Friday 26 October 2012
We have travelled as far east as we are going to and this morning we turned back towards Trongsa, retracing our steps. The drive was relatively uneventful, but we found a group of prayer flags on the edge of a slope. From the top of the pass down to Trongsa must have been at least 30 kilometres, and that's just descending one 'hill'.
In the afternoon we visited the Tower of Trongsa. Formerly a military stronghold, today it is a beautifully designed museum full of great exhibits. There are 11 galleries in all and from the top is a great view over the dzong down below. It was a blue sky without a cloud, but there was a haze which created some amazing light. Photography was not allowed in the museum and, having tried without success to gain permission to shoot outwards from the top, we sweet talked a driver to take us looking for a similar vantage point. We tried a number of private homes, but none had the vantage point we were looking for.
We returned down to Trongsa Dzong, the largest in Bhutan and today housing many government departments alongside a full monastery. It was inspiring to walk through the maze of corridors and courtyards, thinking back to how the dzong used to control traffic between India and Tibet, exacting taxes on anyone who wished to pass.
Our hotel had windows looking right over the dzong and plans were made to be up early the following morning.