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Trongsa is one of the most important Dzongkhags. Trongsa Dzong had been the headquarter for the eastern region and has been the seat of Trongsa Penlop. Today, the Dzong still observes the formal investiture of the crown Prince of Bhutan as the Trongsa Penlop.

The Dzongkhag is located in the heart of the country. It covers an area of about 1807 km², with elevation ranging from 800 meters to 4,800 meters above sea level with a total population of 15562 as of July 2012. It shares boundaries with Bumthang Dzongkhag to the northeast, Wangdiphodrang Dzongkhag to the west, and Zhemgang Dzongkhag to the south.

Despite formidable rugged terrain in most parts of the Dzongkhag, the black-topped East-West highway, and the Trongsa-Gelephu highway passes through the Dzongkhag connecting almost all the gewogs, which serves as the main economic artery.

There are sacred monuments like tapering rock in Nabji Lhakhang, Kubdra, Ugen Drak, and Phumzur lhakhang, which are all believed that Guru Padmasambhava had visited and meditated in these sacred sites on his way back from Bumthang to India in the 8thcentury. Very few people visit these sacred sites because of inadequate road facilities.

The other sacred spots in Trongsa are Ta-Dzong & Trongsa Dzong that lulls immense attractions for tourists

Trongsa, the warrior’s vanguard, sits at the heart of Bhutan. In the past, its central location made it essential for controlling the country. Built-in 1648, it was the seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan. The massive dzong is the largest fortress in the country. The dzong stands on a spur overlooking the mighty Mangduechhu River. Above the dzong is the Ta-daong. It was once a watchtower that has four surveillance points resembling a dragon, a garuda, a tiger, and a lion.

Today the Ta-dzong is converted into Art Museum. Also near the dzong is a two-storied Thruepang Palace, the birthplace of His Majesty the third Druk Gyalpo. Both the first and second kings of Bhutan ruled the country from Trongsa. All the Kings of Bhutan were invested as Trongsa Penlop prior to ascending the golden throne.


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