The capital of Bhutan is the largest town in Bhutan with a population of approximately 100’000people. Thimphu became the capital in 1961. It is about 1.5 hours from the airport in Paro. As you enter the valley you drive on Bhutan’s first four-lane expressway which takes you right into the heart of town, over two dramatic flyover bridges. The district of Thimphu, however stretches beyond the town and goes past Dochu-la, the first mountain pass in the western part of Bhutan. The 108 Druk Wangyal Chortens on the top of the pass where the ridges are draped in colourful prayer flags provide a scenic view. On a clear day, you can see a panorama of the Himalayan mountain range.