Afternoon Tour of Thimphu
Today you will visit the Tamchog Lhakhang, a famous iron chain bridge built by Thangtong Gyalpo. Cross this bouncy bridge or simply marvel at its structure.
Next, you'll stop for a rest before continuing with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten. Constructed in 1974, this four-storey tall white building is an extraordinary example of Buddhist architecture and artwork. Filled with statues and iconography of Buddhist deities, this Tibetan-style chorten is a place of daily-worship for many.
Drive onwards to Buddha Dodernma, a bronze statue of Shakyamuni gilded in gold. Located on top of a hill in Kuenselphodrang Nature Park, this astonishing statue stands over 50m tall and is one of the tallest Buddha statues on the world.
From there you will drive on to Motithang and the the Takin Preserve, home to many takin, Bhutan's national animal. Found only in Bhutan and nearby areas, it is a cross between a cow and a goat. Myth has it that the animal was created by the great Buddhist yogi, Drupa Kunley or Divine Madman.
Your next stop will take you further upwards towards Sangaygang. Enjoy the breathtaking view of Thimphu Valley here. You will then visit the Farmers’ weekend market, popular among Thimphu’s local people. Immerse yourself in Bhutanese culture here an expect to find a wide range of food produce and local arts and crafts before heading to your hotel for the night.