Places To Visit In Thimphu
Dig into the charm of the capital of Bhutan
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Tourist Places In Thimphu
From a glance, Thimphu is all prim, proper and business-like, home to government institutions and monk body. But if you delve deep into its existence, you can find a culturally rich heritage lying beneath the charade of a polished capital city. From the surface, Thimphu does not look like the perfect tourist destination at all, compared to other places like Paro or Punakha. But one session of Thimphu sightseeing might change your mind about that.
Here are some of the best places to visit in Thimphu. All of them are nearby locations, so it should not take long to get from one to another. Make sure to spend adequate time in each to truly appreciate their beauty.
1. Memorial Chorten
The chorten in the heart of the city was consecrated in the memory of the Third King of Bhutan after his sudden demise in 1974, hence ‘Memorial’ Chorten. This monument is of great importance to the people and thus a very popular Thimphu tourist attraction. A chorten is a Buddhist mausoleum, erected in the memory of someone very important or to Buddha himself. Inside the chorten, there are paintings, photographs and model statues related to Buddhism that are philosophical and spiritual in nature and provides an insight into the religion. Circumambulation of the chorten is a very common practice among the residents of Thimphu.
2. Institute of Zorig Chusum
If you go deeper into Bhutanese art and craft that they are so well known for, you will come across a term Zorig Chusum multiple times. The art and handicraft styles of Bhutan have been divided into 13 different categories, and together they are called Zorig Chusum. Thus the school for learning those artistic skills is also named the same. Graduating from the Zorig Chusum Institute is a big honor among the Bhutanese people. Although a school, parts of the institute is open to the public and it is one of the unique but rewarding tourist places in Thimphu. A visit to the Institute of Zorig Chusum includes witnessing the students learning skills like painting, mask making, wood carving, clay sculpting and more. There is also a gallery which sells the best creations of the students at reasonable prices. This gallery is the best place to buy thangkas in Bhutan.
3. Buddha Point or Kuensel Phodrang
Buddha Point is the common name for the 51.5 meter tall Buddha statue called Kuensel Phodrang. This is the largest statue of Buddha in the country. The unique thing about this statue is that its body is filled with 12500 smaller statues of the Lord himself. The calm, smiling face of Buddha can be seen from all the nearby places in the city. The Buddha Point is a happening Thimphu point of interest, and also acts as an urban center for walking, cycling, and jogging.
4. Takin Preserve
Takin is a unique animal of the goat-antelope family that is found only in the Eastern Himalayan Mountain regions. It is native to Bhutan, Nepal, China and upper parts of Myanmar. However, Bhutan is the country to have a separate preserve for them. The Takin Preserve is one of the satisfying Thimphu attractions, especially for the nature lovers, as it allows having a glimpse of an animal as rare as this.
5. Simply Bhutan
The list of Thimphu places to visit does not end without a visit to the Simply Bhutan. It is a Bhutanese village themed museum which supports the youth of Bhutan to have solid ground beneath their feet and a hopeful future. They work towards the preservation of the Bhutanese culture by strengthening the youth. The themed museum is the best among the Thimphu sightseeing places in terms of cultural richness. They also have artistic performances to tell the story of Bhutan’s past and present through music and dance.
Tashichho Dzong In Thimphu
Built on the right side of the Wangchu River, the Tashichho Dzong Thimphu is the seat of the Bhutanese Government since 1952. The fortress is also known as Thimphu Dzong, and the site has been witness to crucial moments in the history of Bhutan. The fortress was first constructed in 1216 A.D. by Lama Gyalwa Lhanangpa and re...
- Tashichho Dzong
Buddha Dordenma In Thimphu
The Buddha Dordenma is located at the southern entrance to the Thimphu Valley in the Kuensel Phodrang Nature Park. The 51.5 m tall bronze statue is gilded in gold and is one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world. The Buddha Dordenma Statue houses 100,000 8-inch Buddha statues and 125,000 12-inch Buddha statues, effe...
- Big Buddha Temple
Simtokha Dzong In Thimphu
The Simtokha Dzong is one of the first Dzongs built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1629 and is said to be the first Dzong in Bhutan whose entire structure has survived for so long when compared to the other Dzongs in the country. Simtokha Dzong Bhutan occupies a key strategic location in the Thimphu valley and guards the e...
Changangkha Lhakhang In Thimphu
Changangkha Lhakhang Bhutan, built in the 12th-century temple, is the oldest temple in Bhutan and has been visited daily by the locals for the past 800 years. Although the exact date or year of its foundation is unknown, history of Changangkha Lhakhang suggests Phajo Drugom Zhigpo as the person who also founded the Drukpa ...
Motithang Takin Preserve In Thimphu
The Motithang Takin Preserve is a wildlife preserve for the national animal of Bhutan, takin. It is located in the Motithang district of Thimphu and is a place of great significance and local folklore in Bhutan. The 8.4 hectares of forest was fenced to be used as a preserve after the Takin was declared the national animal o...
- Motithang Takin Preserve
Jigme Dorji National Park In Thimphu
Jigme Dorji National Park is the second largest protected forest area of Bhutan, and also one of the most favoured tourist destinations. The forest is named after the Late Dragon King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, the monarch of Bhutan from March 30, 1952 – July 21, 1972. He was the first king to open up the country to the outside...
- National Park
Memorial Chorten In Thimphu
Memorial Chorten is perhaps the chief landmark of the city centre of Thimphu. A chorten is a Buddhist Tibetan-style mausoleum erected in the memory of someone. It has a white edifice with golden embellishments and a pagoda-like golden crest at the top. The Memorial Chorten in Thimphu is the tomb consecrated in the loving me...
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Bharat's 7 days trip to ThimphuOur trip was well organised thanks for this trip. The Dochula Pass is a mountain pass in the snow covered Himalayas within Bhutan on the road from Thimpu to Punakha where 108 memorial chortens it was our Best Memory of the trip!
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