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Sprawled over a valley in western central Bhutan, the capital city of Thimphu is famous for its numerous Buddhist sites, mountainous Himalayan landscape, rich culture, and pious locales. In Thimpu, you can explore blue alpine forests and peaceful lakes up to Jili Dzong via Druk Path Trek, admire cave murals at the 800-year old Changangkha Lhakhang Temple, and buy kukri knives and traditional garments at Weekend Handicrafts Market.
Thimphu is the stronghold of Bhutanese art, history and architecture. Tashichho Dzong, Thimphu’s most massive monastery, government palace and fortress, is blessed with ancient Ta-dzong architecture and gold-leaf roofs. National Memorial Chorten, devoted to World Peace, is a whitewashed monument with a gold spire. Another masterpiece is Thimphu’s 51-metre-tall gold-plated Buddha Dordenma statue. Thimphu’s other important attractions include Gangtey Monastery, National Bhutan Library, Royal Botanical Garden, Simtokha Dzong, and National Folk Heritage Museum.
On your Thimphu tour, you can also climb the 9,400-feet-tall Bhutan Broadcasting Service Tower for panoramic city views, visit Jungshi Paper Factory to learn how paper is made traditionally, go on exciting safaris of Motithang Takin Reserve Forest and Tango Goemba and Deer Park, relish beef noodles at Norling Market’s eateries, and cruise along the scenic Wang Chu river.
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In Bhutan, you would be able to mainly find three categories of products - books, hardware and handicrafts. Reflecting Bhutan’s rich culture and arts, Thimphu has an excellent selection of handicraft shops selling high-quality paintings, ready-made and handmade ethnic kiras and khos, textiles, jewellery, masks and carpets. From scaling vibrant bazaars, exploring phenomenal indigenous designs, to collecting priceless antiques, here is how to enjoy shopping in Thimphu -
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