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  • Amazing Bhutan

    This extended "Amazing Bhutan" tour (from 6-day Exotic Destination) is a private tour staying exclusively at Amankora luxury lodges or similar category of 5* hotels. All five lodges have their own spa facilities, massive suites, serve the very best gourmet cuisine in Bhutan and are situated in the most delightful and unique settings. In this trip, we add the visit to the 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.

     National Memorial Chorten, National Textile Museum, Zhorig Chusum, Folk Heritage Museum

    Recommended Hotels in Thimphu:

    - Terma Linca Resort & Spa
    - Druk Thimphu Hotel


    Day 2

    After our leisurely breakfast, we will head to the north end of the valley to view Tashichho 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, Motithang Takin Preserve and weaving centre.

      Tashichho Dzong, Motithang Takin Preserve and weaving centre


    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.

     Dochu La Pass, Punakha Dzong, Khamsum Yulay Namgyal Chorten

    Recommended Punakha Hotels:

    - Dhensa Punakha Resort
    - Drubchhu Resort


    Day 4

    Check out of the hotel and visit Chimi Lhakhang on foot, the temple of fertility associated with religious art of phallus. En route visit Wangdue Phodrang town and continue to Phobjikha over the pass at 3140m. Visit Gangtey Gompa, the largest and the only monastery of the Nyingmapa sect in western Bhutan. Evening relax in your hotel or take a stroll of Phobjikha valley.

     Chimi Lhakhang, Gangtey Gompa

    Recommended Hotels in Phobjikha Valley:

    - Dewachen Gangtey Hotel
    Gangtey Goenpa Lodge


    Day 5

    After our leisurely breakfast, we will take two hours Phobjikha natural trail before heading to Paro. 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 Hotels:

    - Haven Paro Resort
    Naksel Paro Hotel


    Day 6

    The day starts with a visit to the National Museum, housed in the Ta Dzong (watchtower). Here, an intriguing collection of artefacts 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.

     Taktsang Lhakhang (Tiger's Nest), Paro Dzong, Paro Ta Dzong


    Day 7

    7 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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    Terma Linca Resort & Spa

    • Featuring a spa and wellness centre and a massage parlour, Terma Linca Resort & Spa features a fitness centre and an archery field, giving guests an experience in Bhutan’s national sport, Archery. It operates a 24-hour front desk and offers free Wi-Fi in hotel rooms.
    • The fan-cooled rooms include a TV with cable channels, wardrobe and a minibar. The attached bathrooms are equipped with a basic amenities, hairdryer and free toiletries.
    • Terma Linca Resort & Spa is 8 km from the Royal Textile Museum and 10 km from the Buddha Point Statue. The Thimpu Bus Station is 5 km away while the Paro Airport is 65 km away.

    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.

    WANGDUE PHODRANG
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    Dewachen Gangtey Hotel

    • Dewachen Gangtey Hotel features sixteen double rooms with modern bathroom fittings, comfortable bedding. The restaurant is cozy with magnificent views and the meals prepared by a professional chef are delicious. The Luxury hotel or lodge is located in the pine forest with beautiful view of the valley and the surrounding mountains.
    • There is no electricity in the valley. The hotel has its own generator supplying electricity for two hours in the evening and two hours in the morning. It is then turned off after the dinner time. The rooms are heated by individual wooden stove (Bukhari). When the generator is not in use, a dim solar powered light or candles are used. At night, during the colder months, guests are provided with hot water bag. For hot shower, you have to ask for hot water in the bucket.

    PARO
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    Haven Paro Resort

    • Haven Resort offers accommodation in Paro. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant.
    • Free private parking is available on site. The rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels.
    • Certain units have a seating area where you can relax.