Trongsa Dzong is the largest Dzong in Bhutan, located in Trongsa in the centre of the country.It was the dzong where future Kings formalized their ascension as Chhoetse Penlop before ascending the Golden Throne. Trongsa Dzong is the place where the investiture ceremony of His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, Dasho Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, as the Chhoetse Penlop has taken place in October 2004.
Positioned prominently above the Mangde-chhu, stands the Trongsa Dzong with a high degree of magnificence. Beyond any doubt its size, design and position make it the most impressive Dzong in Bhutan. It is one of the most aesthetic and magnificent works of traditional Bhutanese architecture.
Besides the striking presence of the Dzong, there are palaces of the royal family scattered in the Dzongkhag. These palaces were built mainly to serve as winter residences to overcome the cold in Bumthang, where their summer residences are located.
The best months to do this trek are April till June and September till November.
Jigme Singye wangchuk National Park
Protected areas are special areas with rich natural and associated cultural diversity especially protected to conserve some of the most significant and important biological diversity in the country. Spreading over almost two geogs Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park that covers an area of 1723 km² is a home for many globally endangered rare floras and fauna of the country.
The White Languer and Himalayan bear are some of the wild animals out in this area. There are also a variety of deers found within the area.
Kuenga Rabten Palace
The Kuenga Rabten Palace under the Trongsa District formerly served as the winter residence for the second king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck and his junior consort, Ashi Pem Dechen.There are astounding views of valleys and mountain peaks.
This trip from Trongsa to Kuenga Rabten will give you an intimate insight into the early days of Bhutan’s Monarchy. Besides the palace you will also see the beautiful expanse of rice terraces in the lower Mangdu-Chu valley and large waterfall.
The Thruepang Palace is situated just above the motor road right next to the gate that leads to the Tronsa Dzong, before entering the proper Trongsa. It was renovated recently and is used by the fifth king.
It was built by the 2nd king Jigme Wangchuck as his Palace most likely in 1930’s. The palace was occupied by the senior queen Ashi Phuntso Chhoden. The third king was born in Thruepang Palace and he spent most of his childhood traveling between the Thruepang, Kuenga Rabten and Wangdichholing palaces.