What is Thimphu known for?

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of folk tales of Bhutan; a popular author is Kunzang Choeden. Brown, p. 59 ;Royal Academy of Performing Arts The Royal Academy of Performing Arts (RAPA), located in Thimphu, was established at the initiative of late King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in 1954, with the basic objective of preserving and promoting performing arts traditions of Bhutan. In 1967, it was institutionalised as an academy and the Royal Dance troupe was its creation

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and Finance. The National Assembly, which used to be located in the Dzong is now in a separate building called the SAARC building. Brown, p. 101-103 ; Simtokha Dzong Simtokha Dzong, known as ''Sangak Zabdhon Phodrang'' (Palace of the Profound Meaning of Secret Mantras) is said to be the oldest surviving fortress cum monastery established in 1629 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, who unified Bhutan. It was attacked several times in the 17th

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Plans. The buildings under this category are the National Institute for Zorig Chusum, National Library, National Assembly cum SAARC Building, National Institute for Traditional Medicine, National Textile Museum, Voluntary Artists Studio, Royal Academy of Performing Arts, Telecom Tower and many more. The residential buildings in Thimphu have also undergone change in their construction methods without sacrificing the traditional Bhutanese designs said to be "reminiscent of Swiss Chatels." Brown, p. 98 Commons:Category:Thimphu WikiPedia:Thimphu

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Nepali (Nepali language) During Ngawang Namgyal's rule, administration comprised a state monastic body with an elected head, the Je Khenpo (lord abbot), and a theocratic civil government headed by the Druk Desi (regent of Bhutan, also known as Deb Raja in Western sources). The Druk Desi was either a monk or a member of the laity—by the nineteenth century, usually the latter; he was elected for a three-year term, initially by a monastic council and later by the State Council (Lhengye Tshokdu). The State Council was a central administrative organ that included regional rulers, the shabdrung's chamberlains, and the Druk Desi. In time, the Druk Desi came under the political control of the State Council's most powerful faction of regional administrators. The Shabdrung was the head of state and the ultimate authority in religious and civil matters. The seat of government was at Thimphu, the site of a thirteenth-century dzong, in the spring, summer, and fall. The winter capital was at Punakha Dzong, a dzong established northeast of Thimphu in 1527. The kingdom was divided into three regions (east, central, and west), each with an appointed ponlop, or governor, holding a seat in a major dzong. Districts were headed by dzongpon, or district officers, who had their headquarters in lesser dzong. The ponlop were combination tax collectors, judges, military commanders, and procurement agents for the central government. Their major revenues came from the trade between Tibet and India and from land taxes. Boundary disputes plagued Bhutanese–British relations. To reconcile their differences, Bhutan sent an emissary to Calcutta in 1787, and the British sent missions to Thimphu in 1815 and 1838. The 1815 mission was inconclusive. The 1838 mission offered a treaty providing for extradition of Bhutanese officials responsible for incursions into Assam, free and unrestricted commerce

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and the sound tracks of the popular Bhutanese film, "Travellers and Magicians (2004)". He also participated at the Smithsonian's Festival of American Folklife (2008). ;Cinema thumb left Cinema Hall in Thimphu. (File:Thimphu cinema.jpg) File:Bhutan-masked-dance.jpg thumb upright Chaam, sacred masked dances, are annually performed during Tsechu

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is the place to come. Under the sound of Hindi songs blasting from a TV, Ghasel produces delicious dosa and thali and a range of other Indian and Bhutanese specialties. Clean, fast service and cheap. *'''MK Restaurant''', Centrepoint Shopping Centre (next to the main cinema hall). Popular with Japanese and serves Japanese, Bhutanese, and Indian dishes. After you order your food you'll have quite a long wait, but, for the price, this is the best restaurant in town. Go for the Japanese food

'' 323-587 tollfree fax hours price content The best traditional Bhutanese food you can buy in Thimphu. Cooks only on advance reservation, ideally at least 1 day in advance. Not expensive and utterly worth it. Indian *

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Kingdom (UK). The organisation was established to support education and promote learning and entrepreneurship in Bhutan and other Himalayan (Himalayas) areas and to promote Bhutanese culture and religion in other parts of the world. Tourism Initially, when Bhutan was opened up for Tourism in 1974, the Government-owned Tourism Corporation was set up in Thimphu to encourage and organise individual and group tours to destinations of cultural importance in Bhutan, concentrating

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Claus Fund, Bhutan Archery Federation profile right thumb The archery (File:Bhutan-archery-feve.jpg) fever in Bhutan. Since monks are not permitted to participate in archery they indulge in another popular sports called the ''daygo''- a stone throwing sport, which involves throwing flat circular stone like a discus. Brown, p.62 Another shotput type game known

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tunes and is also influenced by Hindi music. The music albums are produced by many popular Bhutanese male and female singers not only in Rigsar music but also in traditional folk songs and religious songs. Four music CDs of religious folk music, called the 'Tibetan Buddhist Rites' released by the monasteries with a recording sung by a ''manip'' (a traveling ascetic) that reminisces the arrival of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in Bhutan in the 17th century is popular. ref name "Brown

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result&resnum 5&ved 0CBgQ6AEwBA#v onepage&q&f false publisher Concept Publishing Company year 2001 isbn 81-7022-887-5 Palin, p. 253-254 The residential area of the city constitutes 38.3% of the total area. In the non-residential area, 9.3% of the city consists of administrative buildings, 4% of commercial establishments, 10.1% is taken up by health, educational or institutional structures, 2% by industrial


'''Thimphu''' ( It is situated in the western central part of Bhutan and the surrounding valley is one of Bhutan's ''dzongkhags'', the Thimphu District. The city became the capital of Bhutan in 1961. As of 2005 it had a population of 79,185, with 98,676 people living in the entire Thimphu district.

The city is spread out longitudinally in a north-south direction on the west bank of the valley formed by the Wang Chuu (Raidak River), also known as the Thimphu Chuu River. Thimphu is located at title Introduction: Understanding Natural Systems accessdate 2010-06-07 publisher Government of Bhutan Brown, p. 97 Palin, p. 245 Unusually for a capital city, Thimphu is not served by an airport, but relies on the airport (Paro Airport) at Paro (Paro, Bhutan), connected by road some 54 kilometres (34 mi) away.

Thimphu, as the political and economic center of Bhutan, has a dominant agricultural and livestock base, which contributes to 45% of the country's GNP. Tourism, though a contributor to the economy, is strictly regulated, maintaining a balance between the traditional, development and modernization. Thimphu contains most of the important political buildings in Bhutan, including the National Assembly of the newly formed parliamentary democracy and Dechencholing Palace, the official residence of the King, located to the north of the city. As a metropolis and capital city, Thimphu is coordinated by the "Thimphu Structure Plan", an Urban Development Plan which evolved in 1998 with the objective of protecting the fragile ecology of the valley. This development is ongoing with financial assistance from the World Bank and Asian Development Bank.

The culture of Bhutan is fully reflected in Thimphu in respect of literature, religion, customs, and national dress code, the monastic practices of the monasteries, music, dance, literature and in the media. Tsechu festival (Tsechu) is an important festival when mask dances, popularly known as Cham dances (Cham Dance), are performed in the courtyards of the Tashichhoe Dzong (Tashichoedzong, Bhutan) in Thimphu. It is a four-day festival held every year during Autumn (September October), on dates corresponding to the Bhutanese calendar.

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