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Bhutan Diaries : Trongsa

The Trongsa district in central Bhutan is the ancestral home of the Wangchucks, Bhutan’s royal family. The kingdom’s first king Ugyen Wangchuck was actually the twelfth governor of Trongsa. He managed to bring the whole country under his control and was elected as the first Druk Gyalpo or Dragon King of Bhutan. So, in a tradition that is continued to this day, the crown prince of Bhutan serves as the governor of Trongsa, until he becomes the king.
The Mangde Chhu River flowing through Trongsa, Bhutan
The Mangde Chhu river flowing through Trongsa
It took us about 3 hours to drive to Trongsa from Phobjikha. As we approached the town, the majestic Trongsa Dzong (fortress) came into view, nestled in the middle of lush greenery.
The Trongsa Dzong / Fortress in Trongsa, Bhutan
The Trongsa Dzong
The town of Trongsa has just about two small streets, and they are crammed with tiny restaurants, bars and grocery stores.
Trongsa Town, Bhutan
Trongsa town
We stayed at the Tashi Ninjay guesthouse run by a wonderfully warm family.
The Tashi Ninjay Guesthouse, our hotel in Trongsa, Bhutan
Tashi Ninjay Guesthouse
The room was adorable, and the view from the balcony was just jaw-dropping.
The Tashi Ninjay Guesthouse, our hotel with a stunning view in Trongsa, Bhutan
The dzong is Trongsa’s main attraction, and we didn’t even have to step out of our room to see it! It was surreal to stand in the balcony with a cup of tea, watching the dzong disappear every now and then as clouds BELOW us ran in and engulfed it.
The view from our room in the Tashi Ninjay Guesthouse, our hotel in Trongsa, Bhutan
The most perfect balcony ever!
The view of the Trongsa Dzong from our room in the Tashi Ninjay Guesthouse, our hotel in Trongsa, Bhutan
The view of the dzong from our room on a sunny morning
The view of the Trongsa Dzong from our room in the Tashi Ninjay Guesthouse, our hotel in Trongsa, Bhutan
The dzong all lit up at night
The view from our room in the Tashi Ninjay Guesthouse, our hotel in Trongsa, Bhutan
Shot from the room – notice the rainbow? šŸ™‚
Some pictures from the inside of the fortress, featuring Tenzin, our awesome guide šŸ™‚
Trongsa Dzong, one of the most important and historic dzongs in Bhutan
Trongsa Dzong, one of Bhutan's most historic fortresses
Trongsa Dzong, Trongsa, Bhutan
The Royal Heritage Museum housed in a watchtower close to the fortress is amazing – a must-visit if you’re a history buff, or just want to quickly understand the history of Bhutan. We took a small walk on the outskirts of the town, and found fiddlehead ferns (delicious ferns used in Bhutanese cuisine) and hundreds of wild strawberries growing all along the trail.
Wild strawberries in Trongsa, Bhutan
Wild strawberries in Trongsa, Bhutan
While Phobjikha was my favourite destination in Bhutan, Trongsa was a very close second. We managed a short day trip to the Bumthang district, and that was as interior as we went. I wish we could have gone further east – I bet the remote eastern districts are even more spectacular, but I’m glad we left ourselves a reason to go back to Bhutan šŸ™‚
The mountains of Trongsa, Bhutan
The mountains of Trongsa in the late afternoon sun
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6 Comments

  • Reply Madhu Gopalan July 31, 2015 at 12:24 AM

    Thank you Sandeep!

  • Reply sandeep July 24, 2015 at 1:59 PM

    Lovely images … especially, the green is so soothing!

  • Reply Madhu Gopalan July 20, 2015 at 8:59 PM

    Thank you so much!

  • Reply Madhu Gopalan July 20, 2015 at 8:59 PM

    Thank you Niranjan!

  • Reply Sensuous2Spiritual July 20, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    Breath taking! Beautiful!

  • Reply R Niranjan Das July 20, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    Gorgeous captures of the place.

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