TRONGSA – Crossroads of the Kingdom
Situated in the centre of the country beyond the Black Mountains and the Pele La pass. TRONGSA(Tongsa) enjoys an outstanding position at the crossing of the north/south and west/east roads. It is the ancestral home of the Royal family. the Crown Prince traditionally becomes Penlop (Governor) of Trongsa before crowned King.
TRONGSA DZONG is the most impressive Dzong in Bhutan. It commands a superb view of Mangde river valley and now houses the state monastery and the headquarters of the Mangde District.
TA-Dzong (Watch tower) which once guarded the Dzong from internal rebellion, stands above the dzong providing with more insight into the historical importance of Trongsa in Bhutan’s history.
CHENDEBJI CHOETEN is patterned after Swayambhunath in Kathmandu (Nepal). The proper name is “Chorten Charo Kasho”. The choeten was built in 19th century by Lama Shida. Chendebji Chorten is 41km away from Trongsa, just 2km beyond Chendebji village.
Yutongla Pass (3425 m)
YUTONG LA is a 3425 m high pass in the east of Trongsa town. The road switchbackes up the ridges above Trongsa, climbing steeply for several kilometers to the top of the valley to Yutong La. The roads enters now the Chhume valley.