Bhutan, the land of the “Thunder Dragon”, offers subtropical plains to steep mountainous regions and deep valleys, all in a serene atmosphere. No wonder throngs of foreign tourists flock this Himalayan kingdom. An ideal time to visit Bhutan is during its spring-summer months (Mar-May) when the weather is pleasant and the skies are clear whereas October is ideal for trekking. Some of the hot tourist destinations here are Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Haa Valley, and Pheuntsholing.
Among all of these, Thimphu is perhaps the most interesting. It is the capital of Bhutan, located on the western part and is a wonderful juxtaposition of ancient tradition and modernity seen through its monasteries and traditional houses that stand alongside modern shopping complexes and night clubs. Thimphu has a number of exciting tourist worthy spots to offer that give a traveler an insight into the uniqueness of the arts and culture of Bhutan. Here is our list of 5 such places:
- Motithang Takin Preserve – See the unusual-looking Takin, the national animal of Bhutan, which is a cross between a goat and an antelope in this enclosed forested habitat located at the edge of Thimphu.
- Simply Bhutan – A unique project with the aim to conserve the culture and traditions of Bhutan while generating employment opportunities for young job seekers.
- Buddha Dordenma statue – The most iconic location of Thimphu is the gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue seated amidst the ruins of Kuensel Phodrang, the palace of Sherab Wangchuck, overlooking the southern approach to Thimphu
- Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory – Make some Deh-sho (local paper) here which is made from daphne and dhekap trees, indigenous to Bhutan and make a unique souvenir too.
- Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan – It is dedicated to the conservation of Bhutanese textiles and showcases the traditional art of weaving in Bhutan and serves as a training center for local individuals.
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