rongsa at an altitude of 2200m forms the central hub of the nation and is historically the place from where attempts at unifying the country were launched. The Royal family has strong links with Trongsa. Both His Majesty King Ugyen Wangchuck and his successor, King Jigme Wangchuck ruled the country from this Dzong. Sight Seeing around Trongsa Trongsa DzongBuilt in 1648 is an impregnable fortress. The massive structure is built on many levels into the side of the hill that includes countless courtyards, passage ways and corridors in addition to the twenty three temples inside the Dzong. Due to its highly strategic position as the only connecting route between east and west the Trongsa Penlop (Governor) was able to control the whole region effectively for centuries. Above the Dzong a Ta Dzong (watch tower) was built to watch out for invaders and travelers. Now its a temple dedicated to the great hero Ling Gesar.
rongsa at an altitude of 2200m forms the central hub of the nation and is historically the place from where attempts at unifying
To the east of Trongsa lies the Bumthang valley at an altitude of 2,600m, has an individuality that charms its visitors and separates it from other regions. Comprised of four smaller valleys, the deeply spiritual region of Bumthang is shrouded in religious legend. Here tales of Guru Padmasambhava and his re-incarnation known as Tertons still linger in most nooks and corners. The town of Jakar is the largest between Thimpu in the west and Trashigang in the east. Jakar is famous for its honey production, cheese, apple juice and apricots. Visitors to Bumthang should plan to spend a few days taking advantage of the valley's relatively gentle slopes to walk nearby medieval temples and glimpse Bhutan's mostly rural population. It is also known for its woollen material (yathra) which can be seen hung outside of houses for sale. Further east there is the Ura valley with the village of Ura in its centre. A small but old dzong and cobblestone paths give the village a medieval feel. Many excursions can be done at this valley like Tharpaling monastery, Kunzangdra, Tang Mebartso and many more... Sightseeing around Bhumthang or Jakar Jakar DzongFounded by the great grandfather of Shabdrung. The dzong was initially built as a monastery in 1549 but was upgraded after the Shabdrung had firmly established his power in 1646. The Dzong is now used as the administration center for Bumthang valley. Wangdichholing PalaceWangdichholing Palace, built in 1857, looks unlike many other palaces in Bhutan, as it was the first palace not constructed as a fortress. The palace itself is as unassuming as anything else in Bhutan, lacking the compound-like atmosphere commonly associates with palaces, especially in the third world. The palace was the principal residence of the first king and was used by the second and third, but it
To the east of Trongsa lies the Bumthang valley at an altitude of 2,600m, has an individuality that charms its visitors and separates
Mongar is the district headquarters and hardly more than a stopping place surrounding by fields of maize. It is northern portion of the ancient region of Kheng. Mongar is also the first town which builds in a mountain side as an alternative of valley. It is not as architecturally spectacular as others in the region. Arriving in Mongar is a great relief from the turns and heights of the journey over the pass. Shongar Dzong, Mongar's original Dzong, is in ruins and the new dzong in Mongar town is not as architecturally spectacular as others in the region. Dramtse Goemba, in the eastern part of the district, is an important Nyingmapa Monastery, but it is difficult to get there. Sightseeing around Mongar Lhuentse Dramtse Goemba Mongar DzongMongar Dzong is modern compared to others in the Kingdom. It was reconstructed by the order of the Third King. No drawings and nails have been used. A visit to the dzong gives visitors an impression of how traditional Bhutanese architecture has continued to thrive through the centuries. A hydroelectric project is under way and after completion it will have the capacity to output 60 megawatts of hydroelectricity which will change the industrial emphasis of the eastern area. LhuentseLhuentse is 77 kilometers from Mongar and is one of the most isolated districts in Bhutan. The landscape is spectacular with stark cliffs and gorges and dense coniferous forests. The region is notably famed for its weavers and special textiles and fabrics, generally considered to be the best in the country. The Kurtoe region of Lhuentse is also the ancestral home of the Royal dynasty.
Mongar is the district headquarters and hardly more than a stopping place surrounding by fields of maize. It is northern portion of the
Trashigang lies above the Gumri river and is the largest district in Bhutan. It is much busier than other Bhutanese towns due to its proximity to Samdrup Jongkhar in the south has enabled it to grow as a centre of commerce. Trashigang is used as the market place for the hill people from Merak & Sakteng who are known for their exceptional features and for their costume made of Sheep skin and Yak wool. The hat that they wear is unusual but has a significance of its own. It is very different from customary Bhutanese clothing. The 17th century Dzong is built on top of a cliff and serves as an administrative centre. Sightseeing around Trashigang &Tashi Yangtse Zangtho Pelri Kanglung LhakhangKhaling LhakhangRadhi Lhakhang Trashigang DzongTrashigang Dzong sits on a jagged piece of land jutting out from the town and is the first landmark that can be seen from the road winding up to Trashigang. The Dzong was built in 1659 and commands a spectacular view over the valley for which it is the administrative center. The Dzong is significant for the fact that it only has one courtyard. Tashi Yangtse DzongTashi Yangtse formerly a sub-division of Trashigang is one of the new districts. Yangtse Dzong is half an hour walk from the road. A town has developed around Chorten Kora, one of only two chortens built in a Nepalese style and a spot where Guru Padmasambhava is believed to have had a vision that a temple and a chorten would be built. The area is also known for its exceptional woodcraft. Another temple lies on the banks of the Gumri river known as the Gom Kora dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava where he supposed tohave subdued a demon in form of a Garuda. A festival takes place every year at
Trashigang lies above the Gumri river and is the largest district in Bhutan. It is much busier than other Bhutanese towns due to
Trongsa at an altitude of 2200m forms the central hub of the nation and is historically the place from where attempts at unifying the country were launched. The Royal family has strong links with Trongsa. Both His Majesty King Ugyen Wangchuck and his successor, King Jigme Wangchuck ruled the country from this Dzong. Phuntsholing, a border town to the south bordering the Indian state of West Bengal. It is a hub of commercial activity. Jaigaon, a small Indian town is located near Phuntsholing and you can make road connections from Jaigoan or Phuntsholing to the airport in Bagdogra or the railway station in Siliguri, both in the state of West Bengal which is 170 kilometers from Phuntsholing. There are also convenient connections to the Nepal border at Kakarvitta or hill stations of Darjeeling, Sikkim and Kalimpong. Sightseeing around Phuntsholing Kharbandi GompaThis beautiful monastery situated in a garden of tropical plants and flowers at an altitude of 400m / 1300 ft. above the town, was founded in 1967 by the Royal Grandmother, Ashi Phuntsho Choedron. The monastery contains paintings depicting scenes from the life of the Buddha and statues of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and Guru Rinpoche. From the monastery garden there is a splendid view of Phuentsholing and the plains of West Bengal with their tea gardens beyond.
Trongsa at an altitude of 2200m forms the central hub of the nation and is historically the place from where attempts at unifying
If there is a heaven on Earth? It is this, it truly is. 'Land of the Thunder Dragon'. Hidden away in the Himalayas Bhutan and its people have largely lived a life of isolation from the rest of the world. The Bhutanese have succeeded in maintaining their cultural and spiritual heritage and belief that they live in the last Shangri-La by strictly limiting the number of tourists to the Kingdom to a maximum of 5000 a year. Western values have little or no impact. There in this land of culture and extreme charm which exudes a special feeling of serenity. The people are intensely religious, much in evidence here, even in urban centres the spinning of prayer wheels the murmur of mantras and the glow of butter lamps are still important features of daily life. Monasteries temples and religious monuments are dotted across the landscape bearing witness to the importance of Buddhism, while red robed monks, young and old, are everywhere mingling freely in towns and village markets. Watch allnepal in youtube.comBhutan boasts a wealth of Bio Diversity with almost three quarters of its land area covered by forests, it has been declared amongst the ten most prominent areas for environmental protection in the world. Its rich Himalayan flora and fauna, dazzling snow capped peaks, lush valleys and unbelievably beautiful rural landscapes
If there is a heaven on Earth? It is this, it truly is. 'Land of the Thunder Dragon'. Hidden away in the Himalayas