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based on 9 nights inc. flights & selected experiences
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International economy flights and taxes from the UK
Half Board Included for all stays in Bhutan
Daily Breakfast in Thailand
per person based on two sharing.
You will have a private car and personal guide throughout, making the itinerary seamless and allowing you to completely sit back and enjoy
This itinerary is a great way to experience Bhutan at a very relaxed pace, ensuring that there is plenty of time to relax, enjoying each other's company
Bhutan is full of breath taking scenery and incredible sites, making it a joy to discover with a loved one
All experiences, day-walks and visits to local sites are included
If you are wanting to extend your trip to add on some beach time at the end, this can easily be tailored for you
In the western, central and eastern Bhutan you will mostly experience cold European-like weather. Winter lasts here from November to March. The Monsoon occurs between June and August when the temperature is normally between 8° and 21°C. October and November are arguably the best months, when the monsoon has passed and the skies are clear. The spring months of March, April and May are best for the flora, but it can be stormy as the monsoon builds up for July-September.
Through this romantic itinerary experience the beauty of Bhutan as you enjoy the country at a slower pace allowing for plenty of time to relax. This gentle tour combining Paro and Punakha is the perfect glimpse into the fascinating Himalayan kingdom.
Starting in Bangkok, you’ll have two nights to enjoy the bright lights of this big city, with cruises along the Chao Phraya River, moonlit evening cocktails in sky bars and dinner reservations at some of the best restaurants in Asia.
From Bangkok you will take a short flight to Paro, where you will be met on arrival by private expert guide ready to explore this fantastic region. Directly from the airport you’ll drive to Punakha, home to the magnificent Punakha Dzong. Over the three nights here, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the cultural aspects of the valley including a visit to the main fortified Buddhist Monastery (or Dzong) and the Temple of Fertility. With three nights here we have also included a lovely half day trek into the surrounding countryside, exploring this lush and tropical region with your guide whilst keeping plenty of time to enjoy the area yourself.
From Punkaha it is back to Paro where you will have four leisurely nights. We have obviously included the amazing hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery and visiting the Dzong and National Museum. As you have more time here, we have also included a day trip out to the remote Haa Valley, where you will really feel that you have left the tourists behind. Largely untouched, this is a brilliant valley to experience rural Bhutanese life with a visit to a local farmhouse complete, with traditional hot stone bath. On departure from Bhutan you will be driven back to the airport in time to connect to your flight home.
The Chimmi Lhakhang Temple is a temple of fertility dedicated to the Buddhist saint known as the Divine Madman. A short walk through paddy fields takes you to the temple and is popular with Bhutanese families wanting to start a family.
Take a morning cycling up the beautiful Pho Chhu River, famous for the White-Bellied Heron and dramatic scenery. Take a walk into the local village for a spot of tea before having a lovely picnic lunch overlooking the river before returning to Punakha.
Anyone who works in Bhutan must wear traditional national dress, and you can have the chance to dress up for a few hours to see how it feels. The Bhutanese absolute love visitors doing it!
The Drukgyal Dzong is located further up the Paro Valley from the Tiger's Nest Monastery and was built in 1649 by Tenzin Drukdra to celebrate victory over an invading army from Tibet.
Giligang has a 300-year old temple and a wonderful way to escape other tourists and see an authentic side to Bhutan, and can be added on to a visit to the Khansum Yulley Namgyal Chorten and Butterfly Trail.
Take the short hike up to the Khansam Yulley Temple where you can sit back in awe at the wonderful views down the Mo Chhu Valley before heading off on the one-hour Butterfly Trail, stopping off for tea in the local home.
The Kyichu Lhakhang is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, dating from the 7th century and constructed by the Tibetan Emperor Songtsan Gampo.
Your children can have the opportunity to meet a monk their own age. 10% of Bhutan's population are monks and they can hear stories of getting up each day before first-light for prayers and their daily routines.
This fantastic experience combines the Sangchen Nunnery, the Nalanda Buddhist College and the Nobgang Village walk which takes you from the high hills above Punakha and winds gently down to the Punakha Dzong - you approach it almost vertically!
The Paro Dzong, or Rinpung Dzong as it is otherwise called, looms above the town of Paro. On the hill above the Dzong in the former watchtower you can visit the National Museum.
If you are in Paro on a Sunday then absolutely visit the local market. See a variety of vegetables on offer from 0630 until about 1000, and you can then see the archery ground following your visit.
Punakha Dzong, otherwise known as the Pungtang Dechen Photrang literally means the palace of great happiness or bliss, and is the finest of its kind in Bhutan, dating from the 17th century and located on the confluence of the Mo Chhu and Po Chhu Rivers.
Khuruthang Saturday Vegetable Market is located in the small town next to the Punakha Dzong. On Sundays, you can visit the Wangdue Market, about a 30-minute drive away. Wander around the stalls, selling local fruit and vegetables.
Take the Butterfly Trail which is a one hour trek through local villages and paddy fields, stopping for tea in a local home before hiking to the Khamsum Yulley Chorten and then rafting back to the main Dzong of Punakha.
The unspoilt Haa Valley is located close to Paro and offers a fantastic day out. Drive over the Chele Pass, Bhutan's highest road, and choose to free-wheel on bikes into the Haa Valley. Explore the local monastery, have a picnic and return to Paro.
The Tiger's Nest Monastery is spectacular; legend has it that this cliffside was where Guru Rinpoche landed on the back of a flying tigress, bringing Buddhism to Bhutan. Set off for the 2-hour walk to the viewpoint before continuing onto the Monastery.
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