Thimphu, Bhutan

Discover Thimphu

Thimphu became the capital of Bhutan in 1961, and since then it has grown to a town of around 80,000 inhabitants. It’s a great place to spend a few nights for the chance to see the imposing dzongs (fortress-monasteries), the King’s Memorial chorten, and the Buddhist painting school.

The National Folk Heritage Museum is a 150-year-old former residence resembling a traditional farmstead and paints a great picture of life in Bhutan in days gone by.

There are also some wonderfully quirky things to do in Thimphu, the only world capital without traffic lights. You can try the local delicacies of jellied cow skin and fried fern in the weekly market, and get the chance to touch Bhutan’s national animal the takin, a cross between a cow and a goat. They roam in the nearby Mothitang Reserve, which was converted into a reserve when it was discovered that the takin would remain in the forest even when set free.

Things to do in Thimphu

Some of the great things you can enjoy in Thimphu include:

  • Discover the imposing dzongs (fortress-monasteries)
  • Find out about Bhutanese life in the National Folk Heritage Museum
  • Try local delicacies including jellied cow skin and fried fern
  • Spot Bhutan’s national animal the takin, a cross between a cow and a goat

The best way to see Thimphu

If you would like to visit Thimphu, why not take a look at one of our wonderful ATOL and ABTA protected holidays?  Please remember all our private tours are designed to meet your exact requirements, and the tours mentioned are just examples to help inspire you.

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