In Trongsa by far the most impressive place to visit is Trongsa Dzong. The Dzong is one of the largest in Bhutan and is a fine example of Bhutanese architecture.
Things to do in Bhutan
Climb to the cliff-perched Tiger’s Nest Monastery near Paro, or visit the Phobjika Valley in winter to see the rare black-necked cranes that migrate from Tibet. Make time to explore the country’s dzongs, or fortresses, such as those in Trongsa and Punakha, and trek through the pastures of the Bumthang Valley, staying in farmhouse homestays.
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Experiences you have as you travel often hold the longest memories. As part of their research trips, our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know Bhutan, and the best local guides. These activities reflect some of their best-loved experiences.
Built in 1637, Punakha Dzong served as the seat of the government until the mid 20th century. Over the centuries it has suffered damage from several fires and flooding but still remains one of the most impressive dzongs in Bhutan.
The Ura Tsechu is a five day festival which attracts local villagers. Held in the courtyard of the Ura Lhakhang, the festival involves the same masked dancers and songs as the Thimpu and Paro festivals as well as the Yak Dance.
The Tiger's Nest Monastery is possibly the most famous in Bhutan, having been founded in the late 1600's, and perched on a high rocky ledge 900m above the valley floor allegedly at a place where Guru Rinpoche rested, travelling on a flying tiger.
Visit Ura village, lying in the highest of Bumthang's valleys, at around 3100m. Ura leads into the easternmost regions of Bhutan and is located immediately below the Thrumshing La (pass) at 3800m.
People from surrounding villages start arriving on Friday evening and come to buy and sell produce, ranging from dried chillies and yak butter to textiles and bamboo products.