• Bhutan Trongsa Travel Guide 2021/2022
  • Bhutan Trongsa Travel Guide 2021/2022
  • Bhutan Trongsa Travel Guide 2021/2022
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Trongsa Bhutan Travel Gudie - Sightseeing, Transfer, Hotel, Weather

Located in central Bhutan, surrounded by deep valleys and amazing views, Trongsa is a small but crucial town that had controlled the trade of the whole country, linking the west and the east, due to its strategic position. Driving to the east, you can reach Jakar and Trashiyangtse with beautiful Bumthang on your way; back to the west, you will pass through Phobjikha Valley, Wangdue Phodrang, and Punakha and arrive in the capital area of Thimphu and Paro.

Trongsa - Strategic Junction in the Middle of Bhutan & Royal Family Historical Site

Trongsa is attractive and you can finish most attractions in the town on foot. The Trongsa Dzong, the must-visit site of Trongsa, built in 1644, has been witnessing the rise and development of the royal Wangchuck family since the era of the father of the first King of Bhutan. Not afar away from Trongsa Dzong, the Trongsa Ta Dzong, a watchtower which used to guard the Dzong has been converted into an impressive museum for visitors to learn about the history of the kingdom.

Top Places to Visit in Trongsa

Located in central Bhutan, Trongsa is an important hilly town where the royal family of Bhutan originated. Here, you can trace the imperial history by visiting the watchtower Museum, Trongsa Ta Dzong, the birth palace of the King, Thruepang Palace, the winter palace, Kuenga Rabten, as well as having a wonderful Tshechu Festival in winter...

Trongsa

Tower of Trongsa Museum

Type: Sacred & Religious Sites

Recommended Length of Visit: 1~2 hours

Trongsa Ta Dzong, the watchtower, is a must-visit site in Trongsa. Standing atop the Dzong, it was built in 1652 by the first governor of Trongsa to guard it against rebellion, with four observation points shaped like Tiger, Lion, Garuda, and Dragon. Upward to visit Ta Dzong, you can see a shrine to King Gesar of Ling, and two Lhakhangs are inside. After its renovation by an Austrian team, this watch tower turns a museum. It displays various treasures on Buddhism and the history of the royal family.

Trongsa

Trongsa Dzong

Type: Nature & Wildlife Areas, Valleys

Recommended Length of Visit: half day

Trongsa Dzong has a long history. Its first construction can be dated back to 1648, carried out by Ngagi Wangchuck. In 1897, the Dzong was severely damaged in the earthquake, and a lot of repairing works had been done by the penlop (“governor”) of Trongsa, Jigme Namgyal, the father of the first king of Bhutan. Later, the first and second kings ruled over the country from here. The structure of the Dzong consists of many levels with fine existing decorations designed during the rule of the first king.

Trongsa

Chendebji Chorten

Type: Sacred & Religious Sites, Monastery

Recommended Length of Visit: 1~2 hours

On the way to Trongsa and about 2 km away from Chendebji Village by the river confluence stands the Chendebji Chorten. Built by Lama Zhida in the 18th century, it is a Nepalese styled chorten like a small version of Swayambhunath Stupa. Two eyes were painted on the white chorten which is believed to suppress the evil spirit in this area. About 500m away from the chorten is Chendebji Resort where you can have a short stay and have local meals in a comfortable setting.

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Thruepang Palace

Type: Sacred & Religious Sites, Monastery

Recommended Length of Visit: 1~2 hours

To the north of the Trongsa Ta Dzong Museum is Thruepang Palace. The tiny palace is the birth palace of King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck where he spent his childhood since 1928 and it is also a winter residence of the 1st King. The two-storied palace is very simple but meaningful to the royal family and it is closed to the visitors. Seen afar, you can still tell the traditional Bhutanese architectures. Even you can not have a visit inside it, there is a popular vegetable weekend market near the palace to buy some fresh specialties.

Trongsa

Kuenga Rabten Palace

Type: Sacred & Religious Sites, Monastery

Recommended Length of Visit: 1~2 hours

Located in the south and about 23km away from Trongsa, Kuenga Rabten Palace is the winter palace of the second king of Bhutan,Jigme Wangchuck. Driving from Trongsa to Kuenga Rabten, you will pass through several waterfalls and beautiful rice terraces. It is open to visitors. The first floor of the U-shaped building was used to store food and the second was for royal attendants and the army. The third used to be the private chapel for the king and queen, housing statues of the Buddha and Guru Rinpoche. Now, it has been converted into a library.

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Trongsa Tshechu Festival

Type: Sacred & Religious Sites, Monastery

Recommended Length of Visit: 1~2 hours

The Trongsa tshechu one of the oldest and least-visited tshechus in Bhutan. It is believed that tshechus in other parts of Bhutan was spread from Trongsa Dzong. It is a cheerful festival to pray for the happiness and harvest of the coming seasons and celebrate the Birth Anniversary of Guru Rimpoche. According to the Bhutanese calendar, it usually falls into December or January. All the chams/dances are just like regular tshechu of other Dzongkhags. The festival lasts for 3 days and on the last day, a Thongdrol (giant Thangka) will be unfurled.

Useful Bhutan Travel Notes

  • 1. How to Apply Bhutan Visa
    Bhutan Visa is a must to travel to Bhutan, which can only be applied by authorized travel agency (like Tibet Discovery) on behalf of independent travelers. You just need to send us clear scanned photocopy of your valid passport. As we receive your passport information, we will apply it from Tourism Council of Bhutan. When we get your visa (a visa clearance letter), we will send the photocopy to you by Email, with which you are able to border a flight to Bhutan. Upon arrival on Paro International Airport, the visa will be given to you.
  • 2. How to Plan a Bhutan Tour
    A classic Bhutan tour always takes about 5-6 days involving Paro, Thimphu and Punakha. Apart from the arrival and departure days, you get four full days to explore the landmarks in Bhutan - three days in the towns of Paro, Thimphu and Punakha, and another day in Traktsang Monastery. If you want an in-depth tour to central Bhutan, you are suggested to spend extra 4 days to Bumthang via Wangdu Phodrang and Trongsa. In fact, many travelers prefer an overland tour in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. If you time permits, you can take a one-hour flight from Bhutan to Nepal, where you can admire the medieval architectural wonders and marvelous landscape of Himalayan Peaks. After that, take an overland driving journey to the holy city Lhasa via Mount Everest.
  • 3. How to Get to Bhutan
    There are two choices to get to Bhutan - by international flights from some Asian countries (Nepal, India, Thailand, Singapore and Bangladesh) and by overland driving from India. Since Paro is the only international airport, all the flights to Bhutan lands on Paro. There are three accessible ports connected Bhutan and India, including Phuentsholing, Samdrup Jongkhar and Gelephu. Phuentsholing is the primary one which connects Chhukha of Bhutan and West Bengal of India. From Phuentsholing, it takes about 6 hours to drive to Paro or Thimphu. The other two ports are located in central and eastern Bhutan.
  • 4. Other Destinations in Bhutan
    Apart from Wangdue, there are many other destinations worthy of your visit, including Thimphu, Punakha, Paro, Trongsa, Bumthang etc. With the only international airport, Paro is probably the first destination of your Bhutan trip. And it is also where the Taktsang Monastery - Landmark of Bhutan locates. As the capital city with natural and cultural glamour, Thimphu is a must-be-visited city in Bhutan. Its National Memorial Chorten is an important holy site. Besides, there are many interesting and significant museums and institutes to catch a view of Bhutan’s rich history and culture. Punakha has the most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan - Punakha Dzong. It looks surreal especially with the purple Jacaranda in blossom between April and June.

Most Recommended Trongsa Tour Packages

Following are some other recommended Trongsa tour packages that you may be interested in. All of our Tibet tour packages are customizable to meet your personal requirements. You can also contact us to customize a trip if you want.

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