Tongsa Dzong
Tongsa Dzong
4.5

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Ron S
New York City, NY5,711 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Trongsa Dzong has probably the most picturesque location of all fortresses of Bhutan. There's a viewpoint on the Bumthang highway across the river where the views are spectacular. It's the largest dzong in the country. A visit to Ta Dzong, the stand alone watch tower harboring the Royal Heritage museum is a must.
Written October 19, 2023
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mikeej99
Santa Barbara, CA133 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
This Dzong is the most important one in Bhutan and is the traditional royal capital of the kingdom. If you are lucky you can watch an archery contest being held between the parking lot and the Dzong entrance. We watched archers compete at about 50 meters. Their accuracy was amazing. The Dzong has the typical monestary and numerous alters and shrines honoring an array of "dieties". Large and ancient complex that served also as a fortress. Great views of the valley. Bring your walking shoes and camera.
Written February 17, 2020
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ivanoew
Hong Kong, China47 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Friends
We approached Trongsa overland from Punakha. Trongsa Dzong stood tall and commandingly on a desolate ridge surrounded by even taller mountains, like a Bhutanese Hogwarts. However, please be informed that major roadworks are on going from Punakha all the way to Trongsa. The roads are narrow, potholes, and because July is the rainy season, rock falls and mudslides are common. Personally, it isn't worth the harrowing drive just to see this. I was told the roadworks will take a few years more.
Written August 12, 2015
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NALIAM
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Friends
If I must choose only one dzong to see in Bhutan, it will be Trongsa Dzong. I love this place because of its beauty and its history. From the balcony of Yangkhil Resort, I saw all the fantastic scenes of Trongsa Dzong, when it was covered by morning fog or in the night light show. I really enjoyed my visit to Trongsa.
Written November 12, 2014
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podrozniczka60
New Jersey16,049 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2012 • Friends
Maybe it is the beautiful location of this Dzong, its size and magnificent architecture. Or maybe it is its importance in the history of Bhutan...By the time you get to Trongsa you usually have seen many dzongs and goembas. Do not be tempted to skip this one! This 16th century dzong is high above the river and ancient east-west travelers had to walk through the dzong on their journey and inevitably pay for this privilege in tolls and taxes. Trongsa is also the ancestral home of the royal family. Each crown prince has to serve first as a penlop of Trongsa. There are two parts of the dzong - religious and "state". The entire structure has distinctive architectural beauty and is fascinating to visit. Many pretty architectural details, plenty of chances for beautiful photos.
Written October 27, 2012
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HenryOnly
Jakarta, Indonesia207 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Solo
Of all the dzongs I visited on my trip to Bhutan, this is my most favorite Dzong. You may think to yourself when you visit this place "Not another Dzong!" which frankly I did think too. However, I believe there are a few reasons why this Dzong is worth a visit on your way to Bumthang or even a one night stay over in Trongsa for a few good reasons:

1) The drive to Trongsa is some of the most scenic in Bhutan, especially on a clear day.

2) The dzong is, if I am not mistaken, not only the largest in Bhutan, but also one of the most beautiful. It feels old, real and authentic. It is simply full of old times charm.

3) The dzong is located on a spur overlooking a river. Due to the striking location, it affords visitors a stunning view of the surrounding green hills, especially on a clear day.

4) Due to its location, it is one of the less frequently visited Dzongs, so you are quite likely to be the only foreign visitors there.

5) The monks in this dzong, at least the ones I have met, are friendly and more than happy to take photos with you, but please ask them first (a lot of monks in Bhutan do not like to be taken pictures of, due to religious reasons)

6) If you are the adventurous type like me, you can do a 3 hour hike from the viewpoint, which is near the dzong, instead of driving there. The hike takes you to forests and you can get some views of the hills and interact with the locals who may be nearby the area. This hiking trail used to be the only way to reach the dzong many years ago.

So my suggestions would be that it is worth at least a stopover on your way to Bumthang or even a one night stay at a nearby hotel that can get you a great view of the Dzong and the surrounding river, ridges and hills.
Written August 27, 2012
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MRichardson2014
Lake of Bays, Canada993 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018
The Trongsa Dzong is the largest dzong fortress in Bhutan, located in Trongsa in the centre of the country. It is an important administrative building, providing the headquarters of the government of Trongsa District and a major monastic complex, with around 200 monks. What makes this Dzong special for us is its location by a rushing river with beautiful Japanese style gardens and the lack of other tourists. Also the Administrative head far the district stopped to talk with us which was really friendly!
Written November 15, 2018
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drukfamilytt
Thimphu, Bhutan10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Couples
The Festival celebrates the arrival of Guru Rimpoche to Bhutan in the 8th century, a mark of triumph of Buddhism over evil. Its such a delight to see so many people beautiful dressed all happy and in festival mood.
Written October 16, 2018
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gumshoe7
Johannesburg, South Africa159 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
We really enjoyed visiting this dzong, it has a very authentic feeling to it. Among the dzongs we have seen (Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Trongsa, Jakar), it was our second favorite. Worth the trip even though at the time of this writing it was a real pain to get to Trongsa (road works in progress).
Written April 24, 2017
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JWP23
Bromley, United Kingdom73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Couples
This is another building that is worth a visit just to admire the design and skill that went into the build of this place.
Written March 7, 2017
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