Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital, occupies a valley in the country’s western interior. In addition to being the government seat, the city is known for its Buddhist sites.
Little over half a century old, Bhutan’s young capital was barely more than a small village before its meteoric rise to prominence in 1961.
Chosen by the King to be the new face of a reformed Bhutan, and to replace the ancient capital of Punakha, Thimpu is still developing at a rapid pace.
Despite its relatively large size by Bhutanese standards, the city retains a friendly feel and relaxed small-town vibe.
Little shops and colourful marketplaces fill the city, squeezed between growing signs of modernity and constant reminders of Bhutan’s steadfastly traditional way of life.