DAY 02 – THIMPHU
Places covered: Memorial Chorten, Tashichho Dzong, Changangkha Lhakhang, Drupthob Goemba, Institute for Zorig Chusum.
Memorial Chorten – This place is known to be “the most visible religious landmark in Bhutan”. The Chorten was built in 1974 to honor the 3rd King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. It is a prominent landmark in the city with its Golden Spires and Bells. In 2008, it underwent extensive renovation.
Tashichho Dzong (All tourists visiting Dzongs and temples must be dressed appropriately. No half pant, sleeve less shirts, floaters, etc are allowed) – Also known as “Fortress of the Glorious Religion”, Trachichho Dzong is one of the prominent monasteries as it houses the Throne room of His Majesty, the King of Bhutan.
Changangkha Lhakhang (Monastery) – This popular fortress-like temple perched on a ridge above central Thimphu regularly hums with pilgrim activity. Parents traditionally come here to get auspicious names for their newborns or blessings for their young children from the protector deity Tamdrin (to the left in the grilled inner sanctum, next to Chenresig). Don’t leave without taking in the excellent view from the back Kora (Pilgrim path), with its lovely Black and Gold prayer wheels.
Drupthob Goemba / Zilukha Nunnery – Perched on a promontory, overlooking picturesque Trashichho Dzong and Golf course, it is the only nunnery in capital known as Zilukha Anim Dratsang.
Institute for Zorig Chusum (Traditional Art & Craft School) (Closed on Saturday, Sunday & National Holidays & During Summer & Winter Vacations) – The art taught today in Bhutan was introduced by the Great Treasurer Discoverer Terton Pema Lingpa in the Fifteen century. These traditional Crafts represents hundreds of years of Knowledge and ability that has passed down the generation. Bhutan unique artistic traditions have played a vital role in mounding its distinct cultural heritage.