Hiking in Thimphu, Bhutan
Enjoy hiking on the adventurous and scenic trails of Thimphu
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About Hiking in Thimphu
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 Bhutan and Thimphu within the mountains has prompted a number of people to market the very aspect of Thimphu being so close to nature as a way to provide adventure sports services. Sports like trekking and hiking in Thimphu have fast become the preferred leisure time for visiting tourists as the conditions in the town along with hike destinations are perfect for a day of sightseeing and the cool weather further adds to the attractiveness of a hiking trip.
One can decide and premeditate the entire hiking route due to the presence of so many good tourist spots around the town in the valley, just waiting to be reached. A popular hiking places in Thimphu include the Phajoding Lake and the Phajoding monastery trek. The 5 km and 5-hour long route takes one through some locations and beautiful flora in the Thimphu valley. Another popular hiking trail is the Wangdi Tse hike to the Wangdi Tse Goenpa. This short hike offers a great view of the upper valley if Thimphu and takes you through nature and a stupa giving you a truly peaceful time during the hike.
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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...
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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...
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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...
Things To Do In Thimphu
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Weekend Market In Thimphu
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...
- Local market
Hiking In Thimphu
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...
Changlimithang Stadium In Thimphu
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
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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FAQ's of Thimphu
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What to wear on a hiking trip?
One should wear comfortable shoes and clothes for it may be entirely possible to be hiking for the whole day.
Can one take photos?
Yes, one can take photos while hiking but must keep in mind that the monasteries do not allow photography inside their premises and one can only take pictures of the outside of the monasteries.
Are there any precautions one needs to take?
One must avoid lighting fires in the forest and if one does, ensure to properly put the fire out as uncontrolled campfires can destroy the forest and ecological balance of the area and adversely affect the environment and flora and fauna of the area.
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