Thimphu Tashichho Dzong is on the left side of Thimphu river (known as Wangchu). This is one of the biggest Dzongs of Bhutan. It has offices of Druk Gyalpo, Ministry of Home & Cultural Affairs, Ministry of Finance, GNH Commission and Dratshang Lhentshog.
Thimphu Tashichho Dzong is the summer resident of Bhutan’s central monastic body. Je Khenpo (chief Abbot) and eight lopens along with monks live here from May. They move to their winter resident in November at Punakha Dzong.
The biggest annual festivals; Thimphu Tshechu and Thimphu Dromchoe happen here. Phajo Drugom Zhipo, a Tibetan lama who brought Drukpa Kagyue in Bhutan for the first time, actually built this Dzong.
When Zhabdrung came to Bhutan, he acquired from the descendants of Phajo. He then developed it into a bigger Dzong. It was again later enlarged by 13th Desi of Bhutan.
Thimphu Dzong was destroyed by fire in late 70s. The Third Druk Gyalpo HM Jigme Dorji Wangchuk renovated it. The renovation work completed in 1964.
Since then, Tashichho Dzong remained as an iconic architectural design of Bhutan. It didn’t face rage of fire, earthquake or other forms of natural calamities.
Tashichho Dzong is now one of the most popular tourist attractions in Thimphu. There are also many points of interest for tourists near Tashichho Dzong.
Tourist attractions in/near Thimphu Tashichho Dzong:
- Traditional Cantilever Bridge
- Thimphu Tshechu
- Thimphu Dromchoe
- Neykhang Temple
- Memorial Park
- Tallest Bhutan Flag pole
- National Assembly Hall
Tashichho Dzong has now become more majestic and beautiful with installation of flooding light around it.
Therefore, many tourists actually love taking photos of the Dzong during dusk or night under flooding lights rather than during day.
How to get to Thimphu Tashichho Dzong?
- Dzong opens for tourists only after 5 p.m
- Photography isn’t allowed inside the Dzong
- There are public buses to this Dzong
- Tourists can also take taxi or mini buses
- No Shouting and making loud noises
- You cannot smoke anywhere nearby the Dzong
- Don’t carry sharp or inflammable objects
There is a wonderful flower garden around it. You can also see species of beautiful tulips that got name after Queen of Bhutan. And there is one peculiar peach tree at an entrance that has both pink and white flowers.
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