Top things to do in Thimphu to Punakha

Buddhist Temple in Thimphu to Punakha

Chimi Lhakhang

The famous Chimi Lhakhang is dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kunley, the 15th-century Tibetan magician, saint and exponent of 'crazy wisdom'. It is for him that every house and shop in the nearby village is decorated with …
Microbrewery in Thimphu to Punakha

Ser Bhum Brewery

Bhutan’s first craft brewery is hidden down a bumpy 4WD track near Hongtsho, just off the road to the Dochu La. Visitors can book a tour of the tiny brewery or enjoy Bhutan Glory amber ale or Dragon Stout in the tap…
Multicuisine in Thimphu to Punakha

Chimi Lhakhang Cafe

This well-run timber restaurant near the Chimi Lhakhang in Sopsokha is a great place for lunch or tea, with tables lined up against the window overlooking Yoaka and Pangna villages.
Buddhist Monastery in Thimphu to Punakha

Sangchen Dorji Lhendrub Choling Nunnery

Above Wolakha on the way to Drolay Goemba is this thriving nunnery, which was financed by the fourth king's father-in-law to serve as a Buddhist college for 120 resident anims (nuns). The attached ridge-top Nepali-s…
Buddhist Temple in Thimphu to Punakha

Druk Wangyal Lhakhang

This temple crowning a hillock next to the Dochu La is well worth a visit to view its upper-floor cartoon-style modern murals. Images include the fourth king battling Indian rebels in the jungle, monks using a lapto…
Cafe in Thimphu to Punakha

Druk Wangyal Cafe

This BTCL-owned cafe on the Dochu La pass is a good place to warm up with a cup of tea or espresso around the bukhari (wood stove). With prior arrangement staff can arrange a breakfast buffet for a dawn visit to see…
Multicuisine in Thimphu to Punakha

Menchuna Restaurant

Just below the Royal Botanical Park on the road from Dochu La to Metshina is this popular lunch stop. Espresso coffee is available and there's a good collection of thangkas (painted or embroidered religious picture)…
Multicuisine in Thimphu to Punakha

Rinchenling Cafe

A bright and modern place to grab lunch while visiting the nearby Chmi Lhakhang, with a few Indian dishes
Park in Thimphu to Punakha

Royal Botanical Park

About 11km below the Dochu La pass at Lamperi is the entrance to this 47-sq-km park. It's worth visiting between April and mid-June to view 38 out of Bhutan's 46 species of rhododendron or spot some of the 220 speci…