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.
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
- Terma Linca Resort & Spa
- Druk Thimphu Hotel
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
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
- Dhensa Punakha Resort
- Drubchhu Resort
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
- Dewachen Gangtey Hotel
- Gangtey Goenpa Lodge
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.
- Haven Paro Resort
- Naksel Paro Hotel
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
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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