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Bhutan District - Trongsa

 

Introduction

It takes about 4 hours from Phobjikha to reach Trongsa by car. Located at an altitude of 7600 feet above sea level, Trongsa forms the central hub of the nation and is historically the place from where the nation was unified. The landscape around Trongsa is spectacular and for miles on end, the Dzong seems to tease you, wondering if you will ever reach there.


Attractions

Trongsa Dzong:- It was built in 1648, is the ancestral home of the Royal family. The Dzong is massive structure with many levels, which slope down the contours of a hill on which it perches. It is in this Dzong the annual Trongsa Festival is performed during December or January. This is the most impressive dzong in the kingdom, and can be seen from a great dis­tance in its strategic position high above the Mangde Chhu. It is one of the most aesthetic and magnificent works of traditional Bhutanese architecture.


Ta Dzong:- This watchtower, which once guarded Trongsa Dzong from internal rebellion, stands impressively and provides visitors an insight into historical significance of Trongsa in Bhutan's history.


Kuenga Rabten:- It is about 23 kilometers, one hour pleasant drive from Trongsa. It was the winter palace of the second King and it offers a good insight into the early days of the Bhutan’s monarchy. The first floor of the palace was used to store a food, the second was the residence of the riyal attendants and the army, and the third housed the royal quarters and the king’s private chapel. Part of the third storey has been converted it into a library and many books from the National Library are stored here.


Chendebji Chorten:- Two kilometers beyond Chendebji village is Chendebji Chorten, a large white structure beside a stream at 2430m. It is patterened after Swayambhunath in Kathmandu and was built in 19th century by Lama Shida from Tibet to cover the remains of an evil spirit that was killed at this spot.