Places in Central Bhutan
Trongsa is smack in the middle of the country, set at the strategic junction of roads to Punakha, Bumthang and Zhemgang but separated from both east and west by high mountain ranges. The dzong and surrounding town is perched above a gorge, with fine views of the Black Mountains to the southwest.
The Bumthang region encompasses four major valleys: Chokhor, Tang, Ura and Chhume. Because the dzongs and the most important temples are in the large Chokhor valley, it is commonly referred to as the Bumthang valley. There are two versions of the origin of the name Bumthang.
Near the foot of the Chokhor valley, Jakar (Chamkhar) is the major trading centre of the region. This will probably be your base for several days as you visit the surrounding valleys. Jakar itself is a bustling two-street town and well worth a wander, though most of the shopfronts are new, rebuilt after three fires destroyed much of the town in 2010.
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