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Country rank: 9 out of 14 Places To Visit In Bhutan

Sub-Region: Trongsa District


Ideal duration: 1-2 days

Best time: November - February (Read More)


"Trongsa - The heart of the Himalayan kingdom"

Trongsa Tourism

Located right in the center of the country, Trongsa is located on top of a cliff which provides a wonderful view of the Black Mountains and the surrounding valleys. Suiting the preferences of both history buffs and nature lovers, Trongsa offers not just an insight into its heritage but also also a treat for the eyes.

By virtue of being located in the center of the country, Trongsa was given much strategic importance as the route from East to West Bhutan passed through here and earlier even through the Trongsa Dzong itself. It is an important junction connecting roads to various other regions such as Gelephu, Bumthang etc. It is also where the rulle of the Wangchuck dynasty originated. Trongsa holds a lot of significance as far as the history of Bhutan goes and this is reflected in the presence of the district dzong and watchtower. This place provides opportunities not just for exploring the history of the region by visiting various sites but also opportunities for hiking and trekking with picturesque landscape. Thus, it is an ideal spot for nature-lovers, hikers, trekkers and history buffs alike.

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Trongsa commanded a lot of importance because of its strategic location in the center of the country. It connected the Eastern and Western part of the country such that the Penelop Governor of Trongsa had complete control. The road that connects the two sides of Bhutan passes through Trongsa and earlier even through the Trongsa Dzong itself. This way the Trongsa Penelop control travel and trade and enabled him to establish contol over Eastern and Central Bhutan. The watchtower near the Dzong was used to guard the region against attack and rebellion. The first two kings ruled Bhutan from their seat in Trongsa. It is customary for the prince to serve as the Penelop Governor of Trongsa before ascending the throne.

There are quite a few languages spoken in the district depending upon the region. These include Bumthangkha, Thengkha, Lakha and Nyenkha. There could possibly be limited understanding of English.

The Trongsa Tsechu is held in mid-December or early January in the Trongsa Dzong grounds.This is a religious festival that is held every winter in honour of Guru Rinpoche (or Guru Padmasambhava) who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in the 8th century. It is one of the oldest Tsechus in Bhutan and Tsechus are said to have spread from Trongsa. The speciality of this Tsechu is that on the last day they unfurl the sacred Thongdrol and receive blessings.

Trongsa was the seat from which the first two kings of Bhutan ruled the Kingdom. It also held a very strategic position.

There are not many options for experiencing an active nightlife culture in the region. However, the Trongsa Dzong is a sight to behold at night when it is lit up with lights.

Trongsa is a popular destination to shop for weaves (a lot of which are made with dyed wool). The carpets and textiles are cheaper than they are in Thimphu. Machine made carpets are also a popular item.There are also some handicraft shops in the town from which one could take back some souvenirs.

Central Bhutan is known for the dishes made with yak meat. Apart from the national delicacies like Ema Datshi, there are also certain local specialities which one should try, such as Zow Shungo which comprises vegetables with steamed rice. There are also pork and beef based dishes known as Paa and also a sweet banana soup containing tapioca.There are not many options for dining out in restaurants. One could opt for the in-hotel restaurants. But the most popular restaurant would be the Oyster House which serves Bhutanese and Tibetan food such as thukpas, momos among other dishes. A dish to try out could be the Juru Jaju soup from Norbu Yangkhel restaurant near Sephu village.

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A great mix of heritage and natural beauty

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Limited scope for recreational activities


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