Morning: Hike to Tango Monastery (2hrs in total): In the morning, drive for about forty minutes and hike to the famous Tango Buddhist University. The Tango temple dates back to the 17th century and was built by the forth temporal leader, Gyeltse Tenzin Rabgay. The present reincarnation of this great leader currently resides and studies there. It’s also a home to one of the finest paintings in the country. You will have an opportunity to interact with monks and learn about their lives, as well as Buddhism in general. Drive back to town for lunch.
After lunch visit the following:
Handmade Paper Factory – Although the process of making traditional paper may be simple, a considerable amount of time is required to collect the raw materials, such as the bark of the Daphne plant and certain plant roots for glue. Apart from a small heater to dry
the sheets of paper, everything is manually done. Daphne paper is one of the finest papers in the world and is highly recommended for artists.
Takin Reserve: Hike or drive up the National Takin Reserve where a herd of Bhutan’s national animals reside. Legend has it that the takin is a cross between a goat and a buffalo, but biologists agree that its nearest relative is the arctic musk ox. This bizarre beast looks as if it was assembled from parts of several animals and vaguely resembles an American bison tinged in golden fur. Male takins have been known to hide by laying spread-eagle on the ground. Enjoy another spectacular view of Thimphu from this point.
Centenary Farmer’s Market: Talk a walk though this market and shop/interact with the local farmers. Thimphu’s new weekend market is by far the largest domestic market for the farmers in Bhutan. Farmers come from all over the country to sell their farm products in the market. With its wide assortment of fresh, organic produce, the Farmer’s Market has become a favourite spot for tourists and a recreational place for people from all walks of life.Nearby, across a cantilever footbridge, Kuendeyling Bazaam, to the west bank is a collection of stalls selling clothing, textiles and handicrafts.