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5 Famous Tourist Attractions in Thimphu

Updated on July 24, 2017

Thimphu is the capital of Bhutan, a small nation in the Himalayas. Around 80,000 people live in this beautiful city, which is a stronghold of traditional Bhutanese art, architecture and culture. Thimphu covers an area of around 26 square kilometers. Located at an elevation of 2,320 meters, Thimphu the third highest capital in the world by altitude. Thimphu has a subbtropical highland climate.

How to Reach Thimphu?

Unlike other capital cities, Thimphu does not have an international airport. Paro Airport is the only international airport in Bhutan. It is around 54 kilometers from Thimphu. Thimphu does not have a railway station because Bhutan has no rail service. The city is well-connected by road.

A markerParo Airport -
Paro International Airport, Airport Road, Paro, 12001, Bhutan
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A markerThimphu Bus Station -
Dechhen Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan
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Hotels in Thimphu

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Taj Tashi Hotel
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Places to Visit in Thimphu

Here are major tourist attractions in Thimphu.

Buddha Dordenma Statue

This gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue (51 meters tall) is located on top of a hill in Kuenselphodrang Nature Park. It is made of bronze and is gilded in gold. The massive three-storey base houses a large chapel.

A markerBuddha Dirdenma -
Kuenselphodrang, Thimphu, Bhutan
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Dochula Pass

This mountain pass in the snow covered Himalayas offers a beautiful 360 degree panoramic view of Himalayan mountain range. Here you will find 108 chortens (stupas), which were built in memory of Bhutanese soldiers killed in the 2003 war against insurgents from India.

A markerDochula Pass -
Trashigang-Semtokha Highway, Dochula, Bhutan
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Tashichho Dzong

Built in 1216 CE, this Buddhist monastery and fortress houses the throne room and offices of the king, the cabinet secretariat and the ministries of home affairs and finance. It is also known as the "fortress of the glorious religion".

A markerTashicho Dzong -
Chhagchhen Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan
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Memorial Chorten

Also known as Thimphu Chorten, this stupa is located in the southern-central part of the city. This Tibetan style chorten is crowned by a crescent moon and sun. It was built in memory of the third King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk.

A markerMemorial Chorten -
Chhoten Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan
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Clock Tower Square

This tower with four clock faces is a popular landmark in Thimphu. It is decorated with beautiful carvings and paintings. You will find many hotels and shops around this tower.

A markerClock Tower Square, Thimphu -
Clock Tower Square, Hogdzin Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan
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