Places To Visit In Thimphu – Bhutan’s 21st Century’s Capital

Buddha Dordenma Statue in Thimphu

Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan is the main town which has major priority in commerce, religion, and tourism. It is also the headquarter for the government works in Bhutan. Thimphu is also the home to almost 100,000 people including the Royal Family.

The development activities started in Thimphu only after it became the capital of Bhutan and numerous sightseeing destinations were discovered. Tourists began to visit Thimphu in a large number throughout the year from every corner of the world. And now without any doubt, Thimphu in Bhutan is among the most preferred and most visited town in the world.

Best time to visit Thimphu:

October to December is considered to be the perfect time for Visiting Thimphu in Bhutan, as a bit of chill in witnessed in the temperature. Even, March and April are also considered to be a good time visit Thimphu as the harsh winter ends and climate remains dry and spring which brings the most pleasant weather of the year starts. January and February should be neglected to travel to Thimphu as they are the months of winter which is generally very harsh due to the subtropical climatic conditions of Bhutan.

Accessibility to Thimphu

Thimphu is located at a distance of approximately 306 kilometers from the NJP Railway Station and while you travel by road it would take almost 8 hours & 35 minutes. Disha tour one of the renowned travel agency in Siliguri gives you car rental with a driver at affordable rates along with Bhutan tour Packages.

In case you do not have your own car or you are from outside of Siliguri and not driving, then consulting them could be a brilliant idea. Car booking from NJP has now become more convenient and with the development of the car rental market in Siliguri for a Bhutan trip. So, this time make your trip to Thimphu with a car rental and witness the amazing scenario on the road from NJP to Thimphu.

Best Sightseeing Places To Visit In Thimphu

1-Changangkha Lhakhang

Established almost 800 years ago in the 13th century, Changangkha Lhakhang overlooks the Thimphu Valley. Situated on a small hill, Changangkha Lhakhang is considered to be a holy temple and the whitewashed walls have metal prayer wheels which have golden and black scripts imprinted on them. A statue of Avalokiteshvara made of bronze and gold is installed there which has 11 heads, one thousand eyes, and hands. It is one of the best Bhutan weekend trip destinations with family and friends.

2-Dechen Phodrang

Dechen Phodrang which is the site of Thimphu’s original Dzong has been the state monastic school since 1971. The school has preserved the 12-century paintings of the Guru Lhakhang. The word Dechen Phodrang means palace of the great bliss. A gigantic figure of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and Goenkhang is restored at the upper floor where protective deities and only men are allowed to enter.

3-Kuensel Phodrang

Kuensel Phodrang which is locally known as Buddha Point is among the most favorite destinations in Thimphu. A statue of Buddha which is made of bronze and has a height of 51.5 meters is installed there. 1, 25000 smaller statues of Buddha fill the statue which is three stories and has several chapels. Kuensel Phodrang also offers the best nightlife view of Thimphu.

4-Memorial Chorten

It is also among the most happening places in Thimphu which were built on July 28 in the year 1974 in the memory of Jigme Dorji Wangchuk who was the Third King of Bhutan. It is a whitewashed chorten which is a popular religious spot where elderly people are seen in abundance during day and night. The chorten has is composed of four stone snowlines which guard the four corners. One can easily get an insight of the Buddhist philosophy through the statues and the paintings of the Chorten.

5-National Library of Bhutan

The national library of Bhutan is popular for having a block-printed extensive collection of Buddhist literature. It was built in the year and has restored the literal treasures of Bhutan which are almost seven hundred years old along with some special collection of foreign books. Along with having the lithographs which depict the scriptures’ and prayer flags’ prints, the library also has Mahayana Buddhism’s texts.

Nothing can be more wondrous than the sterile beauty of the peaceful atmosphere, unique landscapes, and sacredness of Thimphu!!

Thimphu reflects the culture of Bhutan in religion, monastic belief and practices, literature, dance, and music. Still, Thimphu stands out to be a destination which has its own identity and appraisal amidst the signs of permutation.

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