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Trongsa, Bhutan

As with most other towns in Bhutan, the Dzong dominates the town of Trongsa (2,200m). Perched above the Dzong, the actual town is little more than one street. Many of the town's inhabitants are of Tibetan origin and you may have a chance to try some Tibetan specialities here.

Chendebji chorten was based on the iconic Nepalese Swayambhunath in Kathmandu and was built in the 19th century to cover the remains of a slayed demon who had been terrorising a local village. Placed where two rivers converge, this is a great setting for a picnic if the weather is fine.

Situated strategically above the Trongsa dzong, the 300 year old Ta Dzong, which served as the watch tower for centuries, has recently been renovated and now holds a state-of-the-art museum, consecrated in December 2008. The temple museum provides an insight into the religious history of Bhutan and the historical significance of Trongsa in Bhutan's history. The museum has eleven galleries, one of which is dedicated to the history of the Kings of the Wangchuck dynasty, which had its cradle in Trongsa, and showcases many royal possessions, including the first King's Raven crown. At the top of the tower there is a cafe with fantastic views of the valley below.




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