“Essence of Bhutan” is an extraordinary 9-days luxury Bhutan tour, an immersive journey through the heart of this mystical and captivating nation. This exclusive Bhutan trip guarantees an unforgettable experience filled with cultural treasures, architectural marvels, and the serene beauty of nature.
Upon your arrival at Paro airport, you’ll receive a warm welcome from our Bhutanese crew, and then we’ll drive to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital. Your adventure begins here, where you’ll immerse yourself in the thriving culture and be mesmerized by the stunning architecture that graces this unique city. Explore the bustling streets, visit iconic landmarks such as Buddha View Point, Taki Reserve, Dzong, Museum, and the Handicraft school, gaining profound insights into the Bhutanese way of life.
Next, your journey takes you to the serene beauty of the Phobjikha Valley, an untouched landscape known for its unique inhabitants, the black-necked cranes. Witness the graceful flight of these magnificent birds and feel a deep connection to the natural world.
From there, we’ll continue to Punakha, passing through beautiful mountain passes that offer stunning views of the Himalayas. Punakha is a place steeped in historical riches, and you’ll delve into the past as you visit ancient fortresses and temples that whisper stories of Bhutan’s vibrant history. The harmonious blend of tradition and modernity in Punakha creates a captivating atmosphere. During your stay in Punakha, you’ll visit Punakha Dzong, Chimi Lhakhang, and enjoy a gentle hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, where you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views.
We will then return to Paro for the final two nights of your journey, where you’ll embark on a hike to the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Dramatically perched on a hill, this sacred site not only offers awe-inspiring views of the Himalayas but also provides a profound spiritual experience. The journey to the Tiger’s Nest is a testament to Bhutan’s deep-rooted spirituality and unwavering devotion.
Throughout your Bhutan trip, you’ll relish the highest level of comfort and luxury as you stay in opulent accommodations, including the renowned Six Senses and other top-notch hotels. These luxurious retreats ensure that your visit to the world’s happiest nation is not only culturally enriching but also an indulgent and unforgettable experience. To tailor this exceptional journey to your preferences, we encourage you to engage in a discussion with our travel designer. Your personalized adventure awaits.
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Arrival and explore Thimpu
Embarking on a morning flight to Paro, we step into the realm of Bhutan, greeted by our Bhutanese team. Our Luxury journey unfolds at Tachog Lhakhang, a cultural gem where an ancient iron chain bridge beckons. Continuing, we pay homage at the National Memorial Chorten, a poignant monument honoring the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, amidst a serene ambiance of devotion.
The day carries us to the remarkable Tashichho Dzong, a fusion of Buddhist Monastery and fortress. Its unique architecture, devoid of nails and written plans, resonates with Bhutanese heritage and serves as the seat of the King of Bhutan and the Bhutanese Government.
On 2nd day, Thimphu’s exploration continues with the grand Buddha Dordenma statue, offering panoramic city views. A leisurely stroll along Norzin Lam Street reveals Thimphu’s unique charm without traffic lights. A visit to the main postal office introduces valuable Bhutanese stamps, a window into the nation’s rich history.
Our Luxury holiday unfolds at the School of Traditional Arts, where Bhutan’s cultural legacy thrives in the hands of a new generation. The National Folk Heritage Museum transports us to traditional village life’s warmth and simplicity. At the Motithang Takin Preserve, Bhutan’s national animal thrives, embodying the nation’s commitment to preserving its unique biodiversity. Our exploration culminates at Changangkha Lhakhang, steeped in history and spirituality.
With day’s end, we bask in Thimphu’s charm before retiring to our hotel, where comfort embraces us for a rejuvenating night’s rest.
Accommodation: Six Senses (2 Nights)
Drive to Phobjikha and explore
After an early breakfast, we’ll embark on a scenic drive to Phobjikha Valley, passing through the Dochula Pass, where clear weather offers panoramic views of Gangkhar Puensum, Bhutan’s highest mountain. As we descend, we’ll catch sight of Wangdue Dzong and be treated to stunning vistas of the remote Phobjikha valley and its black mountain ranges.
Reaching Phobjikha, you’ll experience traditional Bhutanese rural life among the villagers. This valley is famed for hosting black-necked cranes each November, after their Tibet sojourn. Please note that today’s drive will span 6-7 hours, with breaks for lunch and scenic views.
The following day begins with a visit to the Cranes Museum, followed by a 2-hour nature walk through Phobjikha valley, starting from a hilltop with a view of Gangtey Goemba. We’ll pass flower meadows, forests, and the village of Semchubara, reaching the open valley and encountering cultural landmarks. The Nature Trail can also include a visit to Gangtey Goemba, a 16th-century monastery atop a hill, overlooking Gangtey village. The rest of the day is yours to indulge in spa treatments or other activities.
Accommodation: Gangtey Lodge (2 nights)
Drive to Punakha and touring around
After breakfast, we’ll embark on a pleasant 3.5-hour drive to Punakha. Upon arrival, we’ll relish a delicious lunch, followed by a short walk to Chimi Lhakhang, known as The Fertility Temple, dedicated to the unconventional 15th-century saint Drukpa Kunley, the “Divine Madman,” famous for his unique teaching methods.
At Chimi Lhakhang, blessings for fertility and well-being are sought, while the temple’s history and scenic setting offer insights into Bhutanese culture. Returning to our accommodations in Punakha, the evening promises comfort.
The next morning starts with an early trek to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, offering breathtaking valley and terraced paddy field views. Witness the impressive 350-meter-long suspension bridge over Pho Chhu River, providing stunning river vistas.
A visit to the renowned Punakha Dzong unveils intricate decor and architectural grandeur. If time permits, we’ll explore Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang nunnery, perched high for captivating valley views. Leisure time in the afternoon concludes this remarkable day of sights and cultural immersion.
Accommodation: Como Uma, Punakha (2 Nights)
Drive to Paro and hike to Tiger Nest
After breakfast, we’ll drive back to Paro, relishing the same scenic route we embarked on four days earlier, offering Himalayan vistas and picturesque landscapes. Arriving in Paro, we’ll settle into our luxury hotel.
Our Paro exploration begins at Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest temples, exuding historical and spiritual significance. Following that, we’ll delve into the National Museum, Ta Dzong, displaying a captivating collection of Bhutanese art, artifacts, and relics. Our journey continues to the magnificent Paro Dzong, also known as Rinpung Dzong, an awe-inspiring monastery featured in “Little Buddha.”
The next day marks the pinnacle of our Bhutan experience – a walking tour to the famed Taktsang Monastery, the Tiger’s Nest. While the trek might pose challenges, the remarkable reward justifies the effort. For those who prefer a lighter option, a trek to the cafeteria offers fantastic views of Taktsang.
After the trek, you can either relax at the hotel or luxuriate in a rejuvenating spa treatment. This day ensures an unforgettable adventure, providing a unique glimpse into Bhutan’s spiritual and natural marvels.
Accommodation: Zhiwa Ling Heritage Hotel (2 Nights)
Our luxurious holiday in Bhutan is drawing to a close today, leaving us with cherished memories that will last a lifetime. Depending on our flight schedule and destination, our crew will bid us farewell at the airport, marking the end of this unforgettable journey.
- Accommodation in mentioned high-end hotels
- A private English speaking Bhutanese Guide
- All Meals
- All private transport
- All entry fees during sightseeing
- Bhutanese Visa
- Sustainable Development Fees
- International Flight to/from Paro
- Personal Insurance
- Personal Drinks and Bar Bill
- Tips & Gratuity