Trongsa town and dzong command a central position in the country atop a steep gorge with views of the Black Mountains. It was once an important town on the trade route running between east and west Bhutan and was the seat of power for the two regions. Most of the Trongsa region is protected land as it falls under the banner of various national park boundaries or ‘biological corridors’ making it a convenient base from which to explore the parks. Head north from the town and visit the village of Chendebji and the associated chorten (stone Buddhist monument) which is unique in being modelled on Kathmandu’s Swayambhunath Stupa with eyes painted at the four cardinal points. December sees the three-day annual Trongsa tsechu where traditional festival celebrations take place as well as the chance for locals to receive blessings from high ranking monks.