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
Tashichho Dzong - Review
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.
Tashichho Dzong Information
- 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!
Tashichho Dzong Opening and Closing Hours
- The Dzong is open to visitors only once the offices shut at 5:00 pm.
How To reach Tashichho Dzong by Public Transport
- 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.
Restaurants Near Tashichho Dzong
- Karma’s Coffee
- Zest Bar & Lounge
- Plum’s Cafe
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Things to Know Before Visiting Tashichho Dzong
95% of people who visit Thimphu include Tashichho Dzong in their plan
11 AM - 12 PM
35.42% of people start their Tashichho Dzong visit around 11 AM - 12 PM
1 Hr 30 Minutes
People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see Tashichho Dzong
94.91% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Tashichho Dzong
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Tashichho Dzong, Thimphu Reviews
Nicely maintained fort with monastery. The landscaping is just superb. Do spend some time here. All the area in surrounds offer splendid views. Might have some clothes restriction check with your local guide before you go
i never had such an awesome experience except for this. view is too awesome. took about 500 different photos but still missed many spots here. luckily when we visit the monastery there was an traditional festival on going. couldn't understand the language but enjoyed the moment fully. they held folk drama, traditional dance. sorry I forgot the exact names. place is huge and clean. surely, when you visit such a place, your soul will be purified.
Take your time to visit this fortress and ask plenty of questions. It is so beautiful and wonderful to explore. Would highly recommend this location.
Bhutan is one of the most beautiful countries of South Asia. The weather, roads, houses are all very nice and clean here. Bhutan is the only country in the world, where carbon emissions do not occur. There are 72 percent forest areas. Which plays a special role in protecting the environmental pollution.
We witnessed the lowering of flag ceremony, and were later admitted inside, but most of the fort was closed inside and we could only see the general layout and the exquisite rose garden
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