Established in 1953 by the third King of Bhutan, Druk Gyalpo Jigme Dorji Wangchuck is the Dechencholing Palace. Located 4km north from the renowned Thimphu Dzong also known as Tashichho Dzong, Dechencholing Palace is where the Royal Family of Bhutan resides except for the King himself as the Royal residence is in Samteling Palace. Built in the traditional Bhutanese style, Dechencholing Palace is set amidst the lush manicured garden, astounding ponds and trees. Along with the exterior, the interior and the furnishing is designed in traditional Bhutanese style. Dechencholing Palace interior furnishings are said to be encased in metal in repoussé technique superimposed on white velvet.
The three storeys white washed Dechencholing Palaces has become a must visit place for the travelers who loves to see the regal side of the mystical kingdom Bhutan while traveling towards the capital city Thimphu. The late Royal Grandmother, Gayum Phuntsho Choden Wangchuck lived in Dechencholing palace for many years and tourist can see that the in the palace she has her own chapel, adorned with paintings and carvings and candles burning from bowls. The Late Royal Grandmother employed a number of women at the palace to weave garments for men and women, producing national dress costumes. As the palace frequently hosts international delegations, it has its own helipad to facilitate swift access even though there is no airport in Thimphu. In 1957, King Druk Gyalpo Jigme Wangchuck commissioned a skilled artist named Lam Durlop Dorji of Bumthang to open an embroidery school at the palace, to instruct some 30 young monks in this field The school has produced several notable thangka embroideries, notably Thongdel (large thangkas hanging from the roof tops of monasteries and dzongs), and Thangka which are the scroll paintings. As Bhutan is a Tibetan Buddhist nation this school heavily revolves around Buddhism, which is reflected in its artwork. The feeling of standing in front of Dechencholing Royal Palace in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan is hard to explain and it takes the visitor back in time with its lingering essence of ancient era making the visit to Dechencholing Palace an unforgettable experience.
The opportunity of learning more about the Royal Family while venturing upon the corridors of Dechencholing Palace is a chance which is too good to decline for any travelers. While making a day visit in the regal palace, visitors may also visit the Tangu Cherry, located behind the Dechencholing Palace. It is one of the oldest thakhangs of Bhutan where the travelers can see the monks practicing the ancient disciplines of meditation and levitation. Dechencholing Palace with its exquisite interior which depicts the importance of art and culture in Bhutanese religion is a must visit destination for the inquisitive travelers who are visiting the capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu.
Thimphu is blessed with a temperate weather which makes it accessible for the tourist throughout the year. As long as the travelers follow all rule and regulation of the palace, tourist can visit Dechencholing Palace throughout the year.