THIMPHU

Thimphu is the capital of Bhutan and is therefore the most populated district in the country, with about 80,000 people. You can easily spend several days in Thimphu visiting all the sights. Many of the sights in the main town can be reached on foot, which is a good way to absorb the culture and see the way of life of the Bhutanese people. As you stroll through the streets, you will notice that there is not a single traffic light in the town (nor in the entire country), instead you will find a friendly traffic police controlling the traffic.


Attraction in Thimphu

Tashichhodzong (Fortress of the Glorious Religion) – First built in 1661 and expanded and rebuilt in 1961-62, the Dzong (Fortress) is the Throne Room of the 5th King of Bhutan and summer Headquarters for the Central Monastic Body as well as the main Government Headquarters.   Another Dzong towards south of the valley is Semtokha that was built in 1627, which is also one of the oldest in the country and a gateway to the capital city Thimphu.

Memorial Chorten (Stupa) – Built in 1974 in memory of our beloved Third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who passed away in 1972, the Chorten dominates the skyline of Thimphu. The special feature of the Chorten is that, while the exterior is built as a Stupa, the interior houses a three storied Buddhist Alter (Chapel).

National Library – Built in 1967 in the style of traditional temple, contains a large collection of religious books and manuscripts in Dzongkha and Classical Tibetan. It also contains a copy of the largest published book in the world, which is on Bhutan.

Folk Heritage Museum – Displays the way of life in a traditional Bhutanese context.  The house is more than 100 years old which belonged to a wealthy and influential family in Thimphu District during the reign of the First King of Bhutan.   It provides a nostalgic setting of a farm house which is still continued by the farmers in the rural areas of Bhutan. 

Textile Museum – Located at the Norzin Lam displays various Bhutanese textiles that are extensive, intricate and rich in traditional culture. It also exhibits colourful and rare Gho's and Kira's (dresses for Gents and Ladies) that is worn by different tribes of Bhutanese people even today.

National Institute of Traditional Medicine – Contains an impressive large laboratory and production facilities for traditional Bhutanese indigenous medicine and products. It has a day-care facility and clinic for treatment of patients. It also produces and sells the famous herbal tea called Tsheringma.  The traditional medicines are produced from various plants grown in high altitudes of Bhutan.

National Institute for Zorig Chusum – The institute trains young artisans on the thirteen traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan called the Zorig Chusum. The government realised that in order to keep our culture and tradition of arts and crafts, it is important that these young artisans receive skills in such fields.  Visitors can observe hands on training by the trainees during their regular class sessions. 

Handicrafts Emporium – This Center was set up in 1971 with the primary objective to help women and artisans to market their products under the auspices of the National Women's Association of Bhutan,  Every year thousands of tourists and nationals visit this Center.

Thimphu Golf Course - This 18 hole Golf Course is a beautiful course situated in the valley of Thimphu overlooking the spectacular view of the 17th century Tashichhodzong.  If any of the guests are interested to play a game of golf during their stay in Bhutan, it can be easily arranged.

Buddha Dordenma Statue - Overlooking the Thimphu valley this most majestic statue of Buddha Shakyamuni with a height of 51.5 meters is one of the tallest statue of Buddha in the world that has been built with bronze and gilded in gold.  A total of 125,000 small statues has been placed in this huge statue.   Built on the hill of Kuenselphodrang Nature Park one can have fantastic view of South and North Thimphu from this site.  It is believed that this statue fulfils an ancient Prophecy which dates back to 8th Century AD discovered by Terton Pema Lingpa a great Treasure Revealer which is said to emanate an aura of peace, tranquility and happiness to the entire living beings of the world.