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  • Exotic Destination

    The Exotic Destination Bhutan is a private tour staying exclusively at Amankora luxury lodges or similar category of 5* hotels. Strategically located in 5 different valleys the Amankora journey can be extended and/or tailored to suit individual needs. It can also be combined with a trekking component in one or more valleys. 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. During your journey, Amankora is pleased to provide you with one complimentary massage for two persons, which you may enjoy at any one of the 5 lodges.


    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


    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 Gompa Monastery. 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 and weaving centre.

     Tashichho Dzong, Cheri Gompa Monastery...


    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 Yulley Namgyal Chorten, which will take about 45 mins to reach on the top, evening back to the nearby Amankora Lodge which belongs to royal once. Soak yourself with the warm hospitality of international standard of hotel in the tiny Himalayan kingdom. Overnight in Uma Resort, Punakha. Altitude 1350m.

    Recommended Restaurants in Punakha:

    - Lobesa Village Restaurant
    - Dochula Resort Restaurant

     Dochu La Pass, Punakha Dzong, Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten


    Day 4

    After our leisurely breakfast, we will hike to Chimi Lhakhang, temple of fertility which is associates with religious arts of phallus and after descending back down from 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. Evenings enjoy the facility of aman soaking yourself in to culture, spa or perhaps enjoy the Bhutanese movies that aman provides. Overnight in Uma Resort, Paro. Altitude 2200m.

     Chimi Lahkhang


    Day 5

    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 Lhakhang, 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. Overnight in Uma Resort, Paro

     Paro National Museum, Paro Dzong, Taktshang Lahkhang


    Day 6

    6 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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    Amankora Thimphu Resort

    • At an elevation of 2,250 metres, Paro Valley is the entry point for most journeys through the Kingdom.
    • Lodge is surrounded by pine forests, the 24-Suite retreat contrasts rustic elements with contemporary design.
    • Guest Suites offer a combined lounge and bedroom furnished with a king-size bed, banquette window seat, reading chair and traditional bukhari wood-burning stove.

    Taj Tashi Bhutan Hotel

    • Five-star luxury awaits at Taj Tashi Bhutan, set in the heart of Bhutan’s Thimphu Valley. Featuring elaborate Bhutanese architecture, the hotel offers a fitness centre and luxurious spa. 4 dining options are provided in the hotel.
    • Taj Tashi Bhutan is 7 km from Buddha Point Thimphu. Paro International Airport is 60 km or an approximate 1-hour drive from the hotel.
    • Stylish rooms feature wooden décor, with select ones providing stunning views of Thimphu Valley. A flat-screen TV, minibar and tea/coffee-making facilities are provided. Suites offer walk-in closets and luxurious bathrooms with a standalone bathtub.
    • Guests can unwind in The Jiva Spa, featuring a spa menu of Indian healing therapies. A concierge desk and business centre are available to assist guests. Currency exchange and ticketing services are offered for convenience.
    • Chig-ja-gye and The Thongsel specialise in Bhutanese cuisine, while drinks are featured in Ara and Rimps. Room service is also available.

    PUNAKHA
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    Uma Punakha Hotel

    • COMO Hotels and Resorts has opened a beautiful new lodge in the magnificent Punakha Valley in western Bhutan.
    • The intimate 11-room Uma by COMO Punakha will offer a COMO Shambala Spa Retreat featuring 2 treatment rooms, one with a hot stone bath, and offering traditional Bhutanese therapies.
    • The hotel is situated on a hillside in the verdant Punakha Valley, a five-hour drive from the airport at Paro Valley, and just 3.5 hours from Thimphu, the Kingdom’s capital. Uma by COMO Punakha therefore offers an important luxury hotel option to this important cultural region.
    • Uma Punakha entraceThe lodge offers eleven rooms in total, including nine deluxe and two one-bedroom villas with interconnecting doors to one of the deluxe rooms, making them stand alone two-bedroom villas when required. Uma by COMO Punakha’s open plan restaurant and lounge bar will showcase the best local ingredients and Bhutanese delicacies alongside a varied international menu.

    Amankora Punakha Resort

    • Amankora Punakha, accessed by crossing a suspension bridge over the Mo Chhu, the lodge is centred by a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse built by a former Je Kempo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). This quaint, three-storey structure with its preserved vegetable dye wall paintings is now a reception area with a Dining Room, traditional Altar Room, a courtyard for alfresco dining and a tea pavilion.
    • Just beyond is the Spa with two treatment rooms, a steam room, changing areas and a yoga/meditation room.
    • Eight suites, located in three rammed-earth dwellings, are situated in an orange orchard with views across the rice fields and up the Punakha Valley. The suites are identical to the design of the suites at Amankora Paro and feature wood-panelled interiors, a traditional bukhari, king-size bed, terrazzo-clad bath, shower, vanities and daybed. Suites are individually heated during the cooler winter months and air-conditioned in the summer months.

    PARO
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    Amankora Paro Lodge

    • At an elevation of 2,250 metres, Paro Valley is the entry point for most journeys through the Kingdom.
    • Lodge is surrounded by pine forests, the 24-Suite retreat contrasts rustic elements with contemporary design.
    • Guest Suites offer a combined lounge and bedroom furnished with a king-size bed, banquette window seat, reading chair and traditional bukhari wood-burning stove.

    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.