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  • Travellers are never short on finding interesting things to do in Thimphu. This capital city of the Kingdom of Bhutan houses some of the most important religious, political, and cultural landmarks of the region.

    Tourists from all over the world visit Thimphu and this intriguing city doesn’t disappoint! Due to its landscape and location, it is popular amongst adventure seekers for the charming hiking trails and indigenous wildlife species that it is naturally endowed with. It is an important destination for people following Buddhist faith, as it houses some of the most ancient and revered monasteries and temples.

    This city is known around the world for its striking arts and metal works. Tourists can now experience something that has been a part of the Bhutanese people’s way of life since centuries by indulging in papermaking and goldsmith workshops. These are two of the most popular
    activities in Thimphu.

  • Must do things in Thimphu

  • 01Junghi Handmade Paper Factory

    Image Credit :  Bob Witlox

    About the activity: Bhutan is an immensely rich country when it comes to their heritage and arts. Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory, an interesting thing to do Thimphu, gives the tourists an opportunity to experience the traditional papermaking techniques including pulping, rolling, and coloring the paper.

    You can make your own paper and take it with you as a souvenir. The factory sells beautifully ornate lampshades, greeting cards, etc.

    Location:
    Namtag Lam Road, Thimphu

    Timings:
    Monday to Saturday: 8:30 am- 5:00 pm

    Prices:
    BTN 50, INR 50




  • 02Bumthang Owl Trek

    The Bumthang Owl Trek is considered to be amongst the wildest and most intriguing activities in Thimphu. On this trek, you are bound to run into hundreds of these majestic birds. Listening to them hooting at night is a very different experience. This three-day long trek takes you around the Bumthang and Choekhor valleys.

    You will get a chance to meet the nomadic Khep and Brokpa tribesmen, cross the Drangela Pass (11,000 ft.), get amazing views of Mt. Gangkarpunsum (24,000 ft.), and see the beautiful Zampalam Chuedek, and Tharpaling Gompas.

    Location:
    The trek starts at Manchugang, Wangdue Phodrang District

    Timing:
    March-May and September- Mid November


    Prices:
    BTN 1,50,000, INR 1,50,000

  • 03Trek to Jomolhari Mountain

    This is one of the most popular things to do in Thimphu amongst the adventure enthusiasts. The long trek offers spectacular views of the Jomolhari Mountain in the Himalayan range. The elevation of the gradient varies from around 4,000 ft till 15,000 ft., which gives the trekkers amazingly variant views of the landscape.

    You will pass through luxuriant pine forests, beautiful meadows, and quaint villages to reach the snowline of Mt. Jomolhari.

    Location:
    The trek starts from Jomolhari Basecamp at Jangothang

    Best time to trek:
    April- June, and September- November

    Price:
    BTN 135,000, INR 135,000

  • 04Go to Dochula Pass

    Dochula Pass is one of the most spectacular places to visit while in Thimphu, located at 10,000ft. It not only has breathtaking scenery but is also a place, which will lend you a surreal experience of being in a memorial place for 108 Bhutanese soldiers who died in an armed conflict in 2003.

    These soldiers are commemorated by 108 stupas (Wangyal Chortens). This pass is enveloped in lush greenery, cool mountain air, and gives an amazing view of some of the seven-thousanders in the Himalayan range. The pass also has the magnificent Druk Wangyal Lhakhang Temple, which is a must-see.

    Location:
    East road from Thimphu to Punakha

    Timings:
    Open 24 hours a day, all year round

    Prices:
    There is no entry feE
  • 05Simtokha Dzong

    Image Credit : Carsten ten Brink

    The Simtokha Dzong is located atop a hill overlooking the entire city of Thimphu. This 16th century Dzong has an interesting legend of a demon vanishing into a rock here. This was the first ever Dzong to have both a monastery and an administrative office.

    This place has ancient carvings and painting, considered to be the most beautiful in Bhutan. The pillars have installations of tails of tigers and guns hanging.

    Location:
    Old road between Paro and Phuentsholing

    Timings:
    Monday- Sunday: 9:00 am- 5:00 pm

    Prices:
    There is no entry fee


  • 06Get to know Bhutan at National Library of Bhutan

    Image Credit :  Hriday

    There is no better way to get to know a country, especially one that is as rich as Bhutan culturally and artistically, than by reading. The National Library has a collection of hundred-year-old manuscripts, scrolls, and books.

    This library houses the world’s largest book weighing 68 kilograms and over 2 metres in height. The library is located amongst lush green hills and blue skies, making it one of the most picturesque libraries in the world.

    Location:
    PO Box 185, Pedzoe Lam, Thimphu

    Timings:
    Monday- Friday: 9:00 am- 1:00pm and 2:00 pm- 5:00 pm

    Prices:
    BTN 20, INR 20

  • 07Druk path Trekking

     This is a quaint trek that allows trekkers to walk on the ancient trading routes taken by the local Bhutanese people centuries ago. This five-day long trek, connects the valleys of Paro and Thimphu, traverses through some of the most beautiful routes.

    This trek takes you through lush rhododendron, pine, and juniper forests, yak pastures, apple orchards, and high-mountain passes like Phume La, and monasteries. On the way, you will meet the nomadic yak herders and see mountains like Mount Jomolhari, Jichu Drake, and Gangkar Puensum.

    Location:
    The trek starts from Ta Dzong and Damchena village, Paro

    Timings:
    September- November

    Prices:
    BTN 48,000, INR 48,000




  • 08Shop at Weekend Market

    If you want to know a city, you should traverse its bazaars on foot. This is where you will see the sights, sounds, and flavours of the place. The Weekend Market at Thimphu is that such place and a visit to this place is one of the best things to do in Thimphu!

    This market brings together the local people from all over the place to sell the most natural and organic produce and you can buy local fruits, vegetables, seafood, cheese, sauces, and flowers.

    Location:
    West Bank of Chu River, North of Changlimithang Stadium, Thimphu.

    Timings:
    Saturday & Sunday only, 7:00 am- 8:00 pm

    Prices:
    There is no entry fee.


  • 09Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek

     The Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek is a six-day trek that lets you spend time in the beautiful wilderness of the regions of Gur, Labathama, and Talakha. You will get a chance to see some of the most amazing lakes here.

    This is a slightly difficult trek, which will let you pass through high mountain passes like Pagalabtsa (13,000 ft.) and Labajong (14,400 ft.).You will walk through remote Bhutanese village and closely see the lifestyle of the villagers away from the civilisation.


    Location:
    The trek starts from Genekha, between Paro and Thimphu highway

    Timing:
    April- June, and September- October

    Prices:
    BTN 17, 350, INR 17, 35

  • 10Witness the Buddha Dordenma

    The Buddha Dordenma statue is famous for more reasons than one! It is not only the tallest sitting statues of Buddha in the world at 5.15 metres in height, but is a collection of 125,000 images of Buddha on the statue. The massive statue is bronze and golden in color and is a sight to behold when the sunrays fall on it. It looks all the more beautiful when it is illuminated in the night.

    Location:
    Kuenselphodrand National Park

    Timings:
    5:30 am- 6:30 pm. The best time to see the statue is at sunrise and sunset.

    Prices:
    BTN 20, INR 20




  • 11Bumdra Trek

    Bumdra is not just a trek. It is a religious pilgrimage as well. Bumdra means ‘Rock of One Hundred Thousand Footprints’. People taking this trek are said to be following in the footsteps of 100,000 Dakinis (angles) who traversed these paths thousands of years ago.

    This three-day long trek takes you through lush rhododendron and pine forests to the most iconic landmark of Bhutan- The Tiger’s Nest. You will also see the Sang Choekar Monastery.

    Location:
    The trek starts from Sang Choekar Buddhist College, Thimphu.

    Timings:
    March-May, and September- November

    Prices:
    BTN 3,500, INR 3,500




  • 12Soi Yaksa Trek

    The Soi Yaksa trek is one of the most popular trek activities in Thimphu with climbs up to 15,000 ft. known for its breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains of the Eastern Himalayan mountain ranges of Mt. Jomolhari and Mt. Jichu Drake. The six-day trek follows mostly off-road and uninhabited routes.

    Since not many people live on these trek routes, you will find them to be extremely peaceful and closest to the wilderness. During the trek you will pass many nomadic people’s camps and herds. There are chances of spotting the elusive blue sheep also on the way.

    Location:
    The trek starts from Sharna Zampa, Thimphu

    Timings:
    March- June, and September- November

    Prices:
    BTN 1,56,000, INR 1,56,000

  • 13Spend your day at Simply Bhutan

    This is a living museum, which will take you the closest to the traditional Bhutanese lifestyle, is amongst the best things to do in Thimphu. This museum provides a great educational tour for those who want to understand the simple lives of the happiest people in the world!

    Here, you can learn how to make arak (the local alcohol), take pictures in traditional Bhutanese clothing, buy souvenirs, and attempt archery. One should not miss tasting the local food here.

    Location:
    GPO Building, Chang Lam, Thimphu

    Timings:
    Monday to Friday: 9:00am- 5:00 pm, Saturday: 9:00 am-12:00 pm, Sunday closed

    Prices:
    BTN 200, INR 200

  • Other Things to do in Thimphu

  • 14Visit Memorial Chorten

    Memorial Chorten is one of the most iconic landmarks of Bhutan and is a magnificent sight. This is a monument dedicated to world peace and a visit to this place is amongst the must things to do in Thimphu. The monument is painted in stark white and golden spires.

    Set against the lush green hills, this place is very serene and peaceful. It is dotted with beautiful paintings, murals, and sculptures. The locals place their highest faith in this memorial and you will see elderly monks circumventing it and paying homage.

    Location:
    Chhoten Lam, Thimphu

    Timings:
    7:00 am- 9:00 pm

    Prices:
    BTN 300, INR 300

  • 15Experience Wildlife Motithang Takin Preserve

    Takin is an indigenous Bhutanese animal that looks like a cross between a cow and a goat. This reserve was created especially for this endangered animal after the zoo that houses them was discontinued. This is a densely forested reserve that takes you close to the wilderness and the lives of these quaint species. This is one of the most popular things to do in Thimpu for nature lovers.

    Location:
    BTN 50, INR 50

    Timings:
    Tuesday- Sunday, 9:00 am- 4:00 pm. 

    Prices:
    Motithang District, Thimpu




  • 16Explore the Folk Heritage Museum

    This museum is built in an actual Bhutanese house and is considered amongst the top activities in Thimphu. This is a recent addition to Thimphu landscape to educate visitors about the simple and rustic lifestyle of Bhutanese people, their clothes, and daily use things.

    This place has beautifully replicated a rural village’s setting complete with millet, wheat, and paddy fields. It holds a 100-year-old hot stone bath, alcohol brewer, rice pounder, etc. giving you a glimpse on the way of life that is escaping from us.

    Location:
    Pedzoe Lam, Thimphu

    Timings:
    Monday- Friday: 10:00 am- 4:30 pm, Saturday: 10:30 am- 1:00 pm, Sunday: 11:30 am- 3:30 pm

    Prices:
    BTN 150, INR 150

  • 17Take the Goldsmiths Workshop

    This is one of the most interesting things to do in Thimphu for people interested in jewellery and metals. This workshop is arranged and managed by the Government and is a great place to see the production of traditional Bhutanese jewellery. You will see how ornaments in gold, copper, and silver are made along with the making of huge pieces for the monasteries like finials and statue arches.

    Location:
    Royal Goldsmiths, Thimphu

    Timings:
    Monday to Friday: 9:00 am- 5:00 pm


  • 18Take blessings at Dechen Phodrang Monastery

    Literally meaning ‘Palace of the Bliss’, this 12th-century monastery transports you into realms of serenity and calmness that is characteristic of the Buddhist culture. Inside the complex, around 500 monk students reside and study. A site protected by UNESCO, the upper floors hold a huge statue of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and other protective deities. This floor only allows men to enter.

    Location:
    Gaden Lam, Thimphu

    Timings:
    8:00 am- 7:00 pm, all days of the week

    Prices:
    There is no entry fee

  • 19Go on a tour of The Textile Museum

    Most of the local Bhutanese people still subsist on weaving. The Textile Museum is an ode to this traditional art. The museum houses royal weaves known as Ghos and Kira. This place is a must-see for people interested in the heritage of the arts & crafts of the country.

    It houses traditional looms and clothes including clothes and raw materials. The museum shop sells souvenirs and books for you to pick to get to know more about this dying art.

    Location:
    Near the National Library of Bhutan, Thimphu

    Timings:
    Monday- Saturday: 9:00 am- 5:00 pm

    Prices:
    BTN 250, INR 250






  • 20Stroll at Centenary Farmers Market

    This market is a wonderful assortment of the sights, sounds, and flavours of the rustic and rural Bhutan. This is a huge farmers market with around 400 shops that sell everything organic and natural. You can pick up fish, fruits, spices, cheeses, local wines, honey, cherry-peppers, local handicrafts, jewellery, prayer wheels etc.

    Here, you also buy traditional Bhutanese fragrances and incense sticks to take back home. You can interact with the farmers who are always more than happy to share their stories.

    Location:
    North of Changlimithang Stadium, Thimphu

    Timings:
    Tuesday- Sunday: 7:00 am- 7:00 pm

    Prices:
    There is no entry fee


  • 21Take blessings at Zangto Pelri Lhakhang

    Zangto Pelri Lhakhang is considered to be the replica of the heavenly abode of Guru Rinpoche. Interestingly, Dasho Aku Tongmi, the author of the national anthem of Bhutan, built this in the 1990s. Nestled amongst lush green expanses, this private chapel is a beautiful sight in itself.

    It houses statues as high as 4 metres. The chapel also showcases the skull of an elephant that was found while digging its foundations during the construction process. The chapel is illuminated beautifully during the night-time.

    Location:
    Near the weekend market, Phuentsholing, Thimphu

    Timings:
    Monday- Sunday: 8:00 am- 6:00 pm

    Prices:
    There is no entry fee


Attractions

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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.

Approx Price
: N/A

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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.

Approx Price
: N/A

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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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