Thimphu might be the world’s smallest capital and the largest city in Bhutan. One of the most curious feature of Thimphu is that, it is the only capital city in the world that does not have traffic lights. The magnificent natural surroundings of the city, combined with the modernising centre make Thimphu a fascinating destination.
The city contains most of the important political buildings in Bhutan including the National Assembly and the official residence of the King. Although a new city, Thimphu contains a number of sites of historical significance and importance.
Culture of Bhutan is fully reflected in Thimphu in respect of literature, religion, customs, national dress code, monastic practices, music, dance, literature and in media. Thimphu Tsechu is an important festival when masked dances, popularly known as Chaam, are performed in courtyards of the Trashi Chhoe Dzong in Thimphu. It is a four-day festival held every year during Autumn (September/October), on dates corresponding to the Bhutanese calendar.
Must See Hot Spots in Thimphu City
The traditional architectural monuments in Thimphu, as in rest of Bhutan are of typical Bhutanese architecture of monasteries, dzongs (most striking fortress type structures), chortens, gateways, Lhakhangs, other sacred places and royal palaces, which are most distinctive architectural forms of Bhutan. Prayer Flags, Mani Wall and Prayer Wheels present a propitious setting throughout the urban agglomerate of Thimphu.