The capital of one of the world’s most intriguing destinations, Bhutan, Thimphu combines a natural small-town feel with a new commercial exuberance that constantly challenges the country’s natural conservatism and Shangri La image. The juxtapositions of old and new remain part of Thimpu’s charm.
For the visitor, Thimphu offers the best opportunity to briefly break away from the tour itinerary. In addition to its traditional Buddhist sights and attractions, it offers several cafes, bars, nightclubs and restaurants to explore. Finding a balance between the esoteric and espresso – the old and the new – is the key to getting the most out of this charming city.
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Book yourself a luxurious stay at The Taj Tashi and soak in the splendour of this timeless city.
The striking dzong-like architecture of the five-star Taj Tashi signals the understated yet stylish luxury found inside. The bar and outdoor terrace are both elegant places for a quiet drink. Our favourite options are the four deluxe rooms with private balcony which come with a sun deck and day bed. Corner suites are also popular for the excellent views.
Guests can enjoy a top-end gym and an indoor pool, and couples will love the candlelit aromatherapy-oil massage at the Jiva Spa, followed by a rose-petal bath and a bottle of sparkling wine.
Wine & dine at Thongsel, the impressive terrace all-day dining restaurant which offers remarkable views of the mountains. Subtle woodwork, softly bubbling fountains, turning prayer wheel and the colourful thangkas (Bhutanese tapestries) add charm to the ambience while you dine on some of Bhutan’s favourite food.
A must-try on the menu is the Kewa fin, a simple yet flavoursome stew of organic potatoes & rice noodles. Sip on a hot cup of butter tea also known as Suja which is made from tea leaves, water, salt and yak butter. Also don’t leave without trying the delicious Ema Datshi tempura- a modern twist to Bhutan’s national dish which is a blend of local chillies & cheese.