THIMPHU

Thimphu formerly spelled as Thimbu or Thimpu is the capital and largest and only city of the Kingdom of Bhutan. It is situated in the western central part of Bhutan and the surrounding valley is one of Bhutan's dzongkhags, the Thimphu District. The ancient capital city of Punakha was replaced by Thimphu when it was established as capital in 1955, and in 1961 Thimphu was declared as the capital of the Kingdom of Bhutan by His Majesty the 3rd Druk Gyalpo Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.

 Capital city of Bhutan

Location: Western Bhutan
Distance from Paro: 65km (1hr 30mins)
Elevation: 2,320m (7,610ft)

SITE TO VISIT :

     DOCHULA PASS: Located about 30km away from the capital of Bhutan, where on a clear day you can enjoy spectacular view of Himalayan peaks.

    TASHICHHO DZONG: The fortress of the glorious religion’ and housing some important offices. 

     NATIONAL MEMORIAL CHORTEN : It has large impressive monument with its golden spire, built in 1974 in the memory of the third King, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (1928 – 1972).It was built by his mother Her Majesty late Queen Ashi Phuntsho Choden Wangchuck

     BUDDHA DORDENMA Statue: It is a massive statue of Shakyamuni, measures in at a height of 51.5 meters (169ft) making it one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world.

     FOLK HERITAGE MUSEUM: The museum gives you a glimpse of the traditional Bhutanese lifestyle.

     THE JUNGSHI PAPER FACTORY: The factory uses the bark of two tree species, the Daphne tree and Dhekap tree to manufacture traditional paper.

     SIMTOKHA DZONG:SPAN The Dzong houses countless statues and paintings of various Buddha’s, deities and religious figures including the eight manifestations of Guru Rimpoche, Jampelyang the Bodhisattava of wisdom, Shakya Gyalpo the Buddha of compassion and many more.

     CHANGANGKHA MONASTERY: The Monastery is considered the spiritual home of new born children in the Chang valley. It is the oldest temple in Thimphu.

      NATIONAL LIBRARY: It was established in the late 1960s, stocked with ancient Buddhist manuscripts and modern academic books

     TEXTILE MUSEUM / HANDICRAFT: It has a wide assortment of colourful, hand woven textiles and other craft products.

     TANGO/CHERI MONASTERY: It was established in 1620, by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. It takes about an hour to walk up the steep hill to reach the monastery from the road.

     ZORIG CHUSUM: Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instruction in the art of painting Thangkas (Sacred Buddhist religious scrolls.

     MOTITHANG ZOO: Glance at the national animal of Bhutan, Taken

     TRADITIONAL MEDICINE INSTITUTE: A place where medicine are prepared according to ancient practise.

     THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS: It is the home of the Royal Dance troupe. The history of the academy dates back to 1954. When it was started under the command of His late Majesty the King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck with the gracious intention to preserve and promote Bhutanese performing arts. The academy was institutionalized in 1967 with a mandate to preserve and promote performing arts traditions.

Other attractions:  Observe the Royal silversmith, Bhutanese paper factory, Centenary Farmer’s Market, River rafting.