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Ultimate Bhutan in 7 Nights

Bhutan

8 Day Itinerary

Best Time
October to March
Guide Price

£9,000pp

$10,800pp

Embark on an extraordinary journey to Bhutan, where vibrant festivals in remote valleys and exhilarating archery tournaments await, balanced by more serene moments such as meditation at Punakha dzong and tranquil hikes through the Himalayas to sacred sites.

Highlights

  • Meditate with chief Abbot at Punakha Dzong
  • Dinner with member of Parliament
  • Meet with Buddhist Monks, hike to Tigers Nest
  • 8 aside Archery Tournament in Paro

Day 1 - 2: Thimphu, Bhutan

Day 2 - 5: Punakha, Bhutan

Day 5 - 8: Paro, Bhutan

Day 1 - 2: Thimphu, Bhutan

  • Spot the enormous golden Buddha that sits atop a meditation hall
  • Meet with a member of Parliament for your first banquet dinner
  • Bhutan’s capital city is the heart of the country and home to Thimphu Valley, the giant Buddha and an abundance of monasteries.

Begin in Thimpu, where you’ll spend one night at Six Senses Thimphu – a luxury hotel in the shadow of the Himalayas with sweeping views over Thimphu Valley and Great Buddha Dordenma. With a guide, visit the golden Buddha statue and the National Memorial Chorten.

Pre-dinner, you will meet with a Member of Parliament to give a short talk. This special session strives to give you more insight and understanding of Bhutan – whether it’s the Gross National Happiness, history, religion, culture or politics of this special country.

View Six Senses Thimphu
Six Senses Thimpu
Six Senses Thimpu - Balcony
Architecture of the Punakha Dzong-Bhutan.

Day 2 - 5: Punakha, Bhutan

  • Meditate with the Chief Abbot in the inner Sanctum of Punakha Dzong, a 17th century riverside palace
  • Visit the Temple of Fertility, hike to Kham Yuelley Temple, meet with monks and visit a Bhuddist College
  • Once the capital of Bhutan, Punakha is full of interesting history, monuments and scenic views over the Pho River.

Travel to Punakha over the Dochula Pass, winding past exceptional views of the snow-capped Himalayas. Prior to arrival in Punakha, we will visit Chimi Lhakhang which is an easy 15 minute walk from the road. This is known as the Temple of Fertility.

Reaching Punakha in time for lunch, spend two nights at Amankora Punakha Lodge, an elegant hideaway set amidst farmland, on the river front.

In the afternoon you will visit to Punakha Dzong and chant in the inner sanctum with the chief Abbot.

The following day, Hike along the Butterfly Trail to the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten. For those wishing to ramp up the adrenaline, we can arrange white water rafting along the Pho River. In the evening, sip on riverside cocktails and soaking up the majestic scenery.

For lunch we will lay on a riverside BBQ lunch. In the afternoon, we will take a drive to Talo before visiting Nalanda Dorjidhen, a Buddhist college, where you will be able to sit and talk to monks speaking English.

Day 5 - 8: Paro, Bhutan

  • Archery Tournament against a local team of 8 players
  • Hike through the mountains to the Tiger’s Nest monastery, precariously built into the cliffside
  • Set in Western Bhutan, the valley town of Paro is perfect for exploring its surroundings on foot, as well as promising an immersive spiritual and wellness retreat.

Today you will take a scenic flight to Paro. On arrival, you will visit the Kyichu temple. You will light 108 Butter lamps. You will then visit the National Museum with a top curator.

We have arranged a private archery tournament for you. Two teams of archers will compete. Each team is encouraged by its supporters who dance and sing, extolling their team while teasing and mocking the opponents to make them lose their concentration. There are 2 painted targets placed at each end of the range at about 120 meters apart. The teams will compete, each player shooting two arrows. Each time an arrow hits the bulls-eye, there is celebratory mayhem!

Toward the evening, you will take e-bikes on a short tour to experience a little more of the Paro Valley.

After an early breakfast, take a day hike to Taktsang Monastery, perched on the side of a vertical cliff at 3000m altitude north of Paro. This monastery creates an extraordinary sight and is the unofficial symbol of Bhutan. It is one of the most famous Buddhist Monasteries in Bhutan and is also to as the ‘Tiger’s Nest’.

An hour and a half hike up to a small wooden teahouse provides a close view of the monastery where you take a breather and enjoy some light snacks. A further hike of an hour leads you to the glorious Taktsang Monastery. That evening, you will be able to enjoy the spa and ease those blessed aches from the morning’s pilgrimage.

Finally – to finish the trip in style, we have arranged an enchanting final dinner with live musicians, dancers and a meal fit for Bhutan’s Royal Family.

Paro Taktsang (Tiger's Nest), Paro District, Bhutan

What is typically included

  • Seven nights on Full Board with private guiding
  • Dinner with a member of Parliament
  • Archery tournament, farm tours, monk encounters
  • All private transfers

Ultimate Bhutan in 7 Nights

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Best Time
October to March
Guide Price

£9,000pp

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