Discover Thimphu

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Thimphu is the capital of Bhutan and the largest city in the country. Located in a valley along the banks of the Thimphu river, it is known for its traditional Buddhist culture, vibrant night markets, and stunning natural beauty.

Visitors to Thimphu can explore ancient monasteries such as Tashichho Dzong, which dates back to 1641 and has served as the seat of Bhutan's government since 1952. The Memorial Chorten, a large white stupa dedicated to honoring those who fought for Bhutan's independence from Britain in 1949 is also worth a visit.

The weekend market located at Changlimithang Stadium offers locals and visitors an opportunity to shop for souvenirs while learning about local culture and cuisine. An excursion up into the nearby hills provides breathtaking views of lush forests that are home to many species of birds and animals like red pandas. No visit would be complete without sampling some traditional Bhutanese dishes such as ema datshi (chili cheese), momos (dumplings) or jasha maroo (spicy chicken).

Best time to visit

Month Temp (Min/Max) Avg. Weather Touristy Mark
January -3°C / 6°C
February -1°C / 7°C
March 1°C / 9°C
April 5°C / 11°C
May 8°C / 14°C
June 11°C / 16°C
July 12°C / 17°C
August 12°C / 17°C
September 10°C / 16°C
October 6°C / 13°C
November 2°C / 10°C
December 0°C / 7°C