Hidden realm of wonders! The only world capital without traffic lights, Thimphu is a regal yet bustling town amid glorious hills and home to the revered Bhutanese Royal family. Its ‘Shangri-la like’ appearance is embedded not merely in a wealth of historical sights, monasteries and museums, but also in its maze of streets with shops displaying traditional ware, local culture, smiling faces, cuisines and its sporting obsession for archery!
Enjoy a thrilling dance performance in a two hour long private session. Bhutanese masked dances reflect highly complex symbolic understandings of life in a complex universe. The Bhutanese see dance as an extension of their religious and social lives because the movement reflects their deep devotion, compassion, tolerance, and harmonious living.
City Highlights of Thimphu
Visit the King’s Memorial Chorten, which is continuously circled ritualistically by people murmuring mantras and spinning prayer wheels. See Tashichhoe dzong, ‘fortress of the glorious religion’ – the center of government and religion. Browse the government-run handicrafts emporium and local craft shops for samples of Bhutan’s fine traditional arts. Take home some handwoven textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, jewelry, ceramics, slate and wood carvings. Visit the National Library, housing an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts and modern academic books on Himalayan culture and religion. Explore Zorig Chusum or the Painting School, the Thanka Art School and the Inst.of Traditional Medicine. Visit a handmade paper factory or the Mini Zoo, or peruse Thimphu’s weekend market. Enjoy scenic treks and nature walks with views of the famous denizens of the Himalayan kingdom.