The capital of one of the world’s most intriguing destinations, Thimphu has all but shrugged off the friendly village tag. The city buzzes with a commercial exuberance that constantly challenges the country’s natural conservatism and Shangri La image. Vehicle traffic, unheard of a handful of years ago, now courses through the ever-growing road network nourishing a construction boom. However, the juxtapositions of old and new remain part of Thimpu’s charm. Crimson-robed monks, Indian labourers, government ministers clad in ghos and kiras (traditional dress) and camera-wielding tourists all share the pot-holed pavements.
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 cafes, bars, nightclubs and restaurants. Finding a balance between the esoteric and espresso – the old and the new – is the key to getting the most out of this captivating city.Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/bhutan/thimphu#ixzz3eGF0QJVF
Its strange to walk around a country where everyone is not in jeans and tee shirts. Thats the first thing that struck me about Bhutan and more so in Thimpu. EVERYONE wears the national costume. Its like going back in time. The architecture, the national costume, the unpolluted air, no litter, beautiful historical buildings everywhere. AND the friendliest people on earth. And might i add, some of the most beautiful women I have seen. What a handsome race of people :). The food was different from indian but delicious. They used red chillies in EVERYTHING! And, even by indian standards, the food is HOT. theres a lovely fresh cheese they use in a lot of their dishes. I must also mention that they have the most beautiful football stadium I have ever seen. And booze is ridiculously cheap 😉 A must try. Here are a few of my fun memories of my trip.