Thimphu has been the capital city of Bhutan since the title was moved from Punakha in 1961. Situated in the western central part of the country, it is surrounded by the Dzongkhag valley. The magnificent natural surroundings of the city, combined with the modernising centre make Thimphu a fascinating destination. The city contains most of the important political buildings in Bhutan including the National Assembly and the official residence of the King. Although a new city, Thimphu contains a number of sites of historical significance and importance.Read More
The most prominent landmark is the Tashichho Dzong (Fortress of the Glorious Religion). It is used both as a religious centre for lamas and as an administrative building – it now houses the Central Secretariat and offices of the Home Affairs and Finance ministries. Thimphu’s other fortress monastery, Simtokha Dzong, was established in 1629 and is said to be the oldest surviving dzong of its kind. The Changangkha Lhakhang temple was constructed in the 15th century and offers stunning views over the entire valley.
For more striking and unobstructed views, a visit to the 51.5m tall bronze statue of the founder of Buddhism, Sakyamuni Buddha, is a must. The National Memorial Chorten provides the perfect opportunity for people-watching as the locals go about their evening prayers whilst the Zangthoper Lhakhang, a newer temple, has a number of impressive murals to observe. The city also contains a number of parks and museums dedicated to exquisite Bhutanese textiles and artefacts showcasing rural life in Bhutan.
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Thimphu
If you are planning a Thimphu holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
Amankora Thimphu Thimphu
Dzong-inspired architecture of high stone and white washed buildings make up the Amankora Thimphu. Despite being the closest resort to the capital it is still a blissful quiet retreat. Guest rooms are beautifully decorated with classic wood panelling and luxury amenities including king-size bed, bukhari (wood burner) and an opulent terrazzo-clad bath. The property is located in the upper reaches of the Motithang area of Thimphu and near the capital’s sights and shopping districts.
Bhutan Suites Thimphu
Hidden away from the traffic of Bhutan's vibrant capital, the Bhutan Suites is a boutique hotel that combines modern comfort with traditional hospitality. Rooms are spacious and breezy and come equipped with plush furniture and a range of modern amenities including cooking facilities and a fridge. The hotel's restaurant is open all day and serves consistently delicious vegetarian specialties from all over the country. The accommodation is conveniently located just 14 miles from Paro airport.
Hotel River View Thimphu
With an unmatchable view of the city, the Hotel Riverview has long been receiving rave reviews. Rooms are spacious with hard wood flooring and marble en suite facilities. Some even have their own private balcony. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout and there are spa and fitness facilities available on site. Tucking in to a delicious Bhutanese meal at the end of the day from the restaurant is highly recommended. The hotel boasts exclusive location between the river and the city. Although the city is a little bit of a walk, the vistas from the hotel make it worth it.
Le Meridien Thimphu
The luxurious Le Meridien hotel, situated in the heart of Thimphu, Bhutan's capital city, is an attractive property with state of the art facilities. Each guestroom is blissfully air conditioned and tastefully decorated to provide the ultimate in comfort and style. They also all include a coffee machine, minibar and stunning mountain views. The hotel has its own indoor pool and fitness centre as well as a spa so guests will have no problem filling their leisure hours. There are also multiple dining options, serving local and international dishes. The Memorial Chorten and National Library are just minutes away.
Thimphu Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Thimphu.