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Thimphu

Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, has a real frontier town feel to it and is rapidly developing, with buildings mushrooming up in all directions. Whilst not as charming or beautiful as some of the other towns and regions in Bhutan, there is nonetheless a fair amount to see and do. Some of the more interesting sites are the weekend market held on Friday afternoons, Saturday and Sunday mornings, Thimphu dzong, the Textile Museum and Folk Heritage Museum. The latter, with its traditional farmhouse, provides a good insight into how the majority of Bhutanese people live. Thimphu is also the only capital city in the world which functions without traffic lights; look out instead for the charismatic 'dancing' traffic policemen. Thimphu is at an altitude of 2,400 metres and is a 45 minute drive from Paro airport.

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