Located at an altitude of 7220 feet above sea level, Trongsa is the central hub of Bhutan and is historically important, because the unification of nation, is said to have taken place here. Approximately, 8 hours’ scenic drive from Thimphu, the valley can also be accessed via a short flight to Bathpalathang Airport in Bumthang (2 hours’ drive from Bumthang). The landscape around Trongsa is spectacular and for miles on end, the Dzong is visible and seems to tease one, wondering if one will ever reach there. The town is situated on a stiff ridge and offers 360 degree views of valleys surrounding it.
The valley offers modest accommodating and eating options, the main town offers selection of restaurants offering Bhutanese, Indian and Chinese cuisines. For detailed accommodation option please refer to our hotels in Trongsa. One may also choose to plan a program around Trongsa festival. Please refer to our events calendar for exact dates.
Places of see in Trongsa.
Built in 1648, it is the ancestral home of the Royal family. Both the first and second King ruled the country from the ancient seat. All four Kings held the post of Trongsa Penlop (Honorary Governor) prior to being crowned as the King. The Dzong is massive structure with many levels, which slope down the contours of a hill on which it perches. Because of its highly strategic position as the only connecting route between east and west, the Trongsa Penlop was able to control the whole eastern region effectively. It is in this Dzong the annual Trongsa festival is performed during December or January.
Ta Dzong (Watch Tower)
Built in 1652, the tower offers four observation deck resembling a Tiger, Lion, Guruda and a Dragon. This watchtower, which once guarded Trongsa Dzong from internal rebellion, stands impressively over a hillock and provides visitors a rare insight into Bhutan's history. Today it has been converted to a museum and houses important artifacts related to Wangchuk dynasty.
About 15 miles from Trongsa is the winter palace of second King Jigme Wangchuk. It is a splendid building with superb woodwork and decorations. The 1st floor used to be storage for food, 2nd floor was the residence of royal attendance and the army and the 3rd floor was the royal residence and king's chapel. Part of this floor is presently used as Library. The top floor is an alter room with statues of Sakyamuni, the Shubdrung and Guru Rinpochey. Right above the palace is the nunnery, it is about 40 minutes’ walk uphill. There are about 70 nuns enrolled.
The palace is the birth place of Late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The two storied placed is simple and very modest in design and located just above the highway in town.
The monastery is located 41kms prior to reaching Trongsa. It is said be a replica or resembles the Swayambhunath Stupa in Kathmandu. Built in 18th century by Lam Zhida, the monastery is an important place of pilgrimage for Bhutanese.
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