Thimphu, perhaps the most unusual capital in the world, is the Bhutanese seat of government. Morning visit to Tashichho Dzong (pictured right), the main secretariat building which houses the throne room of the King of Bhutan. Proceed to the National Library, which houses an extensive collection of Buddhist literature, with some works dating back several hundred years. Visit (outside only) the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, where the medicinal herbs abundant in the kingdom are compounded and dispensed. After lunch, visit the National Memorial Chorten dedicated to Bhutan’s third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (“the father of modern Bhutan”). Completed in 1974 after the king's untimely death, it is both a memorial to the late king and a monument to peace. Spend some time visiting craft shops offering a wide range of handcrafted products, including the splendid thangkha paintings and exquisitely woven textiles for which Bhutan is famous.
The order of visits will vary.