Photographer's Note

It was a dull day and the light wasn't very good, but who could resist a view like this even with a cloudy sky? I just had to take a few pictures from here.

This is Trongsa Dzong, the huge complex housing the civilian administration and religious centre of Trongsa (formerly Tongsa) district in central Bhutan. It is supposed to be the largest of its kind in the country and since 2012 one of five dzongs inscribed on the UNESCO's tentative list of world heritage sites. Unfortunately one of the other dzongs on the list was completely burnt down in 2015, so now there are only four of them.

Trongsa Dzong was built in stages during the 18th century, incorporating parts of a complex from a hundred years earlier. It was renovated off and on during the 20th century. In fact, work was going on even at the time of my visit in 2003.

Here is a larger version.

An alternative shot with a different angle can be seen in the workshop, where you can also find a view of the main street near the centre of town. All photos were scanned from Kodachrome slides.

The map: view coordinates will help you find this place, but you will have to imagine how you walk to the side of the road where the Google camera didn't go.

On the hillside you can see the main road coming from western Bhutan. It makes a long detour around the valley before it enters Trongsa. The dzong is seen long before you reach the town, as in this photo (unfortunately with not very well adjusted colours), which I posted here years ago.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12708 W: 572 N: 24321] (103596)
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