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Thimphu

A cultural capital nestled in the Raidak River valley

As recently as 1960, there was hardly anything at Thimhpu at all - just a scattering of hamlets by the river. But the decision was taken by the king to shift Bhutan’s capital to Thimphu. This was an excellent choice of location, with a warm temperate climate, just enough rain, and additional water available from the Raidak River.

The advantage of being such a young city is that Thimphu has been planned carefully, with broad streets, reasonable infrastructure, and awareness of the need to minimise adverse environmental impacts. There’s a good balance between impressive public buildings such as the fortress-like Tashichho Dzong and Dechencholing Palace, and family homes, schools, shops, and other such essential amenities. It’s a legal requirement that all buildings in Thimphu are in a traditional Bhutanese architectural style, and they’re frequently decorated with captivating Buddhist paintings and motifs.
 
Thimphu’s most famous landmark is without doubt Tashichho Dzong ("Fortress of the Glorious Religion"). It pre-dates the foundation of the city by several centuries, and it serves both religious and political purposes. The three-tiered roof is covered in gold and glitters in the sunlight.
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Accommodation:
Six Senses

Six Senses’ arrival in Bhutan was long awaited, and the first of five lodges opened in 2018. Six Senses Thimphu has an intimate feel, where guests can have total privacy and still feel close to nature.

Accommodation:
Le Meridien Hotel

Bhutan’s largest 5-star hotel, Le Meridien, is located in the heart of the capital city of Thimphu. This is a chic and contemporary hotel built to suit city breakers with a taste for local culture, as well as those passing through Thimphu on their way to mountain adventures.

Accommodation:
Amankora Thimphu

The Amankora Thimpu resort is one of Amankora’s five luxury lodges deep in the Himalayan mountains. This lodge is set in the hills of the Motithang district of Thimpu, Bhutan’s capital city. It is a secluded retreat in stunning surroundings.