When you first arrive at Paro International Airport, you will be met by one of our delightful tour guides just outside the arrival hall. At 7,333 feet above sea level, the first thing you will likely notice is the effect of the high altitudes, so we will give you time to acclimatize as we take a short drive to Thimphu and check into your hotel.
Thimphu is the capital of Bhutan and the perfect location to transition from your familiar lifestyle to our unique country that is like no other place on earth. Here you will begin to appreciate our local customs as you get your first glimpse of monks dressed in traditional red robes, men in striped ghos, and women in brightly colored kiras. Once you settle into your hotel, we will begin to unlock the mysteries of Bhutan by touring Thimphu’s most important sites. The National Memorial Chorten was built in 1974 to memorialize Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, the third King of Bhutan. A Chorten is a stupa, or hemispherical structure, that is used as a place of meditation. The whitewashed building with a golden finial on top is a popular location for prayer as it represents the strength and kindness of our beloved third King.
We’ll make a stop at the Bhutan Post Office Headquarters for a sketch. While there, you can also buy collectible sheets of beautifully designed stamps. There is a small museum, and the post office will take your picture and print it on a sheet of real, usable Bhutan stamps.
Thereafter we’ll head to Buddha Point located at Kuenselphodrang Nature Park. The 169 feet bronze statue of Buddha Dordenma makes it one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world. The Buddha Dordenma symbolizes indestructibility, and is said to emanate an aura of peace and happiness to the entire world. The view of the Thimphu valley from Buddha Point is spectacular, particularly at night.