Thimphu is the capital and most modern city in the country with mix of modern development and alongside ancient traditions. Thimphu being the center of government, religion and commerce, it is also a home to civil servants, monk body, royal family and expatriates. It city provide best opportunity to explore modern culture, cuisine, structure and life style. Thimphu maintains a strong national character in its architectural style.
List of some Fascinating Destinations and Attractions in & around Thimphu:
Simtokha Dzong is the small and oldest Dzong which have survived in its original form. The Dzong was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1629. The Dzong today it houses one of the premier Dzongkha language learning institutes. The dzong houses statues and paintings of various Buddhas, deities and religious figures.
Memorial Chorten is the stupa in the Thimphu built in memory of 3rd King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in 1974. The stupa is a four-storey chorten decorated with numerous religious paintings and tantric statues housed inside, reflecting both peaceful and wrathful aspects of Buddhist deities. The stupa is circulated by people throughout the day to pay homage.
National Library is established for the preservation and promotion of rich culture and religious heritage of Bhutan in the year 1967. This place house the sacred religious books and manuscripts in the growing collection.
Institute for Zorig Chusum
Institute for Zorig Chusum is commonly known as Arts & Crafts School or Painting School, the Institute offers a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. On a visit, one can see students learning the various skills taught at the school. The 13 traditional arts and craft include Dezo ( Paper Making), Dozo (Stonework), Garzo (Blacksmithing), Jinzo (Clay arts), Lhazo (Painting), Lugzo (Bronze casting), Parzo (Wood, slate, and stone carving), Shagzo (Woodturning), Shingzo (Woodworking), Thagzo (Weaving), Trözo (Silver- and gold-smithing), Tshazo (Cane and bamboo work) and Tshemazo (Needlework).
The Folk Heritage Museum
The Folk Heritage Museum or Phelchey Toenkhyimis founded in 2001 which gives person a glimpse of various materials related to the Bhutanese culture and way of their living. It also displays an impressive collection of typical household objects, tools and equipment.
National Textile Museum
National Textile Museum founded in 2001 is mainly to promote and sustain the interest of wavers and the achievement in the field of the textile, it is also to preserve and promote the culture and history of the Bhutan.
Trashichhoedzong also known as Fortress of the glorious religion is in Capital of Bhutan which now house the throne room and offices of the king, the secretariat and the ministries of home affairs and finance. The Dzong is surrounded by beautifully well-managed lawn and gardens giving attractive view.
Weekend Market is displayed during Saturday and Sunday in the Capital a few minute walk from the main town. Many local farmer gather here to sell different local product that are produce in their area. The product are fresh and locally produce and organic.
Handicrafts Shops display many local handmade, arts and craft, different type of textile and many more including 13 art and crafts, which can be used to decorate in the house. The things are beautifully decorated and design by the local.
Tango Goemba was founded by Phajo Drugom Zhigpo in the 13th century and built in its present form by Tenzin Rabgye, the 4th Desi or Temporal Ruler in 1688. According to a local legend Phajo Drugom Zhigpo, profounder of the teachings of Dodeyna who was on a visit to this place during his teaching mission heard the neighing of a horse coming from the direction of the Tango. Concurrently, he witnessed the cliff in the form of God Tandin (horse head or Hayagriva) engulfed in flames. The deity is appearing before Zhigpo prophesied that the place was meant to build a monastery for meditation. The prophecy also mentioned that Zhigpo would marry the Dakine, Khando Sonam Peldon and establish the Drukpa Kagyu School of Buddhism in Bhutan. The earliest history traced to this location is when Guru RInpochhe on a visit to the place in the eighth century had identified the place as representing the Hayagriva or horse head. It was only in 1222 that the place again got its recognition when Phajo Drugom Zhipo, the profounder of Drukpa Kagyu School of Buddhism, witnessed the cliff in the form of God Tandin (horse head) or Hayagriva.
Cheri Goemba is a Buddhist monastery in Bhutan established in 1620 by Ngawang Namgyal. According to Bhutanese religious histories, the place was first visited by Padmasambhava in the 8th century. In the 13th century it was visited by Phajo Drugom Zhigpo who first established the Drukpa Kagyu tradition in Bhutan. Cheri today has numerous hermitages and small temples located on its slopes, commanding spectacular views.
Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang) is located few minute drive uphill from the main town and 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. Visitors can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley from the Buddha point (Kuensel Phodrang). The statue is built on the hill top overlooking the southern approach to Thimphu.
Botanical Gardens, Seribithang is located few minutes’ drive from the city on the hill top with rich in wide selection of indigenous flowers, trees and plants of interest. The place provide visitor with peaceful and relaxing environment.
Coronation Park is located below the national stadium, Changlimithang providing wide space to hangout and relax. The place also have place where children can play and enjoy.
Zangthopelri Lhakhang Located near the Weekend Market area is one of the tallest temples and was built in 1990s by a local resident. Zangthoo pelri still possesses some impressive murals and art treasures and is worthy of a visit. The lhakhang houses many large statues, including a 4m-high image of Guru Rinpoche.
Sangaygang few kilometers from the main city towards the hilltop elevation of 2685m where the broadcasting studios of Bhutan television is hosted provide wonderful view of the Thimphu Valley.
Takin Preserve is located in motithang, Thimphu with mini-zoo which house the national animal of the country which looks like the combination of cow and goat (head of goat and body of cow). The legend believe that the animal was created by Drukpa Kuenley and can be found in Bhutan and nearby area.