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.
Six Senses Paro
Best for: Culture History
Perched high on a mountain ridge above the stunning Paro valley, close to the sacred Tiger’s Nest, Six Senses Paro sits amongst ancient stone ruins, with spectacular views across the fields and forests of this stunning corner of the Kingdom of Bhutan.
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Nestled in a river valley amongst 12th century stone ruins and directly above the Paro National Museum, Six Senses Paro is a tranquil mountain retreat with spectacular views of the undulating fields of barley and monasteries of the Paro Valley. One of five new lodges spread across the Kingdom of Bhutan built in the inimitable Six Senses style, Six Senses Paro is designed to reflect the unique location, culture and scenery of the area.
With a natural yet minimalist design and emphasis on the spectacular vistas, this unique sanctuary encapsulates the spirit of the Paro valley, hewn from local stone and wood from the surrounding forests and valleys. The 20 villas and suites are spread across the ridgeline, with floor-to-ceiling windows and a neutral, tranquil feel to allow the stunning scenery to take centre stage. Alongside the natural materials are the modern amenities and chic stylings that are synonymous with the Six Senses collection, including vast bathrooms with double vanities and deep-soak bathtubs with valley views.
Dine at the heart of the lodge, savouring delicious local flavours, or choose to feast amongst the ancient stone ruins of the Paro Valley, lit by candlelight. Six Senses Paro’s jaw-dropping location is perfectly placed for exploring the sights of the valley, with endless opportunities for trekking and local cultural experiences. Hike through the fields and forests, visit the buttressed walls of the Paro Dzong and take on the challenge of the climb to the arrestingly beautiful Tiger’s Nest monastery, perched high on a ridge above the property. After a long day amongst the mountain air, unwind at the hotel’s signature Six Senses Spa, with its meditation zones, yoga studio and heated indoor swimming pool.
When to go
In the western, central and eastern Bhutan (Bumthang) 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
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.
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Thimpu, Punakha & Paro
Embark on an unforgettable week-long journey through Bhutan with Six Senses, exploring the towns and valley surroundings of Thimpu, Punakha and Paro whilst staying at one of the luxury Six Senses lodges in each location.