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Thimphu

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Nearest Airport: Paro International Airport Check Flights

"Third Highest Capital of the World"

Thimphu Tourism

Known to be the third-highest capital city of the world, Thimphu has a population of over 80,000. Replaced by Bhutan's ancient capital - Punakha, Thimphu was declared the capital city of the Himalayan Kingdom in the year 1961. Thimphu is the heart of Bhutan nestled in its central-western part, the climate in Thimphu Valley is relatively mild and pleasant with picturesque surroundings. An hour drive from Paro International Airport, the city of Thimphu is a blend of both tradition and modernity. It is also known as the only capital that doesn't have any traffic lights installed.

Originally pronounced as 'Thimbu', the city is known as the most modernised place in Bhutan with internet cafes, restaurants and pubs. The Nightlife in Thimphu is also one of its highlights. However, Thimphu still holds on to the Bhutanese Traditions as it houses various architectural structures like the Buddha Dordenma, which marks your entry to Thimphu. The Motithang district of Thimphu also preserves the national animal of Bhutan - The Takin. With institutions like Textile Museum, Library, Art schools and the weekend market; the city isn't just a heritage centre but a cultural site as well.

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Language of Thimphu

Dzongkha is the national language in Bhutan and hence you would find most of the people conversing in this language. The educated people of this city can also speak English as this is the language which is used for the purpose of education in Bhutan. You would also be surprised to find some people to be able to speak in Hindi, although not as fluently.

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History of Thimphu

Thimphu wasn't the capital or the largest city since the beginning. Initially, it used to be a small hamlet which consisted of very few houses. Gradually, this city grew alongside the river as well as on the mountain cliffs. Over the years this city has seen rapid development and you would find it to have the most modernised facilities as compared to any other city present in Bhutan.

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Nightlife in Thimphu

The Bhutanese culture may not have been too much affected by modernisation, however, you would still find a good enjoying nightlife over here. The city is known to be a bit small however the clubs over here have witnessed stars such as Cameron Diaz etc. gracing their parties. You can easily find numerous clubs as well as pubs over here some of the prime one being Vivacity, Mojo Park and Club Ace.

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Shopping in Thimphu

In Bhutan, you would be able to mainly find three categories of products - books, hardware and handicrafts. All the stores out there are known to have similar items and hence in case you cannot find anything at a particular store there is a very little chance that you would find it at any place else.

Weekend market in Thimphu is open on all Saturdays and Sundays selling everything from postal stamps to accessories. Read more about Shopping in Bhutan.

Currency in Thimphu

The primary currency utilised in Bhutan is Bhutanese Ngultrum. This currency is utilised all over Bhutan including the areas such as Thimpu and Paro. To know more read about the Currency of Bhutan.

Exchanging Money in Thimphu

You can get your currency converted into the local Bhutanese currency easily at the Airport. Also, it is advised to carry cash all the time as there are times when ATMs won't work or you wouldn't be able to find one in some parts. Indian currency is widely accepted in Bhutan. 

Exchange Rate
The exchange rate for the Bhutan currency works similarly to that of India's. The currency value is floating, rather than being fixed. It depends on various factors such as demand and supply of the Bhutan currency, demand and supply of foreign currency, interest rates applicable etc.

Currently, BTN 69 is approximately equal to USD 1. In the 1990s, USD 1 approximately equated BTN 26.
Approximately BTN 80 exchanges for 1 Euro.

Daily Budget for Thimphu

On average you would be spending BTN 350 per day, which includes meals as well as basic travelling. However, in case you are shopping and travelling to nearby places, this cost would rise up to BTN 700 - 800 per day. These charges do not include any alcohol or any other luxury expenditures.

Religion of Thimphu

You would find most of the people in Bhutan following Buddhism as their religion. However, over time there has been a considerable increase in the levels of people who follow Hinduism.

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Thimphu Customs

Being one of the traditional nations located in and across the world, Bhutan has been known to follow a very refined etiquette. People over here are normally dressed in the traditional Bhutanese dress where men wear a knee-length robe which is called as Gho, while the women are known to wear what is known as Kira. Also here certain etiquettes are observed while speaking, eating in public, while sending as well as receiving gifts and hence at many such occasions. 

Restaurants and Local Food in Thimphu

Rice is the main component of the numerous meals cooked in Bhutan. Here you would find rice being served along with two or one type of side meals, including meat as well as vegetables. Some of the common vegetable eaten or consumed in Paro are tomato, spinach, pumpkin etc. There are a number of Bhutanese dish such as Ema Datshi, Phaksha Paa and everyone's favourite Dimsum or Momos which you should definitely try.

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Q. How to reached Thimpu from Guwahati?

Mikul Kalita 1 month ago
Take a bus to Coochbehar. It will take 6-7 hours. After that take another bus to Jaigaon from Coochbehar. It will take 2-3 hours. From Jaigaon cross the border gate and reach Phuentsholing and do necessary documentation at Immigration office. After that take taxi or coaster bus to Thimphu which will take another 6-7 hours.

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