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 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.
A luxury, eight day itinerary giving you the chance to enjoy an amazing stay in Kathmandu, a unique scenic flight over Everest and a three day trek in the impressive Bhutan.
Thimpu, Punakha, Paro
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This slower paced itinerary really lets you immerse in some of Bhutan’s most beautiful regions. Staying in a combination of the most exclusive lodges allows you to enjoy each destination at a leisurely pace whilst enjoying pampered service throughout.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
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Bhutan is like no other country on earth, fiercely unique and beautifully gentle. There is an enormous wealth of history, culture and stunning scenery to explore and this 8 night itinerary provides enough time to enjoy all the sights, stunning landscapes and your beautiful properties at an unhurried pace providing the perfect mix of indulgence and discovery.
Days 1 - 3 : Thimpu, Bhutan
Stay at Amankora Thimphu for 2 nights
On arrival you will drive 1hr to Thimphu where you will spend 2 nights at the exclusive Amankora Thimphu. After check-in you may wish to just rest and unwind whilst enjoying the comforts of your Aman Lodge however if you prefer to take the plunge into the hustle and bustle of downtown Thimphu your guides are waiting to show you around.
Your first full day will be your chance to explore the highlights of Thimphu with your guide, including the Weekend Market, Trashi Chhoe Dzong (fortress of the glorious religion) and the Folk Heritage Museum. If you are up to it, there is also the opportunity to enjoy a short hike up to Tango Monastery. We do suggest that each day you take in a small hike or walk as this will help you acclimatise to the high altitude much easier.
Days 3 - 6 : Punakha, Bhutan
Stay at Uma Punakha for 3 nights
From Thimphu you will travel east to Punakha and if you are lucky, if the weather holds out, at 3,140m the pass between the two destinations affords sweeping views towards the main Himalayan range. As you drive from Thimphu to Paro, the route plunges into primeval forest (look out for monkeys and birdlife) snaking nearly 2,000 metres down into the Punakha valley at Chimmi Lhakhang you will continue to Uma Punakha to spend 3 nights.
On your first dull day in Punakha you will cover all the highlights, which means an early start. Begin your day with a short walk up through whitewashed homesteads and farmland to Khamsum Yuley Namgay Chorten, a shrine built by the royal family. Downstream the edifice of Punakha Dzong awaits and you can either drive down or float to its gates on a white-water rafting adventure. There are also countless options for sightseeing by bike which can be arranged with your guide locally.
The next morning you will hike up to Talo village, the family home of the four queens of His Majesty the fourth King, for a look around the pretty village with its sweeping views. Heading back upstream you will picnic by the riverside whilst discussing plans for the afternoon with your guide – you may wish to return to Punakha Dzong, embark on another nature walk, visit Baj or just relax and rest for the afternoon.
Days 6 - 9 : Paro, Bhutan
Stay at Uma Paro for 3 nights
Today you drive back west, heading to Paro to spend 3 nights at the stunning Uma Paro. This afternoon you can stroll into town, spend the rest of the day relaxing or perhaps try some local activities including the national sport, archery, or enjoy a traditional therapy such as the popular Bhutanese hot stone bath.
The following day, after a sumptuous Uma breakfast you will set off through Paro Town, over the Pa Chhu (river) and join devotees on their way up to Rinpung Dzong (Fortress on a Heap of Jewels). Continue to Ta Dzong before enjoying an easy but spectacular walk high above the valley to the pretty grounds of Zurig Dzong overlooking Rinpung Dzong and the festival ground before descending through the forest to Uma Paro.
For your final full day in Bhutan you will enjoy the hike to the iconic Taktsang Goemba or Tiger’s Nest. If energy levels allow, you can also head further up to several remote temples and monasteries for more magnificent views over Taktsang and the stunning valley below.
Day 9 : Druk Air flight
This morning you will head to the airport for your Druk Air fight.
When to go
In the western, central and eastern Bhutan you will mostly experience cold European-like weather. Winter lasts here from November to March. The Monsoon occurs between June and August when the temperature is normally between 8° and 21°C. October and November are arguably the best months, when the monsoon has passed and the skies are clear. The spring months of March, April and May are best for the flora, but it can be stormy as the monsoon builds up for July-September.
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.
Half Day in Gangtey
Today you will have a relaxing half day with your guide to explore Gangtey visiting some of the highlight sites including Gangtey Goemba and the Crane Centre.
Visit to Nalanda Buddhist College and Sangchhen Dorji Nunnery
Spend the day immersing in the spiritual side of Punakha with visits to Nalanda Buddhist college and Sangchhen Dorji Lhendrup Lhakhang Nunnery. You will also have the chance to today for a 2-3 hour walk to Nobgang Village.
Mountain Biking in Thimphu
Today you will experience Thimphu by bicycle which is a fantastic way to explore this area. As the capital of Bhutan Thimphu is a rapidly developing city making it the most dynamic destination in Bhutan but one that still retains its cultural identity.
Visit to a Local Farmhouse in Paro Valley
Today take the chance to visit a traditional local farm house offering a glimpse into local Bhutanese rural life in the beautiful countryside of Paro Valley.
From $9584 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
Accommodation on full-board
Beverages at Amankora
1 Hour traditional stone bath per person