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In Thimphu: Highlights & options include
-   The National Memorial Chorten/stupa - where the pious, young and old alike gather every morning and evening to circumambulate (accumulate merit), making it a favorite spot for the locals. The Stupa was built in 1974 in honor of our late Third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, popularly known as the father of modern Bhutan (Max time: 1 hour)

-  Explore Tashichho Dzong (fortress) - the administrative head quarter of Thimphu; summer residence for the Chief Abbot and the monk body; Office of His Majesty The King, the Finance Ministry and the Gross National Happiness Commission. (Max time: 1 hour)

-  The National Institute for Zorig Chusum - the school of 13 forms of traditional arts and crafts, commonly referred to as “the painting school” to see how a new generation of Bhutanese artists are being trained. (Max time 1-2 hrs)

-  The Takin (National animal) Preserve - With its strange look, the Takin (the national animal of Bhutan) does live up to its legendary creation (Max time: 1 hr)

-  Kuenselphodrang - feel the grandeur of the world’s largest sitting Buddha. Enjoy a great bird’s eye view of the Thimphu valley (Max time: 1 hr)

-  The traditional handmade paper factory where the old art of paper making still is vibrant  (Max time: 1 hr)

-  The weekend farmers’ market (Friday-Sunday) is the largest in the country, where villagers from nearby valleys sell their farm produce. (Max time: 1-2 hrs)

Time & weather permitting: Take an easy hike at Sangaygang (1.5hr - 2hrs round-hike) overlooking Thimphu; and/or moderate hike to Cheri monastery up in the woods (30 minutes drive; 2.5 hours hike round-trip): Zhabdrung Nawang Namgyel (first ruler /unifier of Bhutan) built this monastery in 1620 and established its first order of monks here.

-  Docho La Pass (10,000 ft. elevation) - The pass is located on the way to Punakha from Thimphu. On a clear day, one can enjoy 360 degree of beautiful panoramic view of Himalaya mountain range. The beauty of this place is further enhanced by the Druk Wangyal Chortens-108 stupa built by the eldest Queen Mother Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck (Max time: 2-3 hr for day trip)

While in town, you can also stop by the Bank and the Post Office (self-portrait stamp) - Max time: 1 hrangchuck, popularly known as the father of modern Bhutan (Max time: 1 hour)