Plans In The Pipeline To Develop Trongsa For Tourism

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“The people of Trongsa were very supportive of the tourism development concept for the locality.”

(Source: Wikipedia)

  

By Nim Dorji Kuensel

The dzongkhag (district) administration of Trongsa, in collaboration with the Tourism  Council  of Bhutan (TCB) and Association of Bhutan Tour Operators (ABTO) will work on the development of the Heritage Palace Tour  and  restoration  of  traditional routes.

These plans were discussed during the meeting between the dzongkhag administration and the TCB on August 26.

A  concept  note  for  the  Heritage Palace  Tour,  based  on  the  exiting information  with ABTO,  would  be developed  and  submitted  to the TCB  for approval.

About Trongsa – Vanguard of the Warriors

Located somewhere around the centre of Bhutan, the district of Trongsa, which was considered crucial in controlling the kingdom during the earlier years due to its strategic central position, is also known as the ‘Vanguard of the Warriors’.

 

Map: Druk Asia

 

For centuries, Trongsa was the seat of the Wangchuck Dynasty of Penlops (governors) who effectively ruled over much of eastern and central Bhutan.

Trongsa also means ‘the new village’ in the language of Dzongkha and it comprises of retreats, temples and hermitages for monks.

Located on a steep ridge which offers spectacular views of the surrounding deep valleys, the district is famed for its Trongsa Dzong (Monastery).

A major monastic complex, with around 200 monks, the dzong which is the largest in Bhutan, was first established at the location in 1543 by the Drukpa Lama, Ngagi Wangchuk (son of Ngawang Chhojey).

The massive dzong consists of a maze of courtyards, passageways and corridors and as many as 25 temples.

Another major highlight of this district is the five-day Trongsa Tshechu (Festival), held in the northern courtyard of the Dzong around December or January every year.

The festival celebrates the arrival of Guru Rinpoche to Bhutan in the 8th century, a mark of Buddhism’s triumph over evil.

 

Source: Youtube/Constant Traveller

 

Cham or colourful masked dances are a popular feature of this tshechu, along with the unfurling of a huge thangka (religious painting on cloth) of Guru Rinpoche.

Developments in the pipeline for Trongsa

The  dzongkhag’s  tourism  focal person,  Phuntsho  Rinzin,  said  that the  TCB-funded projects  will be initiated  between  the 2019  and  2020  financial year.

It  was  learnt  that  the  Nabji-Korphu  route  will  be  restored  to encourage more tourist arrivals to the dzongkhag, which has declined over the years.

The dzongkhag also has plans to renovate the historical trail, including the trail between the Bazam viewpoint and Trongsa Dzong.

 

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Plans for the construction of restrooms at Yotongla and renovation of restrooms at Jangbi were also discussed.

The development of a resting place for visitors  at  Chendebji  is  also  included  in  the  plan  for  tourism development in the dzongkhag.

Benefits which the project will bring

The project is expected to open up income opportunities for the people of the locality. Till today, Korphu is the only gewog (village) in Trongsa without a blacktopped road.

Homestays would also be made available in Korphu. A popular alternative to hotels, homestays provide tourists with an authentic experience of Bhutanese life. Visitors get to savour home-cooked food in the company of the warm hospitality of the hosts.

Phuntsho Rinzin said that the official  from  TCB  and  the  dzongkhag administration  held  a  consultation meeting  with  the  people  of  Nabji-Korphu.

“The people of Trongsa were very supportive of the tourism development concept for the locality.”

 

This article first appeared in Kuensel and has been edited for Daily Bhutan.

 


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