Tashichho Dzong

Price Range

300.08

Overview

Lama Gyalwa Lhanangpa constructed Tashichho Dzong in 1216 AD. Tashichho Dzong has been the center of the government since 1952. It is also known as the "fortress of the glorious religion."

Currently, it houses the throne room and offices of the king, the secretariat, and the ministries of home affairs and finance. Other government departments are located in buildings nearby.

The Dzong lies on the banks of the Wang Chhu River near Thimphu town. It is an astonishingly enormous structure adjacent to well-kept lawns and beautiful gardens. The summer residence of His Holiness lies in the southeast, and the National Assembly is located in SAARC building on the other end of the river. King is also the Chief Abbot of the religious body.

 

 

Architecture

Dzong displays a unique and specific construction style of Tibet, Bhutan, and some areas of China. High exterior walls and its blend with organizational offices, temples, monks’ and multifaceted courtyards reflect the gigantic architecture.

The adjacent hills, gardens, and greens amplify the magnetism of the Tashichho Dzong.

The basic construction features two-stories with four three-storied towers. Three-tiered beautiful golden rooftops cap these towers.

Use is the broad central tower in the center of the building. During the renovation, the use was not worked upon.

The monks of Thimphu and Punakha and Bhutan’s spiritual leader Je Khenpo stay here during summer.

Tashicho Dzong has two main entrances. One takes you to the administrative section in the south; another leads to the north's monastic quarter. In the large open-air courtyard, the dances of the annual tsechu festival are performed in September. As a tradition, at the climax of the tsechu, the Dzong's huge Sangay Tsokhorsum Thondrol(religious picture) is unfurled.

The Sangay Tsokhorsum Thondrol displays the Buddha Sakyamuni and his disciples. Bhutan's spiritual leader Je-Khenpo and the monks of both Thimphu and Punakha reside here during summer. 

 

 

History

In 1641, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal acquired and realized that it is too minuscule and basic. So, he later built the lower Dzong. Fire decimated in 1771 and destroyed the first Dzong, and he moved everything to the lower Dzong.

The new structure was later extended a few times throughout the years.  An earthquake damaged it in 1897 and revamped in 1902.

It was harmed during a seismic tremor in 1897 and revamped in 1902. Lord Jigme Dorji Wangchuck had it renovated and enlarged over five years after moving the capital to Thimphu in 1952.

The capital was shifted from Punakha to Thimphu in 1962. The third king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, began a five-year project to renovate in the traditional style.

 

 

Best Time to Visit Tashichho Dzong

April to October and September to November are the ideal months to visit the Tashichho Dzong.

 

 

 

Timings

  • Sunday : 09:00 am to 04:30 pm
  • Monday : 09:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Tuesday : 09:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Wednesday : 09:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Thursday : 09:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Friday : 09:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Saturday : 09:00 am to 05:00 pm

Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.

 

How to Reach

  • By Cab : Paro International Airport is 54 kilometers from Thimphu. One can book a cab or taxi to reach Thimphu and Tashichho Dzong in 50 minutes.
  • By Bus : You can step on buses waging from Thimphu to Tashichho Dzong. The journey takes around 1 hour 20 minutes. Buses are an economical means of transport.
  • By Train : There is no railhead to reach Tashichho Dzong. The nearest railhead in India is New Jalpaiguri and Siliguri. You can hire a taxi or cab from these railway stations to reach Phuentsholing (border town) in South Sikkim.

 

Ticket Pricing

  • For Individuals : BTN 300(300.08 INR)
  • For Students : BTN 150(150.04 INR)
  • For Tariff payers, Children (below five years) : No Entry Fee

Things to Do

Tashichho Dzong Festival-

Tashichho Dzong celebrates the Thimphu Tsechu festival for three consecutive days annually. People come in droves to perform mask dances and folk dances. Folk dances are a way to narrate religious tales.

Cymbals and drums are the only musical instrument during the festival. This festival attempts to honor Guru Rinpoche or Padma Sambhawa for introducing the tantric rites of Buddhism to the Himalayan Kingdoms. Display of a colorful cloth made Thangka (scroll) that bear images of Guru Rinpoche and Buddha mark the end of the festival.

Night View-

Dzong is decorated with light after the daylights go off. Visitors come in droves during the sunset because the area glitters and shines in the evening. The whole palace, temple, and windows of the king's residence are bedecked with lights. Shutterbugs have numerous opportunities for clicking photographs.

Address

Tashichho Dzong, Thimphu, Bhutan

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FAQs

Dzong means fortress. These majestic fortresses in Bhutan stand for victory and power. Dzong represented the stronghold of Buddhism.A dzong is a building that serves as both monastic and administrative institutions
Hotels near Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong are as follows: (0.37 km) Kisa Villa (1.57 km) Taj Tashi (2.26 km) dusitD2 Yarkay Thimphu (1.22 km) Gakyil (1.73 km) Khang Residency
No, direct flights from Mumbai to Bhutan, but you can go to Delhi or Kolkata and catch a flight from there.
Restaurants near Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong): (0.91 km) Folk Heritage Museum Restaurant (2.13 km) Ambient Cafe (2.09 km) The Zone (2.08 km) Zombala2 Restaurant (1.25 km) San Maru Restaurant
Five Dzongs in Bhutan are as follows Punakha Dzong, Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, Paro Dzong, Trongsa Dzong and Dagana Dzong.
The annual event of Thimphu Tsechu is celebrated for three consecutive days within the courtyard of the Tashichho Dzong. Loud music and mask dances are the emblems of victory of good over evil. Holy tales and fun activities are other attractions.
You can avail of SUVs at the minimum cost and no surcharge instead of Ola and Uber.
Pack heavy cotton and lightweight woolens, T-shirts or long-sleeved shirts (not sleeveless) in summer. • If you come in the winter, pack thermals, warm and waterproof clothing in layers such as woolen sweaters and down jackets, and thermal underwear. You can enjoy winter only when you are used to freezing weather and snow at high altitudes. • Dress in layers to brace yourself for the ever-fluctuating temperature. • If you are into camping, pack your sleeping bags. • At Dzong (an ancient fortress with temples and courtyards), you cannot put on jeans, wrap your jacket, or have your coat unzipped. You cannot wear hats, shorts, short skirts, flip-flops or t-shirts inside. Please cover your arms and legs with long-sleeved clothing. • Carry raincoats, umbrellas, and waterproof shoes in the rainy season.
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