Thimphu Dzongkhag

The District where lies Bhutan’s Enchanting Capital City

Nestled in the majestic Himalayas, Thimphu Dzongkhag (District) is not just a geographical region in Bhutan; it is the cultural and administrative heart of the Kingdom of Bhutan. This district, home to the capital city of Thimphu, is a microcosm of Bhutan’s unique blend of tradition, governance, and natural beauty.

Cultural Legacy

Thimphu District is crowned by the Tashichho Dzong, an architectural marvel and a symbol of Bhutan’s deep-rooted Buddhist heritage. This fortress-monastery serves as both a spiritual sanctuary and the seat of the Bhutanese government. The juxtaposition of spiritual reverence and administrative function is a testament to Bhutan’s distinctive approach to governance.

Tradition Meets Modernity

While preserving tradition is paramount, Thimphu District also embraces modernity with a Bhutanese twist. The city of Thimphu itself has witnessed gradual development, with the introduction of modern amenities such as shopping centers, cafes, and paved roads. However, Bhutan’s commitment to maintaining its unique cultural identity ensures that even modernization adheres to the nation’s ethos of Gross National Happiness.

Cultural Epicenter

Thimphu District is a thriving hub of Bhutanese culture. Its markets burst with vibrant handicrafts, including intricately woven textiles, woodcarvings, and exquisite paintings. Traditional Bhutanese festivals, archery competitions, and lively dances are celebrated here, offering visitors a glimpse into the nation’s rich cultural tapestry.

Natural Paradise

Beyond its cultural significance, Thimphu District is surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty. Towering mountains, lush forests, and pristine rivers provide ample opportunities for trekking, hiking, and immersion in Bhutan’s unparalleled natural landscapes. The Jigme Dorji National Park, one of Bhutan’s protected areas, is a testament to the district’s commitment to environmental preservation.

More about Thimphu Dzongkhag (District)

Thimphu District is home to the Thimphu City, the Capital city of Bhutana and is divided into Thromde (Municipal), Dungkhags (Sub Districts) and Gewogs (Blocks) as follows:

  • Thimphu Thromde
  • Lingzhi Dungkhag
  • Chang Gewog
  • Dagala Gewog
  • Genekha Gewog
  • Kawang Gewog
  • Mewang Gewog

Lingzhi Dungkhag is further divided into Lingzhi Gewog, Naro Gewog and Soe Gewog. 

The Thimphu City (Thimphu Thromde) falls within the areas of Chang Gewog and is the most developed in the whole of Bhutan.

With a total area of 1,748.590 square kilometers, Thimphu is the capital city of Bhutan. The city lies in the western part of the country. It is located at an altitude of 2,330 meters above the sea level. The Dzongkhag has 42.9% of its area under forest cover. The Dzongkhag office is located at Canglimithang.

Almost all of the Lingzhi Dungkhag with its 3 gewogs of Lingzhi, Naro and Soe falls under Jigme Dorji Wangchuk National Park most of it still does not have road connectivity. 

The popular treks such as Jumolhari Trek, Snowman Trek, Laya Gasa Trek, Soe Yaksha Trek Passes through these areas.

Things to do in Thimphu

Things to Do in Thimphu

Thimphu, the capital of the enchanting Kingdom of Bhutan, offers a blend of traditional charm and modern vibrancy. Nestled in the scenic folds of the Himalayas, this city can keep you busy with experiences of diverse range from cultural exploration to outdoor adventures.


Places to Visit in Thimphu

Thimphu offers a unique travel experience with its serene monasteries, vibrant markets, and breathtaking vistas. The blend of ancient traditions & modern development creates a captivating destination. Exploring Thimphu leaves a lasting impression on every visitor. 


Hotels and Restaurants in Thimphu

Being the Capital City of Bhutan, Thimphu has one of the largest options in regards to Hotels and Restaurants. From a decent budget stay to a luxury experience, the place has the highest number of  hotels as compared to other places in Bhutan…


Festivals in Thimphu

Thimphu hosts one of the most popular festival in the country, the Thimphu Tshechu. Apart from this the Druk Wangyel festival, the  Rhododendron Festival, the Dechenphug Festival also adds to the list. Please refer to the Tetentative Festivals Date page for dates and venue.


Places to Hang Out in Thimphu

Thimphu is not only a destination for cultural exploration but also offers a variety of places to relax and unwind. From cozy cafes to scenic spots, Thimphu has a lot to offer when it comes to delightful places to hang out with your friends or simply have a beautiful solo evening.


Hikes in Thimphu and Around

Thimphu, the Capital City of Bhutan, surrounded by the scenic landscapes of the Himalayas, offers several hiking trails.The hiking trails around Thimphu provide a perfect blend of natural splendor and cultural immersion. Every adventurer can find a hike that suits their preferences and fitness levels.

Other Things of Interest

  • Embassies and Consulates in Bhutan
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  • Liquor and Wines in Bhutan
  • Bhutan Travel Guide
  • Things to Know Before Visiting Bhutan
  • Tourist Information Centres in Bhutan
  • Transport and Car Rental in Bhutan
  • Places to Stay and Eat in Bhutan
  • Planning Your Visit to Bhutan
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