Luxury tour and holiday in Bhutan gem of Himalaya
Come and discover magical Bhutan, in Asia, almost an enchanted kingdom, with this tailor-made tour and luxury holiday in a country that meets the present one step at a time, managing to preserve its great cultural and natural heritage. Hidden in the foothills of the Himalayas, Bhutan is a land of impenetrable monasteries, virgin forests, where many species of wild animals find their natural habitats, and where the population lives according to the Buddhist culture and tradition.Read more
Come and discover magical Bhutan, in Asia, almost an enchanted kingdom, with this tailor-made tour and luxury holiday in a country that meets the present one step at a time, managing to preserve its great cultural and natural heritage. Hidden in the foothills of the Himalayas, Bhutan is a land of impenetrable monasteries, virgin forests, where many species of wild animals find their natural habitats, and where the population lives according to the Buddhist culture and tradition.
This trip and vacation offers a rare glimmer of cultural diversity and at the same the rich heritage of this land. Here are the highlights of the tour:
The best times to visit Bhutan are spring (March to May), with the beautiful blooms of rhododendrons, and autumn (late September to late November), with the changing colors of nature. Winter is cold but days are clear, it is the best time for bird-watching; in the summer it rains, from June to August there is the monsoon season and the fields are bright green.
A trip to Bhutan requires a good adaptability for some long transfers on roads that are not always in good conditions and for some excursions that require trekking to reach the remotest monasteries-dzong. Local guides speak English. You can enter Bhutan from India, from Bangkok and Singapore, with flights operated by Druk Air.
Arrive by Druk Air flight from Bangkok or Singapore. Paro has managed to maintain its bucolic character almost intact: its valley is dotted with villages and isolated farms that are camouflaged in the landscape by the characteristic colors of the forest. After entry formalities, meet with your guide and transfer to Hotel Uma Paro 5 * luxury, of the Como Hotels chain. Depending on the arrival time lunch at the hotel. Time to rest and familiarize. In the late afternoon the guide will show you how to wear traditional clothes: Gho for men and Kira for women. Dinner and overnight in the hotel. All meals included except breakfast.
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport and departure by domestic flight to Bumthang, where you arrive after 20 minutes. Transfer to Hotel Aman, 5 * luxury: accommodation in private rooms and dining. The afternoon will be dedicated to the visit and the discovery of the valley, among the most sacred places in Bhutan: there are more than 40 temples.
Visit Tamshing Lhundrup Choling, built in 1501 by Pema Lingpa, spiritual figure among the most revered in the country. The interior features a statue of Guru Rinpoche and marvellous frescoes, considered among the oldest in the country. Anyone visiting this monastery will be redeemed from sins and blessed to life: this is why the Monastery of Tamshing is a place of endless pilgrimage from all over the country and from abroad. After the visit return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight. All meals included.
Full board. This day will be dedicated to the visit of the Valley and its many Dzong. If you travel during Jakar Tsechu or Jambay Lakhang Drup you will have the opportunity to attend the numerous ceremonies, rituals and dances held during that period. Most of the dances date from before the Middle Ages, and each dance has a deep religious meaning in the eternal struggle between Good and Evil in Buddhist mythology.
Full board. Your sightseeing will include one of the oldest monasteries of the region, Jambay Lhakhang, built in the 7th century, to witness the expansion of Buddhism throughout Bhutan. To learn more about the customs and costumes you will then visit a farm, where you will have the opportunity to taste the local cuisine. Then you'll spend the day with demonstrations of shooting with the bow, a national sport in Bhutan.
You will also visit Karchu Dratsang, a private monastic institution of His Eminence Namkaha Ningpo, a disciple of Guru Rinpoche, and you will participate in a religious ceremony. Note: during the period of Jakar Tshechu this day will be spent attending the ceremonies planned for this important occasion.
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the airport and return flight to Paro (about 20 minutes). Once again we invite you to admire the view of the Himalayan peaks. Upon arrival you'll take a long walk along the main street of Paro and have lunch at a local restaurant. Visit Rinpung Dzong, the administrative center of Paro valley and a monastery.
The tour continues crossing Paro Chhu river, thanks to Nymezampa bridge, covered as required by the local architectural tradition, and admiring numerous chorten. Walk in the city center. Transfer to Hotel Uma Paro 5 * luxury, for dinner and overnight.
Breakfast in the hotel. Departure for a spectacular hike to Taktsang Monastery, also known as "Tiger's nest": the path that climbs up to the Monastery built on the rocks winds through a magnificent forest of pine trees, on whose trunks the traditional multi-colored prayer-flags wave. Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche flew here on the back of a tiger from the eastern region, to meditate and teach the principles of Buddhism. This is why this is one of the holiest and most venerated sites for Buddhists in the world.
After visiting the monastery, lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to go back to the town for a last walk before returning to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Breakfast. Transfer to the international airport in time for boarding formalities for your return flight or onward flight to another destination.
This trip requires an entry visa for Bhutan. To obtain Bhutan visa you need to have a passport which must be valid for 6 months and have at least 2 free pages. Passport details and a copy must be sent upon confirmation, the visa is issued only after payment of all services to the Ministry of Tourism in Bhutan at least one month before departure. The visa will be applied on the passport on arrival in Bhutan, you need two passport photos, your passport: the cost of the visa is included in the participation fee.
Minimum 3 people