Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten), Thimphu

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In the heart of the city, examine a popular landmark with golden bells and spires at Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten). Built in 1972 to honor Bhutan's head of state, the structure resembles a classical Tibetan stupa crowned with a sun and crescent moon. Unlike other stupas, however, this one does not contain enshrined human remains. As you approach the memorial through a small garden, observe the representations of bodhisattvas at the gate, which symbolize power. Explore the interior's elaborately carved annexes, mandalas, statues, and shrines containing pictures of Bhutan's kings. Also, visit the chorten, or large red prayer wheels, which many devotees circumambulate clockwise to receive blessings. Plan my trip to Thimphu with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.
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  • One of the most beautiful monastery. A very Holy place can see a lot of people taking a Parikrama and praying. From the inside it is out of this world a must visit in Thimphu  more »
  • We enjoyed this. Only built in 1974, it is a very important Bhutanese stupa and full of intricate carvings and statues inside. See all three floors and walk around (only clockwise!) outside three time...  more »
  • Aside from the unusually high entrance fee, the large, white stupa didn't have much to offer from the outside. However, one can (with a guide) visit the inside of the stupa and by climbing up several ...  more »
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  • This is a monument built in the memory of the beloved Third king of Bhutan, remembered dearly as the father of modern Bhutan. Once, the monument was the tallest structure in the entire city... It has seen the city grow over time around it. 2017 Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition happened here and the event has given the place the much needed facelift.
  • A very beautifully built Stupa in 1974 in the middle of Thimphu. A silent and meditating walk around would definitely keep your mind calm throughout. A must visit for all visiting Thimphu.
  • Located in the centre of Thimphu. It is also known as "the most visible religious landmark in Bhutan". It has four entrances, one entrance is open for devotees to visit the shrine. Evening time is the best time to visit, when the lights are turned on. Evening you can also find people making round over the central shrine and chanting mantras. Perfect serenity rules here.
  • A stupa built in the memory of late 3rd king of Bhutan by his mother in 1974. It is now a landmark in Thimphu city. You will see senior citizens going around the stupa as they believe that it is one way of accumulating good karma for this and next life as per Buddhism and people's believe
  • A wonderful spiritual venue for practice. Centrally located with ample parking space.

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As the capital, Thimphu features the largest range of accommodations in the kingdom. Only opening up to international tourism in the 1970's, the list remains relatively small, but the city remains in a period of development, so more options are arriving each year. Take a look along Norzim Lam, the main thoroughfare, for a number of small hotels, both budget and standard. Located close to the main attractions in the city, and overlooking the most attractive public plazas and parks, a small number of charming hotels offer mid-range and luxury rooms, with additional facilities such as pools.
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