Zangto Pelri Lhakhang
This private chapel, built in the 1990s by Dasho Aku Tongmi, the musician who composed Bhutan's national anthem, is southwest of the...
Bhutan Postal Museum Post Office
Hard-core philatelists might be interested in this new museum, attached to the post office. Five galleries trace the development of the...
Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory
This small factory produces traditional Bhutanese paper handmade from the bark of the daphne bush. You can see the whole process, from...
Cosy and thumping electro beats courtesy of local DJs and live music, downstairs from Lungta Handicraft.
If you really fancy going local, this family restaurant in a local house is known for the city's best spicy pork or beef ribs (tsidro). ...
Weekend Market information
Thimphu's 'Weekend Market' occupies the west bank of the Wang Chhu, just north of Changlimithang Stadium. Vendors from throughout the region start arriving on Thursday and remain until Sunday night. Most people combine a visit here with some souvenir shopping in the nearby Handicrafts Market . The incense area is one of the more interesting sections, full of deliciously aromatic raw ingredients and pink cubes of camphor and saffron that are used to flavour the holy water given to pilgrims in lhakhangs.
Wander around the stalls and you'll find a pungent collection of dried fish, strips of fatty pork and discs of datse (soft cheese), as well as bottles of wild honey from southern Bhutan. During the winter you can even pick up a leg of yak (with the hoof still attached). Depending on the season, look out for banana pods, jackfruit and the curly fern fronds known as nakey . The cereals section has red rice and kapche , the ground roasted barley beloved by highland Bhutanese and Tibetans (known as tsampa across the Himalaya).