One and only
The only pointsman of Bhutan is working in Thimphu. There isn’t much traffic to control but he is there and doing his job. I’ve read that there was a traffic light here once, but then the King decided that it was unnecessary and it removed. This traffic policeman conducts traffic with dance-like movements. Take your time and watch him for a while.
Choki School of Traditional Art
We’ve visited this place in Thimphu. Young students were learning their traditional arts here. There were many classes like painting, carving, sculpture, weaving… Students were wearing a dark blue traditional dress as a uniform. We had the chance to interact with some of them. It was a nice experience trying to tell them where we came from.
The school has own souvenir shop. You can find nice examples of Bhutanese art here, wooden dragons, hand-woven textile, small figurines…
- Family Travel
- Arts and Culture
Visit the weekend market
I am a huge fan of these kind of markets. I love to see and smell the fresh vegetables, people shopping... In Bhutan, there is an amazing variety of plants. This made the market more interesting for me. You can see usual chilies, tomatoes, onions (smaller ones), black eyed beans, huge okras… Also you can see strange stuff like tree leaves, some wild plants, colorful mushrooms, dried fishes, dried yak or cow skin, fresh meat, yak cheese and butter… I wanted to be a local and do some shopping for myself while we were there. Sometimes being a tourist is such a burden!
There were many opportunities of good shots in the market. We also bought some dry hot chilies and since they have seeds in it, I have some Bhutanese pepper plants in my balcony now. By the way, if you buy chilies, don’t put them into your cabin bag. If you forget, officers take them and they give you a receipt. You and your chilies travel separately.
Tashi Choe Dzhong
The 'Tashi Choe Dzhong' or the Wonderful Religion Fortress is a spectacular fortress in Thimphu that was rebuilt in the 1770s following a fire.
What is remarkable about the building is that it is made without a single nail!!
It's a massive structure that can be only truly appreciated at some distance!
For more images of this Dzhong, see the travelogues.
This large Tibetan-style chorten was built in 1974 to honour the memory of the third king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. It is one of the most visible religious structures in Thimphu and for many people it is the focus of their daily worship.
Trashi Chhoe Dzong
This dzong, called "fortress of the glorious religion", housed the original National Assembly and now houses the secretarat, the throne room and the offices of the king. The northern potion is the summer residence of the Central Monk Body.
During our visit, we were not allowed inside and it was said because the Central Monk Body just came.
The original dzong was burned in 1771.
Coronation Park, Thimpu
The only park in the city. Fantastic view of the city. One side hills, river and other side the city.
Tashhichoden Dzong (King's Office)
The most respectful place in Thimpu. The king of Bhutan Fifth Druk Gaylpo is now seat here. The place is opened after the working hour. Worth visting the place. Fantastic view.
Built in 1629, it is Bhutan's most ancient fortress that has survived as a complete structure.
Many people bring their babies to the dzong for being blessed for a bright future.