The capital city also does not have a dedicated
Airport and is served by the international airport at Paro.
The travel time between Paro airport and Thimphu town is about
one hour and the distance is about 55 km.
Thimphu is also well connected by road with India through
Phuentsholing Boarder. It is about 180 km and five to six
hour drive time.
Distance from Thimphu to other places
Thimphu is located at an altitude of about 8,000 ft on the
west bank of river Wang Chu, also known locally as Thimphu
Chu (Chu means River in local language).
What to See at Thimphu
Thimphu's charm is not embedded in its wealth
of galleries, museums or places of historic interest. Visitors
must wander along the main street and into shops, all of which
are decorated in traditional style. Thimphu's shopkeepers
are helpful and will do their best to oblige even smallest
Many of the general stores stock a selection of handicrafts
and textiles for passing visitors and a selection of specialist
handicraft stores are now open. Bhutan's colorful stamp collections
can be viewed and purchased at the capital's main post office.
The country's two principal banks are located on Thimphu's
On the bank of the river lies Tashichhoe Dzong, the most prominent
building in Thimphu Valley. The main secretariat building
which houses the throne room of his majesty the king of Bhutan
is located inside the Dzong.
The Dzong is a common tourist attraction
and is a visual delight specially during the evening when
it is illuminated. Parts of the Dzong can be visited by tourists.
There are beautiful mural and fresco work inside the TashiChhoe
The National Assembly Hall is located in
new building on the opposite side of the river from the Dzong.
During the warmer summer months, the monk body led by his
holiness, the Je Khenpo, makes its home in the Dzong.
The Golf Course
Next to the Dzong is Bhutan's only golf course. A
nine hole circuit, popular with Thimphu residents, that offers
a break from sight-seeing for visiting players.
Bhutan's national library is located close to the
Dzong. The library preserves the cultural and literary heritage
of Bhutan. Huge collection of paper documents can be seen
in the library. Part of the library collection has also been
microfilmed. The library contains arguably the best collection
of religious and historical literature in the Himalayas. There
is a small bookstore at the ground floor of the library offering
variety of books on Bhutan.
The Memorial Chorten
The memorial chorten, a pious landmark for Thimphu's
residents, was erected in 1974 by the mother of the Third
King in memory of her son. Bhutanese pay their respects to
his photograph inside the memorial. The Chorten is centrally
located and in the evening there is a substantial crowd of
locals who visit the chorten.
A short distance from Thimphu, at Dechencholing, is the Royal
palace, residence of members of the Royal family except the
king. Set among sweeping lawns, ponds and willow tr5ees, this
beautiful three storey building is entirely traditional, both
in its architecture and in its furnishings. Beyond the palace
is Tangu Cherry, one of the oldest thakhangs in Bhutan. Here
monks come to practice the ancient disciplines of meditation