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Thimphu, which is located at the altitude of 2380 m, is the capital city of Bhutan. It takes about one hour by car to reach Thimphu from Paro. Wangchu river flows across the valley. With the change in time, the agricultural and natural vegetation are giving way to modern buildings of traditional architectural design. However, the ancient monuments remain unchanged.
The statue of Buddha is located on the hilltop. It will be one of the tallest sitting buddhas in the world. The spectecular view of the Thimphu valley can be seen from here.
Memorial Chorten was built in the year 1974 in memory of the Third King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. It is located in the heart of the city and is visible from most of the places in the city.
It was in the year 1216 that the original dzong was built by Lama Gyalwa Lhanangpa. It went through several fires and was rebuilt. It was, however, expanded later to house the government offices for the new capital after Punakha. Tashichho Dzong houses the Throne Room, His Majesty's secretariat, the Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs and the Ministry of Finance now.
Thimphu's largest vegetable market is opened during the weekends. The above picture shows that the vegetables are displayed for sales.