Sunday, December 9, 2012

Wangdue Phrodang - Trongsa

Wangdue Phrodang Dzong, perched atop a long ridge above the Punak Tsang and Dang rivers, was once the second capital of Bhutan. Built to follow the contours of the high ridge, and surrounded by steep hillsides of fierce cacti (planted to discourage invaders) the dzong has only one entrance - 
fronted by a large prayer pole at the end of the narrow, 
local bazaar.

Ironically these same cacti, and the dzong's remote site, prevented locals from reaching and quenching the fire which consumed the unrestored dzong in June 2012. 

So, onto Trongsa . . .

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