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Trongsa is situated almost in the center of Bhutan. It is said to be one of the best and most charming areas in Bhutan. Rightly so, because the beauty and the natural scenery of the location are mind-blowing. The fortress is situated at a ridge which gives a beautiful view from upfront. The impeccable fortress in itself is a beauty to watch. Trongsa is also the home to king Ugyen Wangchuk and his son. Many temples and beautiful corridors in a series followed by the fortress is an amazing piece of work. The first temple of the town was constructed in 1543. Since then many temples have been built up in the town. Each one of them holds their value. The place is a beautiful combination of ancient Buddhist architecture and histories of majestic dynasties.
Nearest Airport: Trongsa
How to reach: 6 hours from Paro airport by road, 35 min by flight
Famous for: the erstwhile seat of the powerful Wangchuck dynasty
Best time to visit: All year round
Ta Dzong Museum Trongsa, Central Bhutan
Kuenga Rabten, Central Bhutan
Chendebji Chorten, Central Bhutan
Ta Dzong Museum, Trongsa -It is located around 1 km away from Trongsa on the left side of the Mangde River. The first governor of Trongsa, Choeje Minjur Tenpa, was the one who built this. This museum was inaugurated recently in 2008 and is one of the best tourist attractions in Bhutan.
It has a total of 11 galleries. It is a five-storied circular tower. It’s also surrounded by two more towers. This museum depicts the history of the Wangchuk dynasty. This dzong also has two temples. These temples are dedicated to Gesar of Ling and Maitreya, also known as the Buddha of the next age.
Trongsa Dzong -The Trongsa Dzong was built in 1644. This was the power seat for the Wangchuk dynasty. They then became the rulers of Bhutan in 1907. To become the king of Bhutan, one has to first become the governor of Trongsa and then the crown prince. Only after this, one can become the King.
Chendebji Chorten -Chendebji Chorten was constructed by the Lama Zhida in the 18th century. This was to overcome the remains of an evil spirit restrained there. The eyes of the spirit are painted at four points of the Kathmandu’s Swayambhunath Stupa.
Kuenga Rabten -Located 23 km away from Trongsa town, the Kuenga Rabten is a beautiful palace. Almost 100 monks currently live there. They study their religious texts and rituals at the monastery of Drukpa Kagyu. The palace was home to Jigme Wangchuk, the second king of the country during winters. The best way to reach this destination is roadways. You can see the palace around the Trongsa-Zhemgang highway. Taking a taxi would be the best option for sightseeing around the palace there.