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    Best time to Visit Thimphu: Oct,dec

    Category : Nature Explorer: Nature Explorer

    Duration(days) : 2 Days

    Address : Thimphu, Bhutan

    Description

    Thimphu, is Bhutan’s capital. It one of the frequently places to visit from its Indian neighbouring cities like Guwahati and Darjeeling.
    It is known for its Buddhist sites and has some prime tourist attractions like Tashichho Dzong, Memorial Chorten.

    This calm and scenic capital city, is the one among the two capital cities in Asia without traffic lights. (The other is Pyongyang in North Korea)


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    Memorial Chorten

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    Memorial Chorten stupa was built in 1974 in the memory of Bhutan's third King, His Late Majesty, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who is popularly regarded as Father of modern Bhutan. This whitewashed structure with a gold spire, has paintings and statues providing a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy. It is a good place to visit in the evening when the locals are doing their evening prayers.
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      Tashichho Dzong Fortress / Trashi Chho Dzong

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      Tashichho Dzong is a fortified monastery and government palace with gold-leaf roofs. It is one of the popular and biggest landmarks in Thimphu. Located at the banks of the Wangchhu River the massive fortress was initially built in 1641. It was also know as "fortress of the glorious religion". The dzong has a beautiful rose garden.
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        Changangkha Lhakhang

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        It is a fortress like temple which was established in 12th century. It is situated on a small hill overlooking the beautiful Thimphu valley. The central statue in the temple is Avaloketesvara, Buddha of compassion, in his manifestation with 11 heads, a thousand hands and eyes; it is built with bronze and plated with gold.
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          Thimphu Centenary Farmers Weekend Market

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          Thimphu weekend market is by far the largest domestic market for the farmers of Bhutan. Every Saturday and Sunday most of Thimphu's scant population and many valley dwellers congregate on the banks of the river where weekend market is held. It has also turned out to be one of the most favoured spots for tourists and a recreational place for people from all walks of life. Across a cantilever footbridge, Kuendeyling Bazaam, to the west bank is a collection of stalls housing clothing, fabric and handicrafts.
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            Dechen Phodrang

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            Dechen Phodrang literally means palace of the great bliss. It is currently state monastic school. The 12 century paintings in the monastery’s Guru Lhakhang have been restored and the upper floor features a large figure of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal as well as a goenkhang (chapel dedicated to protective deities and only men are allowed inside it).
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              Kuensel Phodrang (Buddha Point)

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              Statue of Sakyamuni Buddha, sitting on top of Kuensel Phodrang hill is a 51.5 mt bronze statue of Buddha. This statue is three storied with several chapels. The body of Buddha is filled with 125000 smaller statues of Buddha. The site also offers unobstructed views over the Thimphu Valley - especially stunning at sunset.
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                Dochula pass

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                Dochula pass is at an altitude of 3,050 meters above sea-level. It is marked by an array of prayer flags & 108 chortens. This high altitude pass is 23 kilometers from Thimphu on the way to Punakha. One can see panoramic view of the Bhutanese Himalayas from here. Unique spiral of 108 chortens, the Druk Wangyel Lhakhang - are some of the main attractions here. A short hiking route will take you up to the "Lungchuzekha temple"
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                  Lungchuzekha Goemba / Lungchuzekha temple

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                  Lungchuzekha temple is an interesting three to four hours round trip walk around Dochula pass. The highlight of this excursion is beautiful forest, spectacular view of Bhutan Himalayas and monastery.
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                    Takin Preserve, Motithang

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                    Takin is the national animal of Bhutan, and looks like a cross between a cow and a goat. Legend has it that the animal was created by the great Buddhist yogi, Drupa Kunley, and it can be found only in Bhutan and nearby areas like Nepal, China and Burma. This unique, endangered species can be found Takin Preserve, Motithang.
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                      Botanical Gardens, Serbithang

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                      Located on lush hillside about 10km from the city, the gardens offer a peaceful and relaxing environment to spend a few hours. Botanists will find the wide selection of indigenous trees and plants of interest.
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                        By Air
                        Paro is the only International airport in Bhutan. It is well connected by flights from Delhi, Kolkata, Kathmandu, Bangkok, Dhaka, Gaya etc. It takes about an hour to reach Thimphu from the Paro airport. 

                        By road 
                        If you wish to travel by road, you will get total three border points in India for crossing over to reach Bhutan. One is Jaigaon/Phuentsholing in West Bengal and the other two are Bongaigaon/Gelephu and Darangamela/Samdrup Jongkhar in Assam.  
                        Out of the three border points, the Jaigaon/Phuentsholing Border is the most preferred by travelers. It is easily accessible and there are facilities for staying as well as obtaining an entry permit here easily. 

                        By train 
                        You can reach Siliguri or Falakata (both in West Bengal) by train and from there you can hire a private taxi to Jaigaon which is the Indian border town to cross over to Bhutan's Pheuntsholing.