bhutan.[4]

Transport

Trashigang is served by Yonphula Airport which is around an hour drive from the town.[5]

Climate

Trashigang features a dry-winter subtropical highland climate (Köppen Cwb).

Climate data for Trashigang, 1996–2018
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 15.1
(59.2)
17.2
(63.0)
20.4
(68.7)
22.7
(72.9)
24.3
(75.7)
25.5
(77.9)
25.6
(78.1)
25.9
(78.6)
25.3
(77.5)
23.3
(73.9)
19.9
(67.8)
16.9
(62.4)
21.8
(71.3)
Average low °C (°F) 3.1
(37.6)
4.8
(40.6)
7.7
(45.9)
10.5
(50.9)
13.2
(55.8)
15.9
(60.6)
16.6
(61.9)
16.4
(61.5)
15.3
(59.5)
11.5
(52.7)
7.5
(45.5)
4.6
(40.3)
10.6
(51.1)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 9.5
(0.37)
20.4
(0.80)
50.5
(1.99)
105.5
(4.15)
118.8
(4.68)
189.2
(7.45)
243.8
(9.60)
204.1
(8.04)
123.0
(4.84)
75.3
(2.96)
4.6
(0.18)
4.7
(0.19)
1,149.4
(45.25)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 1.6 3.1 7.4 11.3 12.3 15.7 22.1 20.6 12.0 5.0 1.1 1.1 113.3
Source: World Meteorological Organization[6]

Gallery

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c Facts about Bhutan The Land of the Thunder Dragon. Absolute Bhutan Books. 2017.
  2. ^ Rinzin, Yangchen C (2011-10-29). "A Fortress That's About to Fall". Kuensel online. Retrieved 2011-10-29.
  3. ^ "Tourism Council of Bhutan - Festival Dates 2012" (PDF). Tourism Council of Bhutan online. Retrieved 2012-12-17.
  4. ^ "National Statistics Bureau". Retrieved 16 April 2022.
  5. ^ "Drukair Domestic Flights to Bumthang & Yonphula".
  6. ^ "World Weather Information Service – Trashigang". World Meteorological Organization. Retrieved November 1, 2022.

External links

  • Trashigang travel guide from Wikivoyage
  • Trashigang and Dzong, Bhutan - Photo Gallery | The India Info


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