Tashichho Dzong in Thimphu, Bhutan
Fortress Of The Glorious Religion
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About Tashichho Dzong in Thimphu
Built on the right side of the Wangchu River, the Tashichho Dzong Thimphu is the seat of the Bhutanese Government since 1952. The fortress is also known as Thimphu Dzong, and the site has been witness to crucial moments in the history of Bhutan. The fortress was first constructed in 1216 A.D. by Lama Gyalwa Lhanangpa and rebuilt by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1641 and renamed from Dho Ngon Dzong to its current name of Tashichho Dzong. The fortress consisted of two Dzongs, the original and the lower Dzong built by Zhabdrung. After the original Dzong was destroyed by fire in 1771, everything was moved into the lower Dzong which is now known as the Tashichho Dzong fortress and has been expanded several times over the centuries. The fortress was again damaged during the 1897 earthquake and rebuilt in 1902 and was renovated completely under King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck and enlarged in a period of 5 years from 1962.
Tashichho Dzong Bhutan became the seat of the government of Bhutan and is the location of the Throne room and the offices of King of Bhutan and the secretariat. The northern part of the fortress is the central Monastic Body and the summertime residence of the Je Khenpo and the summer capital of the country. The Tashichho Dzong houses 30 temples, chapels and shrines and is the site for the Thimphu Tsechu festival. The Dzong has also hosted the National Assembly until 1993.
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Hanchate's 5 days trip to ThimphuWe had a wonderful experience with Bhutan trip. The hotels arranged were of good hygiene and with good facilities. The cab was very comfortable. The tour guide Mr Jambay Dorjee is an excellent professional and has made our trip memorable. He has got good knowledge and also very good nature. He was quite helpful and guided us quite nicely.
Shyam's 8 days trip to ThimphuIndeed it was really a great tour. I would like thank Mr. Yogi for the kind of plan and approach he designed in making our trip ease. We just believed him and the things fell right on the place. Also, I would like to thank Mr. Karma, pilot of our vehicle, who guided us and have shown and explained many memorable locations in the entire trip. The way he explained about the culture and traditions of the country is very excellent. Thr trip was fantastic and fell on the right tracks as per itenary. Hotels and stay were satisfactory. We have enjoyed a lot within our budget. Thank you Mr. Yogi for all your services and pro activeness. Would definitely recommend Flying Fox if anyone is planning to travel from our place to Bhutan. Hope to interact with you again.
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Sahana's 7 days trip to Thimphu1st of all I would thank tour manager Mr Ramesh for being so much reachable.The trip was organised in a planned manner.The driver was very much knowledgeable about Bhutan and that made us to know more about the place .He was very welcoming and we enjoyed our trip to Bhutan. Paro was the best town we visited on our trip and Tiger best was undoubtedly the best place . This trip will truly be memorable to us in every aspects.We discovered nature at its best during this trip.
T's 7 days trip to ThimphuEnjoyed the Bhutan tour thoroughly with dream caster tours n travel, hotels provided were top notch with best services specially the food and customised with our requested . Places visited were worth seeing for lifetime and very flexible with the itinerary. Incomplete without mentioning Mr. Rikesh our tour driver cum guide also a good friend as the trip progressed who comes with lots of patience, information and a well wisher suggesting worth visit places and guide us with his best knowledge made our trip more memorable. Mr.Sudan tour manager took good care at every place with his friendly nature. Sushmita who would help us to make this tour happen without chaos. I vouch a beautiful experience with dream casters for Bhutan. Happy stay . Tiger nest, river rafting, punakha river places at timphu
Sujisan's 6 days trip to ThimphuReally really a very good memory created by sunshine travels....the trip went as per itenary without any change or skip....cab n driver perfectly comfortable...hotels we stayed were extremely good ,clean n hygiene except in thimbhu ..the Amaas suite... remaining all were so good n we enjoyed great.
Aditi's 6 days trip to ThimphuSuper amazing tour with great experiences! Thanks for organising it so well
Nepra's 6 days trip to ThimphuThe Trip arrange by KNG was good The Driver David was happy going person. Hotels were away from market area. Something which we disliked was we were asked to take a guide which created interference in our honeymoon trip and also the car from Bagdogra to Bhutan gate is an Indian car which was not informed earlier
Potdukhe's 8 days trip to ThimphuOverall it was a very nice trip.Driver cum owner Mr Ramesh was extremely courteous ,punctual and sincere.He gave us all the information prior to our arrival at Bhutan.Hotels were good.An excellent service. Dochula Pass and Simply Bhutan
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The ideal time to visit the fortress is all through April to October.
One should wear comfortable clothes and shoes as the walks are as long as 2 hours and an umbrella is generally recommended in case of sunny weather or if it rains.
The exchange rate is 1 Nu for 1 INR.
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