The capital city of one of the world’s most beguiling destinations, Thimphu balances and integrates Bhutan’s ancient history with its contemporary global identity seamlessly. Home to Bhutan’s Royal family, civil servants, and expatriates, Thimphu is also the country’s government, monastic, and commercial headquarters. Its distinctive art and architecture, old markets, and historic Buddhist attractions hold their own alongside trendy cafes, restaurants, discotheques, nightclubs, bars, and posh hotels. Thimpu is the only capital city in the world that does not have any traffic lights! Instead, traffic here is managed by elegant, white-gloved traffic police in their decorated booths the old-fashioned way.Meet the gentle women of Bhutan who have devoted their lives to Buddhism at the Drubthob Goemba (Zilukha Nunnery).
Go on day hikes to Cheri or Tango monasteries, passing through paddy fields, lovely streams, and quaint villages.Visit the splendid Trashi Chhoe Dzong, the seat of both government and religion. Also see the 13th century Changangkha Lhakhang and the 17th century Simtokha Dzong.Celebrate, receive blessings, pray and watch the magnificent mask dances at the annual Thimphu Tsechu.
Spend a day interacting with locals at Thimpu’s famous weekend market – the Centenary Farmer’s Market. Also pick up souvenirs such as silks, textiles, handicrafts, and traditional masks at stalls here.Visit the Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory to see how an ancient Bhutanese tradition is carefully practiced, preserved, and promoted. Make your own paper or buy some of the lovely products sold here.At the Bhutan Postal Museum you can get yourself ‘printed’ on Bhutan stamps and personalise them!
Other interesting attractions in Thimpu include the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, National Library (repository of Bhutanese history), National Institute for Zorig Chusum (traditional Bhutanese arts and crafts school), Folk Heritage Museum, Simply Bhutan (museum), and the National Textile Museum.
Holxo Tours in Thimphu