Thimphu is the state capital and the largest city of Bhutan. It is situated at an elevation of 8,500 feet, on the bank of Wangchu river and in the western central part of Bhutan. The city became the capital of Bhutan in 1961. The city is spread out laterally in a north-south direction on the west bank of the valley formed by the river which is known as Wang River or Wangchu. Thimphu is spread over an altitudinal range between 2,248 metres (7,375 ft) and 2,648 metres (8,688 ft). Unusually for a capital city, Thimphu is not served by an airport, but relies on the Paro Airport connected by road some 54 kilometres (34 mi) away.
Places of Attraction in Thimphu:
Textile Museum – Witnesses the art of traditional weaving.
TashichhoDzong – The largest Dzong, which is also the seat of the office of the King of Bhutan.
Papermaking factory – Witness the art of papermaking.
Semtokha Dzong – The oldest fortress in the Kingdom build ona lofty ridge
National Memorial Chorten – Built in honor of the late 3rd King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk
Takin enclosure National animal of Bhutan, the Takin
Centenary Farmers’ Market – Every Saturday and Sunday most of the Thimphu population congregate on the banks of the river where the weekend market is held.
Heritage Museum – Dedicated to connecting people to the Bhutanese rural past though exhibition of artefacts used in rural households.