Trongsa, in central Bhutan, is one of Bhutan’s most important historical towns. In the olden days, the one that controlled Trongsa, controlled the whole country.

Trongsa – The Stronghold of the Old

  • Location: Central Bhutan
  • Distance from Thimphu: 199 km / Drive time: 7 hrs 30 mins
  • Distance from Bumthang: 68 km / Drive time: 2 hrs 30 mins
  • Altitude: 2,180m / 7,150ft

Trongsa is a small town on the east-west highway, with the impressive Trongsa Dzong as the centerpiece. The main bazaar is a smart street of three story white traditional houses.

Positioned prominently above the Mangde-chhu, stands the magnificent Trongsa Dzong. Beyond any doubt, its size, design and position make it the most impressive Dzong in Bhutan. It is one of the most aesthetic and magnificent works of traditional Bhutanese architecture.

Besides the striking presence of the Dzong, there are palaces of the royal family scattered in the region. These palaces were built mainly to serve as winter residences to overcome the cold in Bumthang, where their summer residences are located.

The imposing Ta Dzong which now houses the Museum of Monarchy is located on the hill overlooking the Dzong.

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