If you are looking for sightseeing places Thimphu then we have compiled a list of popular sightseeing places in Thimphu below. Thimphu has many sightseeing places to visit and witness their beauty. Here are some of the most beautiful places to visit and know more about our country Bhutan.
List of sightseeing places Thimphu
MOTITHANG TAKIN PRESERVE
This Takin Preserve is located in Motithang, Thimphu. It is a wildlife reserve area for Takin (Budorcas taxicolor) which is a very rare animal of Bhutan. Takin is also the national animal of our country. The creation of Takin in Bhutan has a legend behind it which dates back to 15th century. The local mythology starts from Lam Drukpa Kuenlay who was a Tibetan saint.
He was a proficient tantric and a religious preacher as well. Once he was preaching in Bhutan and the people requested him to show miracle before them. Lam then took the head of a goat and fixed it with the skeleton of a cow. The animal came alive with a snap of his fingers and went to graze in the meadows. Since then, Takin has been a common animal in the hills of Bhutan.
The area of this reserve is 8.4 acres with few animals such as barking deer and sambar. Takin gains attention by everyone because of their unusual appearance where even taxonomists also are uncertain of takin’s phylogeny. Some people also describe it as ‘bee stung moose’.
NATIONAL HANDICRAFTS EMPORIUM
This is an arts and crafts emporium located in Norzin Lam, Thimphu. Here you will get a wide range of products which has fixed prices and even accepts credit cards. You will see products such as traditional boots, bamboo baskets and festival masks. The emporium is opened from morning 9am – 1 pm and 2-6 pm.
NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR ZORIG CHUSUM
National Institute for Zorig Chusum is an art school located in Thimphu. It is also called the ‘painting school’. This art school duration for learning the Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts is four to six years. The students are specialized in paintings such as furniture, thangka which is painted religious picture, woodcarving in masks, statues and bowls, and statue making in clay.
You will love to take photographs of these beautiful crafts and skills by the young students. You can even buy some beautiful arts in the showroom with reasonable prices made by the students.
JUNGSHI PAPER FACTORY
The Jungshi paper factory is a paper making factory where it makes the traditional paper of Bhutan. They manufacture the Bhutanese paper called Deh-sho in the traditional method. You can visit this factory which is exactly 1 kilometer away from the main city.
Jungshi factory uses two types of bark from the Daphne and Dhekap trees. Deh-sho paper was originally used in monasteries for woodblock, manuscript and for writing prayer books in olden times. This paper tradition has been well preserved by Jungshi factory.
You can watch the whole paper making process if you get time and even try making some papers of your own at the factory. You will see that the factory also makes greeting cards and stationary along with the Deh-sho
THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF BHUTAN
You can visit the National Library of Bhutan in Thimphu. It was established in 1967 and the current Director is Harka B. Gurung. The library has 35 staffs. The main purpose for the establishment of the library was for the preservation and promotion of the rich cultural and religious heritage of Bhutan.
At first the library was situated in the central tower of Tashichhoe dzong but as the collection of books grew more, it was shifted to Kawajangtsa area in Thimphu.
At present, the library is a four storeyed eight-cornered traditional building where it houses the sacred religious books and manuscripts. The National Library has the responsibility for the collection and preservation of important past, present and future documents of Bhutan for the future generations.
Inside the library, you will the National Memory Bank which houses important documents such as old letters, old records, more than 7000 important photographs, rare books and even microfilms. All the things of the library are kept under modern security and fire alarm system.
BHUTAN TEXTILE MUSEUM
Bhutan Textile Museum which we also call National Textile Museum is a textile museum. It is located near the National Library of Bhutan. National Commission for Cultural Affairs operates the museum and was established in 2001.
You will see that the museum has the division of six areas which includes Achievements in textile arts, the roles of textiles in religion, textiles from indigenous fibers, The Royal Collection, warp pattern weaves and weft pattern weaves.
Zilukha nunnery is originally called Drubthob Goemba monastery. It is a nunnery which has around 70 residents of nuns. The monastery was founded by the reincarnation of Drubthob Thangtong Gyalpo.
The Zilukha nunnery is located on the slope where below you will see the golf course and Tashichhoe dzong. You need to drive down the road from the telecom tower and reach Gaden Lam. Then you have to take the road that runs high above the golf course. You will get the best views when you drive the road.