TRONGSA - "NEW VILLAGE"
Trongsa, previously Tongsa, is a town and capital of Trongsa District in central Bhutan. The name means "new village" in Dzongkha. The first temple was built in 1543 by the Drukpa lama Ngagi Wangchuk, who was the great-grandfather of Ngawang Namgyal, Zhabdrung Rinpoche, the unifier of Bhutan.
En route to Tongsa is the Chendebji Chorten, patterned on Kathmandu’s Swayambhunath Stupa, with eyes painted at the four cardinal points. It was built in the 18th century by Lama Shida from Tibet to cover the remains of an evil spirit that was subdued at this spot. The Population is 13,428.
Built in 1648, it was the seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan. Both the first and second kings of Bhutan ruled the country from here. The dzong is a massive structure with many levels, sloping down the contours of the ridge. Because of it’s highly strategic position and being on the only connecting route between east and west, the Tongsa Penlop (the Governor) was able to control effectively the whole of the central and eastern regions of the country during olden times.
This watchtower guarded Tongsa Dzong from internal rebellion in olden days. This “Tower of Trongsa” has now been converted into a high-end museum dedicated to the Wangchuckdynasty. It has two lhakhangs and 11 multi-layered galleries displaying ceremonial and personal belongings of Bhutan’s monarchs and the royal family, as well as priceless treasures from Bhutan’s past.
Bagdogra near Siliguri, 120 km from Gangtok is the nearest airport to the state. Paro International Airport (PBH/VQPR) is the only entry point to Bhutan by air. It is located in the south west of the country and served only by the country's flag carrier Druk Air
There is frequent services Of Bus between Siliguri and Phuentsholing/Jaigaon. It is roughly a four hour journey.Then there are private buses and shared taxis from Phuentsholing to Thimphu.