Thimphu

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Mountain, View Point, War Memorial

The most well-known pass in Bhutan, Dochula Pass towers at a whopping 10, 000 feet above sea level and offers visitors a postcard-like panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks on clear, winter days. With a great cup of coffee to boot at the open-air restaurant, this pass is a great place to unwind at and very much worth the hairpin turns and adrenaline rushes that one inevitably goes through on the way up.

Dochula Pass

Landmark, View Point, Monument, Statue

Faith manifests itself in the form of a large watchful guardian in Bhutan – standing tall at a whopping 51.5 meters, cast in bronze and gilded in gold, this is one of the largest Buddha statues in the world. Seated regally upon a large meditation hall, this Shakyamuni Buddha structure is a work in progress, the location of which used to be the ruins of Kuensel Phodrang, the palace of Sherab Wangchuck, the thirteenth Desi Druk

Buddha Dordenma

Wildlife Sanctuary

A short distance up the road to the Bhutan Broadcast Service TV tower viewpoint is a trail that will take you to a large fenced enclosure that was originally established as a zoo, located in the Motithang district of Thimphu. The takin is an animal with significant religious connotation in Bhutan, as a mythological tale dating back to the 15th century relates how a Tibetan saint with the epithet ‘The Divine Madman’ created this species with the head of a goat and the body of a cow, found only on the hills of Bhutan

Motithang Takin Preserve

Religious Site, Architecture , Monastery

Perched majestically on the western bank of the Wangchu Riverwith a commanding view of theThimphu valley, the Tashichho Dzong or Thimphu Dzong is known as the ‘the fortress of the auspicious religion’. The structure is arresting as you approach it, a two-storied whitewashed building with four three-storied towers standing guard at each corner, all constructed around a large central tower or an utse. The courtyard surrounding the premises is lush, well-kept and alive with colourful flowers.

Tashichho Dzong

Memorial, Street Market

The Memorial Chorten, or the Thimphu Chorten, welcomes you at the entrance with traders selling souvenirs, carvings and incense. This Tibetan-style chorten is one of the most prominent religious landmarks in the city, resplendent in its golden spires, bells and prayer wheels. Located on Doeboom Lam in the southern-central part of Thimphu, it was constructed in 1974 to honour the 3rd King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck by his mother Her Majesty the late Queen Ashi Phuntsho Choden Wangchuck as he wanted to build ‘a chorten to represent the mind of Buddha’. Consecrated by Dudjom Rinpoche, it went through extensive reconstruction in 2008

Thimphu Chorten

Museum

The Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan is housed in a striking building, blending modern architectural appearance with Bhutanese designs seamlessly.Built to preserve and promote weaving, an integral part of Bhutanese culture and tradition, the Academy was established under the patronage of Her Majesty Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck. A non-profit institution dedicated to the art of textile, it will take you on a journey with its exhibits – all the royal clothes donated to the Museum by the Royal family, including the current King and Queen’s wedding clothes, jewellery, crowns, kettles of various shapes and sizes, armoury and other fascinating artefacts. The academy indisputably hosts the finest examples of woven, embroidered and appliqued textiles exhibited along with relevant production technique.

Royal Textile Academy Of Bhutan

Shopping Center, Arts And Crafts

This art school is just a sheer delight for a visit. Established in 1999, it fulfils a cleverly-crafted dual objective – it educates children whose formal education was discontinued due to socio-economic reasons by equipping them with the skills of traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. You know what they say about teaching a person to fish, instead of giving them a fish – these youngsters are able to have a means of livelihood while simultaneously contributing to the preservation of indigenous Bhutanese culture.

Choki Traditional Art School

Arts And Crafts

The National Institute for Zorig Chusum is another of the Bhutanese government’s initiative to preserve local art and culture –commonly referred to as ‘the painting school’, offers four to six-year courses that provide training for students in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts including specialisingin calligraphy, painting, sculpture, wood carving, casting, pottery, embroidery, tailoring, weaving, masonry, silver and gold smithy. The sheer amount of talent that the youngsters so effortlessly flaunt is quite mind-boggling, and this vocational training carried out under the National Technical Training Authority, created in 1999, is equipping them with skills to sustain themselves for life

National Institute For Zorig Chusum

Museum, Shopping Center

Very close to the National Institute of Zorig Chusum, this living museum of Bhutanese folk heritage or the Phelchey Toenkhyim is not to be missed. Within the traditional three-storied Bhutanese house exhibit, made of rammed-earth and timber, you are able to get an authentic taste of rural Bhutanese lifeof the past, making it quite an otherworldly experience. The endurance of the building is testament to the materials used, that have withstood the ravages of time. It was inaugurated by Her Majesty, the Queen Ashi Dorji Wangchuck, in 2001

National Folk Heritage Museum

National Park, River, Walking Area

Nestled in the Eastern Himalayas, the Jigme Dorji National Park is the second-largest and one of the oldest protected area in Bhutan and was gazetted as a wildlife sanctuaryin 1974, and the status upgraded to that of a national park in 1993. Sprawling over a mind-boggling area of 4,349 sq. km, the region is immensely rich in biodiversity, a place where the Royal Bengal Tiger mingles with the Snow Leopard and all four national symbols of Bhutan – the blue poppy, takin, raven and cypress – co-exist in a lush environment. Spanning warm broad-leaved forests as well as permanent ice fields and glaciers on Bhutan’s north-western border, the JDNP is often referred to as the ‘conservation jewel’ in the Eastern Himalayas. It is also a treasure trove of medicinal plants, natural hot springs, medicinal waters, and strikingly beautiful sceneries

Jigme Dorji National Park

Hiking Trail, Architecture , Monastery

The word ‘Tango’ means ‘horse head’ in the Bhutanese language, in conformance the deity Hayagrive (locally also referred to as Tandin) deified in the monastery. This is a nice hike about 14km to the north of Thimphu, near Cheri Mountain and the eponymous monastery, which is also a great visit. Drukpa Kunley, the saint whose epithet is ‘The Divine Madman’ established this monastery nestled in the hills in the 15th century but the Tango Goemba site has harboured immense religious significance ever since the 12th century as it used to be the home of the Lama (or spiritual leader) who introduced the Drukpa Kagyupa school of Buddhism to the country

Tango Buddhist Monastery

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