Situated on a rather steep slope above a river gorge, Trongsa forms the central hub of Bhutan. It is the place from where attempts at unifying the country were launched in former times. The landscape around Tongsa is very scenic and breath-taking. The dzong stretches along the ridge above the ravine. The dzong comes into view about an hour before the winding mountain road and leads you into Trongsa. Be sure to put Trongsa on your map. It isn't worth missing at any price.
Chendebji Chorten is located on route to Tongsa. Chendebji Chorten resembles Kathmandu's Swayambhunath Stupa to some degree with eyes painted at the four cardinal points. It was built in the 18th century AD by a Lama from Tibet named Lama Shida to cover the remains of an evil spirit that was subdued at this spot. The experience may border the occult but the architectural beauty of the monument is certainly worthy of a visit.
The Tongsa dzong was constructed in 1648 AD and was the seat of power to exercise control over central and eastern Bhutan. Both the first and second kings of Bhutan ruled the country from this ancient and strategically situated seat of power. The kings assumed power as Tongsa Penlop or the governor, before ascending the throne. The present Crown Prince currently holds the title. The dzong is a solid structure and has many levels sloping down the sides of the ridge on which it is built.
Surprising as it may sound, Tongsa dzong is the only connecting route between the east and the west of Bhutan. Hence its extremely strategic and critical location. It has been described by several historians as a dzong that was able to control effectively the entire central and eastern regions of the country from a single location.
As you may well expect, this watchtower of a dzong that once guarded Tongsa Dzong from an uprising stands on a steep slope above the town with the primary mission to protect not merely the Dzong but also the surrounding region. You should go up the path toward Ta Dzong which now houses a shrine dedicated to the epic hero, King Gesar of Ling. This majestic watch tower provides the visitors with an insight into the significance of Tongsa in Bhutan's history.