Thimphu might be the world’s smallest capital and the largest city in Bhutan. One of the most curious feature of Thimphu is that, it is the only capital city in the world that does not have traffic lights. The magnificent natural surroundings of the city, combined with the modernising centre make Thimphu a fascinating destination.

The city contains most of the important political buildings in Bhutan including the National Assembly and the official residence of the King. Although a new city, Thimphu contains a number of sites of historical significance and importance.

Culture of Bhutan is fully reflected in Thimphu in respect of literature, religion, customs, national dress code, monastic practices, music, dance, literature and in media. Thimphu Tsechu is an important festival when masked dances, popularly known as Chaam, are performed in courtyards of the Trashi Chhoe Dzong in Thimphu. It is a four-day festival held every year during Autumn (September/October), on dates corresponding to the Bhutanese calendar.

Must See Hot Spots in Thimphu City

The traditional architectural monuments in Thimphu, as in 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, which are most distinctive architectural forms of Bhutan. Prayer Flags, Mani Wall and Prayer Wheels present a propitious setting throughout the urban agglomerate of Thimphu.

Trashichhoe Dzong
Most prominent landmark in Thimphu is the Trashichhoe Dzong (meaning: “Fortress of the Glorious Religion”) located on west bank of Wang Chu. Imposing white washed structure, as seen now, has undergone several renovations over the centuries following fires and earthquakes.
Simtokha Dzong
Known as Sangak Zabdhon Phodrang (Palace of the Profound Meaning of Secret Mantras) is said to be the oldest surviving fortress cum monastery established in 1629 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, who unified Bhutan. It was attacked several times in 17th century but survived and was refurbished repeatedly. It is a small Dzong (only 60 metres (200 ft) square with gate on the southern direction), located about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) to the south of Thimphu.
Tango Monastery
The word ‘Tango’ in Bhutanese language means “horse head”. This Monastery is located to the north of Thimphu near Cheri Mountain. It was founded by Lama Gyalwa Lhanampa in 13th century and built in its present form by Tenzin Rabgye, 4th Temporal Ruler in 1688. Tango Monastery is built in the Dzong fashion and has a curved (semi-circular) outside wall and prominent main tower with recesses. It covers the caves where originally meditation and miracles were performed by saints from 12th century onwards.
Buddha View Point (Dordenma)  – 
The Buddha Dordenma is a bronze statue, that is constructed amidst the ruins of Kuensel Phodrang overlooking Thimphu city, about 100 metres (330 ft) above the Wang Chu river bed. It is a gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue. The statue houses over one lakh (one hundred thousand) smaller Buddha statues, each of which like the Buddha Dordenma itself, are made of bronze and gilded in gold. It is one of the largest Buddha rupas in the world, at a height of 51.5 metres (169 ft). The statue alone is being built at a cost of US$47 million.
National Memorial Chorten
Motithang Takin Preserve: Observe The National Animal
National Library of Bhutan: For The Bibliophiles
National Institute for Zorig Chusum (13 Arts of Bhutan)
Folk Heritage Museum: Learn & Explore
Bhutan Postal Museum: Fascinating Stamps
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