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Champaca Café

Champaca Café (Main Street, Paro) — thinking of a cup of amazing coffee or scrumptious food? The Champaca Café has it all. The place was designed quite tastefully with high wooden stools taking in the place of usual tables and chairs. The food of this cafe is appetizing; and you can find anything you want … Continue reading Champaca Café

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Bukhari at Uma by Como

Bukhari at Uma by Como (Uma by Como Resort, Paro Valley, Paro) – this resort, which opened in 2004 as Bhutan’s first retreat resort, hosts this restaurant within its premises. Bukhari has been praised as one of the best restaurants not just in Paro, but anywhere in Bhutan. Menus are health-conscious and change periodically. Diners … Continue reading Bukhari at Uma by Como

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Bután Kitchen

Bhutan Kitchen (Gatoen Lam, Thimphu) – this is another place to enjoy traditional dining in Bhutan. Here you will find the traditional low seating option. The ingredients used in this kitchen are organic and local, which enhances the aroma and taste. If you are here, don’t forget their lentil soup and stir-fried veggies with red … Continue reading Bután Kitchen

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Baan Thai

Baan Thai (Karma Khangzang Building, Norzin Lam, Thimphu) – as the restaurant’s name implies, Thai dishes are served here, a welcome alternative to local Bhutanese fare. Dishes served here include: vegetable spring rolls, som tam (green papaya salad), tom kha gai (a coconut-based chicken soup), as sweet & sour pork with jasmine rice, and green … Continue reading Baan Thai

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Bus

Bus – in Thimphu (the country’s capital) the local bus line “City Bus Service” provides public transportation for its residents. Because the capital’s streets are NOT numbered, each bus stop is named by whatever is at that stop. Examples of typical bus stops in Thimphu are: “Deki School”, TATA Motors”, “WET Canteen”, “Helipad”, “City Bus … Continue reading Bus

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Taxis

Taxis – local taxis in Thimphu usually have meters, but hardly ever use them. Because local taxi drivers are notorious for overcharging foreigners, it’s best to negotiate the fare before boarding a taxi. Nu. 100 is a fair price for a local ride (since Thimphu is a smaller place than other capital cities). If you’re … Continue reading Taxis

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Tashichho Dzong

Tashichho Dzong (Chhagchhen Lam, Thimphu) – a.k.a. ‘the fortress of the glorious religion’, this is a majestic fortress in all its grandeur and serves as the seat of Bhutan’s government. The Dzong houses the secretariat, the throne room, the offices of His Majesty the King and the ministries of home affairs and finance. The fortress … Continue reading Tashichho Dzong

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Tango Monastery

Tango Monastery (14 km. north of Thimphu, near Cheri Mountain) – this monastery was built in the 13th century. From the base point at Dodena, it’s an enjoyable one hour walk uphill to Tango. Tourists can visit the monastery and attend a special prayer ceremony at the monastery. Tango is presently the residence of the … Continue reading Tango Monastery

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Taktsang Monastery (Paro)

Taktsang Monastery (Paro) – a.k.a. “the Tiger’s Nest” and located on the edge of a cliff, some 900 meters above the rice fields of Paro, this 325-year-old monastery is considered one of the kingdom’s most sacred religious sites. Founded in the 8th century, the Buddhist temple clings to a cliff 900 meters above the valley … Continue reading Taktsang Monastery (Paro)

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Semtokha Dzong

Semtokha Dzong (Semtokha) – located 12 minutes (6 km) southeast of the capital, It is the first dzong built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1629. There are over 300 finely worked slate carvings behind the prayer wheels in the courtyard of the dzong. There is a believe that it provided protection against a demon which … Continue reading Semtokha Dzong