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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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Motithang Takin Preserve In Thimphu

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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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    Ajay Jaisingh

    New delhi

    Ajay's 6 days trip to Thimphu

    Exceptional service by the guide and driver. Very comfortable car. The hotel in Pheuntsoling was old and very far from the town so not recommended The calmness and serenity of the places visited was an overwhelming experience. The quiet drives with no honking was a lesson for all drivers in India
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    Lakshmanan Solayappan

    Chennai

    Lakshmanan's 10 days trip to Thimphu

    Fantastic Trip. Driver, Ugyen was excellent ! Helped us with all our wishes, be it finding the right place to eat or shop or visit (based on our requests). Guide was good. Hotels were good and extremely clean (like in all parts of Bhutan) ! Bhutanese are very nice people , respectful and helping.
    In fact, we felt pampered during our 10 day tour. We followed the itinerary and made minor modifications based on our pref. If there is one improvement area - I would say Gaikling Guest House, Phobjikha did not have hot water in the bathroom, when we visited. Learn there was a power problem the previous day due to heavy snowfall causing disruption. However, we did have had room heaters, lights and food was available in the restaurant. Staff was very courteous too and apologetic for non-availability of hot water in bathroom. Overall a very nice experience !!
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    Kallol Samaddar

    Kolkata

    Kallol's 7 days trip to Thimphu

    We had a very pleasant honeymoon. It will always be memorable in the best possible way. We had 7 days trip to thimpu, punakha and paro. Deki from AD tours helped us create an excellent package and our cab driver Bhim and guide Nima were the most friendly people we ever met. They made us feel like ho
    me, guided us through and drove beautifully all along. The hotels were all excellent except one, park hotel in phuntsholing where service could have been better. Overall another mesmerizing experience with travel triangle. We enjoyed it thoroughly. Our cab driver Bhim and guide Nima has been real pleasure to travel with.
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    Nitbikash

    North east

    Nitbikash's 7 days trip to Thimphu

    The local travel agent is totally unprofessional. He didn’t book hotels prior to trip which were agreed in travel itinerary and changed the hotels.
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    Deepa Nair

    Bengaluru

    Deepa's 7 days trip to Thimphu

    Had a great time. The guide and driver were very nice and accomodative. They took care of everything and very informative. Thanks you.
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    Vishwanath Hiremath

    Bangalore

    Vishwanath's 7 days trip to Thimphu

    We had a great experience with Bhutan Inc. The hotels were great, the services provided by guide and driver were good as well. Takshang valley hike
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    BINIT KUMAR

    Pune

    Binit's 6 days trip to Thimphu

    The itinerary prepared by Travel agent is beneficial only for the travel agency as it skips major tour attractions. The last day of the trip in Phuentsholing is just to increase the duration of the tour by 1 more night. Also the hotel booked in Phuentsholing and was cheap and did not feel like 3-sta
    r hotel. Except for driver and tour guide, the first Mantara hotel - most of the other things were not upto mark. Travel Triangle should make all the reviews of tour agent public for the travellers to make a better decision. Bhutan is beautiful and people are also nice.
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    Satures

    Kolkata

    Satures's 6 days trip to Thimphu

    Had a great experience with travel triangle. Good prices and travel agents were really great!
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    Saurabh Pandey

    Mumbai

    Saurabh's 7 days trip to Thimphu

    The trip was well planned. Harry took into account my requests and tweaked the itinerary as asked. Price was the most competitive of all. Guide and drivers assigned were friendly and cordial. Hotel check-ins were smooth. Quite satisfied overall. Special thanks to our guide Sonam Dorje & Driver Sona
    m Rinjin for the warm hospitality!
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    Manikhandan Menon

    Bengaluru

    Manikhandan's 7 days trip to Thimphu

    Excellent trip and well oranised . All are very helpfull from the supporting agent who pllaned well. Guide is excellant guy. Driver is reallay amazing person. All togahter really a great trip

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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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