Destination

Bhutan

Duration

8 Days

Price

From $4,349 pp

Experience the grandeur of the Himalayas and soak in the utter tranquility of the Kingdom of Bhutan on this exclusive tour of the world’s most enchanting country. In sheer comfort and style, you will delve into the depths of Buddhist spirituality while encountering a vibrant culture that values happiness and peace above all else. Make your way up sheer cliffs to the astounding Tiger’s Nest Monastery, embellished in prayer flags gently beckoning you into the heart of silence. Linger by the towering Namgyel Chorten, soaking in the harmonious beauty of the surrounding ice-capped mountains and trek through vast rice fields on your way to the remote Chimi Lhakhang Temple. Explore fascinating cultural museums, mesmerizing local art schools and even the impressive Tashichhodzong, where spirituality and politics so naturally mingle. Passionate guides will accompany you on this fascinating journey as you discover that happiness is a place: Bhutan!

Days Activities Accommodations
Day 1
Paro
  • Airport Assistance, Visa & Transfer (Arrival)
  • Private Guide & Vehicle
  • Afternoon at Leisure
Uma Paro - Valley View room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 2
Paro - Thimphu
  • Paro City Tour
  • Private Transfer Paro to Thimpu
  • Private Guide & Vehicle
Taj Tashi - Luxury Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 3
Thimphu
  • Thimpu City Tour
  • Private Guide & Vehicle
Taj Tashi - Luxury Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 4
Punakha
  • Thimphu to Punakha
  • Punakha Dzong Tour
  • Private Guide & Vehicle
Uma Como Punakha - Valley View Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 5
Punakha
  • Namgyei Chorten and Village Hike
  • Private Guide & Vehicle
Uma Como Punakha - Valley View Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 6
Paro
  • Punakha To Paro via Druk Wangyal Monastery
  • Private Guide & Vehicle
Uma Paro - Valley View room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 7
Paro
  • Hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery
  • Private Guide & Vehicle
Uma Paro - Valley View room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 8
Paro
  • Airport Transfer (Depart)

Day 1
Paro

Welcome to Paro! After an awe-inspiring flight that crosses the Himalayan Mountains, offering spectacular views of the towering Himalayan peaks, you will arrive in Paro. At the airport, one of our local Travelous, English-speaking representatives will be holding a sign with your name printed on it. Your representative will take you to your hotel in Paro and provide assistance with check-in. (Note: Tourist Visa included)

Paro is a historic town with many sacred sites and historical buildings scattered through the area. The Paro Valley is wide and luxuriantly green, perfect for nature lovers or seekers of tranquility and peace. The town, which lies on the banks of the turquoise waters that are known as the Paro Chhu River, offers iple views of ice-capped mountain peaks. Spend your afternoon strolling through the charming town and enjoying the endless views of the Himalayans from every corner. Stop by the bakery and savor a smooth cheesecake or enjoy a warm bowl of traditional noodle soup in one of the countless restaurants.

Uma Paro - Valley View Room

Day 2
Paro - Thimphu

After checking into your hotel, you will embark on a tour of the area, the first visit being the Ta Dzong, once a fortified lookout tower that is now the National Museum. The museum has a wide assortment of ancient paintings, armors, philatelic displays and "fields of Buddhas", which Buddhists often visualize while meditating. You will then hike down the trail to visit the Rinpung Dzong meaning "fortress of the heap of jewels". It has a long and fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the courtyard of the Rinpung Dzong are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore.

Once you've had lunch, you will visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest and most sacred temple in the country. From there you will be taken to the ruin Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort), which was built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan's victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s.

Embark on a 2 hour journey from Paro to the National capital of Bhutan -Thimphu.It is a beautiful drive through the Himalayan terrain along the Paro river

Taj Tashi Hotel - Luxury Room

Day 3
Thimphu

Your day begins with visits to the Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), the fascinating Nunnery temple, the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, the Folk Heritage Museum and the School of Arts and Crafts (also known as the painting school).

After delving into a mouthwatering lunch, you will visit a traditional paper factory where you will dive into the art of papermaking. Then head up to the Kuenselphodrang (giant Buddha statute) overlooking Thimphu valley. This 169 foot statue is reputed to be the largest bronze Buddha statue in the world. You will then visit the majestic Tashichhodzong, the seat of the national government.

Taj Tashi Hotel - Luxury Room

Day 4
Punakha

After breakfast, embark on a scenic journey to Punakha, with a stop for tea at Dochu La Pass (3,100 meters), where on a clear day, you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. From the pass, continue downhill through the dense, lush forests of rhododendron, fir and hemlock. You will arrive at Punakha, the old capital of Bhutan, after traversing through rice fields and along the banks of Punakha River.

Today you visit the Punakha Dzong, which you will find majestically standing on an island between the confluence of the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers. The city's dzong is one of the most photographed of all Bhutan's ancient fortresses, and you will find pictures of it hanging in hotels and restaurants throughout the country. The dzong is joined to the mainland by an arched wooden bridge, and contains many precious relics from the days when successive kings reigned the kingdom from this valley. The dzong serves as the winter home of the monastic body.

Uma Como Punakha - Valley View room

Day 5
Punakha

After breakfast, you will be taken twelve kilometers north of Punakha and begin a hour hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten, a delightful 3-story chorten that looks down on the upper Punakha Valley. The views of the valley and the surrounding snow-capped mountains are stunning. You can linger here for some time, relaxing and simply appreciating the harmonious beauty of the location. In the afternoon, you will be taken to the Metshina Village and hike through rice paddies up to Chimi Lhakhang Temple. This temple is dedicated to the great Yogi in the 14th century known as Drukpa Kuenley, or the "Divine Madman," who was believed to bless women who sought fertility.Enjoy a quiet evening in this tranquil oasis, a perfect place for aimless wandering and cultural exploration.

Uma Como Punakha - Valley View room

Day 6
Paro

Today you will journey back to Paro via the Dochula Pass. At Dochula, you will visit the new Druk Wangyal Monastery, which is a one of a kind in the country, with elaborate paintings depicting the lineage of the present monarchy and their visionary works. After a delicious traditional lunch, you will continue drive to Paro.

Uma Paro - Valley View Room

Day 7
Paro

Today you will hike to Taktsang or the "Tiger's Nest" Monastery perched precariously on the cliff 900m above Paro valley.

After breakfast, you will start you trek towards the most famous monastery in Bhutan. Guru Rimpoche, the 8th century spiritual master, is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria Restaurant, located about halfway up the mountain. Explore the monastery, and if you wish, you can sit for a short meditation before you hike down to the valley floor.

Enjoy an evening at leisure to explore Paro or to enjoy the views and facilities at your hotel.

Uma Paro - Valley View Room

Day 8
Paro

Unfortunately, we have to say goodbye today.Transfer in private vehicle with full assistance from your hotel to the Airport. Keep the memories alive and we hope to see you again in Bhutan! Stay Travelous!

A majestic kingdom where time seems to bear no meaning; a land where gentle rolling hills and vast terraced rice fields rise to meet the feet of dazzling Himalayan peaks. This is a place where tranquil Buddhist monasteries are perched on sheer cliffs and whispers of ancient traditions resound on even the most busy city streets. Bhutan is a trekker"s paradise, a nature lover"s playground and a rare jewel for travelers seeking to find a rich culture and a truly humbling people. Bhutan: happiness is a place.

Uma Paro

Uma by COMO, Paro, is an intimate, 29-room resort featuring the most exclusive private villas in Bhutan with an enviable location in the Paro Valley. This puts you within striking distance of the country's great cultural landmarks. The style combines local artisanship with COMO's contemporary style, while activities range from yoga to Himalayan camping adventures. The result is a fresh, original spirit at one with Uma Paro's cultural context; a point made clear the moment you explore the wider region accompanied by our expert English-speaking guides.

Among Bhutan luxury hotels, few have Paro Valley views like this. Larger than the Forest View Rooms, these deluxe accommodations also have a bathtub and separate shower stall.

Taj Tashi Hotel

Set in the heart of the Thimphu Valley, the Taj Tashi, is a gateway to a land steeped in mythology and magic. The mountain kingdom of Bhutan remains one of the old world"s last few strongholds, as yet unspoilt by civilization. In the charmed isolation of the Himalayan heights, Bhutan's ancient and alluring ways of Mahayana Buddhism continue richly intact to this day, and permeate every aspect of Bhutanese life and art.

Luxury rooms are more expansive than the deluxe rooms, and being located at the corners on each floor, enjoy commanding views of the valley. The spacious bathrooms feature fine fittings and amenities like floor warmers and bath-towel heaters.

Uma Como Punakha

Providing luxury accommodation in this less-visited area of Bhutan, a five-hour drive from Paro, Uma by COMO, Punakha offers guests exceptional access to some of Bhutan"s most celebrated landscapes and historic sites, including the famous Temple of the Divine Madman and the imposing Punakha Dzong. This spirit of adventure is the hallmark of all COMO's Uma hotels, revealed on journeys accompanied by our professional English-speaking guides.

The Valley View rooms (some with outdoor terraces), are light and airy with king-size or twin beds, sheesham-wood furniture and bright wall paintings by local artisans. These rooms also have enough space for a comfortable lounge area, deep bathtubs and a separate showerstall.

Terms and Conditions

 What's Included:

  • Accommodation, Activities, Transfers, Meals, and Fees as indicated on your itinerary. Local and international traveler assistance during your tour. Specialised and personalised services.

What's not Included:

  • Airfare to/from the Tour start point, including domestic or inter-country connecting flights, unless otherwise stated in itinerary.
  • tips and gratuities
  • items of a personal nature such as incidentals, excess baggage charges
  • airport taxes/entrance fees, port charges, foreign government departure taxes
  • Visas (unless otherwise indicated), Inspection, Customs, Immigration and Naturalization fees Additional fuel surcharges on cruises
  • Travel Insurance including Medical, Lost Baggage and Trip cancellation
  • Optional activities (golf, watersports, etc.)
  • any other activities or items not explicitly advertised as included in the price of a Tour

 

Reservations/Booking and Deposits:  To book a Tour, each Traveler (or leader of a Group of Travelers) must submit:

 

A.     A completed booking form signed electronically by the main Traveler. By submitting the booking form on the payments page, the traveler accepts our full Terms and Conditions.  

B.     A deposit of 30% of the Tour price (minimum $250 per person), is due immediately upon booking.

C.     The full balance of the trip cost is due ninety days (90) before the trip departure date.

D.      If you book your trip with us ninety days (90 days) or less before the departure date, the full cost of the trip is due at that time.

E.       In the instance payment is made by certified check or wire transfer, reservations will only commence once the check is cleared.

F.       Availability of Services and Accommodations cannot be guaranteed until a Tour is booked.  We will exercise our best efforts to book the Services and Accommodations described in the Tour Itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of Tour date, we may be forced to offer substitutes.  In this instance we will notify you as soon as possible and try to substitute comparable Services and Accommodations based on availability.

G.      Ticketing & credit card processing for international transport and other select domestic airfare pertaining to a specific country is done by a 3rd party and not included in your total land package price unless otherwise stated.

H.      Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $250 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.

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