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Tongsa Dzong, Trongsa

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The largest dzong fortress in Bhutan, Tongsa Dzong sits precariously on a spur overlooking the dramatic gorge carved by the Mangde River. Although a temple occupied this site as early as 1543, the structure was eventually transformed into a dzong and went through various enlargements to become the current fortress. Consider bringing along a picnic to enjoy in a quiet courtyard. Arrange your visit to Tongsa Dzong and discover more family-friendly attractions in Trongsa using our Trongsa trip itinerary planner.
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  • Maybe I was lucky enough to attend rehearsals of the feast that was to be held the week after my visit, but see the monks dancing in the courtyard, it was great! even the Dzong itself is beautiful, with yellow and Red streamers waving in the breeze in the afternoon ... magical!
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  • This very large dzong is built on a steep crest - just amazing. It provides a great view overlooking the valley and the Little town. 
  • The fortress appeared different to us from the other Dzong's you see because it situated on a cliff. All the other Dzong's we visited were usually in valleys. It is a very beautiful setting and looks ...  more »
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  • Good place.
  • I had been t o Trongsa in 1963 and me His majesty the king of Butan's sister and two daughters Asia Kenchho chhidin......their younger brother who was said to be avtar of then expired Lama. It is a beautiful scenic place.
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  • I had a remarkable stop here for several hours. A communal teaching was in progress (March 2012) where my guide and me where welcomed and seated among the locals. I could celebrate my curiosity up close and enjoy an explanation or two from senior members of the organisation. Despite the exotic language, witnessing such a large scale teaching is an intense experience, for the horn, shells and other instruments pierce straight through any sleepy mind keeping the mind focused, allowing the fast pace repetitions of, in this case i believe Padmasambhava, teachings to settle right in. ( If you can read the tongue that is... ) Trongsa Dzong behind the ceremony was a little deserted for above reason, yet it hosts many impressive wall paintings, landscape views and dzong architecture treats for it is one, if not thé longest dzong fortress in Bhutan. I found many mysteries to remain uncovered. Leaving me with the pleasure of discovery, even back home in retrospect accompanied by my photographs. The monks and people around the dzongs have been generally very kind and enjoy encounters with the foreign, they don't mind to give you a peek around the premises. Be sure to let your Bhutanese guide know that you're not in a hurry, and like to wander around without having to consume the story behind every crack in the wall. Cause those tend to sound alike, and usually involve stories about the past which are more easily consumed in inflight magazines opposed to being there and witnessing how the culture is still alive today. Amazing visit period.
  • Just awesome...