Thimphu: Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan is considered as one of the most beautiful towns of Bhutan. After crossing winding mountain roads, several hairpin bends and many ups and downs when you reach Thimphu, your mind will be totally carefree and peaceful. The beautiful valley of Thimphu welcomes all the tourists and adventurers with its own beauty and peaceful ambience.
The vast valley with paddy fields, clean roads, neat houses and trees make a perfect picture to capture. The beauty of the valley of Thimphu is really extraordinary. Thimphu was made the capital of Bhutan in the year 1961. Thimphu has got its own ways and patterns of life that generally set challenges against the so-called conservative ideas and norms of Bhutan. Thimphu enchants the tourists, adventurers, researchers and religious persons with its both old and new traditions.
This capital of Bhutan can be considered as one of the most noiseless capitals. The peaceful ambience of the Thimphu valley is bound make you captivated. Another interesting thing of the city is that there no modern traffic lights. Here the police wearing white gloves control the busy traffic of the city. One can easily stay here to ravel other parts of Bhutan.
Attractions: There are several things to see in Thimphu of Bhutan. One of the main attractions of Thimphu is the famous Trashi Chhoe Dzong. Trashi Chhoe Dzong is situated on the bank of the river Wang Chhu. This is actually located at the northern side of the city. This looks like an imposing and impenetrable fortress. The magnificent glory of the Dzong makes one speechless.
The exterior of the main building is white colour and it is at least two-storey high. There are four towers at the four corners of the outer wall. These towers are topped with beautiful red and gold triple-tiered roofs. The whole courtyard is full of square stone slabs. This actually is main house of the original National Assembly, the secretariat, the offices of the king and ministers of different affairs and also finance. Visiting this Trashi Chhoe Dzong is reallya great experience.
Another great attraction of Thimphu is the National Memorial Chorten. This chorten was made in the year 1974. It was built in the memory of the late third king Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. This grand chorten is of white colour and it is furnished with beautiful annexes. There are several beautiful statues and paintings decorating the chorten. There is also a nice shrine which was dedicated to the king Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. People come here and whirl the large, grand red colour prayer wheels.
Motithang Takin Preserve was earlier made in the form of a small zoo. Later the animals were made free but the takin, the national animal of Bhutan was kept here for safety. The best time to visit the place is morning because then one can easily see these curious animals properly. One should not miss to visit the telecom tower while travelling in Thimphu. From the hillside just below the tower one can have a breath-taking view of the whole Thimphu valley of Bhutan. Another thing of importance is the SAARC building. This is main place where the meetings of the South Asia Association for Regional Co-operation are held.