The capital of the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, Thimpu is a stronghold of traditional Bhutanese art, architecture and culture.
Sprawled over the western slope of the Wang Chhu River valley, the city combines natural beauty with a strong cultural influence.
- The impressive Tashicho Dzong, a 350-year-old monastery fortress, is the present administrative centre of Bhutan. The present king's office is also located in the building.
- The Memorial Chorten was built in memory of the third king of Bhutan.
- The oldest fortress in Thimphu, the Simtokha Dzong, is famed for beautiful frescoes and slate carvings.
- Herbal medicine is celebrated at the National Institute of Traditional Medicine.
- The National Folk Heritage Museum pays homage to the Bhutanese way of life with folk dances and exhibits.
- Built in the style of a traditional temple, the National Library houses religious books and manuscripts in Dzongkha and Classical Tibetan.
- The National Textile Museum displays traditional Bhutanese textiles and clothing.
- Short day hikes to Phajoding Monastery or Cheri Goempa can be arranged.
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- Best time to travelYear round
- WildlifeUnfortunately there is no wildlife to be seen in this town, with the exception of excellent birdlife.
- LanguagesThe National language is Dzongkha while English is spoken widely in all the urban and tourist areas.
- Flying to ThimphuBhutan has One International Airport at Paro which is serviced by flights from Bangkok, Singapore, Kathmandu, New Delhi and Calcutta by the National Carrier Druk Air. Bhutan Airways , Bhutan's first private airline, has also started flying between Bangkok and Paro.
- CurrencyBhutanese ngultrum and Indian rupees are also accepted.
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