Bumthang (Alt 2600m) – The Geographic Core

Trongsa forms the central hub of the nation and is historically the place from where attempts at unifying the country were launched. The landscape around Trongsa is spectacular and for miles on end, the Dzong seems to tease you, wondering if you will ever reach there.

Enroute we pass the Pele pass (3350m) dotted with prayer flags, Further Chendebji Chorten at 2400m, a large stupa patterned after Swayambhunath in Nepal. The Bhutanese style stupa was constructed in 1982. Trongsa is home to the largest dzong in Bhutan, a dzong that was the seat of the Trongsa Penlop, Gongsar Jigme Namgyal and of his son, King Ugyen Wangchuk, and the second King, Jigme Wangchuck.This ancestral seat of Bhutan’s Royal Family sits squat on what was 100 years ago the only route connecting eastern and western Bhutan. It was, to His Majesty the King’s ancestors, a pivotal element in the governance of eastern Bhutan.The original Trongsa Dzong was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1648.

The Ta Dzong Museum is also worth a visit in this small town mostly of Tibetan origin.

Kungarapten Dzong, Trongsa Dzong, Taa Dzong, View point and the ancient trail.