Trongsa Bhutan (Ancestral home of the kings)
Ancestral home of Bhutan's ruling dynasty and site of Bhutan's most impressive fortress, Trongsa is a strategically located town on the east-west route. Sloping down the contour of a ridge stands the many-levelled Trongsa Dzong, built In 1648. The Dzong acts as a defensive fortress, stepping down into the valley and its bright golden yellow roof occupies most of the view from Trongsa. The Crown Prince of Bhutan traditionally becomes Penlop or Governor of Trongsa before being crowned King.
Trongsa Dzong was built in 1648 and has been the traditional home of all four kings of Bhutan prior to their ascending the throne. Trongsa's location in the geographic centre of the kingdom has enabled a Penlop to effectively control the entire East and West of the country from there.
Ta Dzong, or the watch tower which once guarded the Dzong from internal rebellion, stands impressively above the Dzong and provides a visitor with more insight into the historical significance of Trongsa in Bhutan's history.
Places to Visit
- Samdruk Jongkhar
Bhutan Festival Dates
Places of interest in Trongsa
Also known as "Fortress on tip of a Conch". This is the longest Dzong in Bhutan. The Dzong was originally built in 1648 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.
The Watch Tower. This was once the guard of the Trongsa Dzong from internal rebellion.
Situated at the confluence of two rivers on the way to Trongsa. This choeten is a replica of the Boudhanath temple in Kathmandu, Nepal with eyes painted at the four cardinal points.
The winter palace of the second king, His Majesty Jigme Wangchuk. Located about an hour drive from Trongsa town.