Thimphu serves as the capital city of Bhutan and epitomises its culturally-rich lifestyle. The architectural splendour of its monasteries, gateways, dzongs, palaces and chortens leaves travellers spellbound. This city prides in being a major economic and political centre of the country, striking a perfect balance between traditionalism and modernism. With its several colourful festivals and cultural landmarks, the lively city of Thimphu depicts different facets of Bhutan's religion, literature and vivid art forms. The bustling city is dotted with shopping arcades, fancy nightclubs and swanky restaurants, which are in complete contrast to its heritage buildings. An amalgamation of ethnic culture and contemporary liveliness, the city of Thimphu is definitely a worth-visit destination for globetrotters.
Attractions in Thimphu
Folk Heritage Museum
Established in 2001, the Folk Heritage Museum allows tourists to gain an insight into the Bhutanese culture and traditions. It exhibits household artefacts, equipment, tools, objects and other items related to the lifestyle of Bhutan natives.
Handicrafts Emporium is a government enterprise that offers a wide choice of hand-woven textiles and other craft items. At this emporium, travellers can find exquisite hand-crafted products, which are meticulously designed by locals.
Buddha Dordenma Statue
Buddha Dordenma Statue, measuring 51.5 m in height, is considered as one of the largest statues of Buddha across the globe. It was constructed to spread the universal message of peace and happiness.
National Memorial Chorten
A majestic monument dedicated to World Peace, the National Memorial Chorten features marvellous Bhutanese architecture. The chorten, literally meaning 'Seat of Faith', displays beautiful paintings and exquisite sculptures
Tashichho Dzong serves as the government administrative centre, and comprises a throne room along with offices of eminent bureaucrats. Featuring typical Bhutanese architecture, this dzong is surrounded with verdant lawns.
The National Library of Bhutan
The National Library in Thimphu showcases the rich history of Bhutan with its impressive collection of manuscripts and ancient texts. The library also holds printing blocks for flags and modern educational books.
Jungshi Paper Factory
The Jungshi Paper Factory is a place that preserves the centuries-old Bhutanese tradition of manufacturing Deh-sho (a type of paper). Travellers visiting this factory can observe the production process of the handmade paper, using traditional techniques.
Bearing an architectural resemblance to the Gyal Gyad Tshel Institute of Tibet, Simtokha Dzong is an important edifice of Bhutan. The dzong is believed to be built for overcoming the evil spirit of a demon, which is how it got its name 'Simtokha' - atop a demon.
Tango Gompa is an ancient monastery that was found in the 12th century and constructed during the 15th century. This 3-storey structure houses a sandalwood statue, which belongs to Chenrezig- Tibet's patron bodhisattva.
Our Recommended Hotels in Thimphu
Post Box Number – 148, Zhung Lam, Phuentsholingmore...
Hotel Druk Phuentsholing is a 4-star property, which is easily accessible from the main city and shopping areas of Phuentsholing. To stay in this hotel, guests can choose from 32 well-maintained rooms categorised as Single, Double, Deluxe Suite and Presidential Suite. There is a restaurant-cum-bar in the hotel that serves scrumptious Bhutanese, Indian, Chinese and Continental fare along with international and local drinks. The hotel has a lawn, where in winters, guests are offered delectable barbeque dishes. There is a well-appointed business centre in the premises for business guests. Also, there is a multi-functional hall that serves as an ideal venue to host corporate events and social gatherings.
Norzin Lam, Post Box: 368more...
Hotel Galingkha is located in Norzin Lam, Thimphu, which is the capital city of Bhutan. The traditional Bhutanese architecture used in the construction of this hotel adds to its grace. In terms of accommodation, this hotel offers two categories of rooms, namely Standard Rooms and Deluxe Rooms. All these rooms have modern décor and are appointed with modern amenities. This hotel has a multi-cuisine restaurant with a well-stocked bar, where guests can relish Bhutanese, Indian, Chinese and other International delicacies along with exotic drinks. A business centre is available at the hotel where corporate travellers can comfortably sit and work.
Taj Tashi Thimphu
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Located in the beautiful Thimphu Valley, Taj Tashi is a luxurious property, with a blend of modern design and the traditional Dzong architecture. This 5-star hotel offers 66 spacious, elegant guestrooms that are well appointed with modern amenities and feature classical hand-drawn Buddhist mural on the walls. These guestrooms are categorised as Luxury Room, Deluxe Room, Deluxe Suite, Deluxe Room with Sit-out, Luxury Suite and Duplex Suite. Attached bathrooms feature floor warmers, bath towel heaters, standalone bathtubs and finest bath fittings.
The dining options on offer at the hotel are plenty, featuring a speciality Bhutanese-cuisine restaurant, tea lounge, all-day coffee shop and a well-stocked bar. There is a gymnasium, indoor pool, jacuzzi and spa treatment room at the hotel for the leisure and relaxation needs of guests. For business guests, there is a conference room in the premises where they can hold corporate meetings, seminars and conferences.
A boutique property in Thimphu, Hotel Kisa started its operation in the year 2008. It has 35 spacious guestrooms, which are categorised as Deluxe Room, Standard Room and Deluxe Superior Room. These well maintained rooms feature modern amenities including 32-inch flat screen television with cable connection, hairdryer, Wi-Fi internet, personal electronic safes and electric kettle. In addition to room amenities, the hotel offers facilities and services, such as foreign currency exchange, laundry, airport transfer, travel assistance and car parking, besides 24-hour room service.
There is a restaurant in the premises where guests can enjoy a delectable range of Indian, Chinese, Thai, Chinese, Continental and Bhutanese delicacies. Guests can also enjoy special coffee and tea at the coffee bar, besides relishing finest spirits and drinks at the well-stocked bar. There is a board room and business centre in the premises, in addition, to a conferencing and banquet hall.
Thimphu Bhutan, Olakhamore...
Located in Thimphu, Hotel Migmar is a super deluxe hotel, featuring a blend of Bhutanese architecture and modern facilities. There are 17 guestrooms at the property that are classified into Deluxe Room and Executive Suite categories. All these rooms are equipped with modern amenities, such as plasma television with cable connection, DVD player, Wi-Fi internet, private bar, work desk, telephone and tea/coffee maker. In addition to these room amenities, the hotel offers other service and facilities including currency exchange, travel assistance, valet, laundry, concierge and secretarial.
For the entertainment and leisure needs of guests, the hotel offers swimming pool and steam bath, besides organising city tour, nature trails and adventure tours. To cater to its business guests, the property has a board room, business centre and air-conditioned conference hall, where they can organise corporate and social events.
Norzin Lam, Near Swiss Bakery, P.O.Box # 976more...
Catering to both business and leisure travellers, Hotel Pedling lies in proximity to the shopping and business areas of Thimphu. Owned by a Buddhist Institute, this hotel has 33 guestrooms in Suite, Deluxe and Standard categories. These accommodation units feature amenities, such as cable television, mini-fridge, phone, attached bathroom, free Wi-Fi, tea/coffee maker and hairdryer. The other facilities and services on offer at the hotel include foreign currency exchange, gift shop, laundry, luggage storage and front desk.
The restaurant in the premises offers a delectable range of mouth-watering Indian, Continental and Bhutanese delicacies. In addition to the restaurant, there is a bar and bakery in the hotel, where guests can enjoy a variety of drinks and baked items, respectively. For its business guests, the hotel has a business centre and conferencing facility for up to 70 persons. Leisure guests can enjoy facilities like spa, sauna, steam bath, massage and salon at this property.
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