Top 10 things to do in Thimphu

  1. Buddha Dordenma Statue
    Kuensel Phodrang, Thimphu, Bhutan
    This massive statue of Buddha, measuring at 169 feet tall, is one of the largest in the world. Visitors can climb up to the base of the statue and enjoy panoramic views of Thimphu.
  2. Tashichho Dzong
    Chhagchhen Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan
    This impressive fortress serves as the seat of the Bhutanese government and is also home to several important religious institutions. Visitors can explore the ornate architecture and beautiful gardens.
  3. National Memorial Chorten
    Doeboom Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan
    This stupa was built in memory of the third king of Bhutan and is a popular spot for locals to come and pray. Visitors can walk around the chorten and admire the intricate carvings and paintings.
  4. Moti Arts Gallery
    Norzin Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan
    This gallery features a wide range of Bhutanese art, including traditional thangkas, contemporary paintings, and handwoven textiles. Visitors can browse the collection and even purchase some pieces to take home.
  5. Clock Tower Square
    Norzin Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan
    This bustling square is home to the iconic clock tower, as well as a number of shops and restaurants. Visitors can relax on one of the benches and people-watch while enjoying the lively atmosphere.
  6. Sangaygang Viewpoint
    Upper Motithang, Thimphu, Bhutan
    This viewpoint offers stunning views of Thimphu valley and the surrounding mountains. Visitors can hike up to the viewpoint or take a taxi for a small fee.
  7. Changangkha Lhakhang
    Changangkha, Thimphu, Bhutan
    This 12th-century temple is one of the oldest in Thimphu and is a popular spot for locals to come and pray. Visitors can explore the temple and admire the beautiful artwork and architecture.
  8. Simply Bhutan Museum
    Thimphu, Bhutan
    This interactive museum offers visitors a glimpse into traditional Bhutanese life, with exhibits on farming, weaving, and archery. Visitors can even try their hand at some of the activities.
  9. Jigme Dorji National Park
    Thimphu, Bhutan
    This vast national park covers over 4,000 square kilometers and is home to a wide range of wildlife, including tigers, snow leopards, and Himalayan black bears. Visitors can go on guided hikes and wildlife safaris.
  10. Weekend Market
    Thimphu, Bhutan
    This bustling market is held every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and offers a wide range of local products, including fresh produce, handicrafts, and clothing. Visitors can browse the stalls and sample some of the delicious street food.