Thimphu in detail

Thimphu's Traffic Police

Thimphu is said to be one of only two capital cities in the world without traffic lights (alongside Ngerulmud in Palau). A set was installed a few years back, but residents complained that it was too impersonal, and Thimphu's beloved white-gloved police returned to direct the traffic with the balletic grace of a backing dancer doing a 1980s robot dance. As well as being a classic Bhutanese anachronism, this may well be the city's most photographed spectacle. Moonwalk up to the roundabout known as 'traffic circle' on Norzin Lam and enjoy the show.