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Bhutan Luxury Tour: Amankora Luxury Escape

12 Days | 11 Nights

From $ 2,030

Bhutan
Thimphu - Phobjikha Valley - Trongsa - Bumthang - Punakha - Paro

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Upon arrival in Paro International Airport, you will be welcomed by our Asia Senses guide and driver then transferred to Thimphu capital, the main center of commerce, religion and government of Bhutan. Begin the Bhutan Luxury Tour: Amankora Luxury Escape with a 1.5 hour drive to Thimphu, on route, enjoy the beautiful scenes of Thimphu valley. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel and take a short break for lunch.

Following lunch, we will take a visit to National Memorial Chorten, one of Thimphu's most iconic monuments. It was built in 1974 as a memorial to the third king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck who reigned from 1952-1972.

Continue on to Royal Textile Academy to witness the traditional art of weaving and Folk Heritage Museum Kawajangsa which is providing a detailed insight of the entire folk history and heritage of Bhutan.

After that, visit the National Library which kept Bhutan traditional books and historic manuscripts. At the end of the day tour, our driver will provide a transfer to your hotel Amankora Thimphu, one of the best Bhutan luxury hotels in Thimphu.

Overnight in Thimphu.


MEALS
Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATIONS
After breakfast, we will visit Tashichho Dzong which is located at the north end of the valley. Today, Tashichho Dzong houses the secretariat, throne room, and offices of the King of Bhutan.

After that, head north to visit Pangrizampa Monastery which was built in the early 16th century. This two 16th-century buildings complex is a college for traditional astrology. Then we head to Chagri Dorjeden Monastery, a Buddhist monastery in Bhutan established in 1620 by Ngawang Namgyal, the first Zhabdrung Rinpoche, the founder of the Bhutanese state. It was built on the riverside with the river flowing with crystal clear water. After that we drive back to Thimphu for the lunch.

After lunch, we will take a visit to Changangkha Lhakhang Monastery which was built in the 12th century and is the oldest temple in Thimphu. Then visit Thimphu Institute of Zorig Chusum where you can catch a glimpse of apprentices honing their skills and knowledge in 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan.

Afterwards, we visit Motithang Takin Preserve to see takins, the national animal of Bhutan. In the late afternoon, we take visit to Buddha Dordenma statue to enjoy the beautiful view of Thimphu valley. Evening is free at leisure and you can stroll in the town, visit local handicraft shops, do shopping as you like.

Overnight in Thimphu.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATIONS
Amankora Thimphu
This morning, our guide will come to pick up you at hotel then take you to visit Simtokha Dzong, one of oldest Dzong in Thimphu that was built in the year 1629 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, who unified Bhutan.

Afterwards, we depart Thimphu for Gangtey Valley, one of the most beautiful spots in Bhutan and the winter home of the endangered black necked crane. On the way, we will stop to visit Hongtsho Goemba Monastery and its ancient wall paintings. The journey continues over Dochula Pass where on a clear day, you could see the most spectacular view over the high peaks of the Eastern Himalayas while enjoying a hot cup of coffee/tea at the Dochula café.

After that, we continue driving to Gangtey, passing through beautiful and tranquil roads surrounded by lush forests of bamboo and oak. Just before crossing the Pele La Pass, a small side road splinters off to the hidden Phobjikha Valley. On arrival valley, we will take a visit to Gangtey Goemba, an important monastery of Nyingma school of Buddhism. From this monastery, enjoy the valley's prime real estate, on a forested hill overlooking the green expanse of the entire Phobjikha valley.

Overnight in Gangtey.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATIONS
This morning, we will hike through the beautiful nature trail which goes through lush forest of blue pine, oaks and rhododendron. Visit the remote villages in Gangtey valley, pass through meadows and fields, forests of juniper, magnolia and rhododendrons in full bloom in April. On the hike, we may spot long-tailed minivet, streak-breasted scimitar-babbler, yellow-bellied bush-warbler, great barbet…

In the afternoon, visit the Black Neck Crane Information Centre which has informative displays about the black-necked cranes and the valley environment. Depending on the season, you will have the chance to watch rare black-necked cranes which migrate from the high plains of the Tibetan plateau in winter to the milder climate of Phobjikha valley.

Overnight in Gangtey.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATIONS
Amankora Gangtey
Today, we will take a transfer to Jakar valley (Bumthang). This journey will be filled with dramatic landscapes taking in terraced fields, deep river valleys and small hill villages viewed from the highway.

Along the way, we stop to visit Chendebji Chorten which was built in the early 18th century in the style of the great Swayambhunath Stupa of Nepal. It was built by Lama Zhida, to cover the remains of an evil spirit of a gigantic snake that was subdued at this spot.

Arrive at Trongsa, located near the center of Bhutan and was considered crucial to controlling the kingdom in earlier years due to its strategic position. Visit Trongsa Dzong, an important administrative building, providing the headquarters of the government of Trongsa District. It is considered one of the most spectacularly sited Dzong in Bhutan, with a sheer drop to the south that often just disappears into cloud and mist.

After that, we continue driving to Bumthang. The drive takes you over the picturesque Yotong La Pass and down into Chhume Valley home to Bhutan’s famous Yathra weaving. Visit a village of Zungney in Chumey, observe ladies weaving yathras. You may be able to see the dyeing of wool using natural dyes and other processes.

Overnight in Bumthang.


MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATIONS
Begin the day by exploring Wangdicholing Palace which is located near Amankora’s Bumthang lodge. It was built during the times of the first king’s father, Jigme Namgyel and was used by the first King Ugyen Wangchuk as his main residence.

Next, we visit Jakar Dzong, literally meaning “castle of the white bird” is located on picturesque location overlooking the Chokhor valley. Its official name is Yuelay Namgyal Dzong, in honour of the victory over the troops of Tibetan ruler Phuntsho Namgyal.

Continue to Jambay Lhakhang which is said to be one of the 108 temples built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Goenpo in 659 AD. Then we take a visit to the grand Kurjey Lhakhang, considered one of Bhutan’s most auspicious monuments. This temple built around a cave with a body print of Guru Rinpoche imbedded in the wall. The great Guru also created a holy water hole beside the temple which people frequent either for religious or medical purposes.

We than pay a visit to Tamshing Monastery before heading back into town and exploring the valley’s unique cottage industries: Red Panda Brewery, Bumthang Cheese/Dairy Facility and Bumthang Distillery, brewers of numerous distinctive spirits. If you are a cheese and honey lover, it would be a great memorial for you to try the Bumthang cheese which is available and honey produced in Bumthang.

Overnight in Bumthang.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATIONS
Amankora Bumthang
Today, we will explore further afield with an excursion to the beautiful Tang Valley. This beautiful valley offers several off-the-beaten path lhakhangs and monasteries, along the way.

We will stop to visit Mebar Tsho (the Burning Lake) which is one of holiest lakes in the country and is believed to be a wish fulfilling lake. Next, we visit Tang Rimochen Lhakhang, a Buddhist monastery in Bhutan belonging to the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. According to legend, the great Guru Rinpoche meditated on a giant rock, and together with his two consorts Mandarava and Yeshe Tsogyal, left footprints here.

We will also see some picturesque villages and temples along the way. After that, we drive up the hill on the farm road to Tang valley and visit the mystical Ugyen Choling Palace which is now a museum and gives an interesting insight into life in an aristocratic family in the last century.

Return to Bumthang for the night.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATIONS
Amankora Bumthang
After early breakfast, we will have an early departure for the lengthy drive to Punakha, was the capital of Bhutan until the 1960's, and still retains the serene atmosphere of a place with a regal past.

Before reaching Punakha, we will stop at Sopsokha village roadside and take a stroll (about 20 minutes) through the rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang, a pilgrimage site for childless couples. It is believed that childless couples will have children if they get blessing from the lhakhang's wooden phallus.

Thereafter, we continually drive to Punakha, check in to your hotel and free at leisure.


MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATIONS
In the morning drive to Yabesa village and hike to through rice fields and up to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten which sits high above Punakha Valley, affording panoramic views of the verdant hillsides below. It was built by Queen Mother and dedicated to the King and for the wellbeing of Bhutanese.

After that, we drive back to the valley, take in the impressive Punakha Dzong, which is arguably the most beautiful dzong in the country. The three story main temple of the Punakha Dzong is a breathtaking example of traditional architecture with four intricately embossed entrance pillars crafted from cypress and decorated in gold and silver. The dzong also serves as the winter residence of the monastic order's leader and his entourage of monks. Enjoy your picnic lunch on the banks of Pho Chhu & Mo Chhu river.

Then take a visit to a traditional village in Punakha valley. Observing the daily life of villagers and watching beautiful scenes surrounding village. Further hikes or valley excursions can be organized.

Overnight in Punakha.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATIONS
Amankora Punakha
This morning, we will drive back to Paro which takes about three and half hours. Along the way, we will stop to visit Bhutan Royal Botanical Garden which was established in May 1999 to commemorate the Silver Jubilee Celebration of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo. The main mandate of the garden is to act as an ex situ conservation area for the country’s flora and to educate the public on the value of conservation.

Afterwards proceed to Paro. Upon arrival, we will visit Rinpung Dzong which was consecrated in 1645 by Shabdrung Nawang Namgyal on the site of smaller fort. Its name means “the fortress of the heap of jewels”.

Then head to the National Museum which is located on the hill behind the Rinpung Dzong. In this museum, there are over 3000 artworks and masterpieces that display more than 1500 years of cultural heritage of Bhutan. After that, we drive to the ruins of the 17th Century Drukgyel Dzong which was a fortress and Buddhist monastery, now in ruins, located in the upper part of the Paro District.

At the end of tour, our driver will provide a transfer to your hotel Amankora Paro, one of the best Bhutan luxury hotels in Paro. Evenings at Amankora Paro may include informative lectures on the history, religion, flora and fauna of the region, or a film on the Himalayas.

Overnight in Paro.


MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATIONS
After an early breakfast we drive up to the starting point and prepare for our Bhutan trekking to the legendary Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) - a magnificent monastery, clinging on a rock cliff 900 meters above the valley floor. It was constructed in 1692, around the cave where Guru Rinpoche first meditated, the event that introduced Buddhism into Bhutan. Legend has it that in 8th century Guru Rinpoche flew to this exact spot from Tibet on a back of a tigress, thus giving it the name “Tiger’s Nest”. All Bhutanese Buddhist desire to come this monastery at least once in their lives. The hiking trails pass through the meadow of pines, rhododendrons and oaks.

***Note: Horse ride to the cafeteria is available and can be arranged at additional cost.

On the way back, stop then have lunch at the cafeteria. After that, if your energy allows, we drive to visit 7th-century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan's oldest and most beautiful temples. The temple is popularly believed of the 108 temples constructed by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo. The rest of day, you could relax at hotel or stroll around Paro town, visit handicraft and souvenir stores ect.

Overnight in Paro.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATIONS
Amankora Paro Lodge
Our Bhutan Luxury Tour: Amankora Luxury Escape ends today. Free at leisure until our guide and driver then transfer you to Paro airport for your departure flight.
MEALS
Breakfast

Private Tour Price (2 Pax Up)

comfort package
comfort package
$ 2,230
per person
/ person
superior package
superior package
$ 2,550
per person
/ person
deluxe package
deluxe package
$ 8,930
per person
/ person

Tour Price Includes

Tour Price Excludes


When to Go

See estimated monthly temperature and rainfall for this itinerary
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Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Thimphu
10ºC
10mm

Phobjikha Valley
8ºC
6mm

Trongsa
13ºC
9mm

Bumthang
11ºC
6mm

Punakha
16ºC
15mm

Paro
11ºC
13mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Thimphu
11ºC
21mm

Phobjikha Valley
10ºC
14mm

Trongsa
14ºC
14mm

Bumthang
13ºC
11mm

Punakha
18ºC
18mm

Paro
12ºC
23mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Thimphu
15ºC
48mm

Phobjikha Valley
13ºC
36mm

Trongsa
17ºC
51mm

Bumthang
15ºC
37mm

Punakha
22ºC
68mm

Paro
16ºC
54mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Thimphu
17ºC
84mm

Phobjikha Valley
16ºC
65mm

Trongsa
20ºC
95mm

Bumthang
18ºC
69mm

Punakha
24ºC
133mm

Paro
18ºC
97mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Thimphu
19ºC
149mm

Phobjikha Valley
18ºC
122mm

Trongsa
22ºC
225mm

Bumthang
20ºC
157mm

Punakha
25ºC
328mm

Paro
20ºC
174mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Thimphu
21ºC
273mm

Phobjikha Valley
19ºC
222mm

Trongsa
23ºC
419mm

Bumthang
22ºC
294mm

Punakha
26ºC
639mm

Paro
21ºC
346mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Thimphu
21ºC
325mm

Phobjikha Valley
20ºC
256mm

Trongsa
23ºC
446mm

Bumthang
22ºC
317mm

Punakha
27ºC
743mm

Paro
22ºC
428mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Thimphu
21ºC
256mm

Phobjikha Valley
19ºC
207mm

Trongsa
23ºC
341mm

Bumthang
21ºC
252mm

Punakha
26ºC
534mm

Paro
21ºC
331mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Thimphu
20ºC
193mm

Phobjikha Valley
18ºC
150mm

Trongsa
22ºC
249mm

Bumthang
21ºC
181mm

Punakha
26ºC
394mm

Paro
21ºC
250mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Thimphu
18ºC
70mm

Phobjikha Valley
16ºC
57mm

Trongsa
20ºC
88mm

Bumthang
19ºC
66mm

Punakha
24ºC
120mm

Paro
19ºC
85mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Thimphu
14ºC
13mm

Phobjikha Valley
13ºC
11mm

Trongsa
17ºC
14mm

Bumthang
15ºC
11mm

Punakha
21ºC
17mm

Paro
15ºC
15mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Thimphu
11ºC
4mm

Phobjikha Valley
10ºC
3mm

Trongsa
14ºC
5mm

Bumthang
12ºC
3mm

Punakha
18ºC
7mm

Paro
12ºC
4mm

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