One would assume that Thimphu is still settling into its role as the capital of one of the happiest countries in the world, Bhutan. Simple at heart, grappling with growing commercialisation, Thimphu is bustling with energy and is the heart of the country. Thimphu is a delight to explore if history interests you and also if you want a break from the quiet and serenity of Bhutan. Brimming with cafes, nightclubs and restaurants, the city welcomes people from all over the world with open arms. While here, do check out Changangkha Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, the National Folk Heritage Museum which offers a peek into the life of the Bhutanese people, especially the rural way of life. There are tons of parks, gardens and galleries in and around Thimpu and you cover most of these in a single day depending on your interests. The exhibits here range from archaic to contemporary and are definitely worth taking a look at.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Thimphu is from September to October
How To Reach
Book a Package Tour
Clock Tower Square
A trip to Thimpu can’t be complete without spending at least one evening at the Thimpu Square. Dotted by cafes and shops selling everything from trinkets and handicrafts to everyday household items, Thimpu Square is a haven for tourists, who compare notes and give each other knowing nods. Though nobody really seems to be in a rush, there is a clock-tower right in the centre of the square. Bhutanese stamps have always had a place of pride in our amateur philately albums, so a visit to the Bhutan General Post Office, which is a stone’s throw from the Square, is also recommended.
Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong)
Standing on the right side of the Wangchu River, Tashichho Dzong, or popularly known as Thimphu Dzong, is an impressive structure that houses the Bhutanese government. The Dzong originated with the building of Dho-Ngon (Blue Stone) Dzong on a hill above Thimphu River where Dechenphodrang stands by Lama Gyalwa Lhanangpa. On the 17th century, the followers of Lama Gyalwa Lhanangpa were completely crush by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and the the Dho Ngon Dzong fell into the hands of Zhbdrung.Zhabdrung rebuilt the fortress in 1641 and renamed it Tashichho Dzong. Better when served with a guide.
Hotel New Grand And Pure Vegetarian Restaurant and Bar
A pretty good hotel serves good indian food (never tried it myself but the opinions of few of my friends where pretty good) had just bhutanese and was better than most of the places!! .They provide warm and cozy rooms for solo travelers with wifi too..
According to me this one is definitely a diamond among the haystack!! A place amidst the crowded city of Thimphu,perched on a ridge above central Thimphu regularly hums with pilgrim activity. This 12th century temple is very famous among the locals parents who'd come with their new born children to seek blessings from the protector deity Tamdrin and to get auspicious names for the new borns.
River View Hotel
As the name suggests the view from the room is like a perfect wallpaper with lush green mountains and the gently flowing Thimpu Chu river set amidst white glistening stupas. Just like in most spots of Bhutan, the view is that of simple, untouched beauty. The hotel serves traditional lunch which is a delightful affair of delicious, home-made preparations of mushrooms, red rice, mixed vegetables and the quintessential Bhutanese dish called Ema Datsi or chilli and cheese.