Places to Visit in Trongsa
Trongsa (alt. 2300m/7545ft.)
Trongsa which means “new village”forms the central hub of the nation. In the history, this was the very place from where the leaders attempted the unifying of the country because it was centrally located in the country. Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the unifier of Bhutan held his seat here, where he built the largest fortress of the country, Trongsa Dzong. The Dzong is built on a spur overlooking the gorge of the beautiful Magde River. The first king of Bhutan, SirUgyen Wangchuck, who was elected the country’s first hereditary monarch and his successor, King Jigme Wangchuck, ruled the country from Trongsa ancient seat as a Trongsa Penlop. Every Crown Prince of Bhutan holds the position of the Trongsa Penlop before ascending the throne.The district has some remarkable places with its exquisite touch of religious and political history.
Places of interest in and around Trongsa
Trongsa Dzong, is the largest fortress in the country. It is built with the remarkable art and architecture which stands on a strikingly dominant location. It was built in 1648 and served as the seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan. The kings in initial period ruled the country from this seat as it was centrally located in the country. The inside of the Dzong comprises of the trails connected by succession of alleyway corridors, strong stone stairs and gorgeously paved courtyards. The Dzong walls has a display of traditional paintings and carvings.
Ta Dzong, meaning “the watchtower” is the Royal Heritage Museum in Trongsa. It is a cylindrical stone structure and stretches to five storeys above. It was was built in 1652 by Chogyal Minjur Tempa because upon the divine command of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. After more than 350 years now, it houses an excellent museum which mainly focuses on the display of Bhutanese art, the royal memorials and varied treasures such as 500 year old jacket of Ngagi Wangchuk and the fourth king’s football boots used as a teenager. There are about 224 items on display including a sacred image of Sung Joenma Dorji Chang (self spoken Vajradharna), a bronze statue of Pema Lingpa, made by himself, and a number of centuries-old treasures like dance and ritual costumes and objects, ancient prayer books, paintings and scrolls, and textiles.
The royal museum also has its main lhakhang in the Utse dedicated to the Maitreya Buddha (GyaltsabJampa) who was also known as the Future Buddha.The tower always has been the most secluded place of hermitage and retreat for yogis and monks.
Once you reach here the enchanting views will sweep you off your feet. You can either drive here or enjoy walking up a steep staircase from the town.
Chendebji Chorten is a small temple en route to Trongsa. It was built in 18th century by Lama Shida, from Tibet, to cover the remains of an evil spirit that was subdued at this spot. It was built in the style of a Nepalese stupa, modeled on the Boudanath Temple of Kathmandu. It stands just next to the river and the flapping flags around add to its serenity. It is also a favorite spot for the picnickers from near and far.
Excursion around Trongsa
Kuenga Rabten Palace
KuengaRabten is a two storied simple palace situated just above the highway. It is about 23 kms from the town and takes about an hour to reach there. There is also the leisure of relishing the country view of land slopes, andgreen fields flourishingthe villages as you drive along. Initially KuengaRabten used to be the winter palace of the second King. Now it is looked after by the National Commission for Cultural Affairs. The buildingis surrounded by high with interesting spy holes used by the royal guards before. The structure also showcases stunning wood carvings. A part of the palace is used as a library where books in varied are available. You would not like to miss the chance taking a hike up to the road from the palace. The walk would take further along the village to a nunnery. The nunnery consists of about 80 nuns residing there. They would gladly welcome you to visit their hostel, the main shrine and their dining hall. This pleasant excursion definitely educates the visitors with the awarenessabout the early days of Bhutan’s monarch. This visit will indeed be your lifetime opportunity.
Semji Village – Trongsa
Semji in Trongsa is ideal for bird watching which is 7 km from Trongsa. This place can be a paradise for bird lovers. It is a home to various species of birds. Provided the weather clear, you will be enthralled hiking through the dense forest meeting the pretty wings, and chirping with them. After some quiet time, one can visit the village and have a look around. After that we will continue our hike downhill to the high way from where you will be comfortably shuttled back to Trongsa town to retire for the day. The whole hiking trip would take about approximately 4-5 hours.