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Situated in the centre of the country beyond the Black Mountains and the Pele La pass. TRONGSA (Tongsa) enjoys an outstanding position at the crossing of the north/south and west/east roads. It is the ancestral home of the Royal family. the Crown Prince traditionally becomes Penlop (Governor) of Trongsa before crowned King.

Trongsa TRONGSA DZONG is the most impressive Dzong in Bhutan.
It commands a superb view of Mangde river valley and now houses the state monastery and the headquarters of  the Mangde District.
Chendebji CHENDEBJI CHHOETEN is patterned after Swayambhunath in Kathmandu (Nepal). The proper name is "Chorten Charo Kasho".
The choeten was built in 19th century by Lama Shida. Chendebji Chorten is 41km away from Trongsa, just 2km beyond Chendebji village.
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TA-Dzong (Watch tower) which once guarded the Dzong from internal rebellion, stands above the dzong providing with more insight into the historical importance of Trongsa in Bhutan's history.
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Yutong La YUTONG LA is a 3425 m high pass in the east of Trongsa town. The road switchbackes up the ridges above Trongsa, climbing steeply for several kilometers to the top of the valley to Yutong La. The roads enters now the Chhume valley.
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Jakar town Jakar town, Bumthang

Bumthang is a complex of four valleys - Chumey, Choekhor where JAKAR DZONG is located, Tang and Ura.

Bumthang is also a name which echoes a magic charm in the whole of Bhutan.
The dark forests grow and mysterious waters flow, hiding parts of the history of Bhutan and strange legends. it is a land graced by many temples and monasteries built along the centuries by famous religious saints such as Pema Lingpa, Guru Rimpoche and Longchen Rabjampa.

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KurjeyLhakhang KURJEY LHAKHANG is named after the body print of Guru Rimpoche which is preserved in a cave inside the oldest of the three buildings.
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The first temple was built in 1652 by the Trongsa penlop. The third buildings is a new lhakhang built by the Queen Mother Ashi Kesang Wangchuk in 1990.

JAKAR DZONG was first built in the 16th century AD. This Dzong was destroyed in 1897, by an earthquake and by fire. It was totally rebuilt at the beginning of the 20th century.
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Perched on a ridge in the centre Choekhor valley, it houses the headquarters of the Bumthang district.

Jambay Lhakhang JAMBEY LHAKHANG is believed to have been built in 659 on the same day as Kyichu Lhakhang near Paro by a Tibetan king.
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The central figure of the lhakhang is Jampa, the Buddha of the future. Later there was added more temples. The temple was visited by Guru Rimpoche during his visit to Bumthang.

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