Trongsa was once the seat of political power. Prior to the establishment of a Monarchical system of governance, the Penlop (regional governor) of Trongsa emerged as the most powerful man in the country. His father had similarly held the same position. Since then, all our future Kings have been instituted as the Trongsa Penlop. Trongsa consists of five administrative counties.
|Surface area||1,8071, 807 sq. kilometers|
|Altitude||800 to 4800 meters above sea level|
Getting to Trongsa
The drive to Trongsa is about 6 hours from the capital. You will pass through the Wangdue Phodrang (about 2 hours away from the capital) district.
Places of Interest
Trongsa Dzong: The Dzong was built in 1647 by Chogyal Minjur Tempa, the third Desi (secular ruler) of Bhutan. It is the largest and perhaps the most impressive Dzong in the country (about 227 meters in length). The location of the Dzong ensured a strategic watch over the traditional trial between the east and the west.
Ta Dzong (watch tower): As the name suggests, the Ta Dzong lies on a hill, watching over the Trongsa Dzong. It was built by Chogyal Minjur Tempa in 1652. The tower has four watch points. Today, it has been converted into a Museum dedicated to the Monarchs of Bhutan and displays important religious artifacts as well as rare royal possessions, including the Raven Crown.
Kuenga Rabten Palace: The Palace lies about 23 kilometers from the Trongsa town. It was built in 1928 by the Second King of Bhutan who used it has his winter Palace.
Chendebji Chorten: The style of this Chorten is said to be modeled after the well known Boudhanath stupa in Nepal. It is said to have been built by Lama Shida of Tibet to cover the remains of an evil spirit that was subdued at this spot.
Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park: This park is the second largest national park in the country and covers an area of 1723 sq. km. It is home to many globally endangered flora and fauna, including the Golden Langur.
The people of Trongsa are known for their skills in folk songs and dances. Some of the best known nationally renowned singers are from here. The main town of Trongsa has several restaurants and shops, and the intersection of the roads going to the central, east and south eastern regions lies at the center of the town.