Thimphu is the Capital of Bhutan and is situated about an hours drive from the Paro International Airport. It is a fast developing city with numerous building, shopping complexes and busy streets. It is the hub of government offices but also embraces many historic monuments, cultural sights and nature trails.

Places of Interest

Trashichho Dzong
Also know as ‘fortress of the glorious religion’, it was initially built in 1641 and later rebuilt in its present form by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk in 1965. The Dzong houses, main secretariat building and it also has the throne room of His Majesty, the king of Bhutan.

Memorial Chorten
This stupa was built in the memory of Bhutan’s third king, His Late Majesty, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, who is popularly regarded as Father of modern Bhutan. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Bhuddhist philosophy.

Simtokha Dzong
Five miles from Thimphu stands the 17th century Simtokha Dzong standing on a lofty ridge. Built in 1627, the oldest Dzong in the country, it now houses the School for Buddhist studies.

National Library
The history of Bhutan lies imprinted in archaic texts, which are preserved at the National Library. Besides thousands of manuscripts and ancient text, the library also has modern academic books and printing blocks for prayer flags.

Arts & Crafts School
The “Zorig Chusum” (Thirteen Arts) is the school of the 13 arts and crafts which was established in 1971 to preserve and promote traditional crafts. The students specialize in many fields and you can see them at work while visiting the institute.

* Motithang Takin Preserve*
The wildlife reserve are was originally a mini zoo which was later converted to preserve Bhutan’s national animal, The Takin.

Dordenma Buddha
The Great Buddha Dordenma is a gigantic Skakyamuni Buddha statute built to commemorate the centennial of the Bhutanese monarchy and was consecrated coinciding with the 60th birth anniversary of his Majesty the fourth King of Bhutan. It is considered as one of the largest Buddha Statue in the world sitting 54 meters (177feet) tall.

Bhutan Postal Museum
The main objective of the museum is to tell the story of Bhutan’s progress and development through the lens of the evolution of communications and postal system in the country. The story is told through anecdotes, artifacts and the rich assortment of stamps the country has produced over the years.