Must See Places In And Around Thimphu
For those who are unaware of this beautiful Himalayan city, Thimphu is the capital of Bhutan —- a country known as the “Land of the Thunder Dragon.”
Thimphu, being the national capital, enjoys all the advantages of a modern city even though, Bhutan is by large a developing country and industrial infrastructure is hardly visible here. Nevertheless, Bhutan is a breathtakingly beautiful country.
The currency here is Ngultram (1US$ = Ng 60/- approx.) and the language spoken is Dzonkha.
In terms of accessibility, Thimphu is the best place to be in Bhutan. There are many cheap hotels and guest houses in Thimphu and nearby Paro. The city is small in terms of a national capital but surprisingly there are too many places to visit in and around Thimphu. Tashi Chho Dzong – It houses the throne of the king and has been the seat of Bhutan’s government. The Dzong (fort) is only open to visitors during the Thimphu Festival that happens in the month of October every year.
Drukgyal Dzong, Paro – is a 17th century fortress that was destroyed in a massive fire in the 50s. If you are visiting here post winter, the snow-caped mountains in the backdrop will surely take your breath away. (PC-Source)
Motithang Takin Reserve – Bhutan’s national animal is the weird looking Takin. The animal looks like half cow and half deer. The Motithang Takin Reserve close to Thimphu city centre is a protected area that preserves this national pride of Bhutan. (PC-Source)Sangaygang Viewpoint – its importance lies in its location. The viewpoint is located at the base of the city’s TV tower, which is another pride of the nation as it was only in the late 90s that television first made an entry to this virgin piece of land. The entire city of Thimphu can be seen from here.
With such breathtaking landscape, beautiful people and easy budget, Bhutan is a country that you must visit. The country has so much to offer for a wanderer to get lost in its beauty and mysticism, not to forget, it is also a less travelled destination, thus giving you a greater prospect to explore this virgin land.