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Aman Journey ( 7N / 8D )



This luxury all-inclusive tour explores the heartlands of this pristine and undiscovered Himalayan kingdom, staying in some of the most exclusive hotels in the world. Soak in the culture and traditions of the rural towns and villages peppered across the country, and come home to exquisite suites and divine spa treatments - guaranteed to make this the trip of a lifetime.

BRIEF ITINERARY:-

DAY 1:Arrival Paro, transfer to Thimphu, o/n Thimphu
DAY 2: Thimphu Valley Exploration, o/n Thimphu
DAY 3: Transfer to Punakha Valley, o/n Punakha
DAY 4: Punakha Valley Exploration, o/n Punakha
DAY 5: Transfer to Paro Valley, o/n Paro
DAY 6: Paro Valley Exploration, o/n Paro
DAY 7: Paro Valley Exploration, o/n Paro
DAY 8: International Departure
 

ITINERARY DETAIL

 


DAY 1: Arrival Paro International Airport, transfer to Thimphu Valley

From the flight in, weaving through the valley, arrival in Bhutan is like no other. 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 in Thimphu)

 

 

 



DAY 2: Exploration of Thimphu Valley

Morning, 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, time permitting and 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 industries ranging from traditional paper making to hand rolled incense.

(overnight: Amankora in Thimphu)

 

 

 

 



DAY 3: Transfer to Punakha Valley

An early departure for a dramatic drive over the high mountain pass of Dochu La and on to the Punakha 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 and the newly built “Druk Wangyal Khangzang Chortens”, a unique cluster of 108 Namgyal Khangzang Chortens that spiral up to a main monument Chorten. This is a tribute and monument to the selfless service and visionary leadership of His Majesty the King. 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, will loop you thru the of Wangdi Valley. Time will be afforded to walk this small village and explore its row of intimate shops before heading back into Punakha Valley. This afternoon you will have a choice to visit the village of Talo, home of the Queens’ and the valley’s protective deity lhakhang and later in the afternoon time given to enjoy the farmhouse and spa of the lodge.

(overnight: Amankora in Punakha)

 

 

 

 



DAY 4: Phobjikha Valley Exploration

The day in Punakha Valley begins with a beautiful hike from the Punakha Lodge along the Mo Chhu thru terraces of rice, chillies and cabbage, takes to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, a monument recently built by the four queens of Bhutan. Following the hike you will drive back up the valley towards Khuruthang passing Punthsho Pelri Palace and several other winter homes of the royal family before reaching the impressive Punakha Dzong. This ancient fortress is the winter residence of the monastic order’s head and still serves as the administrative headquarters for the Punakha region. A picnic lunch is served on the banks of the Punak Chu, before visiting the village of Lobesa where a short walk ends at Chimi Lhakhang, the auspicious fertility monastery built in 1499.

(overnight: Amankora in Punakha)

 

 

 

 



DAY 5: Transfer to Paro Valley

After descending back down from Dochu La, 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.

(overnight: Amankora in Paro)

 

 

 

 



DAY 6: Exploration of Paro Valley

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 lies the dominating Paro Dzong, a 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. This afternoon there will be choice of excursions with those wanting a further immersion into the culture and religion, visits to the Kyichu Lhakhang, Dumtse Lhakhang and the Drukgyel Dzong alter room can be organized. For the hikers, a beautiful trail can be taken up behind the lodge carrying on past Drukgyel Dzong, along the Paro Chhu, then across a suspension bridge and up thru terraced farmland and forests before looping back down the river to a second bridge and across the river, returning to the lodge.

(overnight: Amankora in Punakha)

 

 

 

 



DAY 7: Paro Valley Exploration – Tigers Nest Hike

This morning will begin with a 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 to five hour return trek offers spectacular views of this sacred monastery perched on a cliff face 900m above the valley floor. The balance of the day can be spend browsing shops in town, or enjoying the spa around the lodge.

(overnight: Amankora in Paro)

 

 

 

 



DAY 8: DEPARTURE

Early morning transfer to airport.

 

 

 

 


 

 


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A great trip, thank you. Also appreciated Bishnu, our driver.

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You have wonderful guides. They are well educated, highly informed problem solver, historian and good communication skills. They showed us presentation from normal programme with different topics. They let us discuss interests – photography and arrange programme accordingly. They always showed positive energy and passion to us. They never argued, instead suggested. We are very happy. My husband was very happy with them as he describe him as professional guide. Thank you so much.

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Thanks to you and our very nice and patient guide, we had an amazing experience. He was very patient with our questions about Bhutan and very gentlemanly during the entire journey. We appreciate it very much

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