Valleys Thimphu

Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, is located 54km away from Paro Airport. It is the political and economic centre of Bhutan.

It is one of the two capital cities in the world that does not have traffic lights. 

A weekend market is held in Thimphu on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Do take this chance to buy chillies and fresh vegetables that can be prepared in your hotel.

What to see

Taschichho Dzong

Where the King has his office and his palace a short walk away from the historic fortress.

Cheri Goemba

Built in 1620, the first monk body was established here.

Motithang Takin Preserve

Take a short walk through the preserve to see Bhutan's national animal—the takin.

Centenary Farmers Market

A weekend market where you can find fresh, organic local produce from all over the country, and a huge variety of fragrant incense powder—some made from special ingredients which can be found only at high altitudes.

Buddha Dordenma

Commonly referred to as the "Big Buddha", it overlooks the Thimphu Valley at 51.5m tall. There are 125,000 smaller Buddha statues within the statue.

Paper Factory

Uses the daphne plant to make paper.

Post Office

The world’s most beautiful stamps.

Where to stay