Trongsa situated in central Bhutan is 7 hours drive from Thimphu and three hours drive from Wangduephodrang. Trongsa is a mountain village with a Dzong in central Bhutan. The town lies in a valley with an elevation of 2000 meters above sea level with total population of about 13,428. The scenery is beautiful, lush valleys filled with trees, with the Dzong, chortens, prayer flags and high snowy mountains in the distance. One can also see yaks and a species of vultures.
Jigme Singye Wangchuk National Park
The Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park lies inside the valley which of home to world’s rare and endangered species, such as common langur, sambar, musk deer, Himalayan black bear, tiger, leopard and some 449 species of birds. The Park also protects a larger variety of flora including the conifer in the north to chirpine or broadleaf forest in the south. The ethnic indigenous tribe of Bhutan, the Monpa, inhabit the lower park regions.
The Trongsa dzong holds a historic importance for Bhutan’s royal family, being a 350-year old massive fortress made in 1644 atop the hill – the ancestral home of the Royal Family. Every crown prince is given the title of governor of Trongsa before ascending to the throne.
En route to Trongsa is 18th century Chendibjee Chorten?patterned on Katmandu’s Swayambhunath Stupa, with eyes painted at the four cardinal points.
Other Places of Interest
- Nabji Lhakhang
- Dogsel Phel Goenpa
- Kuenga Rabten Palace