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5 things to do in Thimphu

Buddha statue

Visit the magnificent Dordenma Buddha statue which is located on a hill overlooking Thimphu city. Buddha Dordenma is a gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue at 51.5 meters tall and made of bronze


Thimphu provides an array of light hiking routes in and around Thimphu, amongst others, one can take a short drive out of the capital and walk an hour or so to visit Tango Monastery. The monastery is a school for the study of Buddhist philosophy metaphysics mathematics and poetry.

Simply Bhutan(museum)

Visit Simply Bhutan, a living museum exhibiting living styles, customs and traditions of the Bhutanese, visitors and guests can also experience traditional Bhutanese dishes. Simply Bhutan is located a few minutes away from the main Thimphu town.

Tashichho Dzong

Visit Tashichho Dzong or the ‘fortress of the Auspicious Religion’, the dzong was built in 1941 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. The dzong houses the throne room of the king of Bhutan, the office for the Je-khenpo(chief abbot), and it is also used as the summer residence for the monk body.

Centenary Farmer’s Market

Located below the main town, near the Wangchhu River, Thimphu’s weekend market is by far the largest domestic market for the farmers in Bhutan. Farmers come from all over the country to sell their farm products in the market. With its wide assortment of fresh, organic produce, the Farmer’s Market has become a favourite spot for tourists and a recreational place for people from all walks of life. Nearby, across a cantilever footbridge, Kuendeyling Bazaam, to the west bank is a collection of stalls selling clothing, textiles and handicrafts.