Celebrated annually in the courtyard of Trongsa Dzong in Trongsa which is the ancestral home for the Royal family, in Central Bhutan, the Trongsa Tshechu is an ancient festival with rich traditions of the country. As per the history of Bhutan, the first and the second king of Bhutan ruled the country from this ancestral throne. The festival is an elaborate affair for 3 continuous days and attracts people from all walks of life. It acts as a social gathering where people meet friends and relatives and together participate in merry making.
Traditional mask dance is a common affair in this festival. On the last day a sacred Throngdrol is displayed by monks. As per locals, visualizing the Throngdrol, itself is a pious affair and it washes sins done by onlookers.
Highlights: Blessings of sacred Throngdrol Festival time: In the month of December
Not many would be familiar with Dzong fortress until they see the Tongsa Dzong before their own eyes. It is the largest fortress in the country of Bhutan and holds a huge historical significance. It has been renovated many a times since it was built due to natural disasters as well as general maintenance.
Highlights: For all those interested in how administration of a country took place in the past era must visit the Tongsa Dzong to witness it. The place is also a major monastic complex with over 200 monks with whom you can interact. You can also visit the Ta Dzong which is a watch tower and was initially built with the purpose of watching enemies.
Location: It is located at the Trongsa District in Bhutan.
Timings: You can visit the place as and when you like, there are no timing restrictions.
This artistic cylindrical 5 storey tower with two smaller towers at each side was built in the year 1652 by the first governor of Bhutan. The tower was strategically built above the Trongsa Dzong on top of a hill to protect the town folks from attacks. Now, the tower is converted into a Museum for the public. The tower has two temples dedicated to Gesar of Ling and Meitreya (Jampa).
Highlights: The museum has in total 11 galleries exhibiting various artefacts of Buddhist culture and reminiscence of the royalties of Bhutan. The museum displays the remains of the Wangchuck Dynasty, and works of historical significance of Trongsa Dzong. There are dungeons in the tower where British soldiers were kept during Duar War.
Location: Trongsa Working hours: Monday to Saturday (9 am to 5 pm) and between November to March till 4pm Extras: Lunch (booked in advance) and refreshments are provided