Thimphu Valley

Discover Bhutan’s colourful history and wealth of traditions while exploring the Kingdom’s only city – a capital like no other – with Amankora’s curated experiences. Visit Tashichho Dzong at dusk and hike to the Cheri Goemba, a picturesque temple and monastery where the Kingdom’s first monastic body was established. Experience astrology readings and insightful lectures and learn more about Bhutan's diverse cultural heritage with visits to the Textile Museum, Weaving Centre and Paper Factory. Time your trip with the four-day Tshechu Festival held each spring, when costumed and masked dancers perform in the courtyards of Thimphu’s Tashichho Dzong as they have done for centuries.

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Picnic on top of the world

Dochu La is one of Bhutan’s most iconic mountain passes, straddling the border between Thimphu and Punakha at 3,100 metres above sea level. Offering stupendous mountain views, this remote and lofty passage between the two valleys features 108 memorial chortens (mound-like stupas containing relics) and a striking temple, the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang.

After the breathtaking drive to the top of the pass, savour your choice of breakfast or lunch, set up for you on the hill overlooking the Druk Wangyal memorial chortens and the panorama of Himalayan peaks separating Bhutan from Tibet. On cloudy days, the mountain ranges are hardly visible, yet the scene is no less magical. Mountain mists veil the chortens and surrounding forests imbuing a mystical aura to monuments and nature alike.