10 Images from Thimphu, Bhutan

By Mridula Dwivedi October 12, 2014 23 Comments , , ,

Thimphu is the biggest town in Bhutan. It seems to be in a hurry to become a city but like all the places in Bhutan that I visited it is so beautiful and charming. It didn’t feel like a big city at all.

10. Takin, the National Animal of Bhutan

Takin
Takin, the National Animal of Bhutan #lumia1020

Takins are weird to look at. It feels like they have a small cow’s body and a goat’s head. It is a goat antelope, whatever that may mean! The legend of Takin goes back to the divine madman of Bhutan Drukpa Kunley. It is said that he was fed a whole cow and a whole goat for lunch. When the bones were left he put the goat’s head on the cow’s body and the Takin was born! There is Motithang Takin Reserve in Thimphu where you can see the national animal with relative ease.

09. The Local Vegetable Market

Vegetable Market Thimpu
The Local Vegetable Market, Thimphu #canon550D

As we were passing by the local vegetable market in Thimphu, we went and took a stroll. I was amazed as to how clean it was. In fact whatever I saw in Bhutan, it was absolutely clean!

08. Crafts Market, Thimphu

The Crafts Market, Thimpu
The Crafts Market, Thimphu #canon550D

The crafts market at Thimphu is expensive to shop at. People accept Indian rupees everywhere and the Nu exchanges on par with the rupee. Shopkeepers don’t really bargain. An average tourist coming to Bhutan has to spend 250 USD per person per night and I guess that explains the prices and the lack of bargaining. The crafts market is next to the Taj Tashi hotel.

07. The National Memorial Chorten

The National Memorial Chorten, Thimphu, Bhutan
The National Memorial Chorten, Thimphu, Bhutan #canon550D

The National Memorial Chorten is dedicated to the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck and to the world peace. It is close to the city center. It is a small monument where you can see a lot of people doing their Buddhist rituals.

06. A Far Away View of Tashichho Dzong

Tashichho Dzong
Tashichho Dzong- A far Away View #canon550D

We didn’t had time to go to the Tashichho Dzong in Thimphu. So I had to be satisfied with a far away view. If you peer hard you can see it close to the mountains.

05. Simtokha Dzong, Thimphu

The Simtokha Dzong, Thimphu
The Simtokha Dzong, Thimphu #canon550D

Simtokha is said to have been built in 1629. We did a quick tour of the dzong and it was impressive. The main prayer halls of all the dzongs I visited were no photography zones. The main prayer hall of Simtokha was huge and exuded peace from every corner.

04. The National Library, Thimpu

The National Library, Thimphu
The National Library, Thimphu #canon550D

The National Library at Thimpu is an impressive building.  It has a lot books, mostly religious, after all it is the national library. But it has a massive display of pictures on the walls as well. The pictures are of the kings and the dzongs. It was quite an impressive collection. I bought a book from the library called The Dragon Finds its Voice by Bunty Avieson. It was a very good decision to buy the book as it gives a good insight of life at Bhutan.

03. A View of Thimphu City from Buddha Point

 

Thimphu, Bhutan
Thimphu the Capital of Bhutan

Buddha Point gives a beautiful view of the Thimphu City in almost all the directions. When I was there construction was going on at the site.

02. Dochula Pass

Dochula Pass
Dochula Pass #canon550D

Dochula Pass is on the way to Phunakha. It is just outside the Thimphu City. You can visit it as a destination in itself. There is a restaurant at the pass. On a clear day I am told that you can see high mountains. But you know my tale since 2013, all I saw was the clouds!

01. The Buddha at the Buddha Point

The Buddha at the Buddha Point, Thimphu
The Buddha at the Buddha Point, Thimphu #canon550D

And this is the giant Buddha at the Buddha Point. It is an amazing site. I loved it for the atmosphere and the beautiful view of the city it provided.

As you can see from the post, there is a lot to do in Thimphu and I am sure I have just scratched the surface as of now!

PS. I was invited by Makenytrip to Bhutan. And they have got me hooked to the country! While writing this post I must have thought at least a 100 times that I have to go back. Let us see when.

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23 thoughts on “10 Images from Thimphu, Bhutan”

  1. Wow , another beautiful place to visit in my travel wishlist . Your write up and photos about Thimpu are so amazing , that I would love to visit these places and see them as soon as I could

  2. What a lovely and peaceful country! Looking at these wonderful photographs and reading your experience itself I feel like visiting Bhutan once in my life! Such a beautiful land!

    TC! Keep smiling 🙂

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Mridula Dwivedi

I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quit my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!

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