Thimphu Journals

In and around Thimphu, Bhutan

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An October 2008 trip to Thimphu by koshkha

National Library of Bhutan Photo, Thimphu, Bhutan More Photos
Quote: Leaving Paro behind, packing the sick pills for the journey and heading to Thimphu - lots to do, not all of it as exciting as it should be. Travel organised by Blue Poppy

River View

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Hotel | "Perfectly Acceptable But Rather Characterless Hotel"

River View Photo, Thimphu, Bhutan
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The River View is one of the best hotels in Thimphu – it must be, my guide book said so. It's not one of the most expensive – apparently that accolade goes to the Taj Trashi which is still being built and is said to be likely to cost about $1000 a night. But who needs that much ostentation on their holiday? Not me. Actually despite being good enough for the Lonely Planet to know about it, I have to be honest and say that I don't think the hotel's as good as it thinks it is. However it's in a country where no hotel really needs to try very hard. You can only go to Bhutan as part of an organised group, even if the 'group' is just two or even one person. And all your hotels are included in your trip cost...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 16, 2009

River View
Dechen Lam
Thimphu
+975 (2) 325030

National Library of Bhutan

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Attraction | "You Won't Miss Much If You Miss This"

National Library of Bhutan Photo, Thimphu, Bhutan
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There are lots of things to see and do in Thimphu but visiting the National Library is one stop you can easily miss without your trip being any the poorer. I think it's a fair guess that most visitors dont open their guidebook and think "Wow, I must make sure not to miss going to the library" whereas the companies who organise tours are probably rubbing their hands together at the thought of somewhere they can take you that won't cost a penny.To be honest, from the moment we stepped through the doors of the old library building until we left the new library, I was puzzled about what the point of going had been. If you came to visit the village where I live with its population of 10,000 inh...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on February 16, 2009

National Library of Bhutan
GPO PO Box 185
Thimphu
+975 2 324314

National Memorial Chorten

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Attraction | "Watching the Locals at Prayer"

Plaque at the entrance Photo, Thimphu, Bhutan
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We arrived in Thimphu after dark and so had no idea what to expect when we opened the curtains of our hotel room the next morning. Directly in front of us was a river and then beyond the river lay a pristine city with the streets laid out in neat rows. One building caught my eye for its glistening golden spire and this turned out to be our first destination on our tour of Thimphu. It was the National Memorial Chorten or as I'll refer to it for this review, the NMC.In major cities there's often a particular church, mosque or other place of worship that serves as a magnet to the worship and devotion of the locals. In the case of Thimphu, it's the NMC that attracts worshippers more than any o...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 1, 2009

Entrance to the Transmission Centre Photo, Thimphu, Bhutan
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The centre of Thimphu town lies in a flat river valley but you can't go far before you hit the hills again. And as you might expect for any city with hills, there's always a favourite viewpoint where tourists go to look down on the town. On our first day in Thimphu we were told that we could get a good sense of the lay of the land by going up to the Sangaygang Transmission Tower which provides the city with the Bhutanese Broadcasting Service's programming and can be found in the Mothithang district of the city. Our driver set off to wind up the hairpins, climbing to a final elevation 2865m. I'm not quite sure what I was expecting but it was probably some kind of official viewing point – ma...Read More

National Folk Heritage Museum

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Attraction | "Who Can Resist Nosing Around in Someone Else's House?"

National Folk Heritage Museum Photo, Thimphu, Bhutan
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Many of the attractions we saw in Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan didn't really excite or interest me as much as they perhaps should have done. The National Library was dreary, the School of Traditional Arts left me thinking that 7 years learning how to make a statue and do a bit of embroidery left the students less fitted for the 21st century than a couple of years learning to use a computer and I also had a bit of a giggle at the so-called mini-zoo with a bunch of deer and deer-like critters that had either been too tame to run away when they tried to shut the zoo, or - like the three legged reindeer - found it a comfy place to see out their days. However one of the outstanding attra...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 27, 2009

National Folk Heritage Museum
Pedzoe Lam
Thimphu
+95 (2) 327133

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Northampton, United Kingdom