This commanding dzong, high above the roaring Mangde Chhu, is perhaps the most spectacularly sited dzong in Bhutan, with a sheer drop to the south that often just disappears into cloud and mist. The dzong also provides a strategic location in the middle of Bhutan and for centuries served as the seat of the Wangchuk dynasty of governors who ruled over most of eastern and central Bhutan. The dzong currently is the residence of around 200 monks and contains a printing house responsible for many religious texts in the country.
Tower of Trongsa Royal Heritage Museum
The watchtower (ta dzong), a cylindrical stone structure rising five storeys, overlooking the dzong now houses an fascinating museum named Royal Heritage Museum. 224 items on display are a tasteful blend of tradition and modernity, focusing on Buddhist art and royal objects, consisting of such varied treasures as the 500-year-old jacket of Ngagi Wangchuk, a sacred image of Sung Joenma Dorji Chang (self spoken Vajradharna), a bronze statue of Pema Lingpa and a number of centuries-old treasures like dance and ritual costumes and objects, ancient prayer books, paintings and scrolls, and textiles.
Kuenga Rabten Palace
Located 23 km drive from Trongsa town, Kuenga Rabten Palace was built in 1928 as the winter palace of the second King Jigme Wangchuk and is now looked after by the National Commission for Cultural Affairs. The palace has a superb wood work and decorations, consisting of three floors; the first floor was used for storage, the second was used by the royal attendance and the army and the third floor was home to the Royal family and the King’s chapel.