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Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong)

Chhagchhen Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan
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Ranked #2 of 23 Attractions in Thimphu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Government Buildings, Cultural
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Type: Religious Sites, Government Buildings, Cultural

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

This is not the most interesting dzong we saw in Bhutan, but definitely a place to go visit. No one is allowed to go in during business hours and even after hours, just into the temple; however, at night, the dzong lights up in beautiful colors and with less people about, taking picture is lovely.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

An impressively humongous structure it is. Beautifully landscaped with well maintained lawns & gardens with exquisite flowers. This is the most impressive part of your Bhutan trip. All the places are in order and maintained to the core. These people truly worship their country & the King. Only issue with this place is most of the areas are restricted since... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

This dzong is huge and impressive. After going through chaotic and loosely-organized security lines, we were admitted inside for the Thimpu Tsechu. The large courtyard is the perfect venue for hosting national events. There are plenty of places to sit and stand, even on the grassy area in the far back (popular with families). If you’re there on a sunny... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

We arrived in Bhutan with clear blue sky and beautiful sunshine with a lovely cool breeze. Going through Bhutan immigration was also very easy and everyone was smiling which was very welcoming (definitely a country where their GDP is measured by Happiness) We were all ready to explore this wonderful country. We were driven (very winding road but with amazing... More 

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Howrah, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Unlike the Punakha and Paro Dzong, you are not allowed to go around in the dzong. you are only allowed to enter the main temple insde the dzong. The security guards inside the dzong was also rude.

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Hyderabad, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

It is quite big and spread over acres. I think this is one of the best monuments depicting Bhutanese art and architecture. The paintings are very beautiful and some of them depict the stories of Buddha. It has many courtyards and is used for Bhutan government for administrative purposes. There are strict timings of visit (I visited around 4:00 pm)... More 

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Melbourne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 via mobile

History and religion join with monarchy at this fortified monastery to produce a wonderful testament of Bhutan's place in this world. Beautifully sited and an architectural gem

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Pune
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

My understanding is that a Dzong is essentially a monastery with a fortress or castle like structure: high walls, watch towers etc for protection against attackers. This dzong was originally built in 1216 AD. Destroyed by fire and earth quake in following centuries, it was eventually rebuild and expanded by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk after he decided to shift his... More 

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Western Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

My guide got me here a little too late in the evening to witness the changing of the guards, but were able to see this large, lovely building/complex in different lighting (late afternoon upon entry and night when we left). We were also lucky enough to witness the current Je Khenpo, Trulku Jigme Chhoedra, though only briefly, and for me... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Thimphu Dzong s by no means the oldest, or the prettiest, or the most interesting Dzong in Bhutan. But it is convenient (walking distance from most Thimphu hotels) and it is big. Metal detectors at the entrance are a joke, as is security overall. Visitors walk through, alarms beeping loudly, as incompetent lazy "guards" chew and spit doma (betel).

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