Thimphu is Bhutan’s largest city and is just an hour’s drive from Paro. Even though Thimphu is considered as the country’s most modern city, it has retained the unique character of a Bhutanese town. Here, an array of restaurants and internet cafés sit alongside old fortresses, monasteries and forests. Thimphu is also the only national capital city in the world to not have any traffic lights.
Visitors can embark on beautiful scenic hikes, travel along adventure-filled cycling routes, explore the grand Thimphu Dzong that houses the throne room of the King and venture to the General Post Office, where personalised stamps can be commissioned.
- 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.
Summer (May – September)
Min -1°C/30°F Max 13°C/55°F
Winter (October – April)
Min -17°C/2°F Max 8°C/46°F