Bewitching Bhutan

This winter, escape the hustle and bustle of life and pursue happiness in the mountain kingdom of Bhutan. Explore the verdant valleys of Paro and Punakha with us in association with COMO Uma Hotels, as we take you on an exciting journey through its fragrant pine forests, soaring Himalayan peaks and cliff-hanging monasteries - in true comfort and style! Uncover the rich cultural heritage of this ancient land as you dive deep into the kingdom’s heartland and experience its mystique and beauty. The cost of this exotic seven day adventure starts from $21, 790 on a twin sharing basis*. This special winter offer is inclusive of two private and guided helicopter rides; spectacular drives; unique nature walks; fascinating monastery visits; a six night stay at the chic and luxurious COMO Uma Hotels; all Bhutanese government visa and royalty fees; the private services of an experienced English speaking guide, and so much more! To avail of this special offer, please ask your travel agent to book your trip soon. For more exciting details, contact .

Validity: 1st December - 31st December, 2018

*Terms and conditions apply.

Meet and assist on arrival in Paro. You will be escorted by our Peirce and Leslie colleague to your hotel. Later in the afternoon, you will begin your tour of the Himalayan kingdom by visiting Paro town’s major sights and a temple nearby.

The day’s tour begins with a scenic walk through pine forests to the fortress like monastery of Zurig Dzong. You will then visit Ta Dzong, home to Bhutan’s National Museum and Rinpung Dzong (Fortress on a Heap of Jewels). The trail then leads across Paro Chhu river via the traditional covered bridge Nyamai Zam past the main archery ground, Ugyen Pelri Palace and into Paro town. Later, you may pay your respects at Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. If time permits, you may drive further up the valley to Drukgyel Dzong, built in 1648 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to control the northern route to Tibet.

Today you will take a picturesque helicopter ride to Punakha. Don’t miss the breathtaking views of Laya village and the mountains of Gangchen Tag, Tshendag Gang), Khang Bum, and Masa Gang! En- route to Punakha you may also visit a Laya temple and go on a yak ride before enjoying a sumptuous picnic lunch. On arrival at Zomlingthang in Punakha, you will be transferred to your hotel.



This morning you will explore the lush Punakha Valley beginning with a short walk across paddy fields to reach Chimmi Lhakhang, a 15th-century fertility temple dedicated to Drukpa Kuenley, a Tibetan Buddhist saint. Heading further down the valley, you will visit the 300-year-old Punakha Dzong, winter home of Je Khenpo, the head abbot of Bhutan along with a retinue of 1,000 monks. After lunch, take a walk through homesteads and farmlands to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, a shrine built recently by the royal family.

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The temple stretch is a great introduction to rafting. It is a leisurely run with up to grade two rapids, as well as long calm sections. After the exhilaration of rafting, enjoy an hour’s hike up to the temple at Nyezengong and then float down the scenic Mo Chhu River, past the Punakha Dzong.



Take a scenic helicopter ride this morning from Zomlingthang in Punakha to Paro Valley while you enjoy the spectacular view of Punakha Valley and Punakha Dzong. Don’t miss the view of Dochula pass, a road snaking up through the breathtaking alpine mountains, Mount Jhomolhari, the ancient Drukgyel Dzong and of the iconic Tigers Nest Monastery. On arrival in Paro International Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. You may try your hand at archery - Bhutan’s national sport.



Early this morning explore the valley beginning with a visit to the Taktsang Monastery or ‘Tiger’s Nest’, a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site. If time permits, you will hike further up to visit the remote temples. After lunch, you will return to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

You will depart Paro today. You will be escorted to the airport in time to board your flight to your Onward Destination. .