The 23 km. drive from Trongsa to Kuenga Rabten Palace takes about an hour and 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 interest to observe in the paddy fields in the villages as one speeds along.
As one approaches Kuenga Rabten Palace, the Pallearly is visible just below the road on the right. It was the winter palace of the second king and is now looked after by the National Commission for Cultural Affairs. This pleasant afternoon excursion from Trongsa offers further insights into the early days of Bhutan’s monarchy.