India, 
Sri Lanka,
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Bhutan
The Tashichho Dzong
India, 
Sri Lanka,
 Nepal & Bhutan / Thimphu Monks
Bhutan
Thimphu Monks

Timphu

Thimphu lies in a steep valley at an altitude of 2,350m (7,709ft), surrounded by richly forested mountains dotted with ancient monasteries and lhakhangs (temples). The town is built up from the Thimphu Chhu (river) and is centred by the quaint Clock Tower and its surrounding lanes of shops, vegetable and meat markets, and assorted local restaurants. As Bhutan's capital city, Thimphu is home to many attractions and activities, including the National Textile Museum, Folk Heritage Museum and the bustling Changlingmethang Market. It also houses the seat of government and the office of His Majesty, King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, in the majestic Tashichoe Dzong.

Nearby, one can visit Pangri Zampa, two 16th century buildings that now house a monastic astrologer training school. At the head of the valley, a walk across one of the country's oldest cantilever bridges leads to Cheri Goemba where the Kingdom's first monk community was based. Thimphu's main street provides an opportunity to shop for Himalayan jewellery and Bhutanese handicrafts and textiles.

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