Things to Do in Thimphu City

Tashichho Dzong

Tashichho Dzong is a gorgeous Buddhist monastery and fortress on the bank of the Wang Chu river in the northern edge of Thimphu city in Bhutan. In Bhutanese language the Dzong refers to a“Fortress” and every district in the country is blessed with this unique architecture, make sure to include this in your Bhutan packages.

The National Memorial Chorten

Built in the memory of the third Druk Gyalpo (Head of Kingdom) of Bhutan, the National Memorial Chorten is devoted to World Peace and of the best places and it be part of your Bhutan tours. The Chorten started gaining popularity amongst the localities when various major Buddhist religious festivals started taking place at the Chorten and it is one of the best places to see in Thimphu Bhutan. The word “Chorten” literally translates to “Seat of Faith”, and the structure itself has become an important part of the Bhutanese culture. You can spot various Buddhists circumambulating around the Chorten all throughout the day. The Memorial also attracts a lot of tourists from around the world due to its architectural and deep connection with Bhutan’s rich culture.

Changangkha Lhakhang

Changangkha Lhakhang is a 800-year old temple, constructed in the 12th-century in Bhutan which is visited by a large number of locals daily. The Changangkha Lhakhang temple is entrenched profoundly into the native culture and levies and is a crucial part of the local community. There are magnificent prayer bells in the outer region of the temple scripted with black and gold manuscripts. Along with two beautifully embedded gigantic prayer wheels adds to the appearance of the temple and it is one of the best places to visit in Thimpu and it must be part of your Bhutan holiday packages.

National Folk Heritage Museum

Also known as Phelchey Toenkhyim by the locals in Bhutan, the National Folk Museum was established to preserve and showcase Bhutan’s folk culture. Took its shape in the year 2001 as an initiative by the Queen Mother of Bhutan, the purpose it was to connect visitors with Bhutanese rural culture and traditions through antique exhibits, educational programs, demonstrations as well as documentation. The Museum itself is situated in a 150-year-old establishment that perfectly enshrines the cultural essence of Bhutan and it is one of the best places to visit in Thimpu and make sure to include this famous place in your Bhutan travel packages

Dechen Phodrang Monastery

Dechen Phodrang Monastery, located in the north part of Thimphu. The meaning of Dechen Phodrang is “Palace of Great Bliss”. For the people who are interested in history and paintings, the monastery has paintings that date back to the 12th century and it is one of the amazing places to see in Thimpu.For those embarking on a trip to Bhutan, exploring Dechen Phodrang Monastery promises an enriching experience, immersing visitors in centuries-old artworks and the serenity of its surroundings.

The monastery also houses a statue of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, who was popularly called the ‘Bearded Lama". Since 1971, the Dechen Phodrang Monastery is a monastic school where around 300 monks seek education. Located in the north end of Thimphu, Dechen Phodrang is situated on the site of a 12th century dzong. 

Motithang Takin Preserve

For the animal lovers who want to see the diverse wildlife of Bhutan, Motithang Takin Preserve is one of the places to visit in Thimphu and you shoul include them in yout Bhutan packages . The Motithang Takin Preserve was built as a small zoo but later it was converted to an animal preserve center. The national animal of Bhutan, Takin lives in the Motithang Takin Preserve. With many places to see in Thimphu, Motithang Takin Preserve distinguishes from other places.

Simply Bhutan

Simply Bhutan is a living museum that is a successful initiative to conserve the culture and traditions of Bhutan. The majestic infrastructure of this museum is an epitome of ancient Bhutanese architecture, which lost its essence in the modernization era. Apart from its aim of preservation of the rich culture of Bhutan, this project was also aimed at creating employment for many people, you can visit this famous [place by including them in your trip to Bhutan

Clock Tower Square

Located in the heart of Thimphu, the Clock Tower Square is amongst the popular tourist places to visit in Thimphu and you should this famous place in your Bhutan holiday packages. The Clock Tower consists of four clocks facing in four different directions. The tower resembles the Bhutanese architecture pattern of wood engraving. The tower has some beautifully carved patterns, flowers, paintings and much more. The eye-catching thing in the tower are the dragons facing each clock. The dragons are sacred to the culture of Bhutan and they represent the freedom of the kingdom, it offers an enriching experience for visitors, especially those on Bhutan tour packages.

National Library
National Library of Bhutan or NLB was established in 1967 and possesses a wide collection of 6100 Bhutanese and Tibetan books, xylographs and manuscripts as well as 9000 printing boards and wooden printing blocks for religious books. It has one of the largest holdings of Buddhist Literature in the entire world and it is one of the best places to visit in Thimpu.

It has a dedicated collection and promotes religious and cultural heritage of Bhutan in the form of ancient printed resources related to history, religion, traditions, and culture of Bhutan.

: The building is two-storied with staff accommodations, administrative offices along with technical equipments like computers, microfilm section, separate room for wooden books and much more.

Located in: 
Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.

Open from :
9:30 am to 5:00 pm (Monday to Friday) in March to October and 9:30 am to 4:00 pm in November to February and remains closed on government holidays and weekends. It is a complete representation of Buddha.
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 a Bhutan tour, festival-goers witness Cham dancers who enlighten audiences about Buddhism, guiding towards virtuous living and joyous existence. These mesmerizing performances are thought to attract good fortune and dispel negativity. Moreover, the festivals serve as communal gatherings, fostering unity among Bhutanese residents. Bedecked in elegant attire and adorned with jewelry, locals revel in delectable cuisine, commemorating their cultural heritage

Festival time: In the month of October

Deer Park

The commencement of the magnificent event in Sarnath, India, is heralded by Deer Park. Here, one can delve into Bhutan's art, history, and culture, enriching their understanding. Deer Park serves as a serene haven, emphasizing the significance of peace and altruism. Additionally, it provides breathtaking vistas of Bhutan's natural splendor, enhancing the trip to Bhutan with its scenic allure. Visitors find solace amidst this tranquil setting, reflecting on life's deeper meanings and embracing the harmony of nature intertwined with Bhutan's rich cultural tapestry.

Deer Park marks the beginning of the glorious event in the Indian City of Sarnath. One can learn about the art, history, and culture of Bhutan. Deer Park is a place of solace that reminds people, the importance of peace and selflessness in their life, Alongside, Deer Park also offers some of the beautiful sights of the wonderful nature of Bhutan. 

Location: Genyen Lam, Thimphu

Price: Free. The officials at Deer Park invite one and all to participate and learn the sacred teachings of Buddha.

Royal Botanical Garden

The Royal Botanical Garden in Bhutan is a verdant oasis showcasing the kingdom's rich biodiversity and natural splendor. Situated near Lamperi, it spans across acres of lush terrain, offering a sanctuary for diverse flora and fauna indigenous to the region. Established to conserve Bhutan's unique plant species, the garden features picturesque landscapes, scenic trails, and informative exhibits.

Visitors can explore a myriad of plant species, including rare medicinal herbs and endangered orchids. A visit to the Royal Botanical Garden is a tranquil addition to Bhutan holiday packages, allowing travelers to immerse themselves in the country's vibrant natural heritage.

Buddha Dordenma

Perched atop Thimphu's hills, the Buddha Dordenma stands as a majestic 51-metre gold giant, visible across the valley. Housing 125,000 smaller Buddhas, is a symbol of peace in the city. Surrounded by the tranquil Kuenselphodrang Nature Park, this iconic statue blends spiritual serenity with breathtaking views. 

Gangtey Monastery

Nestled in the idyllic Phobjikha Valley of Bhutan, Gangtey Monastery stands as a captivating symbol of spiritual tranquility and cultural heritage. Also known as Gangtey Gonpa or Gangtey Temple, this majestic structure overlooks lush valleys and snow-capped mountains. Built in the 17th century, the monastery serves as a center for the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism.

Its serene ambiance and stunning surroundings make it a must-visit destination for travelers exploring Bhutan tour packages. Visitors can immerse themselves in the monastery's spiritual aura, witness daily rituals, and partake in meditation sessions, experiencing the essence of Bhutan's profound spiritual legacy.

Zilukha Anim Dratshang

Zilukha Anim Dratshang, nestled in Thimphu, Bhutan, stands as a revered monastery known for its serene ambiance and spiritual significance. Home to a community of Buddhist nuns, it offers visitors a glimpse into their daily rituals and practices. Perched on a hillside, the monastery provides panoramic views of the surrounding valley. Its tranquil atmosphere and cultural charm make it a compelling stop for those exploring Bhutan travel packages, offering an authentic experience of Bhutanese religious life and traditions.

Tango Goemba

Among the places to visit in Thimphu, Tango Goemba is one of the oldest places and it must be included in your Bhutan holiday packages. Tango Monastery is located close to the scenic mountains of Cheri in the north part of Thimphu district. The Tango Goemba is one of the holiest places in Bhutan where many saints meditated for months. The foundation of this monastery was laid way back in the 12th century. 

Tango Goemba is one of the largest Thimphu tourist attractions. Many international tourists visit the place to embrace the legendary history of the kingdom of Bhutan. The annual Yarney festival attracts monks from all around the country. The festival lasts for more than a month and follow the buddhist sacred vows.

Location: Thimphu Valley, Thimphu 

Price: Free

Weekend Market

The Thimphu weekend market caters to shopaholics exploring Bhutan, offering a diverse array of local goods and souvenirs. Situated north of Changlimithang Stadium, along the Wang Chu river's western bank, it operates from Friday to Sunday. Vendors from across Bhutan converge here weekly to meet demand.

From Thursday to Sunday night, the market bustles with activity, attracting hundreds of visitors. Beyond shopping, it serves as a social hub, drawing people together. Including a visit to the Thimphu Weekend Market enhances Bhutan holiday packages with cultural immersion and community interaction.

Druk Path Trek

Are you among those who love to wander among the mountains? If yes, this place will take your heart away.

Druk Path Trek takes you through some amazing landscapes and rich flora. It is the most popular trek in Bhutan. The journey of this trek is mesmerizing as it passes through the gorgeous blue pine forests, unsullied lakes and mountainous ridges. Druk Path trek offers some mind-blowing sights of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the tallest unscaled peak of the planet. 

The trek is among the easiest trek in Bhutan and is the perfect trek for beginners. Fall in love with the beauty of nature and snow-clad Himalaya mountains and explore the unexplored.

Location: Between the cities of Paro and Thimphu

Price: Rs. 52,000 - Rs..61,000

Choki Traditional Art School

This is no ordinary school, but this institute teaches underprivileged children from different backgrounds and ages. The school was established by Dasho Choki Dorji in memory of the 4th King of Bhutan. The school teaches skills like weaving (ThagZo), Sculpting (Jinzo), Lhadri (Painting), Carving (Pap), and embroidery (Tshem Zo). Bhutan nurtures its culture and heritage with care and passion and it is one of the famous places to visit in Thimpu and make sure to include this place in your Bhutan holiday packages

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. Including a visit to the factory in Bhutan tour packages allows travelers to witness the meticulous process firsthand and appreciate the cultural significance of this traditional craft.

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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