Bhutan Private Tour

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Why You Should Go

Bhutan is somewhat similar to Botswana in that it seeks high value/low-impact, high-end tourism (rest assured you will see no big tour groups or backpackers here!). The approx. size of Switzerland with a population the size of Fort Worth, Texas (750,000), Bhutan enjoys a pollution free idyllic environment, in contrast to its neighbor, Nepal. Similar to Tibet and perhaps Burma, Buddhism is all pervasive here, with brightly-colored prayer flags and golden-rooted monasteries sprinkled throughout the country (in Bhutan’s case the tantric form of Mahayanna Buddhism). We feel traveling through the narrow/winding roads of Bhutan truly evokes the spirit of Shangri-la, as depicted by James Hilton’s “Lost Horizon.”

Best Travel Time: Fall Winter

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Tsechu Festivals

Sample Itinerary

12 Days

Each private luxury tour is custom to the wishes of each client. This itinerary is a sample. Our Sister Company, TRAVNET, may provide assistance with mileage points conversion. Do not hesitate to call Randy to create your custom tour.

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Day 1

Fly to Bangkok
Through our sister company, Premium Air Provider Travnet, we may assist with your international airfare, as well as with mileage points conversion.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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Day 2

Arrive Bangkok
Upon arrival, you will be assisted to the Novotel Bangkok Airport Hotel for your forced overnight stay.

Meals:
Accommodations: Giraffe Manor

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Thimphu Village in Bhutan
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Day 3

Fly Bangkok/Paro + Drive Thimphu
Upon arrival in Paro, you will be privately transferred to AMANKORA in Thimphu.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: AMANKORA Thimphu

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AMANKORA Thimphu
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Day 4

Thimphu Touring
After a sumptuous breakfast, you will visit the capital’s rich Buddhist sites including the King’s Memorial Chorten, where you can see practicing Buddhists circling the structure murmuring chants and spinning their prayer wheels. Other stopovers include the National Museum, the Institute for Zorig Chusum, and Handicrafts Emporium – a crafts bazaar.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: AMANKORA Thimphu

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Institute for Zorig Chusum
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Day 5

Drive Thimphu/Punakha
You will be driven to Punakha via the Douchu-la Pass, with magnificent vistas of the Himalayan Range. Your drive includes a stop at the Chimi Lakhand Temple, set amongst verdant terraced rice fields.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Uma Punakha

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Dochula Pass
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Day 6

Drive Punakha/Bumthang
You will be driven to Bumthang via Trongsa across the Pele-Pass at nearly 11,000 feet, Bhutan’s traditional boundary between the East and West. While on your drive, you will visit extraordinary Buddhist shrines amidst higher altitude bamboo forests and winding roads.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: AMANKORA Bumthang

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Trongsa Dzong
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Day 7

Bumthang Private Touring
Bumthang is the name given to a combination of four valleys: Chumey, Choekhor, Tang, and Ura. The respective altitudes vary from 8,500 to 13,200 ft. Considered the “Switzerland of the East”, you will embark on a full day excursion through temples, monasteries, and possible festivals for a rich cultural and spiritual experience.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: AMANKORA Bumthang

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Dzong of Jakar, Bumthang
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Day 8

Drive Bumthang/Punakha
After breakfast at the AMANKORA, you will be driven to Ta Dzong, followed by a drive to Punakha via Wangdue. Ta Dzong is 5-story cylandrical structure containing and impressive collection of cultural and natural history.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Uma Punakha

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Ta Dzong
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Day 9

Drive Punakha/Paro
You will be driven to Paro with an enroute stop at Simtokha Dzong, Bhutan’s oldest fortress, which now houses the school of Buddhist studies. In the afternoon you will arrive in the wondrously idyllic valley of Paro. We feel this verdant, heavenly area is truly among the most beautiful settings in the world.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: AMANKORA Paro

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Punakha Dzong
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Day 10

Paro and Tiger’s Nest
You will take a morning excursion to Bhutan’s most famous and visually-stunning monastery, Taktshang Lhakhang. Hugging the side of cliff 3000 feet above Paro Valley, this is Bhutan’s most sacred site and a most surreal image. You day will end an ancient Bhutanese fortress.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: AMANKORA Paro

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Tiger's Nest
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Day 11

Fly Paro/Bangkok
Upon arrival in Bangkok, you will be assisted to the Novotel Bangkok Airport for your forced overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel

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Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel
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Day 12

Fly Bangkok/Home

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations:

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Tiger's Nest Monastery Detail

Hotels

Located directly adjacent to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, we feel the 612-room Novotel Hotel is a step above most other Southeast Asia airport hotel properties. The sound-proof rooms here are spacious, with particularly large nicely-appointed bathrooms. The 24-hour meal service/free Wi-Fi are a big plus here. Though you are here for a very short time, we always enjoy a nice dip in the Novotel’s nice outdoor pool.

 

 

 

Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel (RL)

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Located directly adjacent to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, we feel the 612-room Novotel Hotel is a step above most other Southeast Asia airport hotel properties. The sound-proof rooms here are spacious, with particularly large nicely-appointed bathrooms. The 24-hour meal service/free Wi-Fi are a big plus here. Though you are here for a very short time, we always enjoy a nice dip in the Novotel’s nice outdoor pool.

 

Altitude 2,248-2,468 meter/7,375 – 8,688 ft.

Aman’s presence in Bhutan consists of five luxury lodges, collectively known as “Amankora” (combining the Sanskrit word for peace and kora or “circular pilgrimage” in Dzongkha), carefully chosen in the cultural hubs of central and western valleys of the country. Situated in a blue pine forest in the upper reaches of the Motithang area of the Thimphu Valley, we feel the 16-suite Amankora Thimphu is the highest quality lodge in the surrounding area. Though close to the cultural shopping attractions of the capital (approx. 7 km. away), you really feel a world away in this quiet luxury enclave. The lodge’s dzong-inspired architecture features white-washed stone buildings accessed through an enclosed arrival courtyard. We love the delicious multi-cultural dining options and the comforting traditional bukhari wood heaters (!)

AMANKORA Thimphu (RL)

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Altitude 2,248-2,468 meter/7,375 – 8,688 ft.

Aman’s presence in Bhutan consists of five luxury lodges, collectively known as “Amankora” (combining the Sanskrit word for peace and kora or “circular pilgrimage” in Dzongkha), carefully chosen in the cultural hubs  of central and western valleys of the country. Situated in a blue pine forest in the upper reaches of the Motithang area of the Thimphu Valley, we feel the 16-suite Amankora Thimphu is the highest quality lodge in the surrounding area. Though close to the cultural shopping attractions of the capital (approx. 7 km. away), you really feel a world away in this quiet luxury enclave. The lodge’s dzong-inspired architecture features white-washed stone buildings accessed through an enclosed arrival courtyard. We love the delicious multi-cultural dining options and the comforting traditional bukhari wood heaters (!)

With a stunning, remote location on the bend of the Mo Chu river of the far western end of the lush Punakha Valley, Uma represents a credible luxury lodge challenge to the smaller 8-suite Amankora Punakha (fully booked on your dates). The Punakha Valley is among our favorite picturesque destinations in all of Bhutan, and we feel the Uma is a perfect high-touch gateway for your daily explorations. Consisting of eight deluxe valley rooms and two villas, the Uma’s (i. e., Como Group) concept of luxury is a bit more amenable to western tastes vs. AMAN. Unlike AMAN’s policy of shunning TV’s in its various resort properties, Uma proudly accommodates our addiction to TV daily news/entertainment with 32” satellite TV’s in all rooms. Similar to Amankora, Uma offers various spa choices in two treatment rooms. All of Uma’s vegetable/fruit/dairy products come from the bounty of the fertile Punakha Valley. A client who recently stayed here raved about the lodge’s Bhutanese Chicken curry, his best meal in all of Bhutan. Since its 1991 founding by Singapore entrepreneur Christina Ong, Como Hotel Group has become somewhat of a mini-AMAN in luxury travel circles.

Uma Punakha (RL)

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With a stunning, remote location on the bend of the Mo Chu river of the far western end of the lush Punakha Valley, Uma represents a credible luxury lodge challenge to the smaller 8-suite Amankora Punakha (fully booked on your dates). The Punakha Valley is among our favorite picturesque destinations in all of Bhutan, and we feel the Uma is a perfect high-touch gateway for your daily explorations. Consisting of eight deluxe valley rooms and two villas, the Uma’s (i. e., Como Group) concept of luxury is a bit more amenable to western tastes vs. AMAN. Unlike AMAN’s policy of shunning TV’s in its various resort properties, Uma proudly accommodates our addiction to TV daily news/entertainment with 32” satellite TV’s in all rooms. Similar to Amankora, Uma offers various spa choices in two treatment rooms. All of Uma’s vegetable/fruit/dairy products come from the bounty of the fertile Punakha Valley. A client who recently stayed here raved about the lodge’s Bhutanese Chicken curry, his best meal in all of Bhutan. Since its 1991 founding by Singapore entrepreneur Christina Ong, Como Hotel Group has become somewhat of a mini-AMAN in luxury travel circles.

We are enthusiastically recommending your 2 night stay here at the AMANKORA. We love the AMANKORA’s location in the picturesque Choekhor Valley surrounded by fields of buckwheat, millet and potatoes, with apple orchids on nearby slopes. This valley is well known for its cottage industries of highly prized Bumthang butter (so sweet!), Gonda cheese, and honey.

 

AMANKORA Bumthang (RL)

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We are enthusiastically recommending your 2 night stay here at the AMANKORA. We love the AMANKORA’s location in the picturesque Choekhor Valley surrounded by fields of buckwheat, millet and potatoes, with apple orchids on nearby slopes. This valley is well known for its cottage industries of highly prized Bumthang butter (so sweet!), Gonda cheese, and honey.

 

Made up of six accommodation blocks (each with four suites), we feel AMAN’s Paro property is the highest quality hotel/lodge in the greater Paro area. Designed with rammed earth walls and wood paneled interiors, the lodge incorporates AMAN’s minimalist aesthetics that all AMAN resorts seem to share. Located in a forest near Balakha village (30 min. from Paro Town), your views take in 17th century Drugyel Dzong ruins, as well as Mt. Chomolhari. Like other Amankora properties, no fitness center or pool, though a very nice two-level spa with glass-walled sauna and yoga studio. The lodge’s restaurant offers large glass window-walls for idyllic views of the outside valley and forest.

AMANKORA Paro (RL)

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Made up of six accommodation blocks (each with four suites), we feel AMAN’s Paro property is the highest quality hotel/lodge in the greater Paro area. Designed with rammed earth walls and wood paneled interiors, the lodge incorporates AMAN’s minimalist aesthetics that all AMAN resorts seem to share. Located in a forest near Balakha village (30 min. from Paro Town), your views take in 17th century Drugyel Dzong ruins, as well as Mt. Chomolhari. Like other Amankora properties, no fitness center or pool, though a very nice two-level spa with glass-walled sauna and yoga studio. The lodge’s restaurant offers large glass window-walls for idyllic views of the outside valley and forest.

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Location

Overview

Temperature
Highs: High 80’s
Lows: High 50’s
Area
38,364 SQ KM
14,812 SQ MILES
Capital
Thimpu
Population
750,000 Million
Language
Dzongkha
Currency
Bhutanese Ngultrum, Indian Rupee

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