Thimphu trekking information

Location

Thimphu 27° 28' 16.3884" N, 89° 38' 10.3128" E

Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, lies in a wooded valley, sprawling up a hillside on the west bank of the Wang Chhu. Thimphu was made capital in 1961 nevertheless it remained very rural until 1970s. But since 1990, the population has grown dramatically and now it is estimated to be 46,000.

 

Although Thimphu has undergone a lot of recent development one can still see the traditional charm because buildings are not allowed to exceed a certain height and must be designed in traditional Bhutanese style with roofs painted either red or green. Most of the shops, hotels and travel agencies of Bhutan are centered on Thimphu hence one can easily get accommodation, shop and make the travel plan without much hassles.

 

Options for places to visit:

 

Trashi Chhoe Dzong, meaning Fortress of the Glorious Religion, now houses the secretariat, the throne room and offices of the king and the ministries of home affairs and finance.

National Library, established in 1967 to preserve many ancient Dzongkha and Tibetan texts.

National Institute for Zorig Chusum, known as the painting school.

SAARC Building, the large traditional Bhutanese-style building, now houses the planning and foreign ministries

National Memorial Chorten, the large Tibetan-style chorten was built in 1974 to honour the memory of the third king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. This memorial chorten is one of the most visible religious places in Thimphu and here many people daily came for their worship.

Folk Heritage Museum, a three-storey rammed mud and timber building is the perfect model of a century old traditional farmhouse.

National Institute of Traditional Medicine, the place where traditional herbal and other medicines are researched, prepared and then dispensed.

Weekend Market at the north of Changlimithang Stadium, is an interesting place to visit on weekends only, where village people came together to sell the Thimphu residents their products.

National Textile Museum, is also a worth place to visit, where one can know the changing major weaving techniques, styles of local dress and textiles worn by men and women and whole other things about the living national art of weaving.

Royal Academy of Performing Arts, provides formal training for masked dancers and also works to preserve Bhutan’s folk-dancing heritage. With prior notice they will provide a one-hour performance for visitors.

Zangto Pelri Lhakhang, is a model of Guru Rinpoche’s holy abode, where many large statutes are preserved. This chapel is built by Dasho Aku Tongmi, the composer of Bhutan’s national anthem.

Changlimithang Stadium is the national sport stadium which houses the national archery ground, football stadium and parade ground, basketball, tennis and squash courts and the quarters of the Olympic committee.

Telecom Tower located at Sangaygang hillside gives a wonderful view of Thimphu Valley can be seen.

Mini-zoo was initially established as a small zoo to keep animals but was later disbanded. However the tamed animals still wanders around looking for food so one can see these animals early morning.

Changangkha Lhakhang, an old temple where statue of Chenresig in an 11-headed manifestation and texts larger in size than usual Tibetan Texts are preserved.

Drubthob Goemba is used by the Zilukha nunnery.

And round the Thimphu as well as in north and south of Thimphu, there are many gumpas and other interesting places to visit like Royal Botanical Garden at Serbithang, Simtokha Dzong etc.

Below you will find a video of archers singing and dancing after a succesful shot during a game in Thimpu.

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