Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan lies at an elevation of 7,600 feet in a valley transversed by the Thimphu River. Tashichho Dzong, the main secretariat building houses the Throne Room of the King of Bhutan, the summer residence of the Central Monk Body and the National Assembly Hall.

The Handicrafts Emporium displays a wide assortment of beautiful handwoven and crafted products. Prominently standing out in Thimphu is the National Memorial Chorten(stupa), a monument dedicated to the Third King of Bhutan popularly known as the Father of Modern Bhutan. The paintings and statues inside the monument provided a very rare insight into Buddhist philosophy.

Five miles away from Thimphu stands the Simtokha Dzong on a lofty ridge. Built in 1627, this oldest Dzong in the country now houses the School For Buddhist Studies. Other places of interest are the School Of Traditional Painting, the Indigenous Hospital, the National Library and the Gold & Silversmith’s Workshop.

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