Bhutan luxury travel

Trip Facts

  • Destination: Bhutan
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Activities Cultural Tours, Sightseeing
  • Total Duration: 11 days

Bhutan Luxury Travel and Tour 2018

Paro Valley

A trip to Bhutan can be humbling. About the size of Switzerland, there are other similarities such as green alpine meadows, chalet-style homes and snowy peaks. Then there is the truly exotic: the ancient mystical culture of Himalayan Buddhism practiced daily by monks, nuns and the populace in beautifully preserved ancient temples and monasteries. Incense, butter lamps, chanting and drums heighten the experience. The myth and magic of the great lamas and saints is repeated in song, text and vivid iconography on the walls of temples and homes.

Outline Itinerary

DAY 01- FLY TO BHUTAN PARO FROM BANGKOK OR KATHMANDU OR DELHI
DAY 02- WE WILL DRIVE TO THE CAPITAL CITY OF BHUTAN, THIMPU, HAVE LUNCH AND CHECK INTO OUR HOTEL.
DAY 03- AFTER BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL WE’LL DRIVE TOWARD DOCHU-LA, ONE OF THE HIGHEST DRIVABLE PASSES IN BHUTAN.
DAY 04- THIS MORNING WE’LL VISIT THE IMPRESSIVE PUNAKHA DZONG – PART-ADMIN BUILDING, PART-MONASTERY, ALL FORTRESS – WHICH HAS BEEN BATTERED BY EARTHQUAKES, FLOODS AND FIRE THROUGHOUT ITS HISTORY.
DAY 05- THIS VALLEY IS A VERY QUIET FARMING REGION, AND IT’S HIGH ELEVATION AND COOL TEMPERATURES MAKE IT PERFECT FOR GROWING POTATOES.
DAY 06- WE WILL DEPART EARLY TODAY FOR BUMTHANG, IN CENTRAL BHUTAN.
DAY 07- AFTER A RELAXING MORNING ENJOYING BREAKFAST ON THE TERRACE, YOUR GUIDE WILL TAKE YOU ON AN EXPLORATORY TOUR OF THE SIGHTS AROUND BUMTHANG.
DAY 08 - THIS MORNING WE’LL HEAD TO THE BUMTHANG AIRSTRIP FOR OUR RETURN FLIGHT TO PARO.
DAY 09– TODAY WE’LL EMBARK ON THE WALK TO TAKTSANG MONASTERY, ONE OF THE MOST VENERATED BUDDHIST MONUMENTS IN THE HIMALAYAS.
DAY 10- FOR OUR FINAL DAY IN BHUTAN WE’LL DRIVE UP TO CHELI LA.
DAY 11- YOUR FLIGHT PARO TO NEXT DESTINATION KATHMANDU / BANGKOK / DELHI

Detail Itinerary

DAY 01- FLY TO BHUTAN PARO FROM BANGKOK OR KATHMANDU OR DELHI
Flight drops us into the remote wilderness of Bhutan. Your hotel is a short distance away, on the hillside overlooking Paro Dzong. After lunch, take your first walk up to a little-visited temple above the Paro Valley. Afterwards, relax or work the travel kinks out at the hotel spa, take a traditional hot stone bath or just stroll through the surrounding pine forest. Dinner features Bhutanese specialties and western foods – largely made from organic food grown in the surrounding valleys. Meals: B/L/D Activities: A short introductory hike HOTEL | Uma Paro This exclusive 29-suite operation in the Paro Valley embodies those essential Bhutanese qualities that promote Gross National Happiness. Traditional craftsmanship combines with modern amenities, superb cuisine and generous hospitality in a location that not only provides spectacular views but is also within easy access of the famed Tiger's Nest monastery.
DAY 02- WE WILL DRIVE TO THE CAPITAL CITY OF BHUTAN, THIMPU, HAVE LUNCH AND CHECK INTO OUR HOTEL.
After a short break we’ll do a great hike above the city, with views onto the various government building, temples and parks. The walking up here is excellent, with opportunities to visit some of Bhutan’s finest Goempas. We’ll have dinner in town tonight. Meals: B/L/D Activity: A 2- hour easygoing hike in the afternoon. HOTEL | Taj Tashi Prepare to be mesmerized by the landscape and completely enchanted by the lodgings at the Taj Tashi, a stately 66-room affair in the Thimpu Valley. Here, guests are encouraged to embrace the traditions of Bhutanese art, culture and cuisine, along with adventures into the pristine countryside, followed by a visit to the Jiva Spa. Simply spectacular.
DAY 03- AFTER BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL WE’LL DRIVE TOWARD DOCHU-LA, ONE OF THE HIGHEST DRIVABLE PASSES IN BHUTAN.
Just before cresting we’ll stop and walk for about 1.5 hours to Tashigang Hongtso Monastery. Tucked into a clearing at the edge of a forest and overlooking the town of Hongtso, Tashigang has been one of our favorite visits for well over a decade. In the surrounding buildings are pilgrims practicing silent meditation, and a peaceful calm pervades the area. The monastery is also home to about 40 orphans, who receive language, religious and general education from the monks. B&R has been supporting this monastery for many years in a number of ways, including construction and maintenance projects, art and textile preservation and food and clothing for the novices. We’ll tour the Goempa, witness a private ceremony with chanting and instruments in the main temple room, and have a Q&A session with the head lama. On the way back we’ll stop for a picnic beside a water powered prayer wheel. A stop at the top of Dochu-la is warranted, and (weather permitting), you’ll enjoy the view onto some of the Himalaya’s highest peaks, including what is considered to be the highest unclimbed peak in the world - Gangkhar Puensum, 7570 m (24,836 feet). Then we’ll descend for almost 2 hours into Punakha Valley, a subtropical Shangri La carved by the Mo Chhu and the Po Chhu (Mother and Father River), arriving at our lodge a short time later. There is also a short 30 minute hike through the Royal Botanical Forest available en route. Dinner will be at the lodge tonight. Meals: B/L/D Activity: A 3- hour moderate hike in the afternoon, and a 30 minute optional walk HOTEL | Uma Punakha Overlooking the beautiful Punakha valley, with mountain and river views, is an intimate, luxury lodge located at the far western end of the lush Punakha Valley. From our picturesque base overlooking a snake-like bend in the Mo Chu river, Uma Punakha is ideally located for exploration and relaxation.
DAY 04- THIS MORNING WE’LL VISIT THE IMPRESSIVE PUNAKHA DZONG – PART-ADMIN BUILDING, PART-MONASTERY, ALL FORTRESS – WHICH HAS BEEN BATTERED BY EARTHQUAKES, FLOODS AND FIRE THROUGHOUT ITS HISTORY.
The most recent disaster was in 1986, when a fire ravaged the southwest wing. Traditional methods were used in the repairs and the structure remains magnificent. We’ll continue on, stopping for lunch in Wangdi. A short drive later we will turn into the sha Valley and hike a lovely trail through a series of villages and terraced fields. This hike is about 2 ½ hours. Once we return to the valley floor we’ll drive to Phobjika Valley and the town of Gangtey.
DAY 05- THIS VALLEY IS A VERY QUIET FARMING REGION, AND IT’S HIGH ELEVATION AND COOL TEMPERATURES MAKE IT PERFECT FOR GROWING POTATOES.
We’ll walk the valley trail this morning, along which there are some lovely old villages to explore, and we’ll visit a local family in their home, virtually unchanged for a hundred years. Your hotel tonight is the Dewachen, a simple 16 room lodge tucked into the pine forest, and overlooking the wintering ground of Bhutan’s legendary Black Neck Cranes. Meals: B/L/D Activity: – a 2.5 hour hike in the afternoon. -- a 2 hour hike with several longer options HOTEL | Dewachen Surrounded with pine forests in the beautiful valley of Phobjikha, ancient Gantey Gompa, and major attraction to the rare Black Necked cranes. The Dewachen Hotel Has fifteen double rooms, western bathroom settings and a multi-cuisine restaurant with a panoramic view.
DAY 06- WE WILL DEPART EARLY TODAY FOR BUMTHANG, IN CENTRAL BHUTAN.
This morning you have a 2½ hour drive though some of Bhutan’s most dramatic countryside, past several villages and towns. You will stop at Trongsa for a spectacular hike to one of Bhutan’s most famous buildings – Trongsa Dzong. One spectacular option takes you down into one of Bhutan’s deepest river gorges, crosses an old cantilevered bridge over the Trongsa River, and then climbs to the Dzong, perched on the hillside. After a short visit to the Dzong you’ll continue for another 2 hours to Bumthang. The Bumthang Valley is one of the few regions in Bhutan with flat (ish) farmland, and as a former capital of Bhutan, it holds many important historical sites and buildings. Your hotel is close to the main Goempa and palace.
DAY 07- AFTER A RELAXING MORNING ENJOYING BREAKFAST ON THE TERRACE, YOUR GUIDE WILL TAKE YOU ON AN EXPLORATORY TOUR OF THE SIGHTS AROUND BUMTHANG.
You will hike to the gorge where legendary saint Pema Lingpa found one of the most important treasures of Bhutan, which helped to link the country. You’ll continue on to a monastery where dozens of monks and novices practice their chants and songs. You can finish your day with a hot stone bath and massage in the spa, or perhaps an audience with a local Lama or Member of Parliament. We can often arrange interesting events or meetings. Meals: B/L/D 2.5 - 3 hour hike in the afternoon. 2 hour hike with several longer options HOTEL | Amankora Bumthang Adjacent to the first and second King of Bhutan's palace, Wangdichholing, Amankora Bumthang lies within the town of Jakar in the Choekhor Valley in an area commonly known as Bumthang. Access to Amankora Bumthang passes alongside the former royal sports ground of Bhutan's first two kings, a traditional and much-used archery area, and circles a stately peach tree.
DAY 08 - THIS MORNING WE’LL HEAD TO THE BUMTHANG AIRSTRIP FOR OUR RETURN FLIGHT TO PARO.
It could be one of the most spectacular flights anywhere. To the north shining snow-covered peaks loom over 7000 meters above sea level, overseeing expanses of forest and silver riverways flowing to the Indian Ocean. Behind the mountains you may catch an occasional glimpse of the Tibetan Plateau. To the south you’ll see the Indian Plain occasionally, and the lower foothills of Bhutan. We’ve been traveling hard, and hiking a lot so perhaps today might be a good rest day. There is an excellent spa at your hotel, some great reading nooks to enjoy a novel or magazine, and other activities available, such as Bhutan’s national sport – archery, or take a bike into town for a little shopping along Paro’s main street. Dinner tonight will be at the hotel.
DAY 09– TODAY WE’LL EMBARK ON THE WALK TO TAKTSANG MONASTERY, ONE OF THE MOST VENERATED BUDDHIST MONUMENTS IN THE HIMALAYAS.
Set into a cliff face 800m (2600 ft.) above the Paro, the Tiger’s Nest, as it's known, takes its name from a mythical journey made by Lord Padmasambawa (Guru Rinpoche), who flew there on a tigress’ back in order to meditate for three months and convert the valley to Buddhism. Since then, many of Buddhism's most influential figures have visited. The main building of Taktsang was badly damaged in a fire recently, and a major restoration ended in 2003. The view from the teahouse is well worth the climb, but we recommend continuing another hour to the temple, as it is extraordinary. Towards evening you’ll return to the Uma Paro for dinner, or you can enjoy dinner at a local restaurant in town if you prefer.
DAY 10- FOR OUR FINAL DAY IN BHUTAN WE’LL DRIVE UP TO CHELI LA.
This little-travelled road to the Ha Valley switches back and forth through a marvellous forest until it reaches an elevation of 3,810m. From here, walk (slowly) up the ridge to about 4,000m (or higher if you are feeling good) for unparalleled views of Bhutan’s snow-capped holy mountain, Jomolhari, and a host of other Himalayan giants, including the world's third highest peak, Kanchenjunga, on a clear day. Then we’ll continue (mostly downhill) for a lovely walk to Cheli La convent, a nunnery tucked under the cliffs facing Paro and enjoy a cup of tea with the hardy nuns. Once we return to the road, you have the option of driving back down in the vehicle, or choosing the more stylish and exhilarating option of climbing on a mountain bike, and coasting all the way back to Paro valley, a downhill distance of about 35 km! Tonight, celebrate with some special events and a final dinner in a beautiful setting at the hotel. Meals: B/L/D A relaxing day with minimal exercise planned. - a fairly strenuous 4 hour walk with about 500 meters of elevation gain. or - a 3 hour walk at fairly high elevations (with longer options) and a 1 hour optional (downhill) bike ride. HOTEL | Uma Paro This exclusive 29-suite operation in the Paro Valley embodies those essential Bhutanese qualities that promote Gross National Happiness. Traditional craftsmanship combines with modern amenities, superb cuisine and generous hospitality in a location that not only provides spectacular views but is also within easy access of the famed Tiger’s Nest monastery.
DAY 11- YOUR FLIGHT PARO TO NEXT DESTINATION KATHMANDU / BANGKOK / DELHI

Transportation and Travel situation in Bhutan

Ground transportation is by private vehicles based on number of travelers. we provide clean Air conditioning and heat in vehicles . expect bad roads with uphill and narrow tracks too, travel time might delay due to weather too.

please consult your doctor before you come to travel. in Bhutan we have local doctors to assist incase if needed.

Hotels / Resorts / Tents

We choose nice and best available hotels based on your budget. you will have private rooms with hot and cold showers
Guide, Driver and helpers
local expert guides and drivers.
“this program can be customized based on your time and interest ”

What's Included

Service Includes During Bhutan Tour

  • Bhutan Visa arrangement service
  • Government royalty and all the taxes
  • FIT Surcharge for one and two persons
  • Accommodations in A grade hotels
  • Three meals a day breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Full time English speaking Bhutanese guide
  • Private transportation and sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Museums and parks fees indicated in the itinerary
  • Bottled drinking water throughout the journey

Excludes in the Package / Supplement During Bhutan Tour

  • Flight fares from Kathmandu, Bangkok, Singapore, Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Dhaka, Mumbai, Guwahati, Gaya to Bhutan- please choose the route and let us know we book for you
  • Personal expenses and any alcoholic, non-alcoholic beverages
  • Tips to guide, driver, trekking staff, hotel service, etc.
  • Single room supplement charge for two Pax and above
  • Luxury hotels/resorts available on supplement cost
  • Specialized /language guides available on supplement cost
  • Travel / Medical Insurance

Visa Processing

  • Bhutan visa is pre-process by our company we need to have your passport copy by scan on our e-mail. we will send you electronic visa on your mail. you need to print and carry to fly to Bhutan. at immigration authorities will stamp on your passport.
  • Your passport must be valid more than 6 months at the time of travel in Bhutan

* Notes: There are regular flights from Kathmandu Nepal, Bangkok Thailand, Delhi India to Bhutan . for flights and package please contact us now

Some Useful Bhutanese Phrases During Tours

Hello : Ku-zu-zam-po-la (meaning good health)
Thank You : Ka din chey la
See you : Lok jey gay
Good bye : Lus la “or” Laso la

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Amazing Bhutan experience

Dear Rajan,
I can't thank you enough for all your help to make my trip to Bhutan an amazing experience. You always responded to my (many) questions so quickly that it almost seemed that you really weren't half a world away. You were wonderful through all the changes that I and other sources through at you; through it all you planned the perfect itinerary. The guides were extremely knowledgeable, friendly and courteous; I feel I have made new friends with each and every one of them. The accommodations were outstanding everywhere and you were able to get me into all the special events I want to attend, with your guidance it really was the trip of a lifetime!
As the COO of a major travel company I will make sure my agents and clients know to contact you for the perfect Himalayan journey.
Again, many, many thanx for everything!

Daniel Hanes
COO
Morrison International, A Travel Corporation
San Mateo, CA 94401, 32 East Third Avenue
E-Mail:- danielh@morrisontravel.com
Phone: - (+1) 650-274-6112


Bhutan’s best tour

Dear Rajan;
Thank you for the most amazing trip to Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan, your itinerary was a very good one, well planned and had all the needed components: from spiritual, to culture, to accommodations and many others.
Beyond all that your friendly and cooperative attitude made our trip an unforgettable one. Please pass our regards and thanks to all three companies in Tibet Nepal and Bhutan.
Special thanks to yourself, and to Yontan in Bhutan and Lapka in Tibet. Hope we could meet in the near future again.

Anyone who wants to ask me more about this trip feel free to contact me
E-mail - saulakry@aol.com | Shaul & Orly, Los Angeles


Excellent trip

Dear Rajan,
My wife, son and I want to thank you for providing us with an excellent trip to Bhutan . Your company was very organized with all of the necessary plane and hotel reservations made well in advance of our trip. Your company arranged all the necessary Visas and the guides in each country were knowledgeable and helpful. My wife appreciated the Bhutanese guide's assistance in walking her safely down the steep hill from the Tiger's Nest monastery Thanks again.
Sincerely,

Richard, Jacqueline and Scott Swanberg
Los Angeles, Ca, USA
cell 818 497-8692
E-mail- rjsswan@sbcglobal.net


Bhutan – land of happiness

From USA,
In February and March 2015, my wife and I were able to visit Bhutan. Our best tour trip was arranged with the assistance of Rajan and his company. We were extremely pleased with the accommodations, tours, guides and drivers which served us during this three-week holiday; and can highly recommend this company and its owner to anyone who is considering traveling in these beautiful countries.
We also visited Nepal and Myanmar. Thanks again for everything.
Sincerely,
Chip & Madeline Thomas
Mercer Island, Washington

best tour
Chip & Madeline Thomas,
USA

We will certainly be recommending the “Bhutan experience”

Our time in Bhutan was particularly enjoyable, perhaps partly by contrast with Delhi and Kathmandu. If all of the guides and drivers you employ in your company are of the same quality as Ngawang and Bhim then you must receive many critiques praising their performance. Bhim's skills as a driver were manifest any number of times from congested traffic in Thimpu to the rugged road between Thimpu and Punakha. He also has good English and a sense of humor. We felt very secure in his car.

Ngawang is a perfect blend of calm (perhaps even serene) and knowledge. He patiently explained and reexplained some very difficult (for us) aspects of life in Bhutan and Buddhism. He was flexible (we wanted to skip the Paro Dzong) as you said he would be. Highlights of our time in Bhutan had to be our hike to the Taktshang Monastery and the meal we had on the last evening with the rice farming family.  I don't know if it was coincidental, but we had commented earlier that we were tiring of continental cuisine for seemingly every lunch and dinner. This entirely Bhutanese meal was a perfect way to end our visit.

All hotels were excellent. We especially enjoyed the view from the veranda of our hotel in Punakha.
In short, not much to complain about. We will certainly be recommending the "Bhutan experience" and your company to our friends.
Good luck and all the best.

Jim Reese,
Atlanta, United States

Exciting and an adventurous trip

Hello Deepak
We have come back last Sunday from and exciting and an adventurous trip to your country. It was exciting climbing and trekking those mountains .We stayed at some decent hotels, however the food was average. The guide and the driver you provided were excellent. Nawang was a font of knowledge , both local and international, the driver Jeevan was very good and careful, and he made the journey very comfortable.We enjoyed all the sights we visited and every day we looked forward to a ne destination. The downside to the trip was the condition of the roads, I understand that the Government has undertaken the road widening project from Thimphu to Bumthang . We found it extremely tiring because of the many bad road conditions on the way.Bhutan is unspoilt and we would visit again.The whole experience was well worth the visit.

John Pereira ,
USA

Our unforgettable trip!

Dear Rajan,

Many thanks for organizing such a wonderful tour for us. This will remain our unforgettable trip! We felt so lucky that we were able to visit your beautiful country during the 30th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Bhutan and Japan.

We spent one night in Thimphu, two nights in Phunakha, and two nights in Paro. Phunaka's Lobesa hotel became one of the most impressive splendid hotels we have ever stayed! Its view from the window was just gorgeous and took our breath away.

Nawang was a knowledgeable, kind and caring guide and we learned a lot about your beautiful country from him. Ugay was a safe driver and we felt so comfortable in the lovely Nissan four wheels.

The tour was both very informative and fun. In addition, Nawang accommodated many of our requests and re-arranged the original schedule to our satisfaction. Going to the weekend market in Thimphu became one of the highlights of this tour for us !

We'd like to visit Bhutan again in the future and we will definitely ask you again to organize tour for us.

Finally, we would like to thank Rajan for being such a friendly coordinator. Your responses were always so prompt!!

Nory and Mayuri,
Tokyo, Japan

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