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Trashigang Dzong Tour and Travel Guide

Trashigang Dzong on Bhutan

Trashigang Dzong is situated on the hilltop above the confluence of Bhutan’s two largest mountain streams. Built-in 1659 by Trongsa Penlop Minjur Tenpa when the eastern region of Bhutan was brought under Drukpa rule according to the prophecies of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, Trashigang Dzong is a monastery-like fortress. During the ancient era, Trashigang Dzong was established to offer protection to the commoners from raids when the political situation was not stable. Strategically located on the ridge of the mountain, Trashigang Dzong offers an outstanding vista of river Drangme Chuu cascading through the emerald green forest. Trashigang Dzong in the Bhutanese language stands for the words “fortress of the auspicious hill”. Perched amidst the alpine forest, white-washed Trashigang Dzong gleaming under the sun has enchanted many travelers.

Trashigang Dzong can be visited quite comfortably if visitors pre-plan their tour to this Dzong. Our travel experts can help you plan a great holiday in Bhutan and can help you explore Trashigang Dzong. Call now or fill up the inquiry form to get a free travel quote.

Historical Importance of Trashigang Dzong

Trashigang Dzong had repelled many invasions of Tibet and because of its altitude invading armies remarked that “it is not a dzong on the ground, it is in the sky”. Trashigang Dzong is one of 20 dzongs that have survived around the quaint kingdom while constituting a key part of Bhutan’s built heritage. It was founded according to the prophecies of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in order to consolidate indomitable power and unparallel reign over the whole of the eastern regions. During the time of the fourth Deb, Tenzin Rabgye, the entire Trashigang Dzong was enlarged and a Goenkhang was added in the 1680s.

Guru Rinpoche’s big statue and a shrine were constructed for Dzongpon Dopola in 1936. Visitors may notice that, despite Trashigang Dzong’s survival for almost 300 years, it is gradually losing the war against the passage of time. Even the magnificent dzong, which previously repelled numerous invaders, cannot defeat time, as evidenced by the walls and foundation that are eroding and disintegrating. According to rumors, four Dzongchungs (mini-Dzongs) were also constructed in each of the four cardinal directions, but regrettably, they have all since crumbled to dust.

Attractions of the Dzong

After a few renovations were made to Trashigang Dzong, tourists may currently observe a few Lhakhang still standing tall. Trashigang Dzong only has one courtyard, in contrast to other Bhutanese dzongs. Visitors can view stunning paintings of a yeti depicting the chapel on the first floor of the goenkhang. Another chapel is devoted to the deity Choegi (Yama) Gyalpo, the angry side of Chenresig. He is the god of death, the ruler of law, and the one who evaluates right and wrong at the conclusion of a person’s life. He also serves as a protector of the faith. The age-old walls which tell the tale of a glorious day, when the fortified monastery warded off many invasions and withstood several natural calamities, still hold an alluring charisma that has attracted travelers visiting Bhutan.

Wander around the courtyard of Trashigang Dzong, where one can still feel the lingering essence of the ancient era which is adorned with a miniature stupa while basking in the glorious sight of the luxuriant forest and meandering river streams. The serene ambiance and remarkable historic significance along with its mesmerizing charm and being the venue of the annual Tsechu has made Trashigang Dzong a must-visit destination of Trashigang.

Best time to visit Trashigang Dzong

Trashigang Dzong’s serene atmosphere and breath-taking architecture can be enjoyed throughout the year, although October to December and then again in April to May are seen to be the ideal times to go. Visitors can experience the colorful yearly event, Tsechu, in November when monks perform mask dancing. With the aid of our carefully thought-out tour itinerary, organize an unforgettable trip to Trashigang Dzong in the month of November.

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