Bhutan is certainly no ordinary location. The Himalayan kingdom has a reputation for magic and mystery – being a place that carefully embraces global developments while retaining much of its traditional Buddhist culture. These are just a handful of the reasons that this little slice of heaven is worth the $200 tourist tax that you have to pay for every day that you stay.
While the Thimphu Valley has been able to support small settlements for many centuries, the current city did not develop until the King of Bhutan declared that it would become the new capital in 1961. Only a year later, the first vehicles were seen on the streets. This is one city that slowly started to adapt to its newfound role of nation capital.
If you want to learn more about the religious aspect of Bhutan, we highly recommend that you travel to some of the monasteries that you can find here. These include the Changangkha Lhakhang (which dates back to the 15th century, making it one of the Thimphu Valley’s oldest temples), and the Avalokiteshvara, the Buddhist emanation of compassion.
Another good example is the National Memorial Chorten. Especially as the locals are heading here for evening prayers, this is certainly worth a visit. It was built in memory of the third king back in 1974. (more…)