road from Mongar passes the Yadi loops. For five miles the road creates figures
of eight as it descends to the valley floor.
Arriving in Tashigang is momentous as it marks the end of a 547 kilometer drive
from Thimphu. The town, also high up on a mountains, is busier than any other
Bhutanese town. Its proximity to Samdrup Jongkar in the south has enabled it
to grow as a center of commerce.
Tashigange is used as the market place for the hill people from Merak and Sakteng
who are remarkable for their exceptional features and for their costume which
is brightly coloured and different from customary Bhutanese clothing.
The 17th-Century Dzong is built on top of a cliff on the edge of town. The views
from the courtyard of the Dzong are wonderful. From the parapets it is easy
to see why the Dzong was considered to be impregnable from invading armies.
Until the recent opening of an administrative, Tashigang was the center of all
religious and secular activity for the region.
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