This 8-night itinerary lets you take in one of the world’s most inspiring countries in comfort and style combining the must-see highlights with some of the country’s finest hotels and lodges.
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. It is home to one of the world’s most challenging walks but 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.
Best for: Culture History, Spa
Hidden within the blue pine forest near Balakha, with magnificent views of the 17th century ruins of Drukyel Dzong, stands the Amankora Paro offering luxury accommodation against a backdrop of the majestic snow-capped peaks of Mount Jhomolhari.
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Located just a 30-minute drive from Paro Airport, the modern world with all its stresses and strains melts away as soon as you arrive at Amankora Paro. The first and largest of Aman’s luxury hotels in Bhutan, the property is surrounded by pine forests near Balakha village with stunning views of the country’s second highest peak, Mount Jhomolhari, which rises 7,300-metres skywards. Built in the style of a modern dzong, from rammed-earth and dry-stone walls, Amankora Paro set the benchmark for luxury in Bhutan and the hotel will appeal to those who appreciate high levels of style and comfort.
Comprising 24 wood-panelled suites, guests benefit from a large comfortable bed, traditional bukhari wood-burning stove, terrazzo-clad bathtub, along with banquette window seats for relaxing and taking in the views. The contemporary minimalist styling, infusing both the rooms and hotel, creates a peaceful ambience of serenity and calm. The living and dining rooms are set around a large flagstone courtyard, housed in a lime-washed stone pavilion, with floor-to-ceiling windows and during the warm summer months the dining room opens out onto a large terrace with mountain views. The food includes both Western and Indian dishes, which are all fresh, tasty and beautifully presented.
Guests can enjoy treatments at the luxury spa, which incorporates a glass-walled yoga studio and an outdoor stone bath for hot stone therapy and there is also a library, as well as a small boutique. The lodge is ideally placed for visiting the surrounding attractions which include Paro Dzong, trekking to the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery, visiting the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang temple and hiking in the spectacular mountain scenery. Guests can also visit the nearby ruins of the 17th century former monastery Drukyel Dzong. We’d recommend a stay at Amankora Pora to those looking for style, comfort, superb service and a spectacular location for exploring the delights of the Paro area.
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.
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Things to do
Half Day Tour of Paro
This afternoon you will be introduced to Paro which is full of interesting sites. During your tour you will have the chance to see the Paro Rinpung Dzong, Nyamai Zam, Ta Dzong and if there is time you may be able to add a visit to Jangsarbu Lhakhang.
Join elderly pilgrims as they wander around the Kyichu Lhakhang, meditatively spinning the prayer wheels of this ancient and strikingly beautiful temple.
The Chele La Pass and Hike to Kila Nunnery
Enjoy a wonderfully scenic drive to the Chele La Pass, the highest motorable pass in Bhutan a short distance from Paro. Take a leisurely walk to its highest point to soak up further mountain views before continuing to the cliffside Kila Nunnery.
Hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery
Perhaps one of the most famous images of Bhutan is that of Tiger’s Nest, the colourful temple clinging precariously to a sheer cliff face 900 metres above the Paro valley. Reached by 2-3 hour trek, this sacred site more than lives up to its reputation.
The Displays of the Ta Dzong (National Museum)
Home to some of Bhutan’s most exquisite Thangkas, alongside other precious, and occasionally eccentric, artefacts, the Ta Dzong offers an intriguing collection in an unusual building that has been serving as Bhutan's National Museum since 1967.
Helicopter Tour Over The Paro Valley
Take the once in a life time experience of a helicopter trip over the spectacular Paro Valley, Tiger’s Nest and Mount Jomolhari.
As an insight into Bhutan’s wealth of culture, religion and history, the Paro Tshechu is a revered event that culminates in the unfurling of a vast silk Thangka, considered to be one of the most sacred blessings in the country.
Literally translated as ‘Fortress on a Heap of Jewels', the Rinchen Pung Dzong houses both monastic and governmental offices and is an historic introduction to the cultural and political life of the region as well as a beautiful architectural gem.
Break the drive up between Paro and Thimpu with a stop at Tachogang Lhakhang, a privately run temple reached by an iron bridge, known as one of the finest examples of the skill of 15th century iron bridge builder Drupthob Thangtong Gyalpo.
Visit to a Local Farmhouse in Paro Valley
Offering a glimpse into the life of a traditional farmer, a visit to a local village farmhouse is not to be missed. Found dotted throughout the Paro valley, these buildings exude the character and charm of authentic Bhutanese architecture.