The road from Wangdue to Trongsa is one of the prettiest in Bhutan, passing streams, forests and villages before climbing to the Pelela pass and on to the dramatic Trongsa valley. The landscape around Trongsa is spectacular and the dzong seems to be interesting as it looks just in front of you but one big turn will change your mind wondering if you will ever reach there.
Trongsa dzong has been ancestral home of Bhutan’s royal family Both His Majesty King Ugyen Wangchuk, the Penlop of Trongsa, who was elected the country’s first hereditary monarch, and his successor, King Jigme Wangchuk, ruled the country from Trongsa’s ancient dzong. The Crown Prince of Bhutan normally holds the position of the Trongsa Penlop prior to ascending to the throne. The present King continued this tradition when he was appointed Penlop in 1972, shortly before he ascended the throne of Bhutan, and his son, the current Crown Prince, was appointed Penlop in 2004.
Trongsa Dzong is an impregnable fortress. The dzong itself is a labyrinth of temples, corridors and is built on many levels into the side of the hill and can be seen from every approach to Trongsa., exhibiting its strength as a defensive stronghold.