Bhutan Diaries #3: Sights of Thimphu

Buddha Dordenma Statue


This gigantic Buddha statue is said to be the largest in the world. It is cast in bronze and gilded in gold ( a`Made in China’ product which was carted in pieces by trucks all the way from the Indian plains). Inside this massive structure, is a meditation hall which has over 1,00,000 small Buddha statues. From atop this hill, we got a spectacular view of the Thimphu valley.


National Memorial Chorten



This large Tibetan-style chorten (stupa), is at a walk able distance from the clock tower. From the gates you usually get a glimpse of people walking around the chorten.


As you enter, to the left is a room with giant prayer wheels. It was built in 1974 as a memorial to the third king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. For the locals, this religious structure is a place of daily worship.


Trashi Chhoe Dzong

View of the dzong from the hill above

This splendid dzong lies in the Thimphu valley on the west bank of the Wang Chuu river. (The word  dzong loosely translated means a fortress). It houses the offices of the king and some of the ministries.

The coronation of the fifth king in 2008 was held here. It is worth a visit at night as well when it’s all lit up.


Motithang Takin Preserve


The Takin is Bhutan’s national animal. Genetically, these mammals are so unlike any other animal that they are in a class of their own. Here you will find plenty of Takin’s munching away, pretty much their main agenda for the day!


 Folk Heritage Museum

Chillies are an essential part of Bhutanese cuisine


This three storied building is a rammed mud and timber house. It has been restored to replicate an old rural Bhutanese way of life.


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