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Thimphu truly well may be the land that time forgot. Lush valleys encircled by misty mountains and the mighty Wang Chu River running alongside the city. With only the smallest bit of modernity creeping into an otherwise traditional society, the tiny kingdom of Bhutan is big on charms.

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National Memorial Chorten
This unique stupa is dedicated to both, the third king of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, and to world peace. A prominent Thimphu landmark, this Tibetan-style stupa sits in the heart of the city and, unlike other stupas, does not hold any human remains. Instead,only a photo of the king is displayed in the hall within.
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Be Amazed By Archery
Dedicated to the national sport, the Changlimithang Stadium and Archery Ground stands on the very site where the battle of 1885 took place. It was originally built for the coronation of the fourth king, Jigme Singye Wangchuck. Today, you can watch a football match here or be awed by archers practising their skills.
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Buy Some Handicrafts
The crafts bazaar sprawls out in Norzin Lam in the heart of the town. Find colourful, woven fabrics and elaborate masks or silk-screened handmade paper and trinkets here, all of which make for great gifts for your loved ones.
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National Textile Museum
Open :9.00AM-4.00PM
The art of weaving has been carefully preserved for centuries in Bhutan, and the National Textile Museum is a testament to this tradition. The museum, commissioned by Her Majesty the Queen Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck, regularly hosts interesting exhibitions that focus on traditional Bhutanese textiles. Guided tours through the museum are available too.
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Meditate At Deer Park Thimphu
Find inner peace at Deer Park Thimphu, which is described by the founders as a ‘centre for art and contemplation’. The centre aims to provide a platform to those interested to learn and practise Buddhism. A list of activities to choose from is available online.
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Learn About Local Crafts
Open :10.00AM-3.30PM
The National Institute for Zorig Chusum was established to preserve Bhutan’s national heritage. Wander through the school which teaches students how to master the thirteen types of traditional crafts, or zorig chusum, like thankha, pottery, embroidery and appliqué, carpentry, wood- and slate-carving and more.
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Tashichho Dzong
Open :8.00AM-6.00PM
Set at the northern end of the city, this exquisite monastery was first constructed in 1216 AD by Lama Gyalwa Lhanangpa. The whitewashed dzong is a wonderful example of traditional Bhutanese architecture. The ceiling is adorned with beautiful murals, under which a huge statue of Gautam Buddha holds pride of place.
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