One of Bhutan's most historic towns, Trongsa is an impressive tourist destination often described as a dragon flying over mountain peaks. It is a place not to be missed if you are scheduling an itinerary to the “Land of Dragons”. A must visit place to experience the charming beauty with various hotels, guesthouses and restaurants all offer stunning views from their balconies of Bhutan. Trongsa Tshechu – a popular five day festival is held during December or January. Every monastery in Bhutan observes this festival which has great religious and spiritual significance.
You get an amazing view standing above the roaring Mangde Chhu, mixed with cloud and mist. The rambling assemblage of buildings that comprises the Dzong trails down the ridge and is connected by a succession of alley-like corridors, wide stone stairs and beautiful paved courtyards. Trongsa Dzong, Constructed in 1644 and located on the top of an imposing hill, this Dzong creates an impressive sight for miles around. Thruepang Palace, was built by the second king and was the birth place of the third. Currently it is used by the reigning monarchs when on official visits to Trongsa. The building is closed to the public and like many of the early palaces is unimposing, but from an architectural and historical point of view it is still worth viewing. En route to Trongsa is Chendebji Chorten, patterned on Kathmandu’s Swayambhunath Stupa, with eyes painted at the four cardinal points.
Narrow stone stairs, alleys, and corridors connect the buildings at all levels of the fortress, creating a veritable labyrinth on the slope. The are 25 temples dedicated to Tantric deities within the walls, you can find a watchtower (Ta Dzong) dating back to 1652, even a printing shop producing religious texts following an ancient tradition, and a museum honoring the Wangchuck dynasty.
The closest airport would be Paro Airport. From Paro, one could then reach Trongsa by cab. Phuentsholing - 347 km, Paro - 233 km, Thimphu - 192 km, Bumthang - 79 km, Gelephu – 300km, Trashigang - 294 km. It is suggested to opt for a package tour to visit Trongsa.
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