Best things to do in Thimphu and sightseeing in Thimphu
Dochula - Thimphu
A mountain pass with a wow factor any time one visits it!! During the winter one can experience snowfall or else in my case during the summer one can witness superb views of the valleys around!
The weather was cool in Thimphu but it became colder as one go on ascent to Dochula Pass. At an elevation of 3,100m after a 12-km drive, you are in the lap of nature with snowy Himalayan ranges looming in the background. Even at noon it gets foggy, and chilly weather can deprive you of a clear view. But then its amazing feeling to stand in a valley filled with hills, cypress trees and thousands of fluttering flags all across you. The Buddhist belief that inscribed mantras in prayer flags will be transmitted across the land by the wind and spread goodness so even at the highest of the mountains , you can see colourful flags at every pass, valley, bridges and houses. Predominantly in five colours, they represent the five colours of the elements — blue (sky), white (clouds), red (fire), green (water) and yellow (earth). Isn't it amazing?
Breathtakingly beautiful sight with 108 chortens in the backdrop of snow-capped mountains.
Kuenselphodrang - Thimphu
Tashichhodzong - Thimphu
This Dzong is part monastery and part administrative block - the King's Offices are here.
Standing on the right side of the Wangchu River, Tashichho Dzong, or popularly known as Thimphu Dzong, is an impressive structure that houses the Bhutanese government. The Dzong originated with the building of Dho-Ngon (Blue Stone) Dzong on a hill above Thimphu River where Dechenphodrang stands by Lama Gyalwa Lhanangpa. On the 17th century, the followers of Lama Gyalwa Lhanangpa were completely crush by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and the the Dho Ngon Dzong fell into the hands of Zhbdrung.Zhabdrung rebuilt the fortress in 1641 and renamed it Tashichho Dzong. Better when served with a guide.
National Memorial Choten - Thimphu
Druk Hotel - Thimphu
Clock Tower Square - Thimphu
A trip to Thimpu can’t be complete without spending at least one evening at the Thimpu Square. Dotted by cafes and shops selling everything from trinkets and handicrafts to everyday household items, Thimpu Square is a haven for tourists, who compare notes and give each other knowing nods. Though nobody really seems to be in a rush, there is a clock-tower right in the centre of the square. Bhutanese stamps have always had a place of pride in our amateur philately albums, so a visit to the Bhutan General Post Office, which is a stone’s throw from the Square, is also recommended.
River View Hotel - Thimphu
As the name suggests the view from the room is like a perfect wallpaper with lush green mountains and the gently flowing Thimpu Chu river set amidst white glistening stupas. Just like in most spots of Bhutan, the view is that of simple, untouched beauty. The hotel serves traditional lunch which is a delightful affair of delicious, home-made preparations of mushrooms, red rice, mixed vegetables and the quintessential Bhutanese dish called Ema Datsi or chilli and cheese.
Hotel New Grand And Pure Vegetarian Restaurant and Bar - Thimphu
Changangkha Lhakhang - Thimphu
According to me this one is definitely a diamond among the haystack!! A place amidst the crowded city of Thimphu,perched on a ridge above central Thimphu regularly hums with pilgrim activity. This 12th century temple is very famous among the locals parents who'd come with their new born children to seek blessings from the protector deity Tamdrin and to get auspicious names for the new borns.
Ambient Cafe - Thimphu
Bhutan Post - Thimphu
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