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Trongsa

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Idyllic, rustic, and of supreme historical importance to the Bhutanese, Trongsa sits on steep ridge and offers spectacular views of the deep valleys surrounding it amidst deep halcyon peace.

It dates from the 16th century and means 'New Village/Home' in Bhutanese and is famed for its imposing Dzong built in 1644, and was the seat of the Wangchuk dynasty before they became rulers of Bhutan in 1907. The town received a large influx of Tibetan immigrants in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and Bhutanese of Tibetan descent run most shops here.

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Trongsa, meaning "New Village" in Bhutanese, is a town in Bhutan between Bumthang and Gangtey. It dates back to the is famed for its imposing Dzong.
Jigme Wangdi
Bhutan Travel Specialist

Things to See and Do in Trongsa

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Trongsa Dzong

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.
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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.
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Yathra Weaving Center in Zungney

Yathra is colourful handwoven cloths, often with geometric designs of central Bhutan with deep colors. The wool of these cloths originates from the sheep reared in nearby Bumthang and is then made into clothing and/or bags. It is perfect to withstand the rigors of a Bumthang winter and is widely loved throughout Bhutan. Traditionally, each home in the Chumey Valley had its own loom and girls learned to weave at a young age. These weavers deftly spin the yathra's geometric designs in yak and sheep wool.
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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.

Best Time to Visit Trongsa

The best time to visit Trongsa is during the Trongsa Teschu, held each December.
Max Temperature(ºC)
Jan
13
Feb
14
Mar
17
Apr
20
May
22
Jun
23
Jul
23
Aug
23
Sep
22
Oct
20
Nov
17
Dec
14
Rainfall (mm)
Jan
9
Feb
14
Mar
51
Apr
95
May
225
Jun
419
Jul
446
Aug
341
Sep
249
Oct
88
Nov
14
Dec
5
Month
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

JAN
13ºC
9mm

FEB
14ºC
14mm

MAR
17ºC
51mm

APR
20ºC
95mm

MAY
22ºC
225mm

JUN
23ºC
419mm

JUL
23ºC
446mm

AUG
23ºC
341mm

SEP
22ºC
249mm

OCT
20ºC
88mm

NOV
17ºC
14mm

DEC
14ºC
5mm

Festivals, Events and Seasonal Reasons to Visit

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    Trongsa Tsechu Festival features three days of dancing run from the ninth to the 11th of the 11th lunar month. The final day features the hanging of a giant thondrol (a special-occasion thangka). This is one of the oldest and least-visited festivals in the country.

Suggested Itineraries

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Trongsa, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists. Alternatively, if you would like to include a visit to Trongsa on a bespoke touring itinerary to Bhutan, do not hesitate to contact us.
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Bhutan Cycling Tour: A Journey from West to East

Paro - Thimphu - Punakha - Phobjikha Valley - Trongsa - Bumthang
Bhutan Luxury Tour: Amankora Luxury Escape

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