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.
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. .
Tshering Namgyal . Yadi ... Located 36km away from Mongar towards Trashigang, public transport buses from Trashigang and Trashiyangtse to Thimphu, Samdrupjongkhar-Mongar and Mongar-Trashigang stop for meals ... For two years, residents hired private vehicles to transport the town’s garbage to a landfill located five kilometres away since 2017.
Going by the ground reality, if ever there should be a pledge, it should be starting efficient and cheap public transport, not encouraging more cars on the limited road infrastructure ... It will fail if the purpose of transport- movement of people and goods are not served ... Half of that is in Thimphu alone.
Two trainer teams have been formed to conduct training of trainers on all aspects of surveillance and response including case management, infection control and use of physical protection equipment, sample collection and transport.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) donated medical equipment and vehicles worth Nu 39.446M to the health ministry in Thimphu yesterday ... The four ILDSDD which run on solar power will be issued to BHUs in Gasa, Zhemgang, and Thimphu. The refrigerated vans will be used to transport ...
And the transport sector contributed Nu 6.7B ... Housing sector registered a NPL worth Nu 2.4B and transport sector Nu 1.3B ... “Those defaulting on housing loans are not from Thimphu but elsewhere ... Furthermore, transportation loan increased by 28percent between 2015 and 2018, accordingly NPL increased drastically by 46 percent.
In 2012, the Department of Forest and Park Services (DoFPS) recorded the first case of illegal sand transportation ... Forest officials in Thimphu also apprehended a trucker transporting the construction material without any documents two days ago ... Currently, there are more than 2,500 new constructions ongoing in Thimphu.