Thimphu (/tɪmˈpuː/;Tibetan alphabet: ཐིམ་ཕུ[tʰimpʰu]), formerly spelled Thimbu, is the capital and largest city of Bhutan. It is situated in the western central part of Bhutan and the surrounding valley is one of Bhutan's dzongkhags, the Thimphu District. The city became the capital of Bhutan in 1961. As of 2011, it had a population of 91,000.
The city is spread out laterally in a north-south direction on the west bank of the valley formed by the Raidāk River, which is known as the Wang Chuu or Thimphu Chuu in Bhutan. Thimphu is spread over an altitudinal range between 2,248 metres (7,375ft) and 2,648 metres (8,688ft). Unusually for a capital city, Thimphu is not served by an airport, but relies on the Paro Airport connected by road some 54 kilometres (34mi) away.
Thimphu, as the political and economic center of Bhutan, has a dominant agricultural and livestock base, which contributes to 45% of the country's GNP. Tourism, though a contributor to the economy, is strictly regulated, maintaining a balance between the traditional, development and modernization. Thimphu contains most of the important political buildings in Bhutan, including the National Assembly of the newly formed parliamentary democracy and Dechencholing Palace, the official residence of the King, located to the north of the city. As a metropolis and capital city, Thimphu is coordinated by the "Thimphu Structure Plan", an Urban Development Plan which evolved in 1998 with the objective of protecting the fragile ecology of the valley. This development is ongoing with financial assistance from the World Bank and Asian Development Bank.
Snatching 13 points in the ongoing 2021 BoB BhutanPremier League (BPL), HQUFC are three points behind the defending champion ThimphuCity FC and Paro FC. TransportUnited FC is two points ahead of them on the table ... Thimphu City FC and Paro FC are leading with 16 points each. Transport United FC has 15 points.
The farmers have used bus service to transport the produce to Thimphu, and hired bolero pickup trucks up to Trongsa to sell them. After he could not sell at the vegetable market in Thimphu, Rinchen Dorji from Goshing sought help from his relatives to sell chillies to schools in the capital. “I could sell 300kg in Thimphu.
Unable to bring their goods stuck in Jaigaon into Phuentsholing, importers in Phuentsholing and Thimphu are frustrated ... He said he paid more than Nu 55,000 to transport the goods from Jaigaon to Samtse, from Samtse to Amochhu bridge and then to Thimphu, including loading, transshipment and demurrage charges. Prices increasing in Thimphu.
Thimphu’s NC member, Tshewang Rinzin, said proper plans ... Lyonpo Dorji Tshering also informed Parliament members that the Road Safety and TransportAuthority had conducted road fitness test of Thimphu-Phuentsholing highway and would conduct the same for Thimphu-Trashigang highway.
The past six decades of urban development have seen the country confronted by many urban challenges including that of environmental conservation and cultural preservation, but urban transport and mobility issues remain one of the greatest threats that urban areas like Thimphu is beginning to face.
To improve reliability and efficiency of urban transport, the City Bus Service under Thimphu Thromde has ordered 27 buses, which are expected to reach Thimphu by October end ... “One terminal is approved for South Thimphu, in the Babesa zero vicinity.” ... He said Thimphu thromde’s ...
…through the COVAX Facility. The highly anticipated Covid-19 vaccine through the COVAX Facility arrived in the country yesterday ... Upon its arrival at the Paro international airport around 4.30pm yesterday, the vaccines were directly transported to the central storage facility in Thimphu, where it will be stored at a temperature of –70 degree Celsius.
3,586 taxis in Thimphu alone ...As of March 31, there are 5,519 taxis registered with the Road Safety and TransportAuthority (RSTA). Out of that 3,586 taxis are in Thimphu ... A taxi driver waiting for passengers at Changlam pointed out that with increasing number of taxis, there is regular traffic congestion and lack of a parking space in Thimphu.
NEW DELHI — The 76-year old American tourist arrived at the hospital in Thimphu, the sleepy capital of Bhutan, on a cool day in early March ...Bert Hewitt was transported via ambulance from a hospital in the Bhutanese capital of Thimphu for the 8,000-mile journey home on a Gulfstream jet outfitted with a biocontainment unit.
Yangyel Lhaden & Yeshey Lhadon. Even as numerous measures have been put in place to encourage physical distancing, particularly in public places, non-observance remains the biggest challenge. In Thimphu, places like the hospital, town area, cremation ground, and public transport stations are usually crowded ... Sangay Dema, a ticket seller said.
Sonam Jigme said that although there is market for domestic product, sales have reduced by half because the products are supplied through internal routes, which has increased the transportation cost and price. The cement, when transported through internal route, has to pass through Panbang, Trongsa, Thimphu and then to Phuentsholing... .
Tshering Namgyal . Mongar... Many shopkeepers blame price rise on increased transportation cost. They now have to pay up to Nu 50,000 on transportation cost via Thimphu ... “However, we have been informed by some traders that transporting commodities via Thimphu is expensive and, hence, the price rise,” said officiating regional director, Karma T Rinzin. .