The tiny capital of Bhutan, Timphu, is located in the heart of the Himalayas. The beautiful little city lies in a valleywith mesmerizing modern architecture restricted to a standard height and the traditional Bhutanese style. The people who live here are mainly civil servants, but they create a lively, welcoming environment for all visitors. The best time to mingle with the locals is during the weekend market on Saturdays and Sundays. All the valley dwellers get together on the banks of the river where the market comes to life.
You can read up on Bhutan’s entire history at the National Library, where it lies in archaic texts along with printing blocks for prayer flags and modern academic books. Memorial Chorten is a popular stupa in Bhutan built in memory of the third king of Bhutan, popularly known as the father of modern Bhutan.
For some artistic wonders, you can visit Simtokha Dzong, 8 kms from Timphu, where there are more than 300 perfectly carved slates. Make sure you don’t leave Timphu without walking the streets and examining the arts and craft. Try visiting the governmentrun handicraft shops for traditional souvenirs like woventextiles and other craft from Bhutan.