Tashichho DzongCurrently Open
- Address: Chhagchhen Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
- Tags: Religious Site, Architecture , Monastery
Perched majestically on the western bank of the Wangchu Riverwith a commanding view of theThimphu valley, the Tashichho Dzong or Thimphu Dzong is known as the ‘the fortress of the auspicious religion’. The structure is arresting as you approach it, a two-storied whitewashed building with four three-storied towers standing guard at each corner, all constructed around a large central tower or an utse. The courtyard surrounding the premises is lush, well-kept and alive with colourful flowers.
If you’re impressed by the outside though, the interiors of this magnificent structure will really take your breath away. Housing the throne room of His Majesty the King of Bhutan, his offices, and the secretariat, the northern portion of the structure is the residence of thevenerated monastic society, Central Monk’s Body.
Entry to the premises is restricted to after 5pm, once the offices close for the day, but this should definitely feature of your list of places you must visit. The Buddha in the temple is massive, and you will find yourself quite in awe of the quiet elegance and beauty of the structure.
The original Thimphu dzong was constructed in 1216 by Lama Gyalwa Lhanangpa where Dechen Phodrang now watches over the city ofThimphu. Over the centuries, it has seen its fair share of upheaval, damage and consequent renovation. Having survived two massive fires and an earthquake, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck had it completely renovated in 1952 after he moved the capital to Thimphu, in a traditional manner that entailed neither nails nor any written plans. It has been seat of the Bhutanese government and the Dharma Raja and the royal family ever since.
- West of the Thimphudzong is Ney Khang Lhakhang, a small tower housing a statue of Shakyamuni Buddha and other Buddhist deities.
- The night view is unparalleled at this Dzong, so since you’re going to entering post-5pm, try and stay till sunset.
- Photography is restricted in the King’s offices and the temple but carry your camera to this Dzong all the same!
- The Dzong is open to visitors only once the offices shut at 5:00 pm.
- Most tourists prefer to hire a mini-bus or a 4-wheeler to travel around Bhutan as local and inter-district bus services are not too comfortable and make frequent stops.
- In case you are taking these buses, be sure to carry bottled water and snacks in the event of a landslide (common in the area) that might take some time to clear up.
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95% of people who visit Thimphu include Tashichho Dzong in their plan
3 PM - 4 PM
43.17% of people start their Tashichho Dzong visit around 3 PM - 4 PM
1 Hr 30 Minutes
People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see Tashichho Dzong
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Tashichho Dzong
Visited there with family while we were in vacation. Entry fee Rupiah 300 per person. Must have a guide with you while entering . There is a brief flag down ceremony before sunset . Nice quiet place just close to King's house .
It's a beautiful place to see at night from outside. Red and yellow lights stand out clearly to highlight the beauty of the palace. The palace is closed for visitors after about 5pm. So it's better to visit early afternoon and on the way back after sunset stop a little to take some photos of the bright gem of Thimpu from a slightly higher elevation point.
This great fortress is the seat of administration. It hosts the most popular festival namely Thimphu Tshechu,annually . Popular among the locals and the international tourists.
The Dzong is an operating office of the Highness, King of Bhutan and also the office if the religious head of Bhutan. It opens to tourists only from 530pm to 630pm. The entry is 300 per person for Indians. It is a well organized and kept fortress with beautiful wall murals inside and a main temple where monks chant their evening rituals. Definitely recommend a visit when in Thimpu
A gorgeous building. The temple is a sight to see. Unfortunately (for us) it is now an active center of government, so our access was limited.