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"The Heart of the Himalayan Kingdom"

Trongsa Tourism

Trongsa is a hilltop town situated at the centre of Bhutan; hence known to be the heart of the Himalayan Kingdom. It's translated as "new village" in Dzongkha that has a backdrop of the black mountains offering beautiful views of the surrounding valleys.

Being located at a junction that connects other regions such as Gelephu and Bumthang; Trongsa was given much strategic importance as the route from East to the West of Bhutan. Trongsa is also where the rule of the Wangchuck dynasty originated. It holds a lot of significance in the history of Bhutan that's reflected in the district dzong and watchtower. Trongsa Dzong controlled the east-west trade for centuries, while the watchtower was converted into a museum. The Trongsa-Tsechu is celebrated for five days at the northern courtyard during December or January. Trongsa offers not just an insight into its heritage but also opportunities for hiking and trekking along the picturesque landscape.

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Strategic location of Trongsa

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.

Language of Trongsa

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.

Trongsa Tsechu

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.

History of Trongsa

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

Nightlife in Trongsa

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.

Shopping in Trongsa

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.

Restaurants and Local Food in Trongsa

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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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

A great mix of heritage and natural beauty

What's Not So Great?

Limited scope for recreational activities

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