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08 days

Bhutan Amankora Escape

Experience Bhutan’s Timeless Beauty and Mesmerizing Culture in Luxury and Comfort Sandwiched between the mighty Himalayas and giant neighbors India and China, Bhutan is dream come true destination for nature and culture enthusiasts. The country is “cut off” from the outside for centuries: as a result, it has been able to retain its ancient culture and pristine nature. The country has limited the number of travelers that contributed to preserving its timeless culture and pristine nature.

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Detailed Program

On your arrival at Paro International, our local representative will meet you and transfer you to Thimphu Amankora Resorts for your night’s stay. Post visit National Memorial Chorten, National Museum and Folk Heritage Museum, and National Library. Overnight stay at Amankora Thimphu.

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After breakfast in the morning, visit the north end of the valley to view Trashi Chhoe Dzong, the seat of the Bhutan government, and Pangri Zampa, two 16th-century buildings that now house a monastic training school for astrologers. At the head of the valley, 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, visit a few of the capital cottage industries ranging from traditional paper making to hand-rolled incense. Overnight stay at Amankora Thimphu.

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An early departure brings you on a dramatic drive over the 3,050m mountain pass of Dochu La and on to Punakha Valley. In midst of the journey, you will stop at Dochula Pass (3,080m) from where almost six high mountains, including Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m), Kangphugang (7,170 m), Zongphugang (7, 060 m), provides a breathtaking view. You will visit Punakha Dzong from which the city gets its name from, constructed strategically at the intersection of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu streams in 1637 From Punakha. Later in the afternoon hike to the village behind the lodge. Overnight stay at Amankora Punakha.

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Begin the day with a hike from Punakha Lodge through terraces of rice, chilies, and cabbage to the Khamsum Yuelly Namgyal Chorten a monument built by the Queen of Bhutan. It was built in accordance with the instructions of Lopon Sonam Zangpo, with the intention of bringing peace to the world in general, and clearing obstacles for the country of Bhutan in particular. Its exterior is in the form of a pagoda-like stupa while the interior consists of four stories containing images of the deities of mandalas of Vajarakilaya. Afterward, drive back to impressive Punakha Dzong. This ancient fortress is the winter residence of the monastic body of Bhutan and still serves as the administrative headquarters for the Punakha region. Overnight Stay at Amankora Punakha.

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After descending from Dochu La Pass, the road will lead back up the dramatic Wang Chu and Paro Chu river valleys before crossing through Paro towards the north end of the valley. Here, set in a pine forest, is the Amankora Paro lodge and spa. In the afternoon, stroll to the nearby ruins, visit some of the valley’s oldest and holiest religious monuments or amble down Paro main street. 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 stay Amankora Paro.

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The day starts with a visit to the National Museum, housed in the Ta Dzong watchtower. Here, a collection of artifacts provides 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 architecture. From the Dzong, cross Nyamai Zampa, a traditional cantilevered bridge, to reach the town temple built in 1525.

Enjoy a Picturesque picnic or a visit to a traditional farmhouse for lunch with a local family. The afternoon brings a choice of excursions visitors interested in further immersion in Bhutan culture and religion must experience the Kyichu Lhakhang, Dumtse Lhakhang, and the Drukgyel Dzong altar room.

Hikers can follow a beautiful trail behind the lodge which passes Drukgyel Dzong and winds along the Paro Chhu, crossing a suspension bridge and ambling through terraced farmland and forests before looping back down the river to a second bridge and returning to the lodge. Overnight stay at Amankora Paro.

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Spend the morning hiking to one of Bhutan’s most revered monuments, the Taktshang Goemba, more commonly known as the Tiger Nest. The 4-5 hrs return trek offers spectacular views of this sacred monastery perched on a cliff face almost 1,000m above the valley floor. The rest of the day can be spent browsing through shops in town, enjoying the spa, or exploring the rich forests that rise behind the lodge. Overnight Stay at Amankora.

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Early morning transfer to airport with lots of wonderful experience.

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Frequently Asked Questions

This tour is suitable for those people who are enthusiastic about exploring the pristine nature and the unique culture of Bhutan.

Apart from meeting a lot of friendly and smiley and happy Bhutanese, you will get to visit many sacred and blessed spiritual sites which surely would throw you in a blissful trance.

You will also get to see a lot of beautiful places accentuated by nature’s work of wonder like snaking rivers, sleeping high mountain peaks, soulful endangered birds and animals, and ever colorful flowers and trees.

Most important, you will go back knowing what peace and happiness mean in true essence.

Most of the journey will be by car and the road condition in Bhutan will quite good and you will be traveling not more than a couple of hours from one destination to another.

Your journey will also include some hiking, particularly at the Tiger’s Nest Monastery which is a half-day climb.

You will be put up in a five-star rated luxury hotel and you will be traveling in the best SUV suited to Bhutanese roads.

A professional tour Host will accompany you throughout the trip to guide and attend to you.

This tour is packaged well enough to make in a memorable one for our guests. However, talking to some Bhutanese who are generally very friendly and kind, or sitting with the monks and laughing with them will make your heart lighten up.

you could sing and dance with the traditional arts performers and even taste a cup or two of locally brewed alcohol which is called Ara.

If you wish, tell your guide to take you to the villages and visit the traditional houses. Wear our national attires and eat local dishes.

You could also visit monasteries, listen to the sounds of long trumpets, cymbals and drums sinking into one sweet melody and monks dancing in the air at the big courtyards.

Our Host

Bhutan is one of the most unusual and beautiful countries in the world. You’ll find a land that is blessed with abundance, a deep connection to the past, and a culture that is unique. Truly Bhutan’s Host is second to none. Handpicked, highly experienced, and scrupulously trained, they bring a wealth of skill and knowledge to each trip. They are fun and friendly, whose aim is to ensure that each trip remains an unforgettable experience. Creating colorful, discovery-oriented tours in a combination of safety and comfort is the mission of our guides. All Host have earned the tour guide’s certificate from the Tourism Council of Bhutan.

Sonam Wangchuk

Sonam Wangchuk | Culture Expert

Dechen Dema

Dechen Dema | Culture & Trekking Expert

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Pelden Dorji | Culture & Trekking Expert

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