Staying in some of the best hotels and lodges in Bhutan, this 10-night luxury is an incredible way to be truly wowed by this amazing country. This itinerary provides an unforgettable way experience one of the world's most inspiring countries.
This itinerary takes you through some of the most beautiful and interesting destinations in the world and includes all the key highlights of Nepal and Bhutan, making it a true gem of an itinerary!
Bhutan’s festival calendar is brimming with countless vibrant festivals. Integral to Bhutanese culture, festivals provide an opportunity for locals and visitors alike to come together, dance, socialise and receive blessings. Up and down the country, annual tshechus are held in the courtyards of monasteries, temples and dzongs, a colourful celebration of community spirit, played out to the tune of traditional dance and theatrical performance.
If you are a trekking and mountain lover, it's highly likely that small, mysterious and untouched Bhutan has been on your radar for some time. Asia Specialist Holly is a beach and jungle fan, so this Himalayan beauty had so far escaped her gaze, but the quest for unique travel opportunities and trying something completely different led her here… Read on as she tells us how it turned into one of the best travel decisions she has ever made!
Backed by the mighty Himalayas and the hiking heavyweights of Nepal and India, it is no surprise that Bhutan is fast establishing itself as a world class trekking destination. Whilst home to one of the world’s most challenging walks, its beautiful scenery appeals to the less intrepid hiker too, with many a route passing through rolling meadows, bamboo forests and rhododendron clad hillsides. The highlight of a trip to Bhutan is often the walk up to the famed Tiger’s Nest Monastery, yet simply taking a wander on the path less travelled will be rewarded with spectacular panoramas, stretching for miles around.
Thimpu, Gangtey, Punakha & Paro
Best for: Culture History, Off the beaten track
This itinerary takes you through wonders of Bhutan in true style staying in Amankora Lodges. Aman is renowned worldwide for its effortless style, faultless service and for providing those once in a life-time experiences and Bhutan is no different.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
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The Amankora lodges in Bhutan offer beautiful and intimate settings with the largest lodge in the collection having just 24 rooms. Attention to detail, special tailored experiences and seamless service are just a few of Aman’s characteristics that seem to come naturally with every property. Amankora Lodges offer understated elegance and all the suites throughout the lodges are beautifully spacious with free-standing baths and fantastic amenities providing unrivalled luxury.
Throughout the itinerary you will be accompanied by your personal guide who will travel with you through the country as you uncover the hidden gems of Bhutan. You'll have the chance to visit small local untouched villages, beautiful monasteries and stunning countryside by day and at night be welcomed home with some of the best and most luxurious hospitality in the country.
Day 1 - 2 : Thimpu
Stay at Amankora Thimphu for 1 night
After flying into Paro you will drive an hour to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, where your journey really begins. Thimphu, surrounded by the Himalayan Mountains, is a quickly changing city as the centre of commerce. There is an incredible mix of old and new here which adds to the city’s charm and alongside the traditional attractions such as Trashi Chhloe Dzong, National Textile Museum, Painting School and Thimphu’s Weekend Market, there is a fantastic array of cafes, bars and restaurants making a great base from which to start your journey.
Days 2 - 4 : Gangtey
Stay at Amankora Gangtey for 2 nights
From Thimphu you will continue east to Gangtey, located in a picturesque glacial valley. This area is renowned for its conservation, largely due to the black-necked cranes that migrate to the valley every year from the Tibetan plateau. The black-necked cranes are referred to as ‘heavenly birds’ in Bhutan and play an important role in Bhutanese culture and traditions. Alongside the cranes, Gangtey provides the ideal setting to enjoy the incredible countryside in Bhutan and here you can experience plenty of nature walks and treks with the chance to see other wildlife including wild boar, leopard, red foxes and Himalayan black bear. With the terrain being fairly even and flat it is a fantastic area to explore on mountain bike.
Days 4 - 6 : Punakha
Stay at Amankora Punakha for 2 nights
Returning west from Gangtey your next stop will be Punakha. You will drop down in altitude here and notice the difference in the surrounding vegetation and climate with a much more tropical feel. As the formal capital Punakha boasts some stunning cultural sites and there is an extraordinary Dzong to visit, the Punakha Dzong, which is built at the confluence of two rivers – Po Chhu (Father River) and Mo Chhu (Mother River) and is arguably the most beautiful Dzong in the entire of Bhutan. If you are feeling adventurous, Punakha is a great place to enjoy white water rafting and some fantastic mountain biking loops through the surrounding countryside.
Days 6 - 9 : Paro
Stay at Amankora Paro for 3 nights
Your final stop on the itinerary will be Paro, home to the world-famous Tiger’s Nest. This breath-taking monastery is located 900m above the valley floor and the views from the top between the clouds are stunning. It is no wonder that this stop is saved for last as it is truly magical. Paro is also home to 155 of Bhutan’s oldest monasteries making it a treasure trove of Bhutanese culture and a fantastic place to end your trip.
When to go
Best time to visit is October to December and February to May. There are a number of festivals celebrated in Bhutan, in particular Tshechu, which takes place during late summer and autumn with Thimpu Tshechu being the most popular. Losar, or lunar New Year, is also a much celebrated event but exact dates are difficult to predict, it tends to be celebrated around February or March.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Things to do
Weekend Market in Thimphu
This afternoon you will be able to visit the Thimphu Farmer’s Weekend market which takes place from Friday – Sunday. This one of the largest domestic markets for Bhutanese Farmers and a great opportunity for people watching.
Chele La Pass and Hike to Kila Nunnery
Enjoy a full day trip out to Chele La Pass which is thought to be one of the highest motor-able passes in Bhutan before enjoying a beautiful hike to Kila nunnery.
Full Day Tour of Thimphu
Today you will have the whole day to explore the beautiful area of Thimphu with highlight visits to Tango Goemba and Tashichho Dzong.
From $9938 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
Private car and guide
Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.