Day 2 ..A complete tour of Thimpu.....
Our very Friendly driver, Sacha Bhaiya arrived at 9 am to pick us up and there began our wonderfulllll day in Thimpu.
One of the first views we were shown was the TASHICHHO Dzong and the Supreme court of BHUTAN. TASHICHHO Dzong is a fortress and the head of Bhutan civil government.. We saw these buildings from across fields as to have a complete view and also that being a government house, tourists aren't allowed before 4pm in the evening.. . .. We asked where the central jail was here and the answer made us all laugh... According to Sacha Bhaiya there are hardly any criminal cases lodged anywhere in Bhutan...and the jail is mostly empty.... He says," As it is we have such few people,we don't wanna put people into jail and further reduce this number"..😂
We then drove to the National Library and Archives of BHUTAN.. under the Department of Culture. As all the other buildings in this country .. this one too was beautiful and looked like a Monastery. .
Have you ever been to a National Library where you are required to open your shoes before entering? .And also a Library where there's a place for worship in every floor.. that's how pure and spiritual this country is.
The art school of Thimpu(National Institute of Zorig Chusum) is a school where kids from all over BHUTAN are taught the traditional art and crafts to help Bhutan in continuing their ancient way of art and craft like colouful motifs all over their walls and doors, clay sculptures, Wooden masks, embroidery, weaving of traditional handlooms etc. Here you can roam around the school and watch the kids in action , someone sculpting, another carving, painting... . It is really nice to see the hands behind the sculptures, statues and pauntings we all have bought some time or the other from any curio shop ever..
Just across this was the Folk Heritage Mueseum.. ..here they have turned a 150 year old traditional Bhutanese home into a museum and you are free to roam around the house and look into the old way of life of the Bhutanese.. It is a three storied mud house .
Our next and for me... the most awaited stop was Simply Bhutan ..also called a Living Museum. This place also serves lunch if you call and book a table in the morning. They serve authentic Bhutanese cuisine in a buffet style.. where they bring the food to your table and you can eat as muchhh as you wantt. This museum provides a guided tour for an entry fee of Rs . 300 ..and if you pay another 200 you can avail the buffet. .The food was awesome... .. the people Friendly.....We also enjoyed watching the traditional dance form they performed for the guests. We then went for the guided tour.
Our last but the most enthralling visit was to The 150 ft Sitting Buddha atop a hill which overlooks the entire city of Thimpu. It also provides a breathtaking view of the Himalayas which surround Thimpu on all sides.
P.S Thimpu, A city with cars who have forgotten to use their honking horns.