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. 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.
Six Senses Thimphu
Best for: Culture History, Food Drink, Luxury
Six Senses Thimphu is one of five resorts designed to offer a sensory journey through the Kingdom of Bhutan. This stunning luxury resort is located on a pine-forested summit overlooking the Buddha Dordenma and is known as the ‘Palace in the Sky’.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Set among apple orchards and pine forest, with a dramatic backdrop of Himalayan peaks, the ‘Palace in the Sky’ stimulates the senses through its sleek design, lavish villas and suites, water features and Six Senses Spa village. The resort, suited to couples and small groups, is a 30-minute drive from Thimphu, nestled high in the hills above the city, with stunning views over the capital and the famed Buddha Dordenma.
The design of Six Senses Thimphu is bold and modern, interiors exhibit a profusion of wood panelling, whitewashing and natural stone, embellished with handcrafted objects and intricate weavings. The resort comprises 20 lodge suites and five villas that deliver panoramic views from balconies, as well as deluxe facilities, daybeds and traditional bukhari wood-burning stoves. Suites incorporate stylish amenities such as a rain shower, bathtub-with-a-view and an espresso machine, while villas offer a private spa treatment room, and an open-air courtyard. The main restaurant offers all-day dining overlooking the resort’s ponds and the giant Buddha Dordenma. Other eating locations include the Living Room, complete with a library of Bhutanese cultural books, and the Bar & Lounge, which serves light snacks, coffee and tea. Alternatively, dine at the Apple Shed or experience an intimate meal at the traditional Bhutanese farmhouse.
Six Senses Thimphu has several standout facilities, including an indoor swimming pool, spa and wellness centre, gym, prayer pavilion and sunken outdoor performance deck. The Spa village design has a strong Thai influence, with the Long House building modelled on a typical Thai structure, and the healing practices and spa experiences offered also reflecting authentic Thai treatments. A range of experiences are available to guests, including trekking expeditions, tours to Buddha Point and excursions to local monasteries.
Six Senses have crafted a truly magnificent ‘Palace in the Sky’ that captures the imagination and reflects the serenity of Thimphu Valley, its rising ridgelines and monastic sites.
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
Tango Monastery - Half Day Hike
Explore the pristine landscapes and spectacular scenery of Bhutan as you leave the city behind to trek to the historic Tango Goenpa.
National Memorial Chorten
Explore the National Memorial Chorten, a towering Stupa artfully decorated with statues and religious icons, that serves as an important place of worship for people from across Bhutan.
Buddha Dordenma to Changangkha Nature Trail
Escape the city to discover the mighty oaks, rhododendrons and pine trees of the forests around Thimphu, leading between the towering golden Buddha Dordenma and Changangkha Lhakhang.
Golden Statue of Buddha Dordenma
Set on top of a hill in Kuenselphodrang Nature Park, the Buddha Dordenma is a Buddhist site of extraordinary artistic achievement, its 125,000 gilded statues of the Buddha rivalled only by the views over the Thimphu Valley.
Visit the Motithang Takin Preserve
Visit the Motithang Takin Preserve, a wildlife reserve home to the Takin, the national animal of Bhutan.
Visit the Jungshi Papermaking Factory
Offering a glimpse into the ancient tradition of making handmade paper, a tour of the Jungshi paper factory is a surprisingly interesting introduction to a craft that has been passed down through many generations.
Textiles of Bhutan
As you travel around Bhutan, the country’s rich tradition of weaving will become clear in the colourful Rachu and Kira worn by the women and the Gho of the men. A visit to the Royal Textile Academy introduces this cultural heritage.
National Institute for Zorig Chusum
With a rich heritage of arts and crafts, exploring Bhutan’s artisan traditions offers a glimpse into the cultural life of its people, and a visit to the National Institute for Zorig Chusum Thimphu is a fascinating introduction.
Farmer's Weekend Market
A visit to Thimphu’s bustling weekend market is a chance to observe locals as they chat and haggle for the fresh produce and mingle in this vibrant, colourful bazaar.
Cheri Monastery – Half day hike
Discover the beauty of Bhutan’s countryside as you hike towards the 17th century Cheri Monastery, an important site for meditation and a serene and tranquil destination.
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.
Explore Bhutan’s political heart and discover its governmental and royal traditions as you visit the Tashichho Dzong, first built in 1641 and the seat of government since 1952.
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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.