(12 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis) Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Samtengang Trek, Gangtey
This tour includes comprehensive, private cultural touring throughout Bhutan with stays at the top luxury hotels and lodges in each location. In addition, enjoy a two-night private trekking experience, complete with private trek guide, pack horses and cook. High-quality camping equipment and provisions will be provided for your trek.
Begin with comprehensive private touring in Paro, a resort valley town. Tour the town, the National Museum, the surrounding verdant valleys, and take a gentle hike to the famous Tiger's Nest, a breathtaking monastery clinging to a sheer cliff face and one of the most important icons of Bhutan. If desired, enjoy a bicycle excursion to a nearby valley, shop for local crafts in town, or try your hand at archery, the national sport of Bhutan.
Continue to Thimphu, the charming capital of Bhutan. Explore the surrounding valley with your private guide, visit the best cultural attractions and important Buddhist highlights, experience the local culture, stroll through the bustling local market, and opt to visit various small museums specializing in textiles, folk heritage, and traditional Bhutanese arts and crafts. Touring each day will be tailored to your interests and you will have the opportunity for a day hike to rural villages and monasteries, a private Bhutanese cooking lesson, a meeting with an astrologer, or a private meditation with monks.
Drive through the mountains and see unforgettable view of the Himalayan peaks on your way to Punakha, the ancient winter capital, located in a sub-tropical valley where rhododendron and magnolia bloom and orange and banana trees flourish. Relax at your luxurious farmhouse-style lodge, set among rice terraces, chili and cabbage fields and traditional Bhutanese farmhouses. Enjoy a peaceful walk through rural farming villages, receive a blessing from a monk, opt to hike up a mountain for beautiful panoramic views of the valley, and visit the stunning Punakha Dzong.
Next, embark on a two-night private trekking experience, complete with your own private trek guide, pack horses, and a cook. The Semtengang Trek is one of Bhutan’s most beautiful low-altitude treks and passes through rural villages, farm land, fields and forests of rhododendron, and rice terraces. High-quality camping gear will be provided.
After your trek, enjoy time relax at a peaceful, luxury lodge in Gangtey. Opt for flexible touring and visit the surrounding valleys, home to the endangered and graceful black-necked cranes that fly in from northern China, Mongolia and Siberia. Also explore Gangtey’s secluded monasteries and temples.
Return to Paro for a final night before your return flight to Bangkok or India.
Flight from Bangkok or India. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Begin private touring of Paro with option to explore the town by bicycle
Paro Private hike to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery
Paro – Thimphu Private transfer to Thimphu for 2 nights. Private afternoon tour of Thimphu
Thimphu Private cultural touring in Thimphu with option for local hike or golfing at one of the world’s highest golf courses
Thimphu – Punakha Private transfer to Punakha Valley for overnight. Afternoon walk through rice terraces and visit Punakha dzong
Punakha – Begin Samtengang Trek Begin private trek adventure for 2 nights. Overnight in private camp
Samtengang Trek Continue trekking with visits to rural villages and temples en route. Overnight in private camp
End Samtengang Trek – Punakha End trek and transfer to Punakha for overnight with visit to Wangdue en route. Afternoon at leisure at lodge
Punakha – Gangtey Private transfer to Gangtey for 2 nights with touring en route
Gangtey Private cultural touring around Gangtey with option for visit to farming villages
Gangtey – Paro Private transfer to Paro for overnight
Depart Bhutan Private airport transfer and return flight to Bangkok or India
Taj Tashi Thimphu
Per person (double occupancy)
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