Thimphu, Bhutan Barbara Kingstone January 17, 2011 Asia, Bhutan On the road to Thimphu The mountains on the way to Thimphu The tiny country of Bhutan and its capital city of Thimphu are quite unknown to many travellers. A landlocked country edging on India, Nepal and China, it isn’t easy to get to unless you take a flight from Mumbai to Paro, the only international airport, and drive onwards. While the drive to Thimphu is difficult and a few long hours, it’s an opportunity to see the landscape, typical houses and lifestyle and gain insight into the polite, regimented lovely country. But I love Thimphu for its idiosyncratic nature. It’s the only capital in the world without a single traffic light. That fact alone made me love this aerie in the Himalayas. But even more appealing are the colourful, hand-painted, floral motifs on the facades of most buildings, in hotel rooms, police stands, mail boxes and even on gas stations. These exquisite works of art, with their intricate patterns, will certainly have you snapping photos.