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On arrival, transfer to an airport hotel for an overnight stay. (N)Day 2: Fly to Paro • Thimphu
Morning flight to Paro, sitting on the left side of the plane for the best views. Meet your guide and drive to Thimphu. Afternoon at leisure. Stay 3 nights at the Amankora Thimphu. (B, L, D)Day 3: Thimphu
Sightseeing in Thimphu including the Tashichho dzong and the National Memorial Chorten. Continue to the arts and crafts school, the institute of traditional medicine, a traditional papermaking factory and the textile museum. (B, L, D)Day 4: Thimphu
Follow the 2-hour Sangaygang – Wangditse walking loop through blue pine and rhododendron until you reach Wangditse monastery. (B, L, D)Day 5: Punakha
Travel to Punakha via the stunning Dochula Pass, stopping at the 15th-century Chimmi Lhakhang; the trail takes 30 minutes and passes through the farmlands of Lobesa village, rice fields and orchards. This evening, visit Punakha dzong, built in 1637, in time for the evening prayers. Stay 2 nights at the Amankora Punakha. (B, L, D)Day 6: Punakha
Take a picnic and explore the trail to Khamsum chorten through farmland and local villages. If visiting on a Saturday, visit the Punakha weekend market. Alternatively, head up the Mo Chu valley to the Nalanda Buddhist Institute and Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang Nunnery to enjoy the views and meet with local monks and nuns. (B, L, D)Day 7: Paro
Travel to Paro enjoying the 3-hour walk along the Choedin village loop, visiting the Drugyel dzong en route. Spend 3 nights at the Amankora Paro, located in the beautiful Neyphu valley, a 25-minute drive from Paro. (B, L, D)Day 8: Paro
Hike to the Taktshang monastery (Tiger’s Nest), a trip of around 5 hours. En route, enjoy stunning views of the monastery. (B, L, D)Day 9: Paro
Visit the remote Haa valley, enjoying a picnic lunch by the river and wandering through the local villages and markets. The Chele Pass offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks including Jumolhari. Alternatively, discover the beautiful Neyphu valley; take a refreshing hike, have a picnic with a scenic view of the valley, visit the friendly neighbouring student monks, or play some Bhutanese darts (kuru) and practice archery. (B, L, D)Days 10-11: Fly home via Delhi
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.Important information
Follow the 2-hour Sangaygang – Wangditse walking loop through blue pine and rhododendron until you reach Wangditse monastery. (B, L, D)Luxury tour
Luxury tour departures are based in 5-star de luxe accommodation throughout. Prices are based on the standard room category.Single supplement
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Set in a blue pine forest in the upper reaches of the Motithang area of the adjacent Thimphu Valley, the 16-suite Amankora Thimphu is close to the capital's sights and shopping while remaining a quiet, idyllic retreat. The dzong-like architecture incorporates high, stone, whitewashed buildings. An outdoor dining deck provides views of the nearby stream and forest and there is a dining room and living area inside. The spa features three treatment rooms, changing rooms and steam rooms.
This Aman property in Punakha is often described as the finest of the collection in Bhutan and is situated east of the Dochu La Pass and just north of the impressive Punakha Dzong. The Amankora Punakha is built around a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse, once the residence of the Queen Mother of Bhutan. The farmhouse contains the dining room and intimate relaxation areas upstairs. The courtyard is suitable for outdoor dining. Other facilities include a tea pavilion that was once the kitchen of the summer palace, and beyond is the yoga/meditation room with open views of the surrounding rice terraces and orchards. There are also spa treatment rooms and a steam room. The eight suites are air-conditioned in the summer and set in an orange orchard with views across paddy fields.
The Amankora hotel, combining the word 'aman', which means 'peace' in Sanskrit, with 'kora' meaning 'pilgrimage' or 'journey', is just 20 minutes from Paro Airport. The hotel is set in the shadows of the imposing remains of the 17th-century Drukyel Dzong with the majestic Himalayan peaks rising beyond. The rooms are well proportioned, combining earth walls, sloped roofs and wood-panelled interiors. The hotel has a dining room serving Indian, Western and Bhutanese dishes. Additional facilities include a spa, library, gift shop and living room.
Low season from £8,595 per person
High season from £8,825 per person
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*Itinerary: Note that for the 06 Feb 2014* departure date only the itinerary is different to the regular 2014 tour, with a visit to the countryside in Mai Chai and an extra night in Hanoi, and one less night in Hoi An.
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