Trongsa, in central Bhutan is famous for historical reasons. It was the seat of powerful Trongsa Penlop (similar to governor) in olden days. Even to this day, it has many significance to everyday Bhutanese lives. It is located right the way from Thimphu and Bumthang .
The magnificent Trongsa Dzong greets the visitors from few Kilometers away before you actually reach at the place. The people of Trongsa speak unique language and it is home to some of the unique culture and tradition that are in danger of degradation in the modern times. Trongsa tshechu is held usually in the month of November-December each year.
Detail Itineary – (8 Days/7 Night)
Day 01- Arrival
Our representative from Bhutan Sotphel Tours and Travels will receive you at the Paro International Airport and drive you to the hotel. After lunch, visit the visit the Drukgyel dzong, now in ruins. It was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal tocommemorate the victory over the Tibetan invaders in 1644; the Dzong’s name means ” Victorious Druk “. The Dzong was used as an administrative center until 1951 when a fire caused by butter lamp destroyed it.
Driving back to Paro, on the way visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest and most sacred monasteries built since the introduction of Buddhism in the 8th century. Legends have it that a great Tibetean saint had built 108 such monasteries overnight and two of them are in Bhutan. One is Kyichu Lhakhang and the other is Jampa Lakhang in Bumthang. Dinner and overnight halt at the hotel in Paro.
Day 02 – Paro-Thimphu (Thimphu Sight seeing)
After breakfast, drive to Thimphu. The drive takes just about an hour along the Pachu river and Wangchu river. Thimphu is the capital city of Bhutan and offers a mix of urban as well as rural Bhutan. After breakfast visit the Memorial Chorten (stupa). This gigantic stupa is built in the memory of late his Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, the third king of Bhutan. He was known as the father of modern Bhutan. Then visit the National Library, which houses a vast collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts followed by visit to Painting School, famous for carving and free hand art and Folk Heritage Museum followed by a visit Sangay gang view point, Takin Preserve centre, Changangkha Monastery and Zulukha Nunnery.
After lunch visit the Semtokha Dzong, the oldest Dzong in the country. This Dzong was built by Zhandrung Ngawang Namyel in 1629 and today it houses monk body and Institute of Language and Cultural studies till it moved to Trongsa.
Then drive toward the Kuenselphodrang to have a glimpse of the tallest Buddha statue in the world. Towards the evening, visit Tashichho Dzong (Fortress of the Glorious Religion), built in 1641 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and reconstructed in 1961 by the Late King, His Majesty King Jigme Dorji Wang chuck, who is regarded as Father of Modern Bhutan.
Day 03 – Thimphu-Trongsa
After early breakfast, drive to Trongsa, which is about 200 Kilometers and driving time of roughly 8 hours or so. The journey is mesmerizing as you pass across some of beautiful passes and have a glimpse of beautiful snow capped mountains. On the way, take photography of beautiful snow-capped mountains. Stop over for lunch on the way.
Before reaching Trongsa, a must visit place is the famous “Chendibji Chorten” or stupa. The chorten sits gigantically right beside the highway. It is provide perfect resting place. Photography session and tea. After tea, continue our journey towards Trongsa.
Day 04 – Sight Seeing in Trongsa
After breakfast, visit the famous Trongsa Ta-Dzong. Ta-Dzong, literally means watch tower. During the olden days, when country was ravaged in civil war amongst the power group, this fortress was used to keep and watchful eye on the invaders.
However, these days, it is used a museum. It houses many different old artifacts, ornaments, thankas and also weapons used during those days. After lunch, visit Trongsa Dzong. Towards the evening, visit Trongsa town, photography and free walk. Dinner and overnight halt at Trongsa.
Day 05 &Day 06 – Witness Trongsa Tshechu
After breakfast, witness the Trongsa Tshechu festival. There will be ample opportunity to photograph the local people and the mask dances. After lunch, continue witnessing the festival. In the evening, free to stroll in the town for photography. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Day 07 – Drive to Thimphu
After early breakfast, drive back to Thimphu. En route to Thimphu, stop over at the Wangdue bridge to take photograph of the famous Wangdue phodrang Dzong, which is now in run after tragic fire accident in 2012. Towards the evening, walk to town, visit souvenir shops and take photographs.
Dinner and overnight halt in the hotel.
Day 08 – Drive to Paro and Depart.
Early breakfast in the hotel and drive to Paro International airport. Farewell and see off.
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