Day Tour in Thimphu


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  • summary of the activities for this day tour

  • Buddha Dordenma Statue (169ft/51m high), situated at Kuenselphodrang overlooking the Thimphu city and its entrance.
  • National Memorial Chorten, built in 1974, in loving memory of the third King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
  • National Takin Preserve, which showcases the National Animal of Bhutan, the Takins and few species of Deer and Mountain Goats.
  • Institute of Traditional Medicines, where the ancient art of Bhutanese healing system called Sowa Rigpa is still practiced.
  • School of Traditional Arts and Crafts, the school offers courses in the techniques of traditional art in religious and secular paintings, woodcarvings, clay sculptures, weaving and embroidery.
  • National Library, estd. in 1967, a repository of ancient texts relevant to Mahayana Buddhism and a rich collection of lithographs from whence scriptures and prayer flags where printed. It also houses the worlds largestbpublished book titled Bhutan, measuring 5ft by 7ft and weighing 150 pounds.
  • Folk Heritage Museum, a 19th century traditional house, provides fascinating insights into the Bhutanese material culture and way of life.
  • Drubthop Nunnery, founded in 1976 by Drubthop Rikey Jadrel Rinpoche an emanation of Thangthong gyalpo.
  • Tashichoedzong, which houses the throne room and the office of the King, and also serves as the summer residence of the state monastic body.
  • Pangri Zampa Lhakhang, a 16th century temple now housing an astrological school for young monks.
  • Cheri monastery, built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1620, now serves as a meditation centre for Buddhist graduates from Tango Buddhist University and nearby monastic schools.
  • Tango Monastery, founded in the 12th century, today a Buddhist University.
  • Simtokha Dzong, the first dzong to have been built by the Shabdrung, overlooking the entrance and exit routes into the capital city, Thimphu.
  • Druk Wangyal Lhakhang and the Druk Wangyal Chortens at Dochula Pass.
  • Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory, the traditional way of paper making from bark of Daphne plants.
  • Textile Museum, dedicated to the rich skill of Bhutanese weaver, primarily women. It has good collections of samples including rare pieces and antiques, some belonging to the royal family.
  • Handicrafts Emporium, two storied building full of Bhutanese handicrafts for souvenirs.