Hidden realm of wonders! The only world capital without traffic lights, Thimphu is a regal yet bustling town amid glorious hills and home to the revered Bhutanese Royal family. Its ‘Shangri-la like’ appearance is embedded not merely in a wealth of historical sights, monasteries and museums, but also in its maze of streets with shops displaying traditional ware, local culture, smiling faces, cuisines and its sporting obsession for archery!

Highlights

  • Dzong and Chorten
  • Handicrafts Emporium
  • Archery

 Places to stay

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Amankora Thimphu

Hotel Style: Resort

At the Aman resorts you know you are in for a magical experience! Set amidst aromatic blue pine-laden hills, this dzong-like architecture houses 16 suites.  See Hotel

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Bhutan Suites

Hotel Style: Guest house

The Bhutan Suites is a boutique guesthouse modeled for the discerning traveler.  See Hotel

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Druk Hotel

Hotel Style: Heritage

The Druk Hotel Thimphu is part of Druk group of hotels and is one of the oldest, pioneering hotels in the town, fusing quaint accommodation with Bhutanese hospitality.  See Hotel

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Hotel Jumolhari

Hotel Style: Guest house

The newly renovated Hotel Jumolhari has a distinctive boutique style d�cor with traditional Bhutanese hospitability.  See Hotel

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Taj Tashi

Hotel Style: International

The Taj Tashi is cradled in the mighty Himalayas (fortress of the Gods) in the heart of Thimphu Valley.  See Hotel

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Terma Linca Resort & Spa

Hotel Style: Boutique

Nestled in a private oasis of panoramic tranquility amid the mighty Himalayas, wedged between Tibet and India, lies an elegant stretch of Bhutanese architectural gems strung together to exemplify the spirit of Terma Linca.  See Hotel

 Things to do

2hr-Dance Performance

Enjoy a thrilling dance performance in a two hour long private session. Bhutanese masked dances reflect highly complex symbolic understandings of life in a complex universe. The Bhutanese see dance as an extension of their religious and social lives because the movement reflects their deep devotion, compassion, tolerance, and harmonious living.

City Highlights of Thimphu

Visit the King’s Memorial Chorten, which is continuously circled ritualistically by people murmuring mantras and spinning prayer wheels. See Tashichhoe dzong, ‘fortress of the glorious religion’ – the center of government and religion. Browse the government-run handicrafts emporium and local craft shops for samples of Bhutan’s fine traditional arts. Take home some handwoven textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, jewelry, ceramics, slate and wood carvings. Visit the National Library, housing an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts and modern academic books on Himalayan culture and religion. Explore Zorig Chusum or the Painting School, the Thanka Art School and the Inst.of Traditional Medicine. Visit a handmade paper factory or the Mini Zoo, or peruse Thimphu’s weekend market. Enjoy scenic treks and nature walks with views of the famous denizens of the Himalayan kingdom.

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