Thimphu city is quite literally out of this world, just like its home nation Bhutan. The people are always happy, spirituality is deeply engrained in the culture, nature is respected and revered just as much. And of course, it is cradled by the grand Himalayas, the world’s largest mountain range. In this most delicate eco-system, Bhutan thrives. Especially in the capital, for Thimphu tourism is only increasing with every year.
If you choose to take a Thimphu tour, you could follow the recognised path and see all of its top sights and sounds. The Trashi Chhoe Dzong and all that it holds within, the National Library, Textile Museum, Folk Heritage Museum — the list of top Thimphu tourism places goes on. But what truly makes Thimphu tourism so popular, is that even after spending the afternoons submersing yourself in the spiritual and Buddhist culture, you can begin and end each day with a never-before had experience or a memory-etching Himalayan panorama. You’ll have plenty of top-class places to stay to choose from — Hotel Jumolhari, a well-located boutique hotel with world-class amenities to complement the view; Hotel Migmar is also rated highly as well as Taj Tashi which even looks like a Dzong!
On your Thimphu tour, some of the other must-visit places are the Buddha Viewpoint, Deer Park and the Dechen Phodrang, a 12th century Dzong that now houses a state monastic school. This way, you’ll get a well-rounded idea and impression of what Bhutan is all about. But there’s still much more to Thimphu tourism.
You could take a walking tour across downtown Thimphu, beginning at its very centre, the Clocktower Square. From there you can head north passing myriad shops, the Swiss Bakery for a quick nibble, further down make your way to the Zangto Pelri Lhakhang where you can spin the giant prayer wheel and send blessings out into the universe. If it’s the weekend, you can finally land up at the market and turn your on-foot tour into a shopping spree!
For a bit of the modern touch, you can always try visiting the Art Cafe, a known expat favourite that serves good coffee and pastries to go with it. There are also other coffee shops like Karma’s Coffee. But on top of your food list should be authentic ‘momos’, which you’ll find at Zombala, or some good Thai at Baan Thai. To end your daily Thimphu tour on an energetic buzz, check out some of the city’s renowned nightclubs. Yes, that’s right, Thimphu has nightclubs! Club Ace, Splash and Hive are most frequented and will surely leave you pleased.
A day in Thimphu can make you experience almost every aspect of life in just 24 hours. Spirituality, nature, culture, history, adventure, socialising, shopping — it’s everything and more, set in the epic Himalayan country of Bhutan. When you book a Thimphu travel package with SOTC all your travel needs are taken care of so that you enjoy your travel without worrying about the small details.
Thimphu Tourism Guide