Thimphu

Capital Of Bhutan

Simply Bhutan Live Museum

Bhutan has many ways of exhibiting its ancient cultural heritage and traditional way of life. Simply Bhutan has an altar, a Zhabdrung museum, photo studio and a traditional Bhutanese kitchen with a cooking stove made of mud and stone.

Demonstration stalls of textiles and handmade products and a cafe offering butter tea Suja, snacks and a souvenir shop are among others. Besides being a living museum that depicts Bhutan’s ancient cultural heritage, Simply Bhutan will also serve its purpose of providing employment to the youth. Youth gain skills on basic business and customer care through their own experience in the museum. Bhutan Youth Development Fund constructed Simply Bhutan with materials from traditional house

National Textile Museum

The Bhutan Textile Museum or the National Textile Museum is a national textiles museum in Thimphu, Bhutan. Since its inception in 2001, the museum has garnered national and international attention, as well as a sizable collection of antique textile artifacts unique to Bhutan.

The museum was established to promote Bhutan’s achievements in the field of textile arts, as well as to sustain and promote weavers’ interest in continuing traditional textile patterns.

The Bhutan Textile museum exhibits on six major themes; wrap pattern weaves, weft pattern weaves, role of textile in religion, achievements in textile arts, textiles from indigenous fibers, and the Royal collection.

Weekend Archery

Archery in Bhutan is more than just a sport; it is a celebration of a way of life and an expression of Bhutan's rich culture and heritage, because when Bhutanese play archery, they must also participate in singing and dancing.

Aside from the grand celebration complete with traditional attire, it is likely the only sport in which players are allowed to drink alcohol. Traditional archery would be incomplete without plenty of eating and, of course, drinking. This is something that has been passed down through generations and is still continued.

Institute of Zorig Chusum

It is the only trade that is clearly dominated by women and offers the most scope for creativity, with new colors and patterns, as well as the latest fashion, brilliantly incorporated into a wide range of traditional styles.

This institute, commonly known as “the painting school,” offers four- to six-year courses in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts. Painting (of both furniture and thangkas – painted religious pictures, usually on canvas) is a specialty for students, as is woodcarving (masks, statues, bowls), embroidery (hangings, boots, clothes), or statue-making. Students are used to having visitors while they work, and it is acceptable to take photographs.

Bhutan Post

While barefoot couriers still deliver mail in many remote areas of Bhutan, Bhutanese postage stamps are world-renowned among the philatelists' community. Bhutan's stamp launch in the 1960s of the world's most innovative stamps not only caused a sensation each time they were released, but they were also valued by Bhutan as its main revenue producer for many years.

Memorial Chorten

Meet the elderly generation as they walk around the National Memorial Chorten. This temple features fantastic depictions of Buddhist teachings in the form of paintings and sculptures. This National Memorial Chorten, as the name denotes, was dedicated in memory of the Third King on July 28, 1974.

National Institute of Traditional Medicine

Both allopathic and traditional medicines are given equal weight in Bhutan. The rich herbal medicines prepared and dispensed here are made from medicinal plants abundant in the kingdom.

The Institute also serves as a training facility for traditional medicine practitioners. Due to hygiene concerns, the complex is closed to visitors, but one can still walk around and visit the showroom.

Trashichhoe Dzong

The "fortress of the glorious religion" was built in 1641 and restored in the 1960s by the Third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. Tashichho Dzong houses ministries as well as His Majesty's secretariat and the central monk body.

The Institute of Language and Cultural Studies is located near the Dzong. In the courtyard, be enthralled by the most notable artistic feature: over 300 finely worked slate carvings behind the prayer wheels.

National Library

There is a small Foreign Books Collection, the majority of which are works written in English on Buddhist studies, Bhutan, the Himalayan region, and neighboring countries.

The National Library was founded in the late 1960s with the primary goal of preserving the literary treasures that are an important part of Bhutan’s cultural heritage. It now houses a large collection of Buddhist literature, mostly in block-printed form, with some works dating back several hundred years.

Craft Bazar

The Craft Bazaar is a one-stop shop for all types of authentic Bhutanese crafts, and it is expected to provide an outlet for rural women, increase rural household income, create ready markets, improve craft distribution channels, and promote retail buying consortium.

The Craft Bazaar ensures that “Made in Bhutan” not only stands for high-quality products, but also for a set of values and working practices that underpin those products and services.

Buddha Dordenma Statue

A 51.5m bronze statue of the Buddha's founder sits atop Kuensel Phodrang hill. The location also provides unobstructed views of the Thimphu Valley, which are especially beautiful at sunset.

Tango Buddhist College

Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgye, the reincarnated Lama, now lives in Tango. Tango Monastery offers an excellent opportunity to participate in local temple life.

The monastery is a beautiful, sacred site that requires an hour hike through rhododendron forest. It is truly a refuge, perched on the hillside and overlooking the forested mountains. Tango is one of the most important Buddhist colleges in Bhutan. Its name, which means “horse’s head,” comes from the horse-head-shaped rock at the top. It is a stunning dzong constructed in the 18th century by the 8th Desi, Druk Rabgye.

Thimphu City

You’re free early in the evening to explore Thimphu city on your own. Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital, occupies a valley in the country’s western interior. In addition to being the government seat, the city is known for its Buddhist sites.

Dochula Pass

Dochu La pass, located at 3150m, offers spectacular views of some of Bhutan's most beautiful and spectacular Himalaya. Stop to take in the fresh mountain air and pay our respects at the 108 chortens built in memory of the brave Bhutanese soldiers who died in the 2003 war. Walk between the chortens, take in the spectacular mountain views, and marvel at the architectural splendor up close.
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