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Trongsa makes a good stopping point in an itinerary en route between the west and Bumthang.

The main attraction at Trongsa is the wonderful dzong or fortress that sprawls across the hillside. Coming from the west you first catch site of it from the mountain road across the other side of the valley. It’s tantalisingly close but still several miles of winding road to get there.

Trongsa is the ancestral seat of Bhutan’s royal family and even today the Crown Prince is first the regional governor of Trongsa before he takes up the throne. This gives the region a special place in Bhutanese culture. Its historic significance was built on its strategic location, in the middle of the country on the junction of major routes. And like any well placed fortress of old, it has a commanding view over these important routes

As well as visiting the main fortress itself, it is worth taking the time to visit the Tower of Trongsa Museum which is housed in the original watchtower up the hill behind the dzong. It’s not a massive place, but all the better for it. It is extremely well done with modern displays of Buddhist sculpture and art and audiovisuals about the history of the monarchy spread over several small floors of this renovated watchtower.

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Time: GMT +6 hours

Flight time:

National carrier Druk Air flies from several locations but commonly you'll connect from Delhi (2hrs), Koltata or Kathmandu (both just over an hour). You will need to come via one of these destinations which in turn are about 12 to 15 hours from the UK depending on the routing.

Language: Dzongkha is Bhutan's national language. English is widely spoken and is used in all schools.


Visas are required and are issued from Bhutan. Tribes will arrange your visa for you through our partners in Bhutan.


There are no compulsory vaccinations.

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