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Trongsa (2,300m/7,545ft)

Perched on steep slope above a river gorge, this small town is midway between Ha in the far west and Tashigang in the far east. Trongsa played central role in the attempts to unify the country in the past. The landscape around Trongsa is spectacular and its impressive Dzong first comes into view about an hour before the winding, mountain road leads you into the town itself.

What to see in Trongsa
Chendebji Chorten : Chendebji Chorten is patterned on Kathmandu's Swayambhunath Stupa, with eyes painted at the four cardinal points. The chorten was built in the 18th century by Lama Shida from Tibet.

Trongsa Dzong : This Dzong was built in 1648. The first two kings of Bhutan ruled the country from here. Even today the present crown Prince now holds the post of Trongsa Penlop. The dzong with several levels is a massive structure. Because of dzong's highly strategic position the Trongsa Penlop was able to control effectively the whole of central and eastern Bhutan from here.

Ta Dzong : This is a watchtower, that guarded the Trongsa Dzong from internal rebellion. Ta Dzong stands on a steep slope above Trongsa. Presently it houses a shrine dedicated to the epic hero, King Gesar of Ling.

Map of Trongsa

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