Travel to Trongsa and do the following sightseeing
<strong>Trongsa Region :</strong>
It is the most central district of Bhutan and was considered crucial in controlling the kingdom in earlier years due to its strategic position. This town is situated on a steep ridge and offers spectacular views of the deep valleys surrounding it. There are good numbers of hotels, guesthouses and restaurants that all offer stunning views from their balconies. There are also a few popular short-easy and long-hard hike trail.
<strong>Sightseeing in Trongsa (1day)</strong>
<strong>Visit Trongsa Dzong: </strong>The Dzong is easily visible from anywhere in town and is always an impressive sight as it is situated atop a steep ridge that drops off into the clouds on its south side.
The dzong is one of the largest and longest Dzong in the country. The Dzong was built in 1644 and used to be the seat of power of the Wangchuk dynasty of our hereditary kings before it became rulers of Bhutan in 1907. The Royal Family of Bhutan has strong links with Trongsa. Both the first and the second king ruled the kingdom from Trongsa’s ancient Dzong. Traditionally all the Kings of Bhutan has to serve as Trongsa Penlop (governor) before being named Crown Prince and eventually King. The only road connecting eastern and western Bhutan passed through the courtyard of the dzong. A five-day festival known as the Trongsa Tshechu is held in the northern courtyard during December or January.
<strong>Visit Taa Dzong: </strong>This watchtower, which once guarded Trongsa Dzong against internal rebellion, stands on a promontory above the town. It was built by Chogyal Minjur Tempa, the 1st Governor of Trongsa in 1652 to guard the dzong against enemies. It has four observation points resembling Tiger, Lion, Garuda, and Dragon. Climb up the path to visit Ta Dzong, which now houses a shrine dedicated to the epic hero, King Gesar of Ling. A visit to this former watchtower provides visitors with an insight into the significance of Trongsa in Bhutan’s history. As of the date, the Ta Dzong of Trongsa is the most fascinating museum of the nation. It is a short, steep walk from the main Trongsa town. The building is a massive circular five-storey tower flanked by two lower towers. Two smaller, free-standing towers are below the main building. From 2005 to 2008 the watchtower underwent extensive structural and interior designing work in order to become a museum. The funds were granted by the Austrian Government and work was done by the Royal Government of Bhutan. The museum was opened in 2008, in celebration of three auspicious occasions: enthronement of the fifth King, recognition of 100 years of Monarchy and introduction of democracy in the country. The museum showcases some of the rare and priceless artefacts belonging to the monarchy.
<strong>Kuenga Rabten Palace:</strong> During the first half of the 20th century, the palace served as a winter residence for the second King, Jigme Wangchuck and his senior Queen, Ashi Phuntsho Choden. Due to this heritage, the Kuenga Rabten Palace is surrounded by stone walls that have spy-holes, which were used by the royal guards. A gallery runs around the courtyard on three sides, and the tall main building is located on the fourth side as two protruding aisles. The ground and first floors were used as a granary and a military garrison, respectively, when His Majesty and the Queen were staying at the palace. However, the ground floor is now empty and the first floor has classrooms for the monks. On the second floor, there are three adjacent rooms. The main entrance leads into the central room, known as the Sangye Lhakhang, which is the main temple. Next to the chapel was the private residence of King Jigme Wangchuck and Ashi Phuntsho Choden. At present, the King’s room is well preserved, with everything remaining as though the second King were still resident there. During the second King’s time in Kuenga Rabten, other rooms on the floor were used as guest rooms and to grant audiences. It takes about an
hour from Trongsa to reach Kuenga Rabten, it passes through open countryside high above a river gorge. The land slopes quite gently in this region, and farming is well developed, so there is much of interest to observe in the fields and in the villages.
<strong>Visit Semji Village – Trongsa</strong>
This ancient village is approx. 7km from Trongsa and ideal for bird watching. Weather permitting, hiking through the dense forest provide ample opportunity to see various species of birds. At Semji, one can visit the village and subsequently continue hiking downhill till the high way, where your transportation can shuttle you back to Trongsa town. The whole hiking trip takes approximately 4-5 hours.
<strong>Stop at Chendenji: </strong>en route to Trongsa, stop by Chendenji Chorten which was built in the 18th century by a Lama named Shida, from Tibet, to cover the remains of an evil spirit that was subdued at this spot. The Chorten is patterned on Swayambhunath temple in Kathmandu. It is common to see Bhutanese travellers in families and group stop by the chortens, enjoying a packed lunch and hot tea, while kids were seen playing on freshly pure green grass. By the time we reach Trongsa, it will be already late evening, so we will directly take you to the Hotel, serve you dinner and usher you to the room for complete rest after a fair bit of journey and sightseeing.