Dzongs Of Bhutan

1. Tashichho Dzong
2. Punakha Dzong
3. Rinpung Dzong
4. Jakar Dzong
5. Lhuentse Dzong
6. Simtokha Dzong
7. Ngoedruptse Dzong
8. Daga Dzong
9. Trongsa Dzong

Bhutan dzongs are an essential part of the rich culture and architectural heritage of the country. These fortress-like structures serve as religious, administrative, and social centres in Bhutanese communities. Each dzong is unique with its own fascinating history, intricate design, and stunning location.

One of the most famous dzongs in Bhutan is Punakha Dzong, which is well-known for its stunning murals and large courtyards. Another remarkable dzong is Trongsa Dzong, which is the largest monastic complex overlooking the Mangde Chhu River. If you want to attend the Thimphu Tshechu Festival, you should consider visiting Tashichho Dzong. Jakar Dzong is also a worth-visiting attraction to see its watchtower and unique water systems. Some of the other magnificent dzongs in the country are Rimpung Dzong and Lhuentse Dzong.

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Tashichho Dzong

Tashichho Dzong is a stunning Buddhist monastery and fortress located on the banks of the Wang Chu River. Also known as the "Fortress of the Glorious Religion," this monastery was originally built in 1216 and has been expanded over the years. Today, it serves as the home of the government and the summer residence of the Chief Abbot.

The architecture of the monastery looks amazing with whitewashed walls, golden roofs, and detailed woodwork. It is among those Bhutan dzongs that light up in the evening to create a scenic view against the backdrop of Thimphu Valley.

Location: Tashichho Dzong, Thimphu, Bhutan

Timings: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday to Friday)

Entry Fees: BTN 300 (INR 300.29)

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Punakha Dzong

Also known as the “Palace of Great Happiness,” Punakha Dzong is a beautiful example of Bhutanese architecture. Built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, it is the second largest and oldest among the dzongs in Bhutan.

This dzong is famous for its detailed woodwork, stunning murals, and vast courtyards, along with sacred relics of the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism. This place has hosted important royal events, including the 2011 royal wedding of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Jetsun Pema.

Location: Punakha, Bhutan

Timings: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday to Saturday)

Entry Fees: BTN 500 (INR 500.44)

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Rinpung Dzong

Rinpung Dzong is one of the beautiful Bhutan dzongs that is popular for its stunning architecture and spiritual atmosphere.Translating to “Fortress on a Heap of Jewels," this ancient monastery has historically protected Bhutan from foreign invasions.

Today, it serves as an important administrative centre in Paro that houses monks and many paintings depicting the life of Buddha. You can enjoy a hike to the top of the fortress to see scenic views of the nearby villages.

Location: Paro District, Bhutan

Timings: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (March to October), 8 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. (November to February)

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Jakar Dzong

Jakar Dzong, also known as the “castle of the white bird” is among the unique and important dzongs of Bhutan. It was initially built as a monastery by the great-grandfather of the first Shabdrung. Now, it serves as the administrative centre for Bumthang District that provides shelter to regional monks.

Some special features of Jakar Dzong are its watchtower and unique water systems with walls directing water from a spring downhill. This monastery offers spectacular views of both the Chokhor and Bumthang Valleys.

Location: Jakhar Dzongkhag Office, Jakar, Bhutan.

Timings: 9 a.m, to 5 p.m. (Monday to Friday)

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Lhuentse Dzong

Among the unique Bhutan dzongs, Lhuentse Dzong is a key attraction in Kuri Chhu Valley, which is famous for its beautiful Bhutanese architecture. This dzong is made up of five temples, with the Watchtower housing three temples dedicated to Padmasambhava.

The upper part of the complex is a hall for the monks who reside and manage the fortress. You can visit the monastery to attend the vibrant celebrations of the Lhuentse Tshechu festival that is held every year in September. It also lets you experience the cultural and spiritual essence of Bhutan through its architecture.

Location: M58P+6MJ, Lhuntse, Bhutan

Timings: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Simtokha Dzong

Popularly known as Sangak Zabdhon Phodrang, Simtokha Dzong is a special place among the dzongs in Bhutan. The name of the monastery translates to “Atop a Demon” as it was built to scare away an evil spirit that was frightening travellers. It is not only a religious place but also a major institute for learning the Dzongkha language.

People admire its unique architecture, especially its central tower, which has twelve sides. On your visit, you can see the prayer wheels and around 300 slate carvings of saints and philosophers in the dzong.

Location: 846 Je Bamo Lam SE, Tshatshobaykha, Bhutan

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Ngoedruptse Dzong

Ngoedruptse Dzong is a modern fortress built in 2012 with a semi-circle design in Bhutan. It is an important dzong of Bhutan because it handles many administrative tasks for the region. Officials from the National Commission for Women and Children frequently visit this dzong.

Besides the launch of the book “The Ngoedruptse Vol. III - Issue I,” the place offers finance services through Cluster Finance Services. Inside the attraction, you will find sacred monuments that display beautiful architecture and the cultural importance of the place.

Location: Chhukha, Bhutan

7.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Daga Dzong

Also known as Daga Trashiyangtse Dzong, Daga Dzong is a beautiful and majestic castle in Bhutan. It is a significant heritage that was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1651 to protect the country from invading armies. Over the years, it became the office of the cabinet minister under the Desi system of government introduced by Zhabdrung.

Today, it serves as the headquarters for the Dagana district administration and houses the clergy. You can explore the attraction to experience its vibrant traditions and festivals.

Location: Dagana District, Bhutan

Timings: 5.21 a.m. to 7.04 p.m.

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Trongsa Dzong

Trongsa Dzong is one of the largest and most impressive Bhutan dzongs, located on a ridge overlooking the Mangdhe Chhu River. It is a grand structure with steep drops to the south that disappear into clouds and mist. You will be amazed to know that the only trail that connects Eastern and Western Bhutan used to run through this dzong.

The complex is also a major monastic centre with over 200 monks. You can explore the Ta Dzong, a watchtower initially built to watch for enemies. 

FGX3+VXG, Trongsa, Bhutan.
Timings: 9 a.m, to 5 p.m. (Monday to Friday)

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People Also Ask About Bhutan

  1. Why Bhutan is so famous?

    Bhutan is famous for being the only “Carbon Sink” in the world, which means it absorbs more carbon dioxide than it produces. The country is nearly 70% covered in trees, which helps to keep the air clean. Its beautiful Himalayan mountains and untouched nature make it a great place for adventurers who love trekking and hiking. People also admire Bhutan dzongs for its unique architectural style.
  2. What is the best time to visit Bhutan?

    Although Bhutan is a year-round tourist destination, the best time to visit the attraction is during the summer season, from June to August. During this time, the temperature ranges between 24 and 25 degrees Celsius. The weather is mostly clear, with only light rain showers every few days. It is the perfect time to see the Himalayan Mountains clearly and enjoy the lush green landscapes and rice fields. Summer also brings the Haa Festival, which is a celebration of Bhutanese culture, food, and traditions.
  3. How to reach Bhutan?

    1. By Flight- Paro International Airport in Bhutan is very well-connected to different parts of India. You can board direct flights from Kolkata and Bagdogra or connecting flights from Mumbai, Guwahati, or New Delhi in India to Paro International Airport. It will take you around 2 hours to reach Bhutan, covering a distance of about 1,934 kilometres.
    2. By Train- You cannot go directly to Bhutan by train. But you can take a train to stations like Siliguri, Hasimara, or New Alipurdar in India. From Hasimara, you can take a bus or taxi to reach Bhutan in 10 hours, travelling a distance of 339.2 kilometres.
    3. By Bus- You can take a direct bus from Siliguri or Kolkata to Phuentsholing in Bhutan, which takes about 4 to 18 hours to travel a distance of 153 to 711 kilometres. 
    4. By Car- Bhutan has three border crossings: Jaigaon to Phuentsholing, Gelephu, and Samdrup Jongkhar. The most popular route is Jaigaon to Phuentsholing, which is about 170 km from Bagdogra Airport. You can hire a taxi from places like Bagdogra or Siliguri to Phuentsholing in Bhutan, which will take you the travel time of around 5 to 6 hours.
  4. Why Punakha Dzong is famous?

    Punakha Dzong is famous for being the second largest and oldest dzongs in Bhutan. Since it is located at the meeting point of the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu Rivers, it is well-known for its history, architecture, and beauty. The monastery is also renowned for holding important relics of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism.
  5. When is Rinpung Dzong open?

    Rinpung Dzong remains open between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. during the summer months, from March to October. In the winter months, from November to February, these Bhutan dzongs operate from 8 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.
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