Thimpu, sometimes referred to as Timbu, is the capital of the kingdom of Bhutan and an ideal landing place to move around. This capital city of the tiny Himalayan Kingdom makes one's dream of visiting Shangri-la (mystical fictional city) come true. The winding road that pass through the many paddy fields give you the glimpse of its beauty and the Thimpu chuu(river) snakes through the vegetation. The hillsides are dotted with houses, monasteries, temples.
While Thimphu is modern in age one can say, even new buildings are still based on the age old traditional designs.They reflect every aspect of Bhutanese culture.
Thimphu offers you the opportunity to offer your own thing, one can visit parks, museums, religious structures & other landmarks. Some of the major attractions are Tashicho Dzong, the National Folk Heritage Museum, Takin preserve & Botanical gardens.
1. It is the world’s only capital without traffic lights, so be ready to see white gloved police guiding the vehicles through the whole rhapsody of traffic.
2. The weekend market is the biggest in Bhutan and definitely worth a visit.
3. There are lots of trails for hikking and trekking around Thimphu. Around 27 trails are mentioned is a booklet written by Piet van der Poel & Rogier Gruys called the "Mild & Mad Day Hikes around Thimphu". Government licensed trekking guides are available who are trained in Emergencies of Acute Mountain Sickness.
1. Get your Route Permit(s). One needs a Route Permit to travel throughout Bhutan and they are provided only by the Immigration office here at Thimpu.
The arts and crafts that the locals produce are definitely worth a buy in Thimphu. Apart from government run emporiums there are also privately owned emporiums which deal with brassware and antique jewellery, masks, painted lama tables known as choektse, thangkas, Tibetan violins and a bunch of other stuff.
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