What to Do and Where to Go in Thimphu, Capital of Bhutan

Updated On October 7, 2023
Buddha statue Bhutan

Bhutan is one of the Asian countries where you should go for the most incredible travel experiences.

It’s capital city Thimphu hides a lot of amazing gems.

The city is located in the mountain chain which promises you lots of picturesque views.

The city has no problems with traffic with only 100,000 citizens.

People drive here often to see the numerous temples, ancient sacred places, and taste authentic cuisine.

Learn why the capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu is good for you.

1. Discover Dzong Architecture

The first place to discover in the capital of Bhutan is Tashichho Dzong.

The king of Bhutan works here sometimes.

Also, this is where the government of the country locates.

Besides, Tashichho Dzong is a Buddhist temple and a former National Library of Bhutan.

Tashichho Dzong
Tashichho Dzong

2. See Country’s National Library

All the ancient manuscripts, books about the history and culture of Bhutan and Tibet have moved to another building.

The National Library of Bhutan has been considered one of the largest repository of the Buddhist works in the world.

Many artists and photographers come here to create their next masterpiece because the building of the National Library is really impressive.

Buddhist women reading
Buddhist women reading

3. Enter a Buddhist Monastery

As you have already guessed, the capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu is rich in historical monuments.

The buildings, and creative art, and people themselves are the reflections of Hinduism as well as Buddhism.

In Thimphu, pay a visit to a Buddhist monastery, Trashi Chhoe Dzong.

In 2008, the 5th King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck (the Dragon King) was coronated here.

Buddhist monastery Bhutan
Buddhist monastery Bhutan

4. Go to a Famous Preserve

Hop on a bus at the central station of Thimphu to reach the Motithang Takin Preserve.

The authorities of Bhutan had an intention to preserve the wildlife of the kingdom.

In particular, they are concerned about a rare animal called Takin.

Bhutan calls this creature a national animal and protects within the preserve borders.

Takin standing on a hill
Takin standing on a hill

5. Synchronize Watches

One of the most outstanding places of interest in the capital city Thimphu is the Clock Tower.

It was constructed on a square in the area where there are many shops and other attractions.

You can watch a live music concert held right under the Clock Tower.

Benches for visitors make the process of listening as comfortable as possible.

The Clock itself consists of four dial plates some of which depict a dragon, the symbol of the country.

The tower is rich in ornamental carvings and painted works.


6. Post Photos from Kuensel Phodrang

Thimphu is the city where you have the chance to take photos with the most impressive statue of Buddha.

It appeared thanks to the financial contributions to the value of 47 million USD.

The hight of the statue of Buddha on Kuensel Phodrang Hill is 50 m.

Largest statue of Buddha
Largest statue of Buddha

7. Buy Traditional Textile Things

Bhutan is one of those colorful countries where you can get lost in the long rows of multicolored textile handiworks at the local market.

No matter what you are looking to buy – a souvenir for yourself or a gift for your mother –  Bhutanese textile cushions or tablecloths will be the best decision.

The market looks like a museum itself, but if you are longing for more, there is a Textile Museum in the city.

Multicolored textiles
Multicolored textiles

8. Taste Bhutan

There is nothing really better than trying out all the tastes of the country hidden in its national cuisine.

Of course, neighbors like China or India had a great impact on Bhutanese food culture.

Still, there are some top dishes that you should try to make yourself at home.

The meals really look light despite the fact that the Bhutanese cooks always add many spices, so take a drink or two to make sure you are safe after another chili dish.

Spices and dried fruits
Spices and dried fruits

9. Take a Journey To the Market

Traditional Sunday market in Thimphu is missing you.

The market can usually be found along the Wang Chhu River and the odor impresses the most elegant gourmets.

In addition to that, you will get an aesthetic enjoyment due to the great choice of fruits, vegetables, spices, and crafted things.

Exotic fruit
Exotic fruit

10. Relax Like a King

Have you ever heard of the special Bhutanese bath?

This is a part of the Asian country’s culture.

When having arrived in Thimphu, this is very important to get a perfect dose of relaxation and go deep into the waters of the SPA.

The workers of the SPA get the traditional hot stone bath filled with herbs and allow the stones to become red of heat.

Then the stones are put in the water to heal your body.

Woman in Spa
Woman in Spa

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