Thimphu has been the capital of Bhutan since 1955. It is the centre of government, religion and commerce. The harmonious mix of modern development with ancient traditions makes it a unique town. It is homes to the civil servants, expatriates and the monk body and maintains a strong national character in its architectural style. Once a small rural settlement, today it is home to about 150,000 inhabitants.
Tashichhodzong or the “fortress of the glorious religion”, was initially erected in 1641 and rebuilt by the Third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in 1965. Tashichhodzong is Bhutan’s administrative and religious centre and houses the throne room of His Majesty the King of Bhutan, Government Ministries, the nation’s largest monastery and …..
National Memorial Chorten (Stupa) was built in 1974 in memory of the Third King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. It is monument for world peace and prosperity. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.
Bhutan is having largest and tallest statue of Lord Buddha. Perhaps it will also become the eight wonder of the world. The 51m (169ft) Buddha Dordenma made of bronze, symbolizing indestructibility, will be overlooking the capital city of Bhutan. The statue will accommodate 100,000 statues of eight-inch and 25,000 statues …..
National Library which holds a vast collection of Buddhist texts and manuscripts, some dating back several hundred years, as well as modern academic books mainly on Himalayan culture and religion; the history of Bhutan lies imprinted in archaic texts which are preserved at the National Library. Besides thousands of manuscripts …..
Semtokha Dzong which stands on a lofty ridge, five miles from Thimphu town was built in 1627 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. It is the oldest Dzong in the country and now houses the School for Buddhist Studies.
National Institute for Zorig Chusum or the School of Arts and Crafts is an Institute where students undertake a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. “Zorig Chusum” means the Thirteen Arts and Crafts. To preserve the country’s invaluable heritage and promote arts in Bhutan, the …..
National Institute for Traditional Medicine, where the medicinal herbs abundant in the kingdom are compounded and dispensed, and traditional medical practitioners are trained. In Bhutan, equal emphasis is given to both allopathy and traditional medicines and the Institute also imparts the art of herbal medicines to would be practitioners.
Changangkha Lhakhang, a fortress like temple lies perched on a ridge above Thimphu, south of Motithang. The temple was built in 12th century on a site chosen by Lama Phajo Drugom Shigpo, who came from Tibet. The central statue here is Chenrezig in a manifestation with 11 heads. From temple …..
To see the rare national animal of Bhutan. Takin is a vulnerable species with the sum of the subspecies on the engendered list. It is a rare animal found only in Bhutan, Nepal, Burma and China. This animal is chosen as the national animal of Bhutan for its uniqueness and …..
Handicrafts Emporium, a government-run enterprise where one can find a wide range of beautifully hand-woven textiles and craft products. It also carries a small collection of books on Bhutan, Buddhism and Himalayan culture.
Every Saturday and Sunday most of the Thimphu’s scant population and many valley duelers congregate on the banks of the river where the weekend market is held. It provides an insight into the village economy where farmers from nearby areas converge to sell their products. It makes an interesting for …..
Zangtho Pelri Lhakhang (temple) was built in 1990s by Late Dasho Aku Tongmi, a musician who composed Bhutan’s national anthem. It is a replica Guru Padsambhava’s celestial abode.
With the opening of the Textile Museum in 2001, under the patronage the Queen of Bhutan, Her Majesty Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuk, Bhutanese textiles have reached new heights as one of the most visible traditional crafts and as a distinctly Bhutanese art form. The textile museum has opened its exhibition …..
Folk Heritage Museum also known as Phelchey Toenkhyim was also established at the initiative of the Queen of Bhutan, Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck is dedicated to connect people to the Bhutanese rural past through exhibits, demonstration, educational programs, and documentation of rural life. The principal exhibit in the …..
Dochu La Pass (10,130ft/3,088m) is one hour drive from Thimphu and on a clear day, one can get a good view of the Eastern Himalayas, including Bhutan’s highest mountain, Gangkar Punsum, 24,770ft/7,550m and the following peaks (left to right): Masagang (7,158m), Tsendegang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m), Jejegangphugang (7,158m), Kangphugang (7,170m), Zongaphugang …..
Tango Goemba (monastery) is half an hour drive from Thimphu town. It was founded by Lama Gyalwa Lhanangpa in the 12th century and the present building was built in the 15th century by the ‘Divine Madman’, Lama Drukpa Kunley. In 1616 Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal visited Tango and meditated in a …..
Cheri Goemba (monastery) is half an hour drive from Thimphu town. It was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1620. A silver chorten inside the monastery holds the ashes of Shabdrung’s father. The trail commences by crossing a lovely covered bridge that spans the Thimphu Chug, then climbs steeply to …..
Phajoding Goemba (monastery) is a 5 km uphill walk from Motithang. The monastery was built in 15th century by Shagcha Rinchen who introduced the Drukpa Kagyupa school in Bhutan in the 13th Century. It was at one time one of the richest monasteries in the country.
Thimphu also celebrates a one day festival known as the Thimphu Dromchoe. The day long festival dates back to the 17th century. It was first introduced by Kuenga Gyeltshen in 1710, who was recognized as the reincarnation of Jampel Dorji, son of Zhabdrung Nawang Namgyel. The dromchoe is celebrated 3 …..
One of the biggest festivals in the country is the Thimphu Tshechu. This festival is held in the capital city for three days beginning on 10th day of the 8th month of lunar calendar. This Tshechu is witnessed by thousands of people many of which travel from neighboring Dzongkhags (districts) …..