One would assume that Thimphu is still settling into its role as the capital of one of the happiest countries in the world, Bhutan. Simple at heart, grappling with growing commercialisation, Thimphu is bustling with energy and is the heart of the country. Thimphu is a delight to explore if history interests you and also if you want a break from the quiet and serenity of Bhutan. Brimming with cafes, nightclubs and restaurants, the city welcomes people from all over the world with open arms. While here, do check out Changangkha Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, the National Folk Heritage Museum which offers a peek into the life of the Bhutanese people, especially the rural way of life. There are tons of parks, gardens and galleries in and around Thimpu and you cover most of these in a single day depending on your interests. The exhibits here range from archaic to contemporary and are definitely worth taking a look at.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Thimphu is from September to October
How To Reach
Book a Package Tour
3. Buddha Dordenma statue: This massive statue of Shakyamuni measures in at a height of 51.5 meters, making it one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world. The statue is made of bronze and is gilded in gold. 125,000 smaller Buddha statues have been placed within the Buddha Dordenma statue, 100,000 8 inch tall and 25,000 12 inch tall statues respectively. Each of these thousands of Buddhas have also been cast in bronze and gilded. The throne that the Buddha Dordenma sits upon is a large meditation hall. It is located atop a hill in Kuenselphodrang Nature Park and overlooks the Southern entrance to Thimphu Valley. The statue fulfills an ancient prophecy dating back to the 8th century A.D that was discovered by Terton Pema Lingpa (Religious Treasure Discoverer) and is said to emanate an aura of peace and happiness to the entire world.
We booked a traveller through the host's contact and told him to take us to three places in Thimphu city.1. National Memorial Chorten: Also called as the Thimpu Chorten this place was inherent memory of the third ruler of Bhutan in the year 1974.This remembrance stupa called as the Thimpu Chorten is situated in the focal point of the city. It is a standout amongst the most conspicuous milestones in Thimpu and is known to be an image of world peace. Chorten essentially signifies "Brain of Buddha" and this national chorten has an astonishing engineering with various perplexing structures exhibit inside them. This structure is white in shading and has brilliant tower on the top. One can without much of a stretch recognize this structure from far away and this remaining parts to be a standout amongst the most notorious structures in Bhutan.
This is certainly most googled cafe of Bhutan, and almost lives up to the expectation. Its a place where you can find people of almost all nationalities sharing stories and books. Well its almost always crowded, and food is averagely yum.I ordered : Olive Pizza and Oolong Tea, A Carrot Cake too !!
Tashichho Dzong is a Buddhist monastery and fortress, which was originally built in 1641 and refurbished in 1965 in traditional style, without nails or architectural plans. The dzong serves as the administrative headquarters for the government and the religious order. The northern portion is the summer residence of His Holiness, the Je Khenpo and the central monastic body. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the city. Overnight in Thimphu. (B)You can stay at-
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.
Folk Heritage Museum Kawajangsa
Housed in a restored three storied, 19th century building, the Folk Heritage Museum provides a glimpse of the traditional Bhutanese lifestyle through exhibits, demonstrations and documentation of rural life. It has on display typical household objects, domestic tools and equipments that were used by rural families of that period.
Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory
The Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory was established in 1990 to produce the authentic Bhutanese paper known as Deh-sho using traditional techniques that have been practiced for generations. The factory uses the bark of two tree species, the Daphne and Dhekap in the manufacture of the paper.
National Memorial Choten
The large Tibetan-style National Memorial Chorten was built in 1974 to honour the memory of the third King, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (the father of modern Bhutan). This whitewashed chorten with its golden spires, features elaborate mandalas, statues and a shrine dedicated to the popular third king. The religious paintings and complex tantric statues inside the monument reflect both peaceful and wrathful aspects of Buddhist deities.