Thimphu,at an altitude of 2,400 meters is the capital of Bhutan. With the country stepping into modernization it has undergone huge developments but still managed to keep its traditional values The mix of the modern and the ancient can still be noticed, even in the new buildings which has a traditional touch in it. The Population of Thimphu is estimated to be around 100,000.
Places of interest around Thimphu
Tashichhodzong : The Tashichhodzong houses the government departments and ministries and is also the summer home to the Monastic Body and His Holiness the Je Khenpo.(Head of the Monastic Body). The throne room of His Majesty the King of Bhutan is also in the Dzong.
National Memorial Chorten (Stupa): Built in 1974 in memory of His Majesty King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, the Third King of Bhutan.
National Library: Holds a rare collection of the Buddhist text and manuscripts, some dating back to several hundred years. Besides thousands of manuscripts and ancient texts, the library also has modern academic books and printing blocks for prayer flags and also a small selection of English books on Buddhism.
Semtokha Dzong: Located at about 5 Kms south of Thimphu, Semtokha Dzong was built in 1629 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, making it the country’s .It houses the country’s main Dzongkha language learning institute.
National Institute for Zorig Chusum: Established in 1971 to preserve the thirteen traditional arts of Bhutan, The thirteen arts are paintings, carpentry, wood carving, sculpture, casting, metal work, bamboo carving, gold & silver work, weaving, embroidery, masonry, leather work and paper making.
Changangkha Lhakhang: Overlooking the Thimphu valley is the Changangkha temple built in the 12th century. The central statue here is Chenrezig(Avalokiteshvara, the god of compassion).
Takin Reserve: The Takin is the national animal of Bhutan, and looks like a cross between a cow and a goat and can be found only in Bhutan and nearby areas.