Tashichho Dzong

Tashichho Dzong

  • The Dzong (fortress) is near to Thimphu town, along the banks of the Wang Chhu River. Tashichho Dzong is also known as “Fortress of the Glorious Religion”, an impressive large structure, surrounded by well maintained lawns and beautiful gardens. It was first constructed in 1216 A.D. by Lama Gyalwa Lhanangpa at Dechen Phodrang but later moved to the current location by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Throughout the life time, Tashichho Dzong endured many tragic blows such as fire incidences and damages from earthquake.
  • Since 1952, Tashichho Dzong has been the iconic base for the government. It is close from the main town near the Royal Thimphu golf course. Tashichho Dzong is used as a venue for many national events such as Tshechu and Domches. Like other great monuments such as the Tigers Nest and Dochula pass, Tashichho Dzong is one of the testaments that is a must visit while in Thimphu.

  • Currently this unique Dzong houses the throne room and the office of His Majesty the King. Also, the secretariats office and the Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs, and Ministry of Finance abodes here along with other government departments. It is also the summer residence of His Holiness the Je Khenpo who is the Chief Abbot of Monastic Body.

  • An interesting fact about Tashichho Dzong is, a Bhutanese person visiting the dzong whether it’s for official work or for casual purpose should always put on Gho with Kabney (Men) and Kira with Rachu (Women), which conveys a symbolic dress code as a gesture of Respect. However, tourists and visitors should be in a proper attire while entering the Dzong.

  • Tourist can witness and experience the unique combination of institutional workplace and monastic discipline, the Dzong has temples and chapels within the structure were monastic life can be seen. The fortress illuminates into a beautiful body during night time and the ones who look at it are left mesmerized.

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