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Elevation: 2,194m, 7,198ft

Location: Southern part of the country

Area: 1,807 sq. km

Distance from Paro: 229.1 km (6 hr 4 mins)

Population: 19,960

Trongsa Dzongkhag is located in the heart of the country and built on a spur overlooking the gorge of the Mangdue river, a temple was first established at the location in 1543 by the Drukpa lama. In 1647, his great-grandson Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal constructed the first dzong to replace it. It’s the largest dzong at a striking location, and is an important administrative building, providing the headquarters of the government of Trongsa district. Trongsa provides a strategic central location to control Bhutan and for centuries it was the seat of the Wangchuk Dynasty of penlops (governors) who effectively ruled over much of eastern and central Bhutan, and from 1907 have been Kings of Bhutan. It is also a major monastic complex, with around 200 monks.

Chhoetse Dzong acting as a seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan was built in 1648. High above the thriving Mangde Chhu stands this imperious monastery. All four kings of Bhutan ruled the nation by passing the throne of Trongsa Penlop (“governor”) from this antique seat. Therefore, the monastery is closely related to the royal family as the first two hereditary kings ruled from this monastery itself.

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Popular Attractions in Trongsa

Built in 1648, it was the seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan.  Both the first and second kings of Bhutan ruled the country

This watchtower, which once guarded Dzong against internal rebellion, stands on a promontory above the town. It was built by Chogyal Minjur

This two storied simple palace situated just above the highway in the town is the birthplace of our Late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.

Chhoetse Dzong, the sacred and temporal heart of the country is a two-day journey from Thimphu. Situated in central Bhutan

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Popular Hotels & Accommodations in Trongsa

Chendebji resort is the only resort for anyone to stop for lunch while travelling from western Bhutan to eastern or central Bhutan.

Puenzhi Guesthouse has located two Km from town on a steep slope. All 32 rooms have attached baths and through its windows

Rooms at the back of the main block that looks out towards Dzong, a truly impressive sight. The restaurant serves continental breakfasts 

The Raven Crown Resort is located 13km before reaching Town and stands on a hilltop overlooking the entire valley