Tashichho Dzong (the Fortress of Auspicious Religion) is located in the capital and it compromises the seat of the government as well as the monk body. Moreover, it also holds the Supreme office of His Majesty the king and various official departments. The monk body(Pungthim Dratsahang) follows the traditional routine, where in winter they move to Punakha, the old capital of the country, where the weather remains moderate when it freezes in Thimphu.
Re-erected in 1968, the fortress suffered several major conflagrations. The central tower around which the fortress is built is an original section of the old fortress.
The outstandingly complex and subtle architecture of the magnificent Tashichho dzong is validated as one of the finest traditional architecture in the country. The fortress stands with the perfect expression alongside the Wang Chhu River in the Thimphu valley.