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Trongsa in Central Bhutan

Trongsa, a four-hour drive from Wangdue Phodrang, offers a welcome rest to travelers. Like almost all towns in Bhutan, the dzong, dominates the valley, dwarfing the surrounding buildings. About five miles before Trongsa, the road winds around a cliff and takes a sharp turn to the left. The view is one of the most beautiful sights, and one of which you will never tire. Sited on the contour of a ridge stands the multi-level Trongsa Dzong, built in 1648. It is at least another 20 minute drive from the first look-out of the town and dzong before you arrive in Trongsa proper. Trongsa is the ancestral home of the Royal Family and the dzong acted as a defensive fortress attacking enemies. The Crown Prince of Bhutan traditionally becomes the Penlop or Governor of Trongsa before being crowned King.
Trongsa Dzong is impregnable. The dzong itself is a labyrinth of temples, corridors and offices holding court over the local community. It is built on many levels into the sides of the hill, and can be seen from every approach to Trongsa heralding its strength as a defensive stronghold. Ta Dzong, or watchtower, which once guarded the dzong from internal rebellion, stands impressively above the dzong and provides the visitor with more insight into the historical significance of Trongsa in Bhutan's history.
Trongsa is one of the quaintest of all Bhutanese towns. The town's vista is traditional in appearance, with wooden slatted houses lined up together on the side of the hill. The local population weaves its own textiles from hand-dyed wool. Trongsa is a good shopping stop on your journey to the east of the country.


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