Thimphu Sights and Landmarks Guide, Bhutan
Thimphu is the capital of the tiny Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. This is perhaps the smallest capital present in the modern world.
While being so ethnic and pure it is reaching out to the modern world. The modernity is being introduced to it in a phased manner. If you want to enjoy natural beauty along with a mix of rich culture, then the land of peaceful Dragons awaits you. The signature feature of the city is its culture integrated with the natural beauty. Popular sights for visitors in Thimphu include Museums, Monasteries, Dzongs, a Zoo, archery range, Handicrafts shop, the National Library, the School of Arts and Crafts and the National Institute of Traditional Medicine.
Some tourist attractions:
The Museums provide an insight to the Bhutanese way of life, its various cultures and traditions. The Textile museum and the Folk Heritage Museum are worth a visit. The Textile museum displays the garments that the Bhutanese men used to wear in the 17th century till today. The Folk Heritage Museum provides a look at the traditional Bhutanese homes and also the everyday life of the rural population.
Tashichho Dzong (Fortress of the Glorious Religion): This dzong was first built in 1661. The complete structure was renovated in 1961-62 except the Central Keep. Presently it houses the main government offices, the National Assembly, the throne room of the King and the summer headquarters of the Central Monastic Body.
Simtokha Dzong: This dzong was constructed in the year 1627. It is the oldest dzong of Thimphu and is also known as the gateway to the Thimphu valley. The dzong is the abode to the Rigney School for Dzongkha and the monastic studies. Simtokha contains some wonderful frescos and slate carvings.
The National Library was established in 1967 and has the country’s oldest and historical chronicles. The library is built in the traditional style of a Bhutanese temple. All the floors of the library have the statues of Buddha in different poses. The library also has an enormous collection of Buddhist books written in English.
Memorial Chorten: This is a huge Chorten and was built in 1974 to commemorate the late king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. He is regarded as the father of the modern Bhutan. It is one of the most dominant constructions in Thimphu and can be seen from almost anywhere.
Zangto Pelri Lhakhang: This chapel was built in 1990s by the musician, Dasho Aku Trongmi. It is Bhutan’s tallest Lhakhang and has many large statues.
Other attractions include Dechen Phodrang, Pangri Zampa Temple, Tango Goemba, Chari Goemba, Phajoding Goemba, Hongtsho Goemba and Tashigang Goemba.
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