Tsirang Travel Guide
The Tsirang district is located in the south-central part of Wangduephodrang, Dagana and Chhukha. It covers an area of 638.3 sq km, with altitude ranging from 400 to 2,000 meters above sea level.
Approximately 58% of the land is under forest cover comprising mainly of broad leaf and chirpine species while 42% is under agricultural cultivation. The district is administratively divided into 12 blocks comprising 96 villages, 65 chiwogs and 2,714 households. Ethnically the people of Tsirang are primarily Lhotshampa settlers. Newer settlers in the region include the various other ethnic groups of Bhutan, who have established roots in the region following government tenures, resettlements, and private endeavours. The Lhotshampa people mostly practice Hinduism with some Buddhist tribes such as the Tamangs and Sherpas mixed in.
The landscape of Tsirang is very scenic and the climate is suitable for a wide range of agricultural endeavours. The Sunkosh river cuts through the region and the rolling hills and mountains provide some truly spectacular vistas.
The district has great potential for a diverse range of agro-ecological cultivation including many different cereals and fruits. Paddy, maize and millet are the major crops grown today while orange, cardamom and vegetables are the principal cash crops. Livestock rearing is also an important economic activity, contributing to both subsistence consumption and income generation.
With the Wangdue-Sarpang highway passing through the district and a good internal road as well a mule track network, most of the blocks in the district are well connected. The district has 63 kilometers of national highway, 22.69 kilometers of farm road and 34 kilometers of feeder road.
The closest airport to Tsirang is Paro International Airport. From there, you can take a bus or taxi to Tsirang, which is about 200 km away. Alternatively, you can also take a bus or taxi from Thimphu, which is about 120 km away.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Tsirang is from March to May and from September to November, as the weather is pleasant and you can enjoy the scenic beauty of the place.
Places to Visit
- Damphu Town: Damphu is the capital of Tsirang district and is a small town with a few restaurants and shops. It is a great place to explore the local culture and interact with the friendly people of Tsirang.
- Tsholingkhar Wildlife Sanctuary: This sanctuary is located in the eastern part of Tsirang and is home to a variety of animals such as tigers, leopards, and elephants.
- Tsirang Dzong: This fortress is located in the heart of Tsirang and is a great place to explore the history and architecture of Bhutan.
- Guru Rinpoche Cave: This cave is located in the eastern part of Tsirang and is considered to be a sacred place by the locals. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche meditated in this cave.
- Phibsoo Wildlife Sanctuary: This sanctuary is located in the western part of Tsirang and is home to a variety of animals such as barking deer, wild boar, and Himalayan black bear.
Things to do
- Trekking: Tsirang is a great place for trekking, with a variety of trails that cater to all levels of fitness.
- Bird Watching: Tsirang is a bird watcher’s paradise, with over 200 species of birds that can be spotted here.
- Farming: Tsirang is known for its organic farming practices, and visitors can take part in farming activities and learn about the traditional methods of farming.
Where to Stay in Tsirang
There are a few guesthouses and hotels in Tsirang, but they are basic in nature. Alternatively, you can also opt for homestays, which offer a more authentic experience of Bhutanese culture. Tsirang is a hidden gem in Bhutan and a must-visit destination for those looking for a peaceful and serene vacation