Destination-IconThimphu - Heart of Roaring Dragon.

 
Buddha DordenmaChangangkha LhakhangDechen Phodrang MonasteryNational Folk Heritage MuseumNational Memorial ChortenBuddha PointChanglimithang StadiumFarmers Weekend MarketPrayer Wheel at Changangkha LhakhangDechen Phodrang MonasteryNational Folk Heritage MuseumNational Memorial ChortenNational Assembly BuildingNational Assembly BuildingNational Institute Of Zorig ChusumNational Institute Of Zorig ChusumNational Textile MuseumPaiinting SchoolSimtokha DzongSimtokha DzongTrashi Chhoe DzongTrashi Chhoe DzongTango Monastery
  • General Information

    Common Name: Thimpu
    Other Name: -, , State: Thimpu, Bhutan
    Area: 1819 Sq. Km.
    Languages Spoken: English, Bhutanese
    Long Distance Code: +975-2
    Importance: Capital of Bhutan
    Best Time to Visit: February to November and -
    International Access: Paro
  • Description

    Bhutan’s capital, home to the Royal families, ministers and the oldest fortress in Bhutan - Simtokha Dzong, a 17th century fortress. Situated at 2320mts and 65kms from Paro, the capital offers many day hike opportunities to small temples, nestled in the surrounding forests. This broad valley houses many attractions and is well worth a few nights stopover. The city is spread out longitudinally in a north-south direction on the west bank of the valley formed by the Raidak River Wang Chuu, also known as the Thimphu Chuu River. Thimphu is not served by an airport, but relies on the Paro Airport, connected by road some 54 kilometers away.
  • Location

    Thimphu is 45 minutes drive from Paro International airport. The Thimphu-Paro was widened recently and now it allows flow of two vehicles at a time: two-lane road without divider. The drive to Thimphu promises you with scattered traditional houses built with earthen walls, paddy fields hanging on the cliffs, and numerous temples chortens and prayer flags.
  • Climate

    Thimpu have a much harsher climate, with summer monsoon rains and winter snowfalls which may block passes leading into the central valleys for days at a time.
Buddha DodermaHigh above the Thimphu Valley is the 169 foot ''Buddha Dordenma'' - constructed at Changri Kunsel Phodrang on a hill slope some 100 meters above the Wang Chhu River. A leisurely drive to view the Buddha point complex; this massive sitting Buddha is on a Vajra throne, hence the name Dordenma which translated means ''Vajra throne Buddha''. Symbolizing indestructibility; it will radiate auspicious energy over the kingdom and to all parts of the world. Hence fulfilling the prophecy of bestowing blessings, universal peace and happiness to the world.
Changlimithang Stadium And Archery GroundThis stadium was built to celebrate the coronation of the fourth Druk Gyalpo His Majesty the King Jigme Singye Wangchuck in 1974. The stadium is built at the place of 1885 battle that helped establish the political supremacy of Ugyen Wangchuck, Bhutan’s first king. This stadium was renovated in 2007 for the coronation of the fifth king of Bhutan, Jigem Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck. The stadium has a capacity to hold 25,000 people.

Timings: Winter 9 am to 4 pm. In summer 9 am to 5 pm.


Remarks: Winter is November to February

Centenary Farmers Weekend MarketWeekly Farmers Market; local producers and stall vendors display their wares, situated riverside this local market is a vibrant hub of activity. Explore the handcrafted artisan produce, freshly churned butter, forest mushrooms and a vast array of chilies both fresh and dried. A stroll across the traditional cantilever bridge, the handicraft and indigenous market displays traditional goods still used today for both religious and household purposes.



Closed On: Wednesday
Changangkha LhakhangHigh above the Thimphu Valley sits Changangkha Lhakhang, this 15th century temple with its large prayer wheels and stunning valley views, houses a monastic school and offers a pleasant walk back into town. It offers great photo opportunities of the Thimphu city from its large courtyard and inside reveals a central image of the 1000 armed Mahakarunika, considered to be one of the oldest temples in the Thimphu Valley.
Dechen Phodrang MonasteryAbove the Tashichhoedzong is the Dechen Phodrang Monastery. It was the original site for the Tashichhoedzong. Dechen Phodrang today houses the monastic school. There are about 450 students. These students on rotational basics conduct the funerals rites at the crematorium located near the Dzong.

Drobthob NunneryDrubthob Gompa Nunnery (also referred to as Zilukha Nunnery) with approx. 40 resident Buddhist nuns. Founded by a reincarnate of the famous iron bridge builder ''Thangthong Gyalpo’, this sanctuary also provides shelter for orphaned girls and aging women.
Folk Heritage MuseumThe Folk Heritage Museum ( Phelchey Toenkhyim) houses an interesting exhibition of items and artefacts utilized in rural households, this restored three storey traditional rammed mud and timber house dates from the mid-19th century. The design and form of the house is that of a typical household found in the Wang era in the 19th century. Offering an insight into traditional practices including a traditional watermill with mill stones dating back over a 150 years.
A traditional Bhutanese rural house will generally consist of two or three storey''''s and an attic, the ground floor houses the animals particularly in the depths of the winter season and to store the year’s harvest such as rice, millet or wheat. The living, sleeping and prayer room is the second storey with some houses having a third storey, the top floor is the attic used for storage and to hang freshly picked grain crops to dry, before thrashing the grain to produce flour or polished rice.



Timings: Winter 9 am to 4 pm. In summer 9 am to 5 pm.


Remarks: Winter is November to February

Memorial Chorten StupaThe National Memorial Chorten, a religious site utilized for daily worship, people engage in the age-old Buddhist ritual ''Kora'' - a circular pilgrimage, chanting Om with offerings of butter lamps. A Tibetan style Chorten in design with its golden spire this impressive stupa was constructed in honor of the ''mind of Buddha'' - one of the three traditional pillars of Buddhism, world peace & prosperity and in memory of the 3rd King, H.M. Jigme Dorji Wangchuck - whom originated the construction and passed away prior to its completion. A multi storied stupa that will introduce you to Tantric Buddhism; it contains 3 dimension mandalas depicting the Buddhist faith. Constructed to protect the valley from the negative elements of modernization, it was finally completed by The Royal Queen Mother, as a memorial stupa for the Third King. Its internal artwork is a fine example of contemporary monuments including a large east facing image of Sakyamuni Buddha.
The National Assembly BuildingThe National Assembly Building was built by the third king Jigme Dorji Wangchuck to hold the national assembly, Tshogdue. Today it houses the office of Prime Minister, Lower House, the foreign ministry and the National Assembly Secretariat.

National Institute for Zorig ChusumAlso called as painting school among the Bhutanese, this school is thirteen arts and crafts provide training in the Bhutanese arts and crafts. Students from all over the country, who have an aptitude for arts, come here for four to five years training. After the training these students are employed to restore traditional Bhutanese arts and paintings.

National Memorial ChortenThe National Memorial Chorten is located near the Jigme Dorji National referral Hospital. It was built in 1974 in memory of the third king of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, ‘the father of Modern Bhutan’. The chorten (stupa) saw a major renovation in 2008. The chorten (stupa) features mandalas, statues and alter dedicated to the third Druk Gyalpo of Bhutan.
National Textile MuseumThe National Textile Museum, established under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Mother - Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck, housing collections of textiles brought in from all across the kingdom dating from the 1600''s. Of the 13 traditional arts and crafts, hand woven fabric is considered one of Bhutan''s most important art forms. Demonstrations of weaving techniques from the various districts are conducted; each district in the kingdom has different weaving patterns, this intricate art form is mainly performed by women, although in ancient times fabric created for the royal household was produced by men. Lhuntse in the eastern region of Bhutan is renowned for its unique design and superior quality of this ancient art form. A length of hand woven fabric suitable for a females Kira can take up to 9 months to produce, these hand woven textiles are prized for their natural vegetable dyes and their vibrant and lively motifs inspired by nature and spiritual symbols. Traditional dress is still an important aspect of all occasions and festivals, a Bhutanese identity.
Painting SchoolZorig Chusum often referred to as ''The Painting School ''; this institution offers a six year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. Traditional art forms are strongly influenced by Buddhism and are ornamental and symbolic in nature. Traditionally Zorig Chusum (meaning the 13 traditional crafts) was conducted in the Dzongs, Monasteries and Royal Palaces, having been nurtured over the centuries by Bhutan''s clergy and temporal rulers. View the intricate Thangkha paintings, woodwork and sculpture, some of the students unique artworks are displayed for sale on premise.
Royal Academy of Performing ArtsThis institute provides training to the artists on Bhutanese mask dances and traditional dances. The institute works to preserve the Bhutan’s folk-dancing heritage. These dancers perform in Thimphu tsechu. They also take the Bhutanese culture to other countries by performing at various international venues. Unless there is practice going on there is noting to see here.

Simtokha DzongSimtokha Dzong was constructed in 1627 and is home to the Institute for Language and Cultural Studies. The ornate interior is a display of some of the most beautiful artistry in Bhutan.
Trashi Chhoe DzongThis Dzong (Fortress) houses the office of His Majesty’s Secretariat, the Ministry of Home and cultural Affairs, Ministry of finance, Cabinet Secretariat, GNH Commission and houses the central monastic body.

Tango MonasteryTango Monastery was founded by the grandson of the Divine Madman, Drukpa Kinley, and this monastery is one of Bhutan''s most historical in the Kagyu tradition. Approximately 50 - 60 minute walk uphill to the Tango Monastery, the present structure was constructed in the 17th century, this monastic school is the residence of Desi Tenzin Rabgye, a reincarnate of the founder. '' Tango'' translated means horses head, upon arriving at the complex with its impressive architecture, white washed walls and curved structure, you will notice this monastery has been constructed in the ''Dzong'' design.
As we enter the inner courtyard to explore the complex, at the entrance is two large ornate prayer wheels. Contained within are hand written copies of the ''Om'' mantra - Om Mani Padme Hum; all prayer wheels are rotated in a clockwise direction, to release the spiritual blessings. This sacred site was founded in the 13th century by Lama Gyalwa Lhanampa and constructed in its present form in 1688. It was here Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal meditated in a cave, after migrating from Tibet to Bhutan in 1616. The original meditation caves are now covered by the current monastery, a 12 cornered structure with six temples.
Bhutan Capital Cultural Tour

Bhutan Capital Cultural Tour
(5 Days / 4 Nights)

On Request
Bhutan Capital Cultural Tour / BUT (5 Days / 4 Nights)
Paro-Thimphu-Paro

This Bhutan Capital cultural tour is a perfect trip for those visitors who have limited time to spend the holiday in Bhutan. It covers the two most popular tourist destinations in Bhutan, namely, Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan and Paro, Bhutan’s international airport, with a hike to Taktsang monastery. Visiting these two places within a short span of time will give you a good understanding of Bhutan’s rich culture and traditions, marvelous arts and crafts, history, Buddhist religion and life of Bhutanese people.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Paro
Day 2 : Paro
Day 3 : Paro-Thimphu
Day 4 : Thimphu-Paro
Day 5 : Paro
Bhutan Western Cultural Tour

Bhutan Western Cultural Tour
(7 Days / 6 Nights)

On Request
Bhutan Western Cultural Tour / BUT-01 (7 Days / 6 Nights)
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Choose this cultural tour, if you want to explore western Bhutan’s unique culture and traditions, superb arts and crafts, beautiful houses and landscapes doted with fluttering prayer flags, and stunning view of magnificent snowcapped mountains and lush green valleys with lot of pure crisp air to breathe on the way.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Paro-Thimphu
Day 2 : Thimphu
Day 3 : Thimphu-Punakha
Day 4 : Punakha
Day 5 : Punakha-Paro
Day 6 : Paro
Day 7 : Paro
Bhutan Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour

Bhutan Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour
(13 Days / 12 Nights)

On Request
Bhutan Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour / BUT-02 (13 Days / 12 Nights)
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Buddhism has been the predominant religion from the 7th century and since then many saints, religious masters, mystics and scholars have visited and blessed Bhutan and its people with invaluable spiritual and cultural heritage that shapes the Bhutanese lives and history. Today, the Buddhist world, considers Bhutan with special importance as the last bastion of Mahayana Buddhism. Hundreds of sacred monasteries, stupas, religious institutions, fluttering prayer flags and prayer wheels which dot the landscapes and countryside are the strong evidence of immense living faith in Buddhism. This tour will enable you to experience the in depth spirituality and profound understanding of Mahayana Buddhism.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Paro
Day 2 : Paro
Day 3 : Paro-Thimphu
Day 4 : Thimphu
Day 5 : Thimphu
Day 6 : Thimphu-Punakha
Day 7 : Punakha-Trongsa
Day 8 : Trongsa-Bumthang
Day 9 : Bumthang
Day 10 : Bumthang
Day 11 : Bumthang-Punakha
Day 12 : Punakha-Paro
Day 13 : Paro
Bhutan Spring and Autumn Walking Tour

Bhutan Spring and Autumn Walking Tour
(13 Days / 12 Nights)

On Request
Bhutan Spring and Autumn Walking Tour / BUT-03 (13 Days / 12 Nights)
Paro-Thimphu-Punakha-Trongsa-Bumthang-Punakha-Paro

Bhutan walking tour offer more than just visiting Dzongs, monasteries, temples, museum and other artistry centre. Such tours are specifically designed for the tourists desiring to experience more of typical Bhutanese rural lives in the farmlands, far flung monasteries and temples from the road end, beautiful landscapes, the lush green valleys, pristine environment and clean crisp air by walking across the valleys with few climbs up and down only along the gentle slopes.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Paro
Day 2 : Paro
Day 3 : Paro-Thimphu
Day 4 : Thimphu
Day 5 : Thimphu
Day 6 : Thimphu-Punakha
Day 7 : Punakha-Trongsa
Day 8 : Trongsa-Bumthang
Day 9 : Bumthang
Day 10 : Bumthang
Day 11 : Bumthang-Punakha
Day 12 : Punakha-Paro
Day 13 : Paro
Bhutan Photography Tour

Bhutan Photography Tour
(12 Days / 11 Nights)

On Request
Bhutan Photography Tour / BUT-04 (12 Days / 11 Nights)
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Bhutan has captured both the eyes of writers and artists alike for its splendid arts and architecture and unique culture and traditions. Photography Tour is designed specifically for the clients who enjoy taking photographs of the people, typical Bhutanese houses, beautiful landscapes, fortresses, monasteries, snow capped mountains and series of exciting scenic spots. Our photo guide, who has the knowledge of the local area and understand the special needs of photographers, will accompany you to insure maximum flexibility for both planned and spontaneous photo opportunities. Some rooms in the Dzongs and monasteries have restrictions on Photography. Our guide will give you instructions of such places which are prohibited from taking photographs.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Paro
Day 2 : Paro
Day 3 : Paro-Thimphu
Day 4 : Thimphu
Day 5 : Thimphu-Punakha
Day 6 : Punakha-Trongsa
Day 7 : Trongsa-Bumthang
Day 8 : Bumthang
Day 9 : Bumthang
Day 10 : Bumthang-Punakha
Day 11 : Punakha-Paro
Day 12 : Paro
Bhutan Textile Tour

Bhutan Textile Tour
(12 Days / 11 Nights)

On Request
Bhutan Textile Tour / BUT-05 (12 Days / 11 Nights)
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Bhutan is well known for its exquisite textiles. Intricate woven patterns and designs with vibrant color and textures exhibits the unique and magnificent textile art of Bhutan that has been passed down for countless generations. Although the skills and arts of weaving are widespread, it is mostly seen in the central and eastern part of Bhutan. Weavers, almost all of whom are women, are very innovative in their designs and produce a wide range of sophisticated and beautiful textiles without the loss of the traditional character of the textile artistry. The hand woven textiles of Bhutan are being increasingly appreciated by the textile specialist, collector and user and are prized for their unmatched quality, unique designs, vibrant color and authenticity.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Paro
Day 2 : Paro
Day 3 : Paro-Thimphu
Day 4 : Thimphu
Day 5 : Thimphu-Punakha
Day 6 : Punakha-Trongsa
Day 7 : Trongsa-Bumthang
Day 8 : Bumthang
Day 9 : Bumthang
Day 10 : Bumthang-Punakha
Day 11 : Punakha-Paro
Day 12 : Paro
 Autumn Jambay Lakhang Drup

Autumn Jambay Lakhang Drup
(14 Days / 13 Nights)

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Autumn Jambay Lakhang Drup / BUT-06 (14 Days / 13 Nights)
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Autumn Jambay Lakhang Drup

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Thimphu
Day 2 : Thimphu
Day 3 : Thimphu-Punakha
Day 4 : Punakha-Bumthang
Day 5 : Bumthang
Day 6 : Bumthang
Day 7 : Bumthang-Nganglakhang
Day 8 : Nganglakhang-Ugyencholing
Day 9 : Ugyencholing-Bumthang
Day 10 : Bumthang-Phobjikha
Day 11 : Phobjikha-Paro
Day 12 : Paro
Day 13 : Paro
Day 14 : Paro
Himalayan Escapism

Himalayan Escapism
(8 Days / 7 Nights)

On Request
Himalayan Escapism / BUT-07 (8 Days / 7 Nights)
Thimphu-Phobjikha-Punakha-Paro-Thimphu

Himalayan Escapism

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Thimphu
Day 2 : Thimphu
Day 3 : Thimphu-Phobjikha
Day 4 : Phobjikha-Punakha
Day 5 : Punakha-Paro
Day 6 : Paro
Day 7 : Paro
Day 8 : Thimphu
Bird Watching Tours in Bhutan

Bird Watching Tours in Bhutan
(14 Days / 13 Nights)

On Request
Bird Watching Tours in Bhutan / BUT-08 (14 Days / 13 Nights)
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Despite its small size about 770 species of birds have been recorded in Bhutan and the kingdom is recognized as 221 global endemic birds areas. Within country's borders there are extraordinary range of habitats, from some of the Himalaya's most extensive and least disturbed tropical forests to cool broad leaved andbirds in bhutan towering evergreen forests of fir, hemlock and spruce. The entire country is bisected by well maintained paved road and birding especially in mid to late spring (late March to late May) is good virtually anywhere below 3,100 m. Unlike many part of Asia, one is not obliged to seek out a park or reserve or remnant patch of 'good looking' habitat, since at any stop even in the midst of farmland, exciting birds are visible. The mixed broadleaf forests are much richer, and therefore more exciting for birding, than the rather slow growing monotypic stands of blue pine and particularly chir pine.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Paro
Day 2 : Paro
Day 3 : Paro-Thimphu
Day 4 : Thimphu-Punakha
Day 5 : Punakha-Wangduephodrang
Day 6 : Wangduephodrang-Trongsa
Day 7 : Trongsa-Bumthang
Day 8 : Bumthang-Ura
Day 9 : Ura-Limithang
Day 10 : Limithang-Mongar
Day 11 : Mongar
Day 12 : Mongar-Bumthang
Day 13 : Bumthang-Thimphu
Day 14 : Thimphu-Paro
Bhutan Culture & Nature Tour

Bhutan Culture & Nature Tour
(13 Days / 12 Nights)

On Request
Bhutan Culture & Nature Tour / BUT-09 (13 Days / 12 Nights)
Paro-Thimphu-Punakha-Wangduephodrang-Trongsa-Bumthang-Wangduephodrang-Paro

A close encounter with mysticism, culture, history and the Nature

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Paro
Day 2 : Paro
Day 3 : Paro-Thimphu
Day 4 : Thimphu-Punakha
Day 5 : Punakha-Wangduephodrang
Day 6 : Wangduephodrang-Trongsa
Day 7 : Trongsa-Bumthang
Day 8 : Bumthang
Day 9 : Bumthang
Day 10 : Bumthang-Wangduephodrang
Day 11 : Wangduephodrang-Paro
Day 12 : Paro
Day 13 : Paro
Week Tour in Bhutan

Week Tour in Bhutan
(7 Days / 6 Nights)

On Request
Week Tour in Bhutan / BUT-10 (7 Days / 6 Nights)
Paro-Punakha-Wangduephodrang-Thimphu-Phuentsholing

Week Tour in Bhutan

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Paro
Day 2 : Paro
Day 3 : Paro-Punakha
Day 4 : Punakha-Wangduephodrang
Day 5 : Wangduephodrang-Thimphu
Day 6 : Thimphu-Phuentsholing
Day 7 : Phuentsholing
Round Trip to Bhutan

Round Trip to Bhutan
(15 Days / 14 Nights)

On Request
Round Trip to Bhutan / BUT-11 (15 Days / 14 Nights)
Paro-Thimphu-Punakha-Wangduephodrang-Gangtey-Trongsa-Bumthang-Mongar-Trashigang-Bumthang-Punakha-Paro

A grand Bhutan tour that offers invaluable insight into the rich culture and traditions of Bhutan, accompanied by breathtaking panoramic views of snow covered Himalayan peaks

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Paro
Day 2 : Paro
Day 3 : Paro-Thimphu
Day 4 : Thimphu-Punakha
Day 5 : Punakha-Wangduephodrang-Gangtey
Day 6 : Gangtey-Trongsa
Day 7 : Trongsa-Bumthang
Day 8 : Bumthang
Day 9 : Bumthang-Mongar
Day 10 : Mongar-Trashigang
Day 11 : Trashigang
Day 12 : Trashigang-Bumthang
Day 13 : Bumthang-Punakha
Day 14 : Punakha-Paro
Day 15 : Paro
Bhutan Monastery Tour

Bhutan Monastery Tour
(9 Days / 8 Nights)

On Request
Bhutan Monastery Tour / BUT-12 (9 Days / 8 Nights)
Paro-Thimphu-Trongsa-Bumthang-Punakha-Paro

Tour of Buddhist monasteries & temples of Paro, Thimphu, Trongsa, Punakha & Bumthang.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Paro
Day 2 : Paro-Thimphu
Day 3 : Thimphu-Trongsa
Day 4 : Trongsa-Bumthang
Day 5 : Bumthang
Day 6 : Bumthang-Punakha
Day 7 : Punakha-Paro
Day 8 : Paro
Day 9 : Paro
Travel in Bhutan

Travel in Bhutan
(11 Days / 10 Nights)

On Request
Travel in Bhutan / BUT-13 (11 Days / 10 Nights)
Paro-Thimphu-Punakha-Wangduephodrang-Gangtey-Trongsa-Bumthang-Thimphu-Paro

An adventure travel in Bhutanese heartland - Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangduephodrang, Gangtey, Trongsa & Bumthang.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Paro
Day 2 : Paro
Day 3 : Paro-Thimphu
Day 4 : Thimphu-Punakha
Day 5 : Punakha-Wangduephodrang-Gangtey
Day 6 : Gangtey-Trongsa
Day 7 : Trongsa-Bumthang
Day 8 : Bumthang
Day 9 : Bumthang-Thimphu
Day 10 : Thimphu-Paro
Day 11 : Paro
Elegant Bhutan

Elegant Bhutan
(5 Days / 4 Nights)

On Request
Elegant Bhutan / BUT-14 (5 Days / 4 Nights)
Paro-Thimphu-Paro

Elegant Bhutan

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Paro
Day 2 : Paro-Thimphu
Day 3 : Thimphu
Day 4 : Thimphu-Paro
Day 5 : Paro

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