Activities for a Rainy Day in Thimphu

What to Do in Thimphu When it Rains

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  • Gdax
    Gulf Breeze, FL231 contributions
    Have a picture ready in your phone that you want memorialized in a Bhutanese stamp. They will download it and print you 12 stamps with a Tigers Nest background. You can keep them as a souvenir or actually use them to send a postcard!
    Written 8 November 2019
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  • AZCasualTraveler
    Mesa, AZ1,831 contributions
    The National Institute for Zorig Chusum in Thimphu was created by the government to promote Bhutan's traditional contemporary art forms. I have read that the words "Zorig Chusum" literally means "Thirteen Crafts." The thirteen Bhutan art forms are: Traditional Painting, Sculpturing, Wood Carving, Calligraphy, Paper making, Bronze Casting, Embroidery, Weaving, Carpentry, Masonry, Bamboo and cane weaving, Gold/Silver Smithy, Black smithy.

    The Institute has various classrooms with instructors who teach students these 13 art forms. After the students are taught these various art forms, they are then tested to determine their knowledge of these art forms. When our small group tour was visiting the Institute, there were several classrooms that were "Closed for Testing" with a sign on the door(s) indicating that testing was in progress. The items or goods that are made in the classrooms are being sold at the Institute's gift shop or "Showroom", and at various gift shops throughout Thimphu city.
    In summary, the National Institute for Zorig Chusum was quite interesting - knowing that Bhutan's government is genuinely interested in keeping Bhutan's rich history in it's 13 art forms.
    Written 15 May 2020
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  • Nirmal Pani
    Kolkata (Calcutta), India6 contributions
    We came to understand the details of how textiles are made as well as the details of why they were the dress which looks like skirts.
    Written 26 May 2021
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  • Susan E
    Philadelphia, PA843 contributions
    This is a small museum which has a lovely and reasonable gift shop. Unfortunately photography isn’t allowed in most of it but there are some interesting exhibits.
    Written 23 August 2019
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  • AZCasualTraveler
    Mesa, AZ1,831 contributions
    The National Library and Archives of Bhutan has a primary function of "collecting and preserving Bhutanese literature on religion, culture, history and social traditions." The Library building is a nice example of Bhutan architecture that is unique to this country - very distinctive and good looking architecture. One of the Library's main claim to fame it that it has "the largest published book in the world" (largest in physical size). This book is very large and it is enclosed in a large glass covered case - nice looking picture book.
    The Library has 4 floors levels that contains Bhutanese literature from ancient to present day. Our small group tour was allowed to roam through the different floor levels to just look at the different varieties of literature documenting Bhutan's history, religion and lifestyle.
    Note: Inside the library, there are signs posted with "No Photographs allowed". However, photographs of the library building is allowed on the outside.
    Written 14 May 2020
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  • Hockeydad900
    La Canada Flintridge, CA323 contributions
    This center has 3 or 4 weavers working on traditional Bhutanese cloth at all times. The work is intricate and fascinating. Upstairs is a shop to purchase traditional clothing, scarves and tchotchkes. Prices are fair.
    Written 17 April 2019
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  • Tenzing D
    2 contributions
    It was an wonderful experience..as amateur biker I have been always dreaming of traveling on a motorcycle and Bhutan tusk motorcycle made me dream come true..
    Learned a lot of riding skills and moreover I learned how to coordinate with other riders to make our ride successful.
    Written 6 December 2020
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  • David
    1 contribution
    We are 9 member group from Switzerland booked two weeks holiday to Bhutan with Book Bhutan Tour for April 2020. Of course, as things turned out the trip got canceled due to the COVID-19 and we reschedule the trip for November 2020 but still the same situation and we asked for a full refund, it was amazing within one week we received our money back without not deducting any amounts.
    We really appreciated Book Bhutan Tour trustworthiness and honesty, once everything is back to normal we will definitely want to come to visit.
    Thank you for your efforts, we look forward to continuing working with you in the future.
    Thank you Ram!
    Written 22 January 2021
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Pankaj S
    3 contributions
    We had taken private 7 day trip of Bhutan organized by Odynovo Tours. Great organized trip by Odynovo and our tour adviser Zoe Cheung. Good hotels and great Indian Vegetarian food all through the tour. Bhutan is a country with majestic beauty with surrounding mountains and peaceful environment. People are wonderful.
    Our driver Passang and guider Kelzang Jigme were very knowledgeable and helpful throughout the entire trip.
    The black neck Crane sanctuary at Punakha and Tiger Monastery at Paro was the most amazing and best part of our trip ! Love the country, love the happy people of the country!
    Written 28 March 2020
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  • Julie
    4 contributions
    My 12 day trip with Bhutan journeys in December was a great experience. They are a small local company run by somoene who started as a guide himself, so they know all of the ins and outs of traveling the country and are able to be really flexible. Sonam pulled my trip together on very short notice, and they changed my schedule mid way to include an extra hike when I got antsy in the car - during which Tashi was so patient when I climbed the hill slow as molasses because I hadn't fully altitide adjusted yet!

    Tashi and Kencho were my guide and driver. They were really nice and easy to chat with, and just as importantly they paid attention and made sure the little things were in place - right down to making sure I always had chilis at meals when they knew I liked the food spicy, even if they weren't normally served :) I learned so much about the culture and history of Bhutan, and about buddhism - they were a never ending wealth of information and we visited so many interesting places.

    You can be sure that you'll spend your time with Bhutan Journeys well looked after in a friendly and fun environment while you soak in some amazing sites and culture in Bhutan. I'd highly recommend them!
    Written 25 February 2020
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  • sonam y
    3 contributions
    Bhutan is a wonderful place..An amazing Country in Asia and the smallest state located with in the Himalaya mountain range..It is the right time to visit Bhutan to explore and see the scenic pride beauty of it...
    Written 14 January 2022
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  • AZCasualTraveler
    Mesa, AZ1,831 contributions
    The Jungshi Paper Factory takes the ancient process of hand-made paper from wood bark into present day commercial products. This factory makes books, greeting cards, custom paper bags and lamp shades - all from the hand-made paper produced from this facility. These finished items are sold not only in their factory gift shop but they are also exported to the U.S., Europe, Japan, India and Nepal.
    It is interesting to watch the step-by-step process starting from the wood bark, converting it to wood pulp, screening the pulp into "wet" paper, hang the "wet" paper onto drying walls and then cut and color the paper into the finished product. Quite a long and interesting process.
    Written 16 May 2020
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  • Tatjana Gettinger
    13 contributions
    What a wonderful journey with Yatara Adventure Pvt.Ltd through the happiest country in the world, BHUTAN! We have experienced the charm & magic of one of the world's most enigmatic countries where National Growth is measured in terms of happiness of people rather than GDP.

    We where deeply impressed by the care and appreciative manner with/for each other and the colourful sights and culture of this enchanting country.
    We have enjoyed the unique culture and traditions of Bhutan while spending even time and having lunch with the locals :-)
    We travel all over the world but Yatara Adventure Pvt.Ltd & its Team, Kinley and Tshering, is one company that has really impressed us with its professonalism, passion, hospitility. Nowwhere else you will feel like a guest and not like a tourist. All your wishes will be fullfiled & helping hands are constant companions. We were deeple ,sustained impressed by our guide Kinley and our driver Tshering. They served us with passion and were excited to share with us the unique culture of Bhutan. And we had a lot of fun together, from the very first „bininging. I mean bininging…“(zimbabwe auth ceremony). Ha, ha, ha!! :-))) Right?!
    This special journey was like taking a step back in time to explore this still little traveled land. We had a smooth, truly enjoyable travel which will be a memorable one throughout our life. And of course, we bought wonderful handicrafts & even great art at „elsewhere art & cafe“ in Thimphu!

    Many thanks to Rinchen, Kinley & Tshering!!!
    Written 2 December 2019
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  • itchysole
    Mumbai, India44 contributions
    Mojo park is a nice pub with great ambience. The crowd was a mix of locals and tourists across different age groups. They had a nice live band playing as well. Was great to find a variety of alcoholic options available. I do wish they had more variety in food. Overall we had an enjoyable evening here!
    Written 1 January 2020
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  • HaSu91
    Texas Gulf Coast, TX5 contributions
    Expect no less than a world class massage at this simple and clean massage place. Tshering, a visually impaired massage master who trained with the best at Amankora, truly delivers. I ended up visiting three times and I was never disappointed. I highly recommend it.
    Written 5 January 2020
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