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Bhutan Sojourn with Amankora

Duration: 6 days Place: Paro, Thimphu

The 05N/06D Bhutan Sojourn with Amankora tour takes you to two of the most famous tourist attractions in Bhutan, Thimphu and Paro. In Thimphu, some of the places which you get to visit are National Memorial Chorten, Takin Preserve Centre and Folk Heritage Museum. In Paro, you will visit the National Museum, go on a small hike and explore the landscape. Throughout the course of the tour, you will enjoy a luxury stay in the top luxury hotels in Bhutan, including Aman Thimphu and Aman Paro. At these hotels, luxury presents itself in the accommodations, dining and all the other experiences on offer. The presence of modern amenities amidst a traditional Bhutanese style of architecture, is what interests you greatly. Beside the authentic Bhutanese cuisines on offer, there are Indian and Europeans ones too.

Day 01: Arrive Paro-Transfer to Thimphu

This Bhutan luxury tour begins with your arrival at Paro Airport in Bhutan, where you will be met by our representative and greeted with “tashi khadda”, the traditional welcome of Bhutan. After completing the formalities, drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. It is a 90 minutes drive approx. Thimphu is the biggest city of Bhutan and is a good mixture of urbanisation and tradition. On arriving at Thimphu, we will be checking in at Amankora Thimphu.

You have the rest of the day at leisure.

Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel Aman Thimphu.

Day 02: Thimphu Sightseeing

Today morning, after a leisurely breakfast, set off to explore beautiful Thimphu with our experienced tour guide. Your luxury tour in Bhutan will include a visit to Kuensel Phodrang (Buddha Statue), whose main attraction is the huge statue of Buddha on top of the Kuensel Phodrang. You will also visit the National Memorial Chorten, a site featuring magnificent Asian architecture, elaborately painted annexes, marvelous mandalas, and a shrine to the King & Folk Heritage Museum. In the afternoon, visit Sangaygang View Point and Changangkha Monastery, one of the most ancient temples of Thimphu valley. This is the home of gigantic prayer wheels, super-sized sacred scriptures, and most importantly, a sculpted figure of thousand-armed Avalokitesvara, a lord/master that looks over the troubles/sadness of life, according to the Buddhist faith.

Takin Preserve Centre, the national animal of Bhutan, can be seen here. In the evening, visit Tashichho Dzong. The Thimphu Dzong is a famous Buddhist fortress and monastery on the northern part of the city. This is the office of the civil government’s head, or the Dharma Raja, who shares some powers with the kingship. It is also the country’s official summer capital. As one would expect, it is a magnificent place to behold and visit. You have the entire evening to yourself.

Overnight stay at Hotel Aman Thimphu.

Day 03: Thimphu-Paro

In the morning, after a leisurely breakfast, you will be transferred to Paro. Upon arrival, complete your check in formalities at the hotel, Amankora Paro. Later in the day, you can visit the National Museum, housed in the Ta Dzong (watchtower), where 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, a fine example of Bhutanese historic architecture. From the Dzong, the Bhutan luxury tour takes you to Nyamai Zampa, a traditional cantilever bridge. After that, guests are then driven to the town temple built in 1525, to view the ancient wall paintings.

Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel Aman Paro.

Day 04: Paro Sightseeing

On this day, you can pursue any activities of your choice, or a small hiking can be organised up behind the lodge. You can carry on past Drukgyel Dzong, along the Paro Chhu, then across a suspension bridge, up through terraced farmland and forests, before looping back down the river to a second bridge, and across the river, returning to the lodge. Or you can relax at the hotel and enjoy the hotel amenities.

Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel Aman Paro.

Day 05: Paro (Trek to Tiger’s Nest)

In the morning, you will go on a challenging hike to one of Bhutan’s most popular icons, Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), which clings to a cliff at 3,000 feet above the valley, or around 10,000 feet above sea level. Upon arrival, take in the views at this sacred site where the great tantric mystic Guru Rinpoche (also known as Padmasambhava) is believed to have flown on the back of the tiger to bring the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan. Enjoy your lunch at the hotel. You have the rest of the day at your own leisure.

Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel Aman Paro.

Day 06: Paro- Departure to Onward Destination

After breakfast, you will be transferred back to Paro Airport in time to catch the flight for onward destination.

Highlights of the trip

  • Visit Kuensel Phodrang (Buddha Statue)
  • Explore the National Memorial Chorten
  • Watch Bhutan’s national animal at Takin Preserve Centre
  • Learn about Bhutan’s culture & heritage at National Museum
  • Go on a hike to Taktsang Monastery

Inclusion of the trip

  • Accommodation
  • Activities
  • Breakfast
  • Transport

Exclusion of the trip

  • Airfare / Railfare
  • Government GST of 5%
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Entrance fees
  • Guide Charges
  • Video and Camera permits
  • Any supplementary services
  • Porterage at hotels and airports, tips, insurance, laundry, liquors, wine
  • Any cost arising due to natural calamities like landslides, roadblocks
  • Early check in & late check out at the hotels
  • Any compulsory supplement during the stay
  • Any other services not specified above

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