Beginning the day with a visit to Trashichhoe dzong, a beautiful medieval fortress/monastery which houses the governor's office and King's Throne room. Continuing the tour, visit the National Library, handicraft emporium, textile, folk heritage museum, and Memorial Chorten. Late in the afternoon drive to Punakha across the Dochula Pass.
Trashichhoe Dzong: Located at the north of the city on the west bank of the Wang Chhu, Trashichhoe Dzong dominates the valley, The impressively large structure of the Dzong has large golden Bhutanese-style spires. And on the top is the seat of the national government, throne room of His Majesty the King of Bhutan and the nation’s largest monastery. The Dzong is surrounded by well-kept lawns and beautiful gardens with the backdrop of splendid Thimpu hills. The Dzong is also a centre for the major religious festival like the Thimpu Tshechu. Within the Dzong, you can see as many as thirty chapels, shrines and temples.
National Library: Established in 1967, the National Library of Bhutan is set in a traditionally designed four-storied temple. The Library houses and preserve the largest certified published books, manuscripts, microfilms and xylographic blocks that are important to the Bhutanese heritage. Different photos of the Royal Family are also hung in the wall to make the library visually appealing to the visitors. You can also buy books and souvenirs in the bookshop inside the Library.
Handicraft emporium: The National Handicrafts Emporium is an art and handicraft store run by the government that produces ranges of goods from rugs to woven items, traditional clothings, masks, paintings, textiles, carved wooden items and bags. You can find everything under the same roof at a very reasonable fixed price set by the Government of Bhutan. The Handicraft emporium in Bhutan is the best place to buy souvenirs for your loved ones.
Folk Heritage Museum: Established in 2001, Folk Heritage Museum is located in the capital city of Thimphu. The Museum gives the visitors a glimpse into the traditional Bhutanese lifestyle, typical household objects, artifacts from rural household and many more. The museum is set inside a three storied traditional building built during the 19th century. Apart from this, the museum also hosts educational programs on rural traditions, skills, habits and customs for childrens to preserve the Butanese Folk heritage across generations.
Memorial chorten: The Memorial Chorten in Bhutan was built to commemorate the memory of third Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. Located on Doeboom Lam in the southern-central part of the city, the chorten has marvelous architecture and serves as a highlight of the city. The serene ambiance, and the beautiful white-washed walls and golden anexxes can easily catch the attention of tourist visiting Bhutan.