Things To Do In Thimphu

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Adventure Activities Thimphu

Thimphu is the seat of the constitutional monarchy, the Buddhist monk body and other government institutions of Bhutan. But hidden amidst all the administrative establishments, there are many Thimphu things to do and explore.

1. Shop from Centenary Farmer’s Weekend

Centenary Farmer’s Market is not just a market; it is an iconic place in the capital of Bhutan. Visiting the market is one of the best things to do in Thimphu. In 2008, HRH Ashi Dechen Yangzom Wangchuk revamped the old farmer’s market with tents and shacks and replaced it with a two-storey building and 400 stalls inside. On every weekend, locals from nearby cities and villages gather here to sell their fresh farm products to the residents and tourists of Thimphu. Crossing a small cantilevered bridge festooned with brightly colored prayer flags will take you to the handicraft stalls. This is one of the best places for trinket shopping in Thimphu. You can find small prayer wheels, Buddha statues, thangkas, masks, wooden and bamboo handicrafts and more. Shopping in this market on the weekends is an important activity of Thimphu nightlife.

2. Visit the historic sites of Thimphu

The capital city has its share of historic sites which must be a part of the itinerary of Thimphu-Bhutan points of interest. The Memorial Chorten in the city’s heart in memory of the Third Dragon King of Nepal, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, is a poignant mausoleum with mandala paintings, elaborate figurines and other Buddhist works of art. The Tashichho Dzong and its golden-red roofs are also a must-visit. This building houses the monk body, the throne, and offices of the king as well as other important government offices. Visit this after 5 pm to get a good glimpse of the garden and the gallery.

3. Witness archery matches

It is certainly a unique thing to do in Thimphu Bhutan to witness archery matches at the Changlimithang Archery Ground. Thimphu is famous for archery, and it is also the national sport of the country. In other villages of Bhutan, matches between two locals are held in open places. But in the capital, there are serious tournaments in the stadium many times during the year. The traditional bamboo bows are replaced with carbon ones for better precision. More than the match itself, the verbal combat between the cheerers and supporters of the two teams, and their impromptu breaking into song and dance whenever their team scores, is an extremely fun thing to witness.

4. Hike to the caves and chortens of Dochula Pass

Dochula Pass in itself is a secret gem of a destination in Thimphu. If you have a free day and are wondering what to do in Thimphu, hire a cab or go for hiking up Dochula Pass. It is perched atop an altitude of 10,200 feet and falls right in between Thimphu and the former capital Punakha. The pass is mostly known for the 108 Druk Wangyal Chortens that adorns it. Chortens are mausoleums of Buddhist sages and saints, and circumambulation of them earns blessings for the person. However, even more fascinating are the small sanctuaries for meditation tucked within the forest in the hills just above the pass. They are small caverns built from stone, painted in bright colors and Buddhist symbols like Druk – the dragon – the logo of Bhutan right at its top.

5. Collect some stamps

Thimphu is heaven for not only nature and history lover but a philatelist as well. A philatelist is a person who collects and/or studies about postage stamps. The philately counter at the National Post Office at Chang Lam is a great Thimphu point of interest. It has a mind-blowing collection of stamps from different era and sizes. There are even 3D stamps and personalized stamp-making facilities. Whether or not you are a philatelist, an original Bhutanese stamp will surely be a great souvenir to take back as a memory.

Weekend Market In Thimphu

The wildlife warden munnar PO, idukki dist. kerala, india

The weekend market Thimphu is a permanent space on the western bank of the Wang Chu River. Located to the north of Changlimithang Stadium, the Thimphu weekend market runs every Friday to Sunday. The vendors start reaching the market from Thursday, and the market remains alive till late Sunday night. The market offers almost...

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Hiking In Thimphu

The wildlife warden munnar PO, idukki dist. kerala, india

Hiking tour Thimphu is one of the best ways of exploring the natural locales of the destination. Thimphu is the summer capital of Bhutan and is surrounded by lush greenery and beautiful surroundings. The town is located in the Thimphu valley, and the beauty of the surrounding area is incomparable. The unique location of Bhu...

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Changlimithang Stadium In Thimphu

The wildlife warden munnar PO, idukki dist. kerala, india

Changlimithang Stadium is the national stadium of Bhutan and was inaugurated in 1974. The stadium has a total capacity of 15000 and has been renovated time and again to add facilities and features to the stadium with the most recent renovation being in 2016. Located in the city of Thimphu, the stadium was built to commemora...

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Dochula Pass In Thimphu

The wildlife warden munnar PO, idukki dist. kerala, india

Situated at a height of 3100 meters, Dochula Pass is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Bhutan. In a broader sense, it is a route that lies between Bhutan’s present capital Thimphu and older royal capital Punakha. This pass was once part of a couple of ancient trade tracks, like Dochula Nature Trail or Lumitsawa A...

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Mayank's 8 days trip to Thimphu

I am very much satisfied with the overall booking i got the best quote and all things were manage nicely. guide and drive both were professional and made it a memorable experience. I had booked tour with Bhutan INC and i think they are one of the best travel agency for bhutan travel i recommend them. But overall booking experience wasnot that good i was promised a quote which was very good but at the time of booking that quote got increased by 15k which is not professionalism. Guide and driver both were amazing and explained everything in details.

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Bharat's 7 days trip to Thimphu

Our 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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Mohit's 6 days trip to Thimphu

Thimpu hotel stay was good experience rest of the trip was also fine.

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Rakeshkumar's 6 days trip to Thimphu

Thimphu city and the hotel was really good, but we requesting you please never suggest Hotel Tshringma to other guest because the staff & services are not customer oriented. Thimpu City sightseeing was our Best Memory of the trip!

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Our agent ASTER TOURS was very good. we had an anniversary on 11th December and we told to agent that we have to dinner in a local dress and our agent arranged all the things as per our choice.

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Alhad's 6 days trip to Thimphu

Bhutan trip was amazing we loved Bhutnese culture and people. Hike to Tiger Nest was our Best Memory of the trip! It takes between four and five hours to do the round trip hike, plus one more hour to tour the monastery. Many people also have lunch in the cafeteria not far from the monastery. Plan on leaving Paro around 8 am and arriving back at your hotel around 3 pm.

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Amazing trip planned by travel triangle & Texa Trove team. Taktsang monastery also known as Tiger Nest in Paro was our Best Memory of the trip!

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