8 attractions you should visit in Thimphu - With photos & details

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Top 8 attractions to explore in Thimphu

Thimphu is the capital of Bhutan and the largest city in the whole kingdom.

Buddha DordenmaKuenselphodrang, Thimphu, Bhutan
Sculptures

The Buddha Dordenma is located atop a hill in Kuenselphodrang Nature Park and overlooks the Southern entrance to Thimphu Valley.This massive statue of Shakyamuni measures in at a height of 51.5 m, making it one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world.

Clock Tower SquareHogdzin Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan
Other

Clock Tower Square is a square in Thimphu, Bhutan, and is the site of the famous tower with four clock faces. There are also many shops, hotels and restaurants surrounding the square.

Buddhist Temples

Dechen Phrodrang. meaning "Palace of Great Bliss". is a Buddhist monastery in Thimphu, Bhutan.The monastery contains a number of important historical Bhutanese artifacts including 12th-century paintings monitored by UNESCO and a noted statue of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal on the upper floor. In the downstairs chapel, there is a central Sakyamuni Buddha.

National Library & Archives of BhutanPO Box 185, Pedzoe Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan
Iconic Buildings
Museums

National Library was first established in 1967 with a small collection of precious texts and was initially housed within the central tower of Tashichodzong. Later it moved to a building in the Changgangkha area of Thimphu. To provide a permanent home for the sacred religious books and manuscripts in the growing collection, construction of the present four-storeyed eight-cornered traditional building, which looks like the central tower temple of a Bhutanese Dzong, was initiated and was inaugurate

National Memorial Chhorten, ThimphuChhoten Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan
Monuments

The Memorial Chorten, also known as Thimphu Chorten/ Memorial Stupa is one of the tallest monuments in Thimphu. Located in the southern central part of the city, in Doeboom Lam, the Stupa attracts tourists from all around the globe with its elegant architecture.

Royal Takin PreserveMotithang, Bhutan
Wildlife Sanctuaries
National Parks

Motithang Takin Preserve, located in the Motithang district of Thimphu, Bhutan is a wildlife reserve area for takin (Budorcas taxicolor), the national animal of Bhutan. It's worthwhile taking the time to see these oddball mammals. The best time to see them is early morning when they gather near the fence to feed.

Semtokha DzongSemtokha, Bhutan
Monuments

The name Semtokha literally means “Atop a Demon” and the legend associated with the dzong’s construction tells us that it was built in order to subdue an evil spirit that was harassing travelers in the region.

Tashichho DzongChhagchhen Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan
Buddhist Temples

Tashichho Dzong was first constructed in 1216 A.D. by Lama Gyalwa Lhanangpa where Dechen Phodrang now stands above Thimphu. In 1641, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal acquired it but finding it too small, he built another one, known as the lower Dzong. The dzong is located close to Thimphu town, next to the banks of the Wang Chhu River. It is an impressively large structure, surrounded by well-kept lawns and beautiful gardens.

Map of attractions in Thimphu