1. Trongsa: Elevation2, 316m
About four hours’ car drive from Wangduephodrang is the central district of Trongsa, the ancestral home of Bhutan’s royal family and from where the first two kings ruled the kingdom of Bhutan
Long before you reach it, you see the resplendent Trongsa Dzong in the valley center. Its labyrinth of temples, corridors, offices and living quarters for the monks add up to masterpiece in Bhutanese architecture preserved through professional restoration in 2004.
Trongsa is a convenient place to halt for the night if you are travelling to the east or the south of Bhutan. The Trongsa Tsechu (Festival) usually falls between late November and mid-December. The best places to visit in Trongsa are Ta-Museum and Kuenga Rabpten Palace.
Detail places to visit in Trongsa are given below.
2. Bumthang: Elevation 2,600m – 4,000m
Bumthang which lies in between elevation of 2600m-4000m is often described as the spiritual heartland of the kingdom and having many monasteries . There are numerous monasteries and spiritual sites in this charming valley where history and mythology help to bring alive much of Bhutan’s culture and traditions. Bumthang is a picturesque valley of beautiful houses, and fields of buckwheat, barley and apples.
A strong sense of spirituality pervades the atmosphere and, at auspicious times of the year, the valley resounds with the chants of the spiritual community as temples all over offer prayers for the well-being of all sentient beings.
Some of the well-known temples include Kurjey Lhakhang (associated with Guru to Bhutan and Tibet), Jambayy Lhakhang (dating from the 8th century) and the historic Jakar Dzong.
Bumthang’s tsechus are well –known and even its small local festivals are a privilege to attend to catch and insight of the culture and spirit of Bhutan.
Detail places to visit in Bumthang are given below.