Lhuentse Rinchentse Phodrang Dzong, as it is correctly known, sits high on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Kuri Chhu valley, with near-vertical drops on all sides. Although Pema Lingpa's son Kuenga Wangpo established a small goemba on this site early in the 16th century, the dzong itself was built by the Trongsa penlop Mingyur Tenpa in 1654.
Trashi Yangtse Dzongkhag
The visitor centre in Trashi Yangtse has some good displays on the 1445-sq-km sanctuary and the manager can advise on hiking and camping options (in the central part of the sanctuary only). Apart from crane-watching, there are possible hikes up to the Buddhist sites of Rigsum Goempo, Dechen Phodrang and Minkhar Goemba.
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