Thimphu – Bhutan Trip Video
Thimphu is a capital city and the main center of commerce, religion and government situated in the western central part of Bhutan and the surrounding valley of Bhutan’s dzongkhags. It is the most modern city in Bhutan with an abundance of restaurants, internet cafes, nightclubs and shopping centers, but it still retains its’ cultural identity and values among the signs of modernization.
Thimphu is the only capital city in the world that does not use traffic lights. Instead a few major intersections have policemen standing in decorated booths directing traffic with hand motions. The ancient tradition and modernity make Thimphu the location for visitors to immerse themselves in the lifestyle of contemporary Bhutanese.
The traditional architectural monuments in Thimphu and the rest of Bhutan are of typical Bhutanese architecture of monasteries, dzongs (most striking fortress type structures), chortens, gateways, Lhakhangs, other sacred places and royal palaces.
In Thimphu – Bhutan Tourism Video, you will see sightseeing of Thimphu: Drugyal View Point, Drugyal Dzong Watchtower, Children Park, Golden Buddha Dordenma Statue and scenery of the Himalayan range.
Highlights of Thimphu – Bhutan Trip Video
- The Buddha Dordenma is a bronze statue overlooking Thimphu city, about 100 meters above the Wang Chuu river bed.
- Crimson-robed monks, government ministers clad in traditional dress and camera-wielding tourists are part of Thimpu’s charm.
- In addition to its traditional Buddhist sights and attractions, it offers cafes, bars, nightclubs and restaurants.
- Tashichho Dzong has been the seat of the government and presently houses the throne room and offices of the king, the secretariat and the ministries of home affairs and finance. It is located close to Thimphu town, next to the banks of the Wangchhu River. It is an impressively large structure, surrounded by well-kept lawns and beautiful gardens.
- National Memorial Chorten is a large white structure crowned with a golden spire. It is located close to the center of Thimphu city and is one of its most iconic monuments with Buddhist architecture, artwork, gorgeous paintings and intricate sculptures.
- The Buddha Dordenma Statue is one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world located atop a hill in Kuenselphodrang Nature Park and overlooks the Southern entrance to Thimphu Valley. The statue is made of bronze and is gilded in gold. The throne that the Buddha Dordenma sits upon is a large meditation hall.
- Folk Heritage Museum is a three storied, 19th century traditional house located in the capital city of Thimphu. It is fascinating insights into the Bhutanese material culture and the traditional Bhutanese lifestyle, in addition to artifacts from rural households. It also displays an impressive collection of typical household objects, tools and equipment.
- The Centenary Farmer’s Market is the largest domestic market for the farmers in Bhutan located below the main town, near the Wangchhu River. With its wide assortment of fresh, organic produce, the Farmer’s Market has become a favorite spot for tourists and a recreational place for people from all walks of life.
- Kuendeyling Bazaam to the west bank is a collection of stalls selling clothing, textiles and handicrafts.
- The Jungshi Paper Factory It is located approximately 1 km from Thimphu City. Visitors can observe the entire process of producing handmade paper using ancient traditional methods that have been practiced for generations. You can even try your hand at this ancient craft and make some Deh-sho paper of your very own as a souvenir.
- Simtokha Dzong is the houses with countless statues and paintings of various Buddhas, deities and religious figures including The Eight Manifestations of Guru Rimpoche, Jampelyang the Bodhisattava of Wisdom and Shakya Gyalpo the Buddha of Compassion.
- Thimphu Tshechu is one of the biggest festivals in the country and held in the capital city for three days beginning on 10th day of the 8th month of lunar calendar to invoke the gods. This Tshechu is witnessed by thousands of people from Dzongkhags districts to attend the festivities.
- Thimphu Dromchoe showcases the sacred dances dedicated to the chief protective deity of Bhutan, Palden Lhamo.
Transportation of Thimphu – Bhutan Trip Video
- Paro is the country’s sole International airport which takes 45 minutes to 1 hour drive from the capital. There are three domestic airport and two domestic carriers.
- All inter-district buses arrive and depart from the city’s bus station, located across the river from the city center. It is a six to seven hour drive from the border town of Phuentsholing.
- Various private operators like Dhug, Meto and Sernya run Toyota Coaster services from Phuentsholing to Thimphu. Advance reservation can be made at Phuentsholing Bus Station.
- The city center is small enough to negotiate on foot.
- There is a set rate for taxis plying city routes. There are taxi ranks on Norzin Lam and at the inter-district bus station.
- The city operates an efficient public bus service connecting the downtown with outer suburbs. The station for local buses is located just east of the stadium on Chang Lam.
Thimphu – Bhutan Trip Video combines a natural small-town feel with a new commercial exuberance that challenges the country’s natural conservatism.