Thimphu Tourism

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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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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.

There is no rail line that connects India with Bhutan. But there are Indian Railway stations which wil

l 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.

The only state which has multiple land routes to Thimphu is West Bengal. There is

color:#000000;font-weight:bold;">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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Mayank's 8 days trip to Thimphu

I am very much satisfied with the overall booking i got the best quote and all things were manage nicely. guide and drive both were professional and made it a memorable experience. I had booked tour with Bhutan INC and i think they are one of the best travel agency for bhutan travel i recommend them. But overall booking experience wasnot that good i was promised a quote which was very good but at the time of booking that quote got increased by 15k which is not professionalism. Guide and driver both were amazing and explained everything in details.

Mayank Gaur New delhi

Bharat's 7 days trip to Thimphu

Our trip was well organised thanks for this trip. The Dochula Pass is a mountain pass in the snow covered Himalayas within Bhutan on the road from Thimpu to Punakha where 108 memorial chortens it was our Best Memory of the trip!

Bharat Goud Hyderabad

Mohit's 6 days trip to Thimphu

Thimpu hotel stay was good experience rest of the trip was also fine.

Mohit Karakasia Phuentsholing

Rakeshkumar's 6 days trip to Thimphu

Thimphu city and the hotel was really good, but we requesting you please never suggest Hotel Tshringma to other guest because the staff & services are not customer oriented. Thimpu City sightseeing was our Best Memory of the trip!

Rakeshkumar Auraiya

Bipin's 7 days trip to Thimphu

Our agent ASTER TOURS was very good. we had an anniversary on 11th December and we told to agent that we have to dinner in a local dress and our agent arranged all the things as per our choice.

Bipin Phulsundar Pune

Alhad's 6 days trip to Thimphu

Bhutan trip was amazing we loved Bhutnese culture and people. Hike to Tiger Nest was our Best Memory of the trip! It takes between four and five hours to do the round trip hike, plus one more hour to tour the monastery. Many people also have lunch in the cafeteria not far from the monastery. Plan on leaving Paro around 8 am and arriving back at your hotel around 3 pm.

Alhad Posam Mumbai

Kiran's 7 days trip to Thimphu

Amazing trip planned by travel triangle & Texa Trove team. Taktsang monastery also known as Tiger Nest in Paro was our Best Memory of the trip!

Kiran Kumar Y R Bagdogra

Pramod's 7 days trip to Thimphu

We had a memorable trip from Himavat Destination and overall trip was good.

Pramod Shinde Pune

Piyush's 7 days trip to Thimphu

Overall trip was good we thank TravelTriangle & the tour operator Valley Tours.

Piyush Mishra Bengaluru

Kulu's 6 days trip to Thimphu

Our entire trip was well organised we faced issue while getting clearance from immigration office but somehow we got through it.

Kulu Bengaluru

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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.

Tourism in Thimphu

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