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Changangkha Lhakhang, Thimphu City

  • Perched on top of a ridge above Thimphu, Changangkha Lhakhang is the oldest temple in Thimphu. The temple was built in 12th century and houses the central statue of Chenrizig, a manifestation of Avolokitesawara with eleven heads and thousand arms.

    It offers a stunning view of the surrounding Thimphu valley from the top. The structure is a fine example of Bhutanese faith, tradition and architecture. There are a number of black and golden coloured prayer wheels in the temple. The prayer book in this temple is larger than other Bhutanese manuscripts.



    Highlights
    : In the evening, this place offers an opportunity of witnessing the spectacular sight of setting sun on the city. Drop by the paper workshop on the way to temple to view the process of making papers.

    Location
    : Located in Thimpu, it is just 10 minutes drive from the main market.

    Timing
    : 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM

    Prices
    : N/A

    If you are in the mood to get adventurous while exploring, Bhutan will not disappoint you at all.


Attractions

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The National Memorial Chorten

The National Memorial Chorten is a Memorial Stupa of Thimphu which is also known as the Thimphu Chorten. It is a stupa located on the Doeboom Lam in the southern-central end of the city.

Highlights: The National Memorial Chorten is a stupa that was built in the year 1974 to honor the third Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. It is one of the quintessential landmarks of the city given its golden bells and spires. Regarded as the most visible religious landmark in Bhutan, it is a must visit for all. Highlights:

Location: The National Memorial Chorten is located in Chhoten Lam in Thimphu, Bhutan.

Timings: You can visit the place from dawn to dusk everyday.

Pricing: Entry to the National Memorial Chorten is free.
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Jomolhari Loop Trek

The shortest of Jomolhari trekking route, Jomolhari loop lets the trekkers experience the diverse beauty of the Bhutanese landscape, flora and fauna even for beginners. This short trek is one of the most popular trek routes in Bhutan, and gives you an opportunity to see the majestic beauty of Mt Jomolhari without having to take the difficult and longer path.

Cover an altitude difference of 2500 meters to witness the changing scenery from dense forests, to stretches of pasturelands, sleepy hamlets, valleys dotted with ancient Bhutanese architecture in the backdrop of pristine mountain peaks.

 

Location
: Arrive at Paro and traverse the trek that passes through Sharna Zampa, Thangthangkha, Jangothang, Soi Yaktsa, Thombu Shong to reach back to Paro.

Best Time
: The best time is from April to May and September to November.

Approx Price
: The approximate price per person for the 8 day trek is 250,000 BTN.

Difficulty Level
: Easy
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Jomolhari Trek

Jomolhari Trek is the longer version of the Jomolhari loop trekking route that put up the trekkers against marvelous heights, unfathomable valleys, and challenging trekking routes. It also offers the trekkers to experience the breathtaking view of Himalayan Mountains, flourishing valleys, lush green yak pasturelands, lakes, rivers, dense forests and fruit orchards and the spectacular views of Mountain Jichu Drakey, Tshering Gang and Jho Drakey await you. It provides a superb opportunity to experience Bhutanese village life closely and marvel at the ancient architecture.



Location
: Starting from Paro the trek passes through Sharna Zampa, Thangthangkha, Jangothang, and Linghsi from where the route diverge from Laya Gasa Trek to reach Shodu, Barshong, Dolam Kencho, Doden to reach Thimphu.

Best Time
: The best time is from March to May and September to November.

Approx Price
: The approximate price per person for the 9 day trek is 300,000 BTN.

Difficulty Level
: Moderately difficult.
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Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory

Making use of the traditional methods of producing paper, The Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory manufactures the most authentic and the best quality Bhutanese paper, which is popularly known as Deh-sho. The raw material used here for making paper is the bark of two species of trees i.e. the Daphne tree as well as the Dhekap tree.

Another interesting fact to know is that the entire process making this handmade paper is done with ancient traditional procedures that are being practiced since ages. The visitors have an advantage to try their hand on the paper making craft and make some paper of their own. Other than Bhutanese paper, this factory also produces greeting cards and stationery.



Highlights
: This factory also produces lampshades, cards, watermark paper, envelopes, and calendars, all made from the traditional Bhutanese paper and is located in Khuju Lam, Thimphu.

Open from:
8:30am to 5pm, Monday-Saturday.
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Jomolhari Mountain Festival

Celebrated for two days, Jamolhari Mountain Festival is one of the most exquisite things that you will ever get to see. The magnificent theme and the amazing people define the soul of this festival which is celebrated at the heels of Mt. Jomolhari. This festival is pretty important for the local communities living around this area. There are a number of amazing shows but one in particular will surely overwhelm you.

It is called the snow leopard show. The show aims at making people aware of the declining numbers of snow leopards, which used to be a very common sight at one time. During the festival, you will see the locals clad in colourful traditional dresses. They do the traditional folk dance on the folk songs. The show is something you will never forget your entire life.

 

Location
: At the base of the Jamohhar Mountain.

Timing
: Usually during the day

Price
: Part of the package
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Thimphu Tshechu Festival

Thimphy Tshechu is one of the oldest and most popular festivals of Bhutan. Celebrated for 3 days, this festival first got introduced Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay in 1867 which later suffered some changes by the third Bhutan king in 1950. Usually celebrated in Tendrel Thang, in front of Tashichhoedzong this is a festival which is attained by masses of people from all parts of the country. Even the farmers take a break from their farming life and join hands to worship night and day and play rituals to invoke God.

During this festival Cham dancers perform and provide great details about Buddhism and marks the right way towards honest living and blissful life. It is believed that these dance performances increases good luck and removes misfortune. It is also a social gathering for the people of Bhutan where they celebrate with fine clothes, jewellery and good cuisine



Festival time
: In the month of October
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Trashi Chhoe Dzong

Trashi Chhoe Dzong is a fortress and a Buddhist monastery that lies on the northern edge of the city of Thimphu in Bhutan.

Highlights: Trashi Chhoe Dzong has long been the seat of the Dharma Raja or the Druk Desi who happens to be the head of Bhutan’s civil government. It has been amalgamated with the kingship ever since the creation of the monarchy in the year 1907. The principal structure of the white washed building is two storied. Further, the three storied towers on all the four corners is towered by the triple-tiered golden roofs. It also has a central tower or UTSE.

Location: Trashi Chhoe Dzong is located in Chhagchhen Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan

Timings: Open 24 hours.

Pricing: Entry is free.
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Druk Path Trek

Trek amidst the dazzling natural landscape with snowy mountains, lush valleys, dense forests of fir, blue pine and rhododendrons, long stretches of pastureland and clear blue lakes on Druk Path trek in Bhutan. It is a six day trek which lets you spend adventurous time in the lap of the abundant nature. The trek connects the valleys of Paro and Thimpu and offers the glorious view of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the world’s highest unclimbed mountain peak. Experience the unique culture and ancient architecture of Bhutan on your way with visits to sleepy hamlets and ancient monasteries and temples.

 

Location
: The journey starts from Paro, the historical valley, and ends at Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan.

Best Time
: The best time to take this excursion is between March-June and September-November.

Approx Price
: The approximate price per person for six day trek is 135,000 BTN.

Difficulty Level
: Easy to Moderate.

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