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Thimphu Tourism

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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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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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    ight within minutes. She patiently sat through organizing the places and what I had in mind to visit while visiting with my mom. Suggestions and tips along the way were so helpful for me to finalize the plan. When it comes to process of paying, again, everything is made easy through Travel triangle. And you can trust all of them! Amal was in touch with me constantly to update me if money is received from their end. Once landing in Paro, the other lovely team waiting for us was Sherab and Kencho. By the end of the trip my mom and I felt like we are leaving our family members behind. Sherab and Kencho throughout, were accommodative, helped us soak as much Bhutan air, culture , places and food as possible. The trip makes such huge difference when you have such kind, helpful good hearted team with you to show around. Sherab and Kencho made sure to show us real Bhutan, out of their way. I will always thank them for showing us around and helping us feel relaxed and at home throughout. Sherab has many stories to share about every place you visit, and its fascinating. Kencho is such a safe driver and has so much information to share as well to help you experience Bhutan as is. This feedback is genuine and loved my experience with all of them. I know I will visit Bhutan again and with the same team. Thank you so much everyone! Wishing you all good luck.
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    Prerana Singh

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    Prerana's 6 days trip to Thimphu

    Cab driver, guide and travel agent was really good and helpful people. However we can improve the accomodation and breakfast part. Specially Park hotel and hotel oro villa however tshanshg villa experience was really great.
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    Chennai

    Surendrasampath's 9 days trip to Thimphu

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    Mumbai

    Suyash's 9 days trip to Thimphu

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    Ashish Srivastava

    Bengaluru

    Ashish's 6 days trip to Thimphu

    Our guide and cab driver were very nice . overall experience was very grt .
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    Visave Sandeep

    Bengaluru

    Vis's 7 days trip to Thimphu

    had few issues with the hotel bookings in one city , the agent booked another hotel , but wasnt equal . Gross communication problem between agent and the hotel
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    Arijit Aich

    Kolkata

    Arijit's 7 days trip to Thimphu

    I recently had the pleasure of going on my honeymoon to Bhutan through KNG Tours & Travels, and I couldn't have been happier with the experience. Our tour guides, Mohan Prasad and Kuenga, were not only knowledgeable about the culture and history of Bhutan, but also incredibly friendly and accommodat
    ing. They went above and beyond to make sure that our trip was enjoyable and unforgettable. From the moment we arrived in Bhutan, Mohan and Kuenga made sure that we were comfortable and that all of our needs were taken care of. They showed us the most beautiful and serene places in Bhutan and helped us to fully immerse ourselves in the culture. They were also great at answering all of our questions and providing us with a deeper understanding of Bhutan. I would highly recommend KNG Tours & Travels, as well as Mohan Prasad and Kuenga, to anyone looking to visit Bhutan. They truly made our honeymoon a once-in-a-lifetime experience that we will never forget.
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    Sumit Sarkar

    Kolkata

    Sumit's 7 days trip to Thimphu

    Trip was amazing, Mr Yogi from Flying fox delivered what was promised, We were on a honeymoon trip and the experience was smooth, hotels were nice and cozy and the Guide Mr. Tandin ( Tiger) and the driver Mr OM was very friendly and nice person, overall had a very nice experience with them.
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    Eavanshi Arora

    Bengaluru

    Eavanshi's 8 days trip to Thimphu

    The overall trip was great. Our agency Bhutan Inc coordinated very well with us and always provided timely updates. They provided with insurance and e-permit beforehand so that it took us just 10 mins for our entry. The Bhutan immigration office is open from 6 AM to 11 PM. So make sure that you reac
    h there well within the time range as it can sometimes take time depending on the volume. All they need is your passport and copy of your insurance, nothing else is required if you have your e-permit pre-made. The overall travel cost was high due to entry fees for every dzong and monastery (approx Rs. 1000 per monastery per person). Punakha Dzong and Tiger Nest are a MUST VISIT. You should definitely buy the passes and visit them. Dochula Pass and Chelela Pass are beautiful. Please do not forget to add them to your itinerary. We visited during New Year, and it was freezing, so make sure you have all your woolen clothes and inner. Most of the hotels have heaters, so it will be a comfortable stay. Hotels : White Dragon in Punakha is not recommended (bad wifi and heaters) and Namgay Resort in Paro is HIGHLY recommended. Overall, a great experience.
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    Sachin Dalal

    Bagdogra

    Sachin's 8 days trip to Thimphu

    Travel Triangle team provided direct communication with tour provider & best price for the trip. Highly recommended!

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    Citizens of which countries can go to Thimphu without a visa?

     

    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.

    What is the currency of Thimphu?

     

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

    Which airport has the cheapest flights to Bhutan from India?

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

     

     

    Is there an airport in Thimphu?

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

     

     

    Which is the most popular food in Thimphu?

     

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

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