Thimphu (2350m) was built as permanent capital in 1953 during the reign of the Third King Druk Gyelpo Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. There was only a massive Tashichoedzong along the Wang-chu River with small huts of peasants around. In contradiction to those days, Thimphu has changed dramatically with many modern buildings with traditional architecture in accordance to the royal decree. Now the capital city has populations of about 100,000 making one of the most expensive cities in South Asia. Unlike many cities in the world, Thimphu has a policeman directing traffic instead of traffic lights which I call the policeman, ‘organic traffic light!’
Mid fall season makes people of Bhutan come together to witness Thimphu Tsechu (festival) during the time of harvesting their red rice in the golden colored fields. Capital city has lot to show; National Library, Painting School, largest Statue of Buddha, Textile Museum, Folk Heritage Museum, Takin Preserve – National animal of Bhutan and temples. The city could also be a place for hikers.