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Tourism in Thimphu

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About Thimphu Tourism

Thimphu city was not always how we see it now. Before 1960, it was nothing but a cluster of hamlets in the Valley of Raidak River in the Himalayas. But ever since Bhutan witnessed its reformation and the Wangchuck dynasty took over the country as its constitutional monarchs, Thimphu welcomes every tourist with open arms. Albeit, Thimphu does not have an airport of its own, it relies on the Paro International Airport for its air conveyance.

The Tashichho Dzong is the principle landmark of Thimphu. A dzong is a monastery-fortress complex for Buddhists, which is used for multiple purposes – education, worship, the residence of officials and so on. Tashichho Dzong is a majestic edifice with white walls and red and golden peaks. But it is more than a magnificent attraction. It is an abode of the king’s throne along with the residence and seat of the monk body of the country. There are some essential government offices inside as well. For public, its garden and the gallery with the most beautiful mandala paintings and wooden carvings are open. The Memorial Chorten erected in the loving memory of the Third King of Bhutan is a gathering spot for entire Thimphu. Whether one wants to pay respect to the mausoleum or simply stroll around, taking in the urban fabric of Thimphu – this is a place to visit for sure.

Among other things included in Thimphu tourism are the Buddha point stature, the Takin Preserve, and the Folk Heritage Museum. A lesser known place is Simply Bhutan, which is a museum built on the theme of a Bhutanese village. It features demonstrations and models of the everyday life of rural Bhutan, their traditions, and their contribution to the country. There are heart-warming cultural performances as well to learn and savour.

Besides getting on a Thimphu city tour, one can taste the local cuisine, shop the local market and meet the locals. Other than the national emporiums, the shop situated at the Zorig Chusum School of Art in Thimphu also has a good collection of art, craft, and painting and handicraft items created by the students. Since handmade indigenous items make up the core of shopping in Thimphu, one should not give these places a miss. A Bhutan city tour is not complete without a visit to the farmer’s weekend market. If anyone is interested to see the real avatar of Thimphu and not just its monuments and monasteries, then this is the place to be. A Thimphu tourism in Bhutan includes a little glimpse of the nightlife of the city as well. Thimphu city at night goes through quite a makeover. When visits to the dzongs and religious places die down, the clubs and pubs like Mojo Park, Vivacity, and Club Ace spread their wings. While some of them have brilliant party ambiance, others have great locations for lovely music.


These places are the ones to visit for Thimphu city tour. For the offbeat experience, one needs to taste the local cuisine, shop the local market and see the local people. Other than the national emporiums, the shop situated at the Zorig Chusum School of Art in Thimphu also has a good collection of art, craft, and painting and handicraft items created by the students. Since handmade indigenous items make up the core of shopping in Thimphu, one should not give these places a miss. A Bhutan city tour is not complete without a visit to the farmer’s weekend market. If anyone is interested to see the real avatar of Thimphu and not just its monuments and monasteries, then this is the place to be. Thimphu Bhutan tourism should ideally also include a little glimpse of the nightlife of the city as well. Thimphu city at night goes through quite a makeover. When the visits to the dzongs and the religious places die down, the clubs and pubs like Mojo Park, Vivacity, Club Ace spread their wings. While some of them have brilliant party ambiance, some of them are great locations for some lovely music.

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Places To Visit In Thimphu

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  • Simtokha Dzong In Thimphu

    The Simtokha Dzong is one of the first Dzongs built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1629 and is said to be the first Dzong in Bhutan whose entire structure has survived for so long when compared to the other Dzongs in the country. Simtokha Dzong Bhutan occupies a key strategic location in the Thimphu valley and guards the e...

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  • Changangkha Lhakhang In Thimphu

    Changangkha Lhakhang Bhutan, built in the 12th-century temple, is the oldest temple in Bhutan and has been visited daily by the locals for the past 800 years. Although the exact date or year of its foundation is unknown, history of Changangkha Lhakhang suggests  Phajo Drugom Zhigpo as the person who also founded the Drukpa ...

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  • Motithang Takin Preserve In Thimphu

    The Motithang Takin Preserve is a wildlife preserve for the national animal of Bhutan, takin. It is located in the Motithang district of Thimphu and is a place of great significance and local folklore in Bhutan. The 8.4 hectares of forest was fenced to be used as a preserve after the Takin was declared the national animal o...

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  • Jigme Dorji National Park In Thimphu

    Jigme Dorji National Park is the second largest protected forest area of Bhutan, and also one of the most favoured tourist destinations. The forest is named after the Late Dragon King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, the monarch of Bhutan from March 30, 1952 – July 21, 1972. He was the first king to open up the country to the outside...

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  • Memorial Chorten In Thimphu

    Memorial Chorten is perhaps the chief landmark of the city centre of Thimphu. A chorten is a Buddhist Tibetan-style mausoleum erected in the memory of someone. It has a white edifice with golden embellishments and a pagoda-like golden crest at the top. The Memorial Chorten in Thimphu is the tomb consecrated in the loving me...

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Things To Do In Thimphu

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  • Weekend Market In Thimphu

    The weekend market Thimphu is a permanent space on the western bank of the Wang Chu River. Located to the north of Changlimithang Stadium, the Thimphu weekend market runs every Friday to Sunday. The vendors start reaching the market from Thursday, and the market remains alive till late Sunday night. The market offers almost...

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  • Hiking In Thimphu

    Hiking tour Thimphu is one of the best ways of exploring the natural locales of the destination. Thimphu is the summer capital of Bhutan and is surrounded by lush greenery and beautiful surroundings. The town is located in the Thimphu valley, and the beauty of the surrounding area is incomparable. The unique location of Bhu...

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  • Changlimithang Stadium In Thimphu

    Changlimithang Stadium is the national stadium of Bhutan and was inaugurated in 1974. The stadium has a total capacity of 15000 and has been renovated time and again to add facilities and features to the stadium with the most recent renovation being in 2016. Located in the city of Thimphu, the stadium was built to commemora...

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  • Dochula Pass In Thimphu

    Situated at a height of 3100 meters, Dochula Pass is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Bhutan. In a broader sense, it is a route that lies between Bhutan’s present capital Thimphu and older royal capital Punakha. This pass was once part of a couple of ancient trade tracks, like Dochula Nature Trail or Lumitsawa A...

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How to Reach Thimphu

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By Air

India to Thimphu flight is the best way to get to the city. But there are not many Indian cities that have direct flights to the airport in Paro, which is the closest and only international airport in Bhutan. Kolkata is the only city with daily flights from Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport to Paro airport, operated by Druk Air. Druk Air is the flag-bearer national carrier of Bhutan. Their tails have the iconic Druk Dragon of Bhutan, also seen on their flag. Mumbai, Delhi and Bagdogra airports too have direct flights, operated by Druk Airways. But they operate only twice or thrice a week. Some of these flights, mainly Mumbai and Delhi to Thimphu (Paro), have long layovers at other countries like Bangkok or Kathmandu, which is wastage of time and money. So if you cannot avail or afford a direct flight to Paro from any other city, catch a flight to Kolkata and from there fly to Paro in 1.30 hours without any hassle, and then take a taxi or hired car to Thimphu which takes another hour and half. The whole journey gets over in 3 hours as opposed to long layovers. This is the best and most convenient way to get to Bhutan from any Indian city.

By Train

There is no rail line that connects India with Bhutan. But there are Indian Railway stations which will get you real close. Hasimara station in North Bengal is only 17 kilometres from the Bhutan border at Phuentsholing, which means it is around 180 kilometres away from Thimphu. Hasimara can be reached from Sealdah station of Kolkata or NJP station of Siliguri. To go from Hasimara to Thimphu, one can avail taxis or private cars or bus service, which takes a little more than 5 hours.

By Road

The only state which has multiple land routes to Thimphu is West Bengal. There is Kolkata to Bhutan Volvo bus service from Esplanade area every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday leaving at 7 PM. Driving in a personal car from Kolkata to Thimphu will be a little too much. But if someone is going from Guwahati or Siliguri to Thimphu, the few hours road journey is worth it for all the money saved. The routes from West Bengal take the tourists through the Jaigaon-Phuentsholing border entry. From there, Phuentsholing to Thimphu bus service or car ride takes around 6 hours. There are Bagdogra to Thimphu and Siliguri to Bhutan bus service as well from Tenzing Norgay Bus Stop or NJP station.

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    Ervin's 9 days trip to Thimphu

    We had a wonderful experience thanks to our agent and their great care they took to ensure we had a good time. I would highly recommend them. Bhutan is really fascinating and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to have a relaxing time. The hike to tigers nest. And the valles in Punakha.

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    Saurabh's 8 days trip to Thimphu

    Very pleased with the agent services. Rhimso travels has personally managed the entire trip and gave us a delightful experience of life time. Would definitely recommend Rhimso for Bhutan trip. Tiger Nest Trek. And Khicu resort in Wangdue worth spending couple of nights there.

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    Saran's 6 days trip to Thimphu

    We had a great and memorable trip to Bhutan through Rimso Travels. Very hospitable, so much effort was put to solve even minute hiccups faced. Customer oriented and good planning. We really enjoyed the trip from the moment we reached Bhutan, not having to worry about anything at all. Special mention to Gauri who assisted us throughout, our friendly guide Kezang and driver Yugin. Chelela Pass, temperature was around -1, we could see water flowing down frozen to ice. Really enjoyed the rafting, the boat song and the chilled water. The view of Paro valley from National Museum in the evening hours

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    Drtuleshwar

    New delhi

    Drtuleshwar's 5 days trip to Thimphu

    Trip plan was nice. But our driver was not good who took us for Bhutan tour. Bith pick up and drop were good. If we could get either of them, our trip to Thimphu and Paro could have more memorable. Travel agent Priti was very helpful. Bhutan is nice, clean and peaceful country. we enjoyed there.

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    Nidamarty Vasu

    Hyderabad

    Nidamarty's 7 days trip to Thimphu

    Damber & Gurung had co ordinated very well throughout trip very well, planned trip excellent way, they are excellent except on last day pick up car came litle kare,but they have done their best, overall it's great experience, cab driver Ugyan was harsh and always rigid on timings to complete before 5 pm, he should have been more flexible Excellent trip specially Mountain valleys things nature flora is excellent sight seeing, hiking to tigers nest was really exciting, enjoyed whole trip, thanks once again for Damber & Gurung's excellent co operation

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    Nidamarty Vasu

    Hyderabad

    Nidamarty's 7 days trip to Thimphu

    Damber & Gurung had co ordinated very well throughout trip very well, planned trip excellent way, they are excellent except on last day pick up car came litle kare,but they have done their best, overall it's great experience, cab driver Ugyan was harsh and always rigid on timings to complete before 5 pm, he should have been more flexible Excellent trip specially Mountain valleys things nature flora is excellent sight seeing, hiking to tigers nest was really exciting, enjoyed whole trip, thanks once again for Damber & Gurung's excellent co operation

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    Madhav Meshram

    Bagdogra international airport

    Madhav's 8 days trip to Thimphu

    It was a wonderful experience especially Hema Ma'am & Jimmy ; very warm, welcoming and friendly. Always there to help us. Agency has made our Bhutan Journey a memorable one. Thank you so much for your hospitality. Jimmy guided us through our entire journey & he told me the values of Bhutan and spirituality on Tiger Nest. We prayed & learnt about spirituality, compassion & harmony. Journey was serene, smooth and mesmerizing, help us connect with our inner-self. We highly recommend to book your trip with them. Hope to see you in future again. Have a great and prosperous

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    Prasan Kumar Sampath Kumar

    Chennai

    Prasan's 6 days trip to Thimphu

    Yogi from Flying fox was very accommodating and made changes to the itinerary and the hotels as per our wish . The driver cum guide Sangay Tenzin was very professional, knowledgeable and told us many background details about each an every place we visited. He was very prompt in arriving at the hotel before us and helping us cover each and every place on time. In short he made our stay very comfortable and enjoyable. The Hotel Gakyil in Thimpu and Bhutan Mandala Resort in Paro were very good. The view from our hotel in Thimpu and Paro were spectacular. Gakyil has good variety of indian dishes. If you want good indian food, just roam around the places, you will definitely find good indian food although it is a bit costly as it will be in any international destination. All in all it was a very good trip made possible by Sangay and Yogi.

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    Madhavijeevan

    Aswath nagar

    Madhavijeevan's 7 days trip to Thimphu

    Thanks for soo much. We enjoyed a lot.. we loved your service..

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    Tanha Pardeshi

    Mumbai

    Tanha's 10 days trip to Thimphu

    Over all i had a good experience but since i was not aware about a place named phobjikha and i had not added it in my itinerary. I wanted it to be added and one other place to be cancelled. I was in contact with Harry, Bhutan INC did change my itinerary on immediate basis but i had to pay 100% of the cancellation charges of the hotel at paro. They are agents who book rooms regularly, i believe they could have managed to adjust my room to anyone else and i would not have had to pay extra at phobjikha. Other thing, after 3 days of my travel, my driver was changed. I understand the driver has an emergency but the other driver was all wanting us to go to places and schedule striictly according to the itinerary. Since the hotels booked by inc were all very very far away in all the cities, i had to pay extra every time to go to the town (taxi is bhutan is not economical) I had mentioned before going that i need pick up and drop from tiger nest and all that while ask the driver to take my parents around town. on which harry said, the driver will be flexible according to me, but he was not. I had to pay 600 rs for tiger nest to come back. He just didnt come to pick me up even when i said there are no cabs available here. I had to pay a driver of other car to drop me to the town. My first driver Tobden was really great and co operative. So, as much as possible please dont change the driver. Again last day when i was to be dropped at phuenstoling, my second driver sonam said he has some emergency and he will arrange some other car to drop me. When i refused for waganor, he gave me some other car with his friend who was not a tourist driver to drop me to phuenstoling. I contacted harry about all this the last day, amd also about tiger nest to which he said he will look into it but every time the driver said he has got no update from harry. and on top of that, harry just completely stopped replying to my messages. Will you just run away after the trip is to end???? What kind of professionalism is this??? Well, in bhutan i met a lot of people who said you could have got better hotels at lower price in the heart of the town. So, i would recommend book on your own, things will be easier.

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    FAQ's of Thimphu

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    Every country, including Indian citizens, need permission to travel to Thimphu. However, people from India, Bangladesh, and the Maldives can visit the country without any visa or passport. However, identity proof is a mandatory document.

     

    The main currency of Thimphu is Ngultrum. But Indian money, except the new 500 and 2000 INR notes, are also accepted.

    Kolkata has the cheapest and most frequent flights to Bhutan compared to all other cities.

     

     

    No, Thimphu has no airport. It is supported by the Paro International Airport in Paro.

     

     

     

    Ema Datshi (chilies and cheese), red rice and the drink Ara are the classic food items of Thimphu.

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