Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, is the world’s only capital without traffic lights or high rise buildings. But it is center of government, religion and commerce in Bhutan. All buildings in the city adopt the unique Bhutanese architecture, making it one of the most picturesque capitals you will ever come across.
Thimphu is a very lively place, an interesting combination of tradition and modernity with plenty of things to see. If you’re in Thimphu at the weekend don’t forget to visit the market: This is where people from all over the country meet, a colourful mix of people. At the market you will find mouth-watering, exotic fruits and vegetables as well as traditional handicraft items.
The highlights of Thimphu include:
Tashichhodzong, “the Fortress of the Glorious Religion”, is one of the countries finest buildings. It is situated by the Wang river. It is the seat of the government, houses His Majesty’s secretariat and during the summer months also the central monk body.
The National Memorial Chorten was built as a memorial to Bhutan’s third king, “the Father of Modern Bhutan”, and as a monument to world peace. The Chorten is of great significance to religious life of the people and symbolizes Buddha’s teachings. It contains three chapels and occasionally religious ceremonies are performed here. Circumambulate the chorten clockwise to gain merit for your next life!
The National Institute of Traditional Medicine is where herbal medicines are made up and dispensed and traditional medicine practitioners are trained. The Institute for Zorig Chusum is the place where students learn the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. The National Library houses an extensive collection of Buddhist literature including many ancient Buddhist manuscripts and texts in block-printed format
Visit the government-run Handicrafts Emporium, which carries a wide range of hand-woven textiles and craft products, and browse in the bookshops and many smaller handicrafts shops around the town.
Thimphu treks and tours
13 days for £2370 per person
On this moderate trek in Bhutan you will have spectacular mountain views, fish for trouts in picturesce lakes, encounter Bhutanese flora and fauna. Before and after the trek you will have a cultural programme with the main sights of Paro and Thimphu. click to view details
11 days for £1993 per person
Immerse into the rich culture of the Kingdom of Bhutan! Our travel will take you around the country’s sights, show you traditions and customs. Get to know Bhutanese food and handicraft, learn about festivals and religion and marvel at the untouched nature. click to view details
8 days for £1428 per person
This tour will show you the most popular attractions of Bhutan, including the famous “Tiger’s Nest” monastery. You will also visit the Haa Valley: one of the country’s undiscovered jewels. It is also known as the “Hidden-Land Rice Valley” and features a rugged, mountaineous landscape. click to view details
5 days for £862 per person
Experience culture, religion and traditions of Bhutan on this holiday package to the major places to visit in the country of gross national happiness. This is a short tour that can perfectly be combined with a stay in one of the neighbouring countries India, Nepal or Tibet. click to view details
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