Amankora Holiday - Bhutan Luxury Tour

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Amankora Holiday - Bhutan Luxury Tour

Our journey takes you into the ancient Kingdom of Bhutan for an adventure amidst snowy peaks, raging rivers, cliff-hanging monasteries and engaging people. You stay in exclusive Amankora guest houses, in remote and beautiful valleys.

Visit stunning temples and monasteries. Climb to Tiger’s Nest on a 900 m cliff-edge. Trek amidst heart-breaking beauty, go mountain biking, fish in clear rivers, or try other mountain pursuits. The retreats offer comfort, charm and harmonious simplicity.

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Day to day Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Paro – Thimphu (1.2 Hrs).

    On your arrival at Paro International our local representative will meet you and transfer you to hotel in Thimphu. The transfer to Thimphu is approximately 1 ½ hours and upon arrival and following lunch you will have the choice of the National Memorial Chorten, National Textile Museum, Folk Heritage Museum, and National Library to visit, and perhaps time to stroll main street for some interesting Himalayan artefacts or textiles.

    Overnight: Amankora, Thimphu | Altitude: 2300m


  • Day 02: Thimphu sightseeing.

    This morning you will head to the north end of the valley to view Trashi Chhoe Dzong, the seat of Bhutan’s government and Royal offices, and pay a visit to Pangri Zampa, two 16th century buildings that now house a monastic training school for astrologers. At the head of the valley, should you wish to stretch your legs, a short hike will take you to Cheri Goemba, the monastery where the first monastic body was established in the Kingdom. Back in town you should be able to visit a few of the capital’s cottage like traditional paper making and the weaving centre.

    Overnight: Amankora, Thimphu


  • Day 03: Thimphu – Phobjikha (5 Hrs).

    An early departure for a dramatic drive over the high mountain passes of Dochu La and on to the Phobjika Valley. Sights on the way include one of Bhutan’s first fortress monasteries, the 17th century Simtokha Dzong, and ancient wall paintings at the Hongtsho Goemba monastery. The journey continues over the 3,050m mountain pass where on a clear day, towering Himalayan peaks are clearly visible. The descent down thru the Punakha Valley along the Kingdom’s only east-west highway continues on through the scenic village of Wangdi. Carrying on the highway follows the scenic Dang Chhu before climbing thru forests of bamboo and oak, and just before crossing the Pele La pass, a small side road splinters off to the hidden Phobjika Valley. On arrival you will have time to visit the striking Gangtey Goemba, sitting at the head of the valley, and perhaps strolling thru the quaint Gangtey village or hike amongst the blooming rhododendrons behind the lodge.

    Overnight: Amankora, Gangtey | Altitude: 2900m


  • Day 04: Gangtey Halt.

    This morning will start with a visit to the Black Neck Crane Center and dependent on the season, time spent in the Center’s nearby hide is a must to view the breeding cranes. Various walks or a mountain bike ride thru this magnificent valley can be arranged. Soaking up the beauty of the valley from the Lodge or returning to the revered Goemba for an audience with the Tulkul may be attractive, relaxing alternatives for the day.

    Overnight: Gangtey


  • Day 05: Gangtey – Jakar (6 Hrs).

    Today’s journey onward to Jakar (Bumthang) is perhaps long, but certainly memorable with dramatic landscapes of terraced farmland, deep river valleys and precariously perched farmhouses viewed from the only east west highway that has been ingeniously carved out of the mountain faces. Following a brief stop at Chendebji Chorten, which according to belief was built to cover the remains of a demon spirit, you will carry on to what was the original home of the royal family. Upon reaching Trongsa you may take time to stroll this quaint village and official business permitting, perhaps visit the Trongsa Dzong, ancestral home to Bhutan’s monarch where you will often find novice monks reciting mantras or practicing on sacred horns, flutes or drums. The drive onward to Bumthang takes you over the picturesque Yotong La and down into the Chhume Valley, home of Bhutan’s famous Yatra weaving. Here you will have a chance to browse the traditional textiles and perhaps see the weavers create their intricate handiwork.

    Overnight: Amankora, Bumthang | Altitude: 2650m


  • Day 06: Jakar sightseeing.

    This morning you will explore our neighbouring palace, Wangdichhoeling, home to the 2nd King, and the auspicious prayer wheels next door. Heading up valley, you will take in the grand Kurjey Lhakhang, considered one of Bhutan’s most auspicious monuments, that was once the resting place of Guru Rimpoche, and Jambay Lhakhang, home to the early winter festivals that draw thousands of Bhutanese for their annual blessings. Heading back into town and across the Bumthang Chhu, you will enjoy a visit to the sin alleviating Tamshing Monastery followed by quick visits to the valleys unique cottage industries – Red Panda Brewery, Bumthang Cheese/Dairy Facility and the Bumthang Distillery, home to numerous distinctive spirits.

    Overnight: Amankora, Bumthang


  • Day 07: Explore Tang Valley – Bumthang District.

    Today you will explore further in Bumthang district with an excursion the stunningly beautiful Tang Valley. This seldom visited valley offers a treat in revealing some off the beaten track lhakhangs and monasteries, and the amazing museum at Ugen Chhoeling Palace. A short hike takes you up to this well maintained Palace and it cultural treasures inside. Along way you will stop for a traditional picnic with breathtaking views of the pristine surroundings.

    Overnight: Amakora, Bumthang


  • Day 08: Jakar – Punakha (7 Hrs).

    Today you will start with an early departure for the lengthy drive to Punakha. Upon entering the Punakha Valley you may stop to stretch your legs for a short walk thru the valley floor to the Chimi Lhakhang, the auspicious fertility monastery built by the “Divine Madman” in 1499.

    Overnight: Amankora, Punakha | Altitude: 1350m


  • Day 09: Punakha halt.

    Your day in Punakha Valley begins with a hike up thru the banks of the Mo Chhu to the upper end of the valley to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, a stunning monument recently built by the Queens and consecrated in 1999. Returning down thru the valley you will have plenty of time to take in the impressive Punakha Dzong, home to the remains of Bhutan’s first ruler, Shabdrung Nawang Namgyal, and the winter residence of the monastic order’s leader and his entourage of monks. Later a picnic lunch will be served on the banks of the Punak Chhu at a vantage point of the stunning Dzong and confluence of the Mo Chhu and Pho Chhu. Following lunch a quick drive will take you to the village of Talo where you will stop to walk the stunning, quiet grounds of the village temple and perhaps visit the home village of the Kingdom’s four Queens. Further hikes or valley excursions can be organized.

    Overnight: Amankora, Punakha | Altitude: 1350m


  • Day 10: Punakha – Paro (3.5 Hrs).

    After descending back down from Dochu La, you will follow your way back up the dramatic Wang Chu and Paro Chu river valleys, before crossing thru Paro Town towards the north end of the valley. Here, set in a pine forest, you will find the Amankora lodge and its spa. In the afternoon, there is an opportunity for a quick stroll to the nearby ruins, a visit to some of the valley’s oldest and holiest religious monuments or a ramble down Paro’s main street. Evenings at Amankora may include informative lectures on the history, religion, flora and fauna of the region or an intriguing movie on the Himalayas.

    Overnight: Amankora, Paro | Altitude: 2200m


  • Day 11: Paro sightseeing.

    The day starts with a visit to the National Museum, housed in the Ta Dzong (watchtower). Here, an intriguing collection of artefacts 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 temple, built in 1525, to view ancient wall paintings. 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 Goemba, 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: Amankora, Paro


  • Day 12: Departue.

    Early morning transfer to Paro International Airport for your departure flight.

Bhutan Tour Trekking Package Cost

Bhutan Tour Trekking Package cost always depends on the number of people traveling in your group, standard of the hotels you like to take and the period you are travelling (High season, Low season) etc. Please click on the next tab (INQUIRY/ BOOKING) and send us your inquiry. We will reply you with cost and other necessary details within 24 hours.


Normally Package Cost Include(s)

  • Bhutan Government Royalty fees.
  • Personal English speaking professional guide.
  • Personal driver with private vehicle as per the group size.
  • All necessary ground transfers including arrival and departure.
  • Hotel accommodation 3 Star, 4 Star, 5 Star (optional).
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner and bottles water daily.
  • Entrances to museums and monuments.
  • All sightseeing tours and activities as per the itinerary.
  • Bhutan Government royalties and taxes.
  • Bhutan visa fees and all bank transfer fees.

Cost Exclude(s)

  • Single room supplement.
  • Bhutanese Tourist Visa fee of US$40 per person.
  • Air flight costs to/from Paro (can be arranged with us).
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • 4 star and 5 star accommodations and meals (optional).
  • Tips for the guide and driver.
  • Alcoholic drink.
  • Other personal expenses like overseas calls, laundry etc.
   

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