Eastern Bhutan, Tashigang

Tashigang Travel Blog

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Next stop, Trashigang. Was at the bus stand at 6:15am to catch the local bus. They have buses directly to border town Samdrup Jhonkar as well and mostly they are full. Just after some 10-15 min of drive and we reached the mountain road, there is a traffic jam as there had been a land slide due to rains. The road is blocked and everyone is waiting for the earth movers to arrive and clear the road. Seems land slides are common in this part of Bhutan. The huge machine arrived and We had to wait for another 15 min to clear up the road. The huge boulders
were tossed in the valley where they uprooted a few trees on there way down. Its scary to imagine is one of these rocks hit a vehicle on the road, they would be thrown in the valley. But these kind of accidents are very rare and no one in the bus seemed to think about it too much.

The roads climb up and down the mountains, going round and round along the contours and crossing the Kori La pass. On the way there were trees laden with oranges. Halfway in the journey and the roads get better, with fencing on the valley side of the roads, not sure how much of help that would be. Just before reaching Trashigang there is another immigration check post where I was the only tourist who had to show my permits. But the cops did check all the luggage in the bus. Just near the town there was some road construction and widening was going on and we had to wait for some more time.
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