Embrace Bhutan Cultural Tour
Trongsa | Bhutan
12 Nov 2019 | Tue
Day 06 of 13
After an adventurous drive from Gangtey, it was nice to arrive in Trongsa where we could take a break and visit the amazing Trongsa Dzong.
Bhutan’s Largest Dzong
When you arrive to visit Trongsa Dzong for the first time, you will be impressed – with its grand scale (largest Dzong in Bhutan), magnificent architecture, and how it sits overlooking the gorge of the Mangde River, it is stunning! It can be seen from all directions (especially when approaching Trongsa from the Lateral Road (from the southeast).
Built On the Edge of a Ridge
Following the shape of the ridge it’s built on (north side), it sits up high on an elevated multi-layer terraced foundation and continues to the south following along the natural terrain. The overall shape seems to be narrow and long, which maximizes its awesome views overlooking the Mangde River gorge.
Approaching Entrance Area
After getting dropped off by our driver, we made our way down a sidewalk, crossing over a small covered pedestrian bridge to get to the entrance area. After the cover bridge, you will pass by a huge Bhutan Cypress tree on the right.
Impressive Interior Design and Open Courtyards
Very much like what we saw at Punakha Dzong, Trongsa Dzong has an abundance of similar colorfully painted, Bhutanese-styled woodworking throughout the interior grounds. Also, similar is the large open courtyards surrounded by multi-story structures.
Prayer Wheels and Beautiful Painted Murals
In addition to many prayer wheels (some quite large), there were many beautiful-painted murals on display depicting various Bhutanese religious and historical events.
As I already mentioned, the views looking from the back are stunning – overlooking the surrounding mountains and Mangde River gorge.