Paddy field in Thimpu, Bhutan

Thimphu

The capital of the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, Thimphu is a stronghold of traditional Bhutanese art, architecture and culture. 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.