ENQUIRE

BHUTAN FROM PARO TO JAKAR

Journey deep into the heart of Bhutan, where rural life remains as it has for centuries. After a brief adjourn in Thimpu, continue to the Phobjikha valley. Jakar is your starting point for hikes past small villages and temples. Your return journey takes you to Paro, where the Tiger's Nest Monastery sits high above the valley floor.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Walking the Gangtey Nature Trail.
  • Staying at the Amankora in Jakar - guests may take part in evening prayers and chanting with the monks in Wangdicholing Palace.
  • Hiking to the Tiger's Nest Monastery, which clings to the side of a steep cliff.
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  1. Arrive
  2. Day 1 Arrive Delhi

    After clearing immigration you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day will be spent at your leisure giving you a chance to relax and explore your hotel and the surrounding area.

    Overnight: Oberoi Gurgaon

  3. Day 2 Thimpu

    Fly to Paro where you will be met and transferred by road to Thimpu, Bhutan's capital city.

    Overnight: Taj Tashi Thimpu

  4. Day 3 Thimpu

    If you are there at the weekend make sure you visit the weekend market which is held near the Changlimithang Stadium. Your guide will also probably take you to visit the National Memorial Chorten, the National Textile Museum and the Folk Heritage Museum. Alternatively - stretch your legs and hike to Cheri Gompa, the birthplace of the first monastic body within the Kingdom.

    Overnight: Taj Tashi Thimpu

  5. Day 4 Punakha

    This dramatic drive takes you up to Dochu La pass at 3,050m. The mountain views from here are exceptional on a clear day and the drive down to the Punakha valley takes you winding through dense forest and farmland. En route visit the village of Loseba. Here you can stretch your legs enjoying the short walk to Chimi Lhakhang, the auspicious fertility monastery built in 1499.

    Overnight: Uma Punakha

  6. Day 5 Punakha Valley

    Begin the day with a hike through the terraces of rice, chillies and cabbage to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten - a monument built by the Queen on Bhutan. Afterwards drive back up the valley to visit the impressive Punakha Dzong. This ancient fortress still serves as the administrative headquarters for the Punakha region.

    Overnight: Uma Punakha

  7. Day 6 Drive to Phobjikha Valley

    The road runs next to the Mochhu River and skirts the ancient town of Wangdue Phodrang before climbing to the Pele La Pass. Soon after you will turn off the main road into the hidden Phobjikha Valley.

    Overnight: Amankora Gangtey

  8. Day 7 Phobjikha Valley

    At certain times of the year (November - February) you can visit the Black Neck Crane Centre to watch these handsome birds breed. Alternatively take a stroll through small villages and forests in this beautiful open valley. Finally - visit the Gangtey Goemba, a small but important monastery in the main village region, Gangtey.

    Overnight: Amankora Gangtey

  9. Day 8 Trongsa Dzong - Jakar

    Today you will drive to Jakar in the Bumthang valley. The highway you will be travelling on has been ingeniously carved into the mountain face and offers dramatic views and beautiful scenery. En route you can stop at Chendebji Chorten (a small Buddhist monument at the side of the road), visit the Trongsa Dzong and watch weavers creating beautiful textiles in the Chhume Valley.Arriving in Jakar you will be transferred to Amankora Bumthang where you will spend the next three nights in luxury surrounded by highly attentive staff. The food here is delicious and you will enjoy your time relaxing in the spa or reading fascinating books on Bhutan and its history in the well-stocked library.

    Overnight: Amankora Bumthang

  10. Day 9 Bumthang 

    Visit the various monasteries and enjoy the beautiful countryside.

    Overnight: Amankora Bumthang

  11. Day 10 Ura - Burning Lake

    Drive to the medieval village of Ura and gain a fascinating insight into Bhutanese life. On your return - visit the Burning Lake, a sacred spot for Bhutanese Buddhists.

    Overnight: Amankora Bumthang

  12. Day 11 Paro

    A short morning flight from the new airport in the Bumthang Valley back to Paro will offer fantastic views. On arrival transfer to Uma Paro where you will spend your last two nights. This charming boutique hotel has plenty of character and is set in a beautiful location overlooking the mountains and the Paro Valley. Renowned for its delicious cuisine and selection of good wines, it is a great place to end your time in Bhutan.

    Overnight: Uma Paro

  13. Day 12 Paro

    Spend the morning hiking to one of Bhutan's most revered monuments, the Taktshang Goemba, more commonly known as the "Tigers Nest. In the afternoon - visit the National Museum and cross Nyamai Zampa, a traditional cantilevered bridge leading to the town temple built in 1525.

    Overnight: Uma Paro

  14. Day 13 Depart Bhutan

    Fly back to Delhi. Afternoon at leisure.

    Overnight: Oberoi Gurgaon

  15. Day 14 Depart India

    Transfer to Delhi airport for your international flight home.

  16. Depart

BOOKING NOTES

  • Prices are per person based on two people sharing a room.

INCLUSIONS

  • All accommodation as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Daily breakfast.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees and guide services as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Internal flights where detailed in the itinerary.

EXTRAS

  • International flights.
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary.
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, gratuities (discretionary).
  • Entrance fees and excursions not specifically mentioned as included.
  • Travel insurance or visa fees.
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