Cultural Tour of Thimphu
If you are in Thimphu it is worth heading to the market which begins on Friday and lasts until Sunday. There is much to see and do in the city and we can tailor the itinerary around your interests, personalising a tour of Thimphu. For those with an interest in arts and crafts, The Zorig Chusum is a good place to start. Known as the Institute for Thirteen Arts / Painting School, it was established to maintain traditional techniques such as painting, calligraphy, embroidery, wood and slate carving, boot making, sculpting, weaving, gold grinding and making religious drums. The Folk Museum was opened in 2001 and showcases the customs found in rural communities, a perfect introduction if you are heading off-the-beaten-track on a tour of Bhutan after visiting Thimphu. Next door to the Folk Museum is a superb place to have lunch. The Paper Factory preserves the technique of making hand-made paper. The Simply Bhutan Living Museum again shows off traditional culture, such as the dress of the Brokpa and Lhaypa people (which you can even try on). For those who want to do a little shopping then the Zambala Yak & Handicraft centre offers a range of antiques and books. For crafts, head to Authentic Bhutanese Crafts and the Art Gallery is next door.