This is the final in our series of Things to see & do in Thimphu – Part 3.
Putting these 3 blogs together really emphasised how much Bhutan’s quirky capital, Thimphu, has to offer visitors. Too often, we believe, Thimphu is ignored in favour of more remote Bhutanese valleys. Sure, the real essence of Bhutan lies in its rural valleys and villages but Thimphu is an important component of a Bhutan visit (especially for first time visitors) and one we feel warrants, where possible, at least a 2 night stay.
Check out the latest video below, from James of Bhutan & Beyond, focusing on the outdoor activities in the city and valley. There’s no shortage of options for those who like to keep fit and/or take the path less travelled to explore more remote monasteries and witness sumptuous views.
Best Time to Visit Thimphu?
Any time really.
Bhutan is one of those rare destinations where a visit is delightful any time of year. The winters are mild, when compared to northern Europe, USA/Canada and northern Asia. The summers are warm, but rarely ‘too hot’ as Thimphu sits at 3200 m altitude.
For hiking consider winter, spring and late autumn as best, with drier conditions under foot. Check out our climate chart for more info.
We have witnessed a major change in Thimphu since our first visit in 2003. Back then coffee was a rarity. Now coffee shops are common and every tourist hotel seems to have an Illy coffee maker!
A great Bhutan myth is that travellers must spend their entire journey in the company of their guide & driver. NO, it’s just not true. And in Thimphu we encourage our travellers to chill out over a coffee, or other beverage, on their own and indulge in some ‘people-watching’.
Sure, there are times when your guide must accompany you; such as to gain entry to monasteries, dzongs, lhakhangs and all Government institutions. But there are also many times when you are free to wander about and explore on your own. Such as markets, small villages & towns, shopping or just enjoying a very special vista.
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Article by James Irving – Bhutan Travel Expert
James has worked in the travel industry for over 40 years & has been involved in the leisure, corporate, group, sport, incentive & wholesale travel genres.
James loves rugby union, and keenly supports the Queensland Reds and the Australian Wallabies.
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