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Bhutan's capital and largest town, Thimpu boasts an atmosphere that is relaxing and friendly. By wandering around the streets, you can begin to appreciate the Bhutanese way of life.

Established as the permanent capital of Bhutan in the 1950s, Thimpu has gradually grown over the last decade but remains a relatively small town dominated by the impressive Tashichoe Dzong.

The Dzong

Buildings steeped in ritual and tradition encircle the dzong's vast courtyards and house the secretariat, king’s headquarters and the summer residence of the central monk body, while nearby lies the world’s highest golf course.

Shops and market

Weekend market, ThimpuA wander along the streets is recommended and reveals small shops stuffed with indispensable goods imported from China and India and religious paraphernalia, while the weekend market attracts people from miles around to bargain for everything from dried chillies and yak butter to hand-woven textiles.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Thimpu

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Thimpu, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Thimpu

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    Places near Thimpu

    Accommodation choices for Thimpu

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Thimpu. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Suite Amankora Thimpu

      Amankora Thimpu


      Sited in a pine forest, Amankora Thimpu is a quiet retreat in the upper reaches of the Motithang area of the Thimpu Valley. The atmosphere at Amankora Thimpu is calm and relaxed and the property itself is spacious and bright. No luxury is spared and even a short stay will leave you feeling invigorated and refreshed.

    • Deluxe room, Hotel Kisa

      Hotel Kisa


      This is a modern hotel located in the city centre, overlooking the Changlimithang stadium and archery ground and just a few minutes walk from the clock tower square.

    • Outdoor Deck, Taj Tashi Hotel, Thimpu

      Taj Tashi Hotel

      First Class

      The 66 rooms of this large hotel are luxuriously appointed and capture the essence of Bhutanese art and architecture in a contemporary setting.

    Ideas for experiencing Thimpu

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Thimpu, and which use the best local guides.

    • Weekend market, Thimpu

      Visit to the Weekend Market at Thimpu


      People from surrounding villages start arriving on Friday evening and come to buy and sell produce, ranging from dried chillies and yak butter to textiles and bamboo products.