Tashichho Dzong, popularly known as the Thimphu Dzong stands on the western bank of river Wang Chu as a symbol for the capital city. Presently, it is the main administrative building, housing the Bhutanese government. Being the traditional seat of the Druk Desi (Dharma Raja), the beautiful structure comprises of the secretariat, throne room, and offices of King of Bhutan. Offices of other ministries are located in the nearby buildings.
The Dzong was first built in 1216 A.D. by Lama Gyalwa Lhanangpa on a ridge above the present Tashichho Dzong, where the Dechen Phodrang Monastery now stands. It was in 1641, when Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal took over the place, restructured it and gave the Dzong its present name. Since then, the building has undergone significant renovations, owing to disastrous fires and earthquakes.
A Visual Delight
This massive structure is a visual delight both during the day and the night. Encapsulated by beautifully landscaped gardens and greenery of the nearby hills add to the charm of this Dzong. And the strategically placed lights make it shine like a jewel on the map of Thimphu at night time. Thousands of people gather in its courtyard during the festivals, making the place come alive with bright colors and alluring performances.
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