Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), Thimphu

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Located on the city's northern edge near the Wangchhu River, Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong) has served as the seat of Bhutan's civil government and the summer capital since the inception of its monarchy. First constructed in 1216, the dzong has experienced constant changes, renovations, and enlargements throughout its history, combining religious and governmental facilities into one. Towers punctuate the fortress-like structure, while the manicured gardens and lawns complement the impressive building. Wear proper clothing during your visit or you may be asked to leave. Find out how to plan Thimphu trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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  • We did not visit this Dzong although we saw it from afar at night and it was beautiful. I took a pic from a mountain top in cool light breeze and it looked amazing. It is said that many of the Dzongs ...  more »
  • This is both a monastery and the administrative centre for Bhutan. It is open to the public after office hours. It has beautiful rose gardens. Being in the temple when all the young monks filed in for...  more »
  • This fortress is also a monastery and the seat of Bhutanese Civil Government. During the winter months, it is only open once the Civil Servants have finished for the day (4.30!!) but well worth it. Ab...  more »
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  • Beautiful place both to see from inside or from far. Do try to view it when it is lit! The red and white lights make it look really beautiful and interesting. We visited on a Saturday evening and was very peaceful and beautiful.
  • Beautiful architecture. Huge and beautifully maintained fortress. The country Bhutan is ruled from that fortress. The monastery where tourists are allowed to visit is magnificent
  • The main capital fortress of Bhutan. It houses seat of His Majesty the King's Golden Throne and the seat of His Holiness the Je Khenpo (Abbot) of Bhutan. It showcases traditional architecture at its best.
  • Simply awesome view from inside or outside or from the top of the mountains. The monastery is located in a plain valley in the midst of hills. Architecture of the building is just awesome. Do remember one thing while visiting the place, you should never speak loudly inside any monastery in Bhutan. Bhutanese people are calmness lovers and are very cordial, respect their worship places. Building is quite big and some of the parts of the building are also used by Royal Bhutan Government.
  • An amazing example of Bhutanese architecture creates this monastery and fortress now partially used a government buildings. Housing huge courtyards and a beautiful temple. A must visit when in Bhutan for the sheer scale and attention to detail. A wonderful place.

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As the capital, Thimphu features the largest range of accommodations in the kingdom. Only opening up to international tourism in the 1970's, the list remains relatively small, but the city remains in a period of development, so more options are arriving each year. Take a look along Norzim Lam, the main thoroughfare, for a number of small hotels, both budget and standard. Located close to the main attractions in the city, and overlooking the most attractive public plazas and parks, a small number of charming hotels offer mid-range and luxury rooms, with additional facilities such as pools.
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