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Thimphu

Thimphu the capital city of Bhutan is one of the culturally rich places that is a must see when you are in Bhutan.

Highlights: It is a charming capital city that is nestled in the Himalayas with the magnificent sites of the Chuu River which passes through it. Interestingly, this is also the only city in the world that has no traffic lights. The city has very well retained its old world culture and charm as the modern development here is very intricately monitored. The new buildings here can be built only in the Bhutanese style and only up to a certain height. You can take the Last Shangrila Tour to explore the renowned landmarks of the capital. Some top attractions here include the National Memorial Chorten, Tashichho Dzong and Motithang Takin Preserve.

Location: Thimphu is located in the constricted and the linear valley of the River Raidak which is often called as the Thimphu river.

Timings: Open round the year

Pricing: Entry is free.
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Buddha Dordenma

One of the largest Buddha statues in the world, Buddha Dordenma is a masterpiece of architectural wonder. The massive bronze statue is more than 50 meters in height and is gilded in gold. Apart from this it also houses 125,000 other Buddha statues that are placed surrounding the Buddha Dordenma statue. Sitting royally atop a great meditation hall, this Buddha statue exudes peace and tranquillity.

The project has been believed to be prophesized as early as eight century in a sacred treasure kept by Guru Padmasambhava. It is a representation of manifestation of human faith and everlasting peace and happiness for all human beings.



Location: The Statue is on top of a mount in Kuenselphodrang Nature Park and marks the southern entrance to the valley of Thimphu.

Best time/season
: The early morning light makes it best for clicking photographs and enjoying the beauty.

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Tashichho Dzong

Tashichho Dzong is a remarkable architectural structure which currently is the house of the throne room and seat of the government. More commonly known as the Thimphu Dzong, it is also called the ‘fortress of glorious religion’. The impressive structure with white washed walls, golden, red and black wood and lush gardens on a backdrop of blue sky and flourishing green valleys, emanates a look of splendour.

The Dzong was built in 1641 by Zhabdrung on the grounds of Dho Ngon Dzong which was earlier built by Lama Gyalwa Lhanangpa. The Dzong caught fire a few times in the history first in 1968 and later again in 1869, which could be considered a mystery.



Location
: The Tashichho Dzong is located near the Thimphu town on the west bank of Wangchhu River and offers magnificent view.

Best time/season
: March to May and September to November.

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What You Should Know More About Thimphu

  • Travel Advice:

    There are several things that must be kept in mind since you, as visitors will be entering a new territory whose culture, way of living and people may or may not be of the same kind that you are hailing from.

    • Climate: The weather in Bhutan is generally very pleasant with not much to worry about. However, if you’re planning on visiting Thimpu in the month of winters then it is better advisable to pack your bags up with enough warm clothes. It can get quite cold after a point of time especially during nights.

    • It can get crowded: The real joy and essence of one place can truly be experienced provided there is lesser amount of distraction. Visitors would quite naturally want to visit Bhutan during a time when it’s less crowded. Thus, avoid visiting Thimpu during peak periods of March, April, October and November as the hotel and resort bookings get full almost instantly and air tickets get quite expensive too.

    • Weigh all possibilities when it comes to staying in Thimpu: Wouldn’t you like to experience having a stay with a Bhutanese family? Yes, there are certainly those visitors who would love to enjoy the comfort at the numerous, well-known resorts of Thimpu – however, do consider a homestay while you’re at it.

    • Tip at restaurants: If you’re staying at a resort of a hotel then it is quite obvious that you won’t be required or expected to end a certain matter with a tip. The same applies to restaurants as well. Most of the times, it is your well-trusted guide that takes care of such situations and if you’re without one then do as you may without feeling obligated.

    • Drinking laws: There are no strict drinking laws in Thimpu and nor is there any Las Vegas type night-life scenario. You will enjoy the best at affordable rates provided you do so within safe limits.

  • Things to do in Thimpu:

    • Understand the Bhutanese culture by visiting the Changangkha Lhakhang: A fortress-like temple by nature, this is among the most popular destinations in the whole of Thimpu. It is home to numerous pilgrim activities. Established back in the 12th century, Changangkha Lhakhang holds great value for those who believe in the Buddhist culture. This site was actually chosed by the revered Lama Phajo Drukgom. Visitors will enjoy a great view from the back of the temple.

    • Visiting the Painting School: The Painting School or officially known as the National Institute for Zorig Chusum is Bhutan’s only place that provides courses in varied art-related subjects. Learn more about Bhutan’s 13 different traditional art forms and be impressed by the local students’ skill and discipline.

    • Be mesmerized by the great Tashi Chho Dzong: Tashi Chho Dzong also known as the Fortress Of The Glorious Religion lies on the northern portion of the city. It is beautifully nestled away amid valleys thereby provided a grand view of the city as well as the incredible green pastures of the place. Get a glimpse of the traditional and rich architecture that stands strong even years later.

  • What will you like in Thimpu:

    • Go on an endless shopping spree at Thimpu’s Weekend Market: Weekend Market which usually is formed on the west bank of Wang Chhu by vendors that sell a variety of things – all the way from handicrafts to an interesting section of aromatic raw ingredients of food, is one of must-do things in Thimpu. Have a great time wandering around stalls and own a pungent collection of food, clothings and so much more.

    • Realize the importance of religious ethnicity of Thimpu: Visit the largest, Tibetan-style religious structure – the National Memorial Chorten and feel one with the daily worship conducted by the locals. This structure is truly beautiful especially given the perfected white-washed chortens which are typically decorated with richly painted symbols of the religion.

    • Be amazed by the Changlimithang Stadium: This is the place where the 1885 battle of Bhutan’s first king took place. There is great relevance and soul-shuttering history that exists on this particular land of Thimpu. Apart from that, there are occasional football matches that take place as well.

    • Meet the oddball mammals of Motithang Takin Preserve: Did you think there isn’t anything wild to explore in Thimpu? Well, think again cause you’re wrong. This largely-fenced enclosure is house to some of the most unique species of mammals. Meet Bhutan’s national animal – Takin among various other animals and enjoy the adventurous trail towards the tower view point while you’re at it. There is no regretting when it comes to this.

  • Recommended reads for destination

    Government website: 

    Govt Tourism Website


    Others: 

    Places in Thimpu


    Books to read: 

    Dreams of the peaceful dragon, Bhutan: The land of serenity.


Traveller Tales from Thimphu

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Kali Ahluwalia

18 November 2015

Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek was a great experience. It passes by picturesque lakes, Alpine meadows and villages set to a backdrop of magnificent mountainous landscapes. The experience was amazing and brilliant. We had a really great trek. It was sheer brilliance.

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Satyen Asan

10 October 2015

Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek is something that every trekker must take in his life. It is so poignant and brilliant. I totally loved this. WOW can be an understatement. The crystal clear, poignant lakes just give me goosebumps. The pristine lakes are so beautiful that you will forget yourself here. The trek is difficult, but nevertheless it is an amazing and a beautiful experience to say the least. I totally loved this trek and I just still can’t get enough of this trek. The experience would not have been this nice if the planning was bad. Special cheers to the team for handling the organization and planning of this tour in such a beautiful manner. If you are planning to have heartfelt trek, then look no further than here.

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Dhanpati Khatri

16 August 2015

The trekking experience was great. I had a really nice trek here. It was an inexpensive and a really nice trek. I had a great time.

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Sumitra Dwivedi

09 February 2016

13 days of fun: This is the first time I am taking a long trek. I had a lot of fun. It was well organized and absolute fun. The trekking was very beautiful and brilliant. I had such a lovely and nice trek. It was very well organized too. Dagala trek is the only trek in Bhutan which offers the view of all the high mountain peaks of Bhutan including all the famous ones. This can be done as a 6 days one or 13 days one too. It depends on budget and vacation available for us. The flight tickets can be costly it is better if tickets are booked in prior.

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Akshainie Kaniyar

15 November 2015

The trekking was great. I had an awesome experience with the trek. It was a worthy and a nice trek. Trekking can be very tedious but the beauty of the trek lies in its beauty. The trek is so beautiful that we would not feel tired or restless at all.

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Brajesh Deshpande

14 April 2015

This trek was the best trek ever. I had an awesome experience. I totally loved it. I always prefer trekking than instant adventure sports. Lake treks were something that I wanted to take for a long time now. I had a lovely trek recently here in Dagala, and it was indeed a brilliant and an exciting experience. I loved it totally. The trek was super enticing and exciting. As a trekker, I was more than happy about the trek. The trekking is quite tough but good practice at basic training and ample trekking experience or even with good warm ups, you can enjoy the trekking completely. It is indeed a lovely surroundings and landscape too. I guess that goes without the saying.

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Kartik Khanna

15 January 2016

The trekking here in the Dagala Thousand Lakes trek was great. Pros: The trek was neatly planned and elegantly organized and executed. The trekking experience was quite fun and interesting. The co-trekkers were all friendly and they were sharing a lot of experiences. As the group was a blend of professional trekkers as well as beginner level ones, there was a lot to share. Cons: The climate was so chilling.

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Nikita Gupta

15 October 2015

I always wanted to take lake treks, but I never got a chance as such. When my friend invited me to this trek, I was more than happy. It was an awesome and a great experience. It was a little expensive, but this was totally worth the money spent. I had a really great and an interesting trek.

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Mayoor Pothuvaal

15 June 2015

This trekking is a one of its kinds of trek in the world. This trek is so famous that there are a lot of trekkers going for this one. The trekking is good and moderately phased in the level of challenge. I loved this trekking experience totally to say the least.

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