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Trongsa Dzong

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 from this ancient seat.  All four kings were invested as Trongsa Penlop (“governor”) prior to ascending the throne.  The dzong is a massive structure with many levels, sloping down the contours of the ridge on which it is built.  Because of the dzong’s highly strategic position, on the only connecting route between east and west, the Trongsa Penlop was able to control effectively the whole of the central and eastern regions of the country from here.

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En route to Trongsa is Chendebji Chorten, patterned on Kathmandu Swayambhunath Stupa, with eyes painted at the four cardinal points

This watchtower, which once guarded Trongsa 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.

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

 The 23 km. drive from Trongsa to Kuenga Rabten takes about an hour and passes through open countryside high above a river gorge