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Trongsa

Trongsa literally means the new village and it comprises of retreats, temples, market and home of monks.  This small and beautiful town is situated at an elevation of 2300 meters i.e. 7545 feet.Trongsa is known as the gateway to the east of the country. Trongsa is one of Bhutan's most historic towns with the first monastery being built here in the year 1543. The Dzong is quite impressive and is often described as a dragon flying over mountain peaks. The Dzong and the small town surrounding it are situated on a spur and have a scenic beauty. This Dzong served as the original seat of power of the House of Wangchuck. This is long before the Wangchuk became the ruling dynasty of Bhutan in 1907.

This great Dzong consists of a few courtyards, passage ways and corridors and the complex having at least 25 temples. Trongsa is the activity center of the nation. This is an historical place as this is the place from where attempts at unifying the country were launched. His Majesty King Ugyen Wangchuck, the Penlop of Trongsa, was elected the country’s first hereditary monarch. After him his successor, King Jigme Wangchuck, ruled the country from Trongsa ancient seat.

The Crown Prince of Bhutan generally holds the position of the Trongsa Penlop prior to ascending the throne including the present King who was appointed Penlop. The entire landscape around Trongsa is magnificient.

The Kings are first given the title of Penelope or Governor of Trongsa. The first and the second King ruled from this town.  This is the ancestral home of the Royal Family and all the four Kings held the post of Trongsa Penelope awarded by this Dzong. Trongsa Dzong is also a major complex which is home to around 200 monks. During summer monastic community often relocates to Kurje Monastery in the Bumthang valley.

The main market is a three story white traditional houses. Tourist generally breaks their journey while travelling from Thimphu to Jakar. About 23 kilometers from Trongsa is Kuenga Rabten. It is nearly an hour’s drive from Trongsa. Kuenga Rabten was the winter palace of the Second King. It is a pleasant trip from Trongsa and offers good insight into the early days of Bhutan’s ruling king. When guest travels from Trongsa to Bumthang generally stops at Dorji Goemba this cremation ground here is considered sacred. Tsheringma chu is a water that is believed to give long life and voice to anyone who drinks it. It is few kilometers before reaching Trongsa town

Wangdue Phodrong is connected by road to Trongsa. Three paved roads in Wangdue Phodrang Dzongkhag are the main roads for communications. The Lateral Road enters from the west at Dochu La Pass and continues east to Trongsa. One spur road heads north from Wangdue Phodrang to the Dzong at Punakha and bit further which becomes the foot path to Gasa. A second spur leaves the Lateral Road near the Pele La pass halfway between Wangdue and Trongsa. It travels south to Gangteng Gompa and the Phobjika valley.

If you are flying to Paro and wish to explore Bhutan in just a couple of days, we would suggest trying a minimum of four days package of Bhutan Tour if entered by airways. If one wishes to combine both trek and tour in your Bhutan trip, we recommend to undertake twelve days Bhutan Cultural Tour which generally includes three to four days Bumathang Trek or the ten days Druk Path Trek that offers cultural highlights of Bhutan combined with five days trek and three days package tour.

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Airways – Nearest Airport is Paro. Bagdogra airport (IXB) is 182 Kilometer from Phuentsholling. Bhutan’s national air carrier, Druk Air, operates several flights per week from Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata, Kathmandu, etc to Paro. One of the spectacular flights flies passengers through the stretch between Kathmandu and Bhutan. The flight passes along the Himalayan Range and all the peaks seems so close to eyes, it’s a flight to cherish. Recent addition is the flight from Paro to Bangkok via Bagdogra airport.

Roadways – Trongsa to Wangduephodrang is nearly 129 kilometers and 4 ½ to 5 hours, Trongsa to Punakha is 142 kilometers and nearly 6 hours drive. Trongsa to Bumthang is 68 kilometers and 02 hours drive.  Gangtey (Phobjikha) to Trongsa is nearly 120 kilometers and 4 ½ to 5 hours drive.It is approximately six / seven hours by bus from Thimphu. And it is two hours from Jakar. Jaigaon the Indian border town is 180 kilometers from Siliguri. Phuentsholling in Bhutan is approximately 182 kilometers by road from Siliguri. Phuentsholling is the only entry / exit point via road. The other is only entry point is in Samdrup Jongkhar fromthe state ofAssam in India. From Thimpu the journey is by road, of about 7 hours, passing through mountain ranges on the east and west directions.

Railways – There are no railway in Bhutan. Government of India is planning to set up a railway network as per a recent understanding between the two countries. New Jalpaiguri is the major Railway Station (NJP) is the nearest major railway terminal. Yet one can travel close up to the Bhutan border by Indian Railway to Hashimara. Nearest major railway station is Alipurduar but Birpara is close by a few kilometers in the Northern Frontier Railway.

 
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