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  • Aman Circle Retreat

    This extended "Aman Circle Retreat Bhutan" tour (from 7-day Amazing Bhutan) is a private tour staying exclusively at Amankora luxury lodges or similar category of 5* hotels. In this trip, we add the visit to the mysterious Bumthang with Kurjey Lahkhang and Gangtey known as Phobjikha valley which is considered one of the best valleys in Bhutan.


    HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUDE

    • Stay in a boutique range of luxurious resorts and lodges offering every modern comfort.
    • Discover some of the most sacred Buddhist monasteries and temples in the Himalaya.
    • Indulge in a range of holistic therapies including Ayurveda, massage and facials and meditation.
    • Explore Bhutan’s central valleys, rich with ancient historical and sacred Buddhist sites.
    • Visit many cultural attractions including medieval fortresses (Dzongs), markets and museums.
    • Enjoy 5 star cuisine, including an opportunity to sample some of Bhutan’s fiery Chilli dishes.
    • Spend a night in the beautiful Phobjikha Valley, winter home to the Black-Necked Crane.
    • Hike up to the famous Taktsang Monastery, perched on a cliff 900m above the valley floor.
    • Marvel at the elaborate and ancient wall paintings and carvings in Dzongs and temples.
    • Traverse beautiful landscapes from lush valleys to dense forests.
    • Incorporate a Value-Added Option such as a cooking lesson or meditation session with a monk.

    DETAILED PROGRAM

    Day 1

    Landing in the heart of the Himalaya is like nowhere in the world. On arrival received by Bhutan Senses Travel before being transferred to Thimphu, approximately an hour drive. Upon arrival we will check into the hotel, after lunch we will visit National Memorial Chorten, stupa built in the memory of late 3rd king. Further we will proceed to visit National Textile Museum, Zhorig Chusum, school where 13 different arts are practiced and learnt. We will also hop into nearby Folk Heritage Museum and perhaps time to stroll the main street for some interesting Himalayan artifacts or textiles.

    Recommended Luxury Hotels in Thimphu:

    - Le Meridien Thimphu
    - Taj Tashi Bhutan Hotel


    Day 2

    After our leisurely breakfast, we will head to the north end of the valley to view Trashicho Dzong and further north to hike to Cheri Goenpa. The hike takes about 45 mins one way to reach the temple and trail passes through beautiful cantilever bridge and forest creating the chance to see birds and wild animals sometime. This is the monastery where the first monastic body was established in the Kingdom. Back in town to explore some of the remaining site like traditional paper making center, takin’s mini zoo and weaving centre.

    Recommended Restaurants in Thimphu:

    - Ambient Cafe
    - The Zone Restaurant


    Day 3

    We will checkout from the hotel and drive to Punakha over Dochula pass at 3050m. If the weather permits we can enjoy a spectacular view of the highest mountains of Bhutan at a site that stretches almost 180 degrees. After our packaged lunch we will visit Punakha Dzong (fortress) which houses the most elaborated temple in the country. One can also visit Souvenir making center and evening hike to Khamsum Yulay Namgyal Chorten, which will take about 45 mins to reach on the top. Soak yourself with the warm hospitality of international standard of hotel in the tiny Himalayan kingdom.

    Recommended Punakha Luxury Hotels:

    - Dhensa Punakha Resort
    - Amankora Punakha Resort


    Day 4

    Today’s journey onward to Jakar (Bumthang) is perhaps long, but certainly memorable with dramatic landscapes of terraced farmland, deep river valleys and precariously perched farmhouses viewed from the only east west highway that has been ingeniously carved out of the mountain faces. Following a brief stop at Chendebji Chorten, which according to belief was built to cover the remains of a demon spirit, we will carry on to what was the original home of the royal family. Upon reaching Trongsa we may take time to stroll this quaint village and official business permitting, perhaps visit the Trongsa Dzong, ancestral home to Bhutan’s monarch where you will often find novice monks reciting mantras or practising on sacred horns, flutes or drums. The drive onward to Bumthang takes you over the picturesque Yotong La and down into the Chhume Valley, home of Bhutan’s famous Yatra weaving. Here you will have a chance to browse the traditional textiles and perhaps see the weavers create their intricate handiwork.

    Recommended Hotels in Bumthang:

    - Amankora Bumthang
    - Jakar Village Lodge


    Day 5

    Today we will explore our neighboring palaces, Wangdue Chhoeling, home to the 2nd King, and the auspicious prayer wheels next door. Heading up valley, we will take in the grand Kurjey Lhakhang, considered one of Bhutan’s most auspicious monuments, that was once the resting place of Guru Rimpoche, and Jambay Lhakhang, home to the early winter festivals that draw thousands of Bhutanese for their annual blessings. Heading back into town and across the Bumthang Chhu, we will enjoy a visit to the sin alleviating Tamshing Monastery followed by quick visits to swiss cheese and red panda brewery before heading to our white bird valley resort.


    Day 6

    Today we will have an early departure for the lengthy drive to Phobjikha valley, home of black necked cranes. Upon entering the valley, we will pay homage to Gangtey Goenpa before checking in hotel. If time permits we will take beautiful walk or bike around the feeder road of Phobjikha valley meeting locals and students. Evening we may enjoy talking tales of Yeti as it is very famous in the black mountain region.

    Our Luxury Hotel in Gangtey:

    - Gangtey Goenpa Lodge


    Day 7

    After our leisurely breakfast, we will take two hours Phobjikha natural trail before heading to Paro. En-route we will stop at messina to visit Chimi Lhakhang, temple of fertility which is associates with religious arts of phallus. After descending back down from Pelela and up to Dochula, we will follow our way back up the dramatic Wang Chu and Paro Chu river valleys, before crossing through Paro town towards the north end of the valley. Here, set in a pine forest, you will find the Amankora lodge and its spa. We take an opportunity for a quick stroll to the nearby ruins Dzong.

    Recommended Paro Luxury Hotels:

    - Uma Paro Hotel
    - Le Meridien Hotel Paro


    Day 8

    The day starts with a visit to the National Museum, housed in the Ta Dzong (watchtower). Here, an intriguing collection of artifacts provide a wonderful introduction to the rich culture and heritage of the Kingdom. Just a short walk downhill lays the dominating Paro Dzong, fine example of Bhutanese historic architecture. From the Dzong, the tour crosses Nyamai Zampa, a traditional cantilever bridge, and guests are then driven to the town. Paro options include picturesque picnic spots or, perhaps, a visit to a traditional farmhouse to lunch with the family. In the afternoon, hike up to view one of Bhutan’s most revered monuments, the Taktshang Goemba, more commonly referred to as the “Tiger’s Nest”. The four-hour trek offers spectacular views of this sacred monastery perched on a cliff face 900m above the valley floor.

    Good Restaurants in Paro:

    - Sonam Trophel Restaurant
    - Bhukari at Uma by COMO, Paro


    Day 9

    9 days tour will end today. After the breakfast, we will transfer you to the airport for your departure flight. Carry smile on your face, eyes with tears and memories unlimited. Tour staffs will bid you farewell at the airport departure gate with the quick prayer of save journey and to see you again in future.

     

     

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    Notes:

    • Prices are in USD, per person, based on two people traveling together and sharing a room. At Bhutan Senses Travel, we carefully select all hotels to ensure that your accommodations match our standards of trip and service excellence.
    • Prices include the following:
      . All hotel accommodation including all taxes and breakfast
      . Internal economy flights as stated with airport taxes
      . All transfers & sightseeing transportation in private vehicle
      . Private services of local guides
      . All special events & private tours, guest experts
      . All entrance fees into historical sights & museums
      . Drinking water and refreshing towels for touring
      . 24/7 support from the Bhutan Senses Travel Team

     

    Location
    Accommodation

    THIMPHU
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    Le Meridien Thimphu

    • Offering an indoor swimming pool, a spa and wellness centre and a fitness centre, Le Méridien Thimphu is located in Paro. The Memorial Chorten is 500 m and the National Library & Archives of Bhutan and the National Institute for Zorig Chusum are within 1.8 km.
    • Each air-conditioned room here will provide you with a minibar and a seating area. There is also a coffee machine. Featuring a bath or shower, private bathroom also comes with a hairdryer and bathrobes. You can enjoy mountain view from the room.
    • At Le Méridien Thimphu you will find free airport shuttle. Other facilities offered at the property include luggage storage and shops (on site). The property offers free parking.
    • The Buddha Dordenma is 5.2 km, the Simtokha Dzong is 6 km and the Phajoding Monastery is 7.2 km. The Dochula Pass is 23 km. The Paro International Airport is 55 km.
    • Dining options include Latest Recipe that serves seasonal specialities and Sese Shamu that serves only dinner. Refreshing beverages can be enjoyed at Latitude 27.

    PUNAKHA
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    Dhensa Punakha Resort

    • Situated in Punākha, Dhensa Punakha Boutique Resort features a fitness centre and massage services. Boasting a 24-hour front desk, this property also welcomes guests with a restaurant and a sun terrace. The accommodation provides a shared lounge and free WiFi.
    • The units at the resort are fitted with a seating area, a TV and a safety deposit box. Rooms are complete with a private bathroom equipped with a bath and bathrobes, while selected rooms also feature a balcony.
    • Guests can enjoy the spa and wellness centre, organise trips at the tour desk, or rent a car to explore the surroundings.

    BUMTHANG
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    Amankora Bumthang

    • Amankora Bumthang overlooking established orchards and nestled near the grounds of one of Bhutan's royal palaces,
      the lodge offers a Library, comfortable Living Room, regal Dining Room and cosy Spa with three treatment rooms, a steam room and changing areas.
    • Accessed through an impressive stone-clad hallway, 16 guest suites are situated in four separate dwellings, each containing two suites on the ground floor and two on the upper floor.
    • Suites feature wood-panelled interiors, a traditional bukhari, king-size bed, terrazzo-clad bath, shower, twin vanities and daybed overlooking the courtyard, nearby Wangdichholing Palace and monastery.

    WANGDUE PHODRANG
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    Gangtey Goenpa Lodge

    • High in the eastern Himalayas, it is difficult to find a more isolated hotel than the Gangtey Goenpa Lodge. The lodge provides beautiful views of the Gangtey Valley and is surrounded by natural, hilly terrain, teeming with wildlife.
    • Just 12 spacious rooms are available at the lodge, ensuring a genuine mountain retreat experience for guests. Each room is equipped with a fireplace and designed by internationally renowned designer, Mary Lou Thomson.
    • There is a full service restaurant serving a mixture of Western, Asian and traditional Bhutanese cuisine. Meals are served in a dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows, giving diners spectacular views of the valley as they eat.
    • The Lodge acts as a jumping-off point for air balloon tours which can last the entire day, taking guests over the expansive forests of Bhutan and providing breathe-taking views of the mountains. In room massages are also available.

    PARO
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    Uma Paro Hotel

    • Located just 3 km from the Paro International Airport, Uma by COMO, Paro provides the facilities and benefits of an indoor pool, spa and fitness centre. It offers free WiFi.
    • Offering mountain view, the spacious and bright air-conditioned rooms have a flat-screen cable TV, DVD and CD player. They feature a sitting area, minibar and electric kettle. The attached bathrooms come with free toiletries, bath tub, a hairdryer and shower.
    • Uma by COMO, Paro is located just 3.7 km from the beautiful Paro Town and 14 km from the famous Taktsang Monastery.