Trongsa is one of the most historic towns in Bhutan, small in size but grand in history.  Trongsa also boasts an impressive museum. The watchtower of Trongsa has been converted into a museum dedicated to the Wangchuck dynasty and is a good place to learn about the history of the kingdom. 
The imposing Trongsa Dzong, The Vanguard of the Warriorswas built in 1648 and is easily visible from anywhere in the town and is always an impressive sight as it is situated atop a steep ridge that drops off into the clouds on its south side.

The Dzongwas the seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan with both the first and second Kings ruling the country from this ancient seat. The Dzong is a massive structure with many levels, sloping down the contours of the ridge on which it is built.  Because of the dzong’s highly strategic position, on the only connecting route between east and west, the Trongsa Penlop was able to control effectively the whole of the central and eastern regions of the country from here.

The Watchtower, which once guarded Trongsa Dzong from internal rebellion, stands on a promontory above the town is now a museum and has impressive views of the surrounding valley and countryside. Trongsa is well worth several hours of exploration.

Trongsa is very atmospheric but receives very few visitors due to the rustic, simple accommodation options.

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