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6 days

A private tour just for your traveling party.

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Private Touring Discoveries

+ Meet talented students learning and preserving Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts including painting, woodcarving and embroidery.
+ Take in the inspiring views of the Himalayas from the 10,300-foot Dochula Pass and engage in a Buddhist act of wisdom as you light a traditional butter lamp at a solitary monastery near this high-mountain pass.
+ Enjoy privately-guided tours of Bhutan’s most impressive landmarks including Paro Dzong; revered as one of the country’s finest examples of traditional Bhutanese architecture, this landmark also houses a monastic school with nearly 200 resident monks
+ Embark on an unforgettable, privately guided hike to the spectacular Tiger’s Nest Monastery, perched on the side of a granite cliff high above the valley floor.

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Day
1

Welcome to Bhutan

Upon arrival in Paro, you’ll be warmly greeted by your personal guide. A scenic 1-hour drive through the lovely Paro Valley brings you to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. After checking in to the deluxe Taj Tashi Hotel, you’ll have time to refresh before rejoining your guide for a private sightseeing tour.
 
At the King’s Memorial Chorten, you’ll discover a revered landmark with golden spires and tinkling bells; built in 1974, it is continuously circumambulated by devout Buddhist pilgrims chanting mantras and spinning their prayer wheels. You’ll also visit the 17th-century Tashichho Dzong Fortress; with its impressive 3-story towers and triple-tiered red and gold roofs, this imposing landmark has been the seat of government since 1952. You’ll have time to refresh back at your hotel before this evening’s dinner.  Meals L+D

Day
2

Art, Culture + Life

This morning’s exploration begins at the National Institute of Zorig Chusum, where you’ll meet young students who are learning and preserving Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts including painting, woodcarving and embroidery. Continue your foray into Bhutan’s enduring traditions at Dechen Phodrang, a monastic school that hums with the Buddhist recitations of its young students. Mingle with locals at Thimpu’s colorful market and continue to Kuensel Phodrang to see the immense seated-Buddha statue. Towering more than 160 feet, this bonze monument is filled with 125,000 smaller statues of Buddha.   Meals B+L+D

Day
3

Onward to Punakha

After breakfast and check out, you’ll visit the impressive Simtokha Dzong. Built in 1629, this is one of Bhutan’s oldest fortresses and features beautiful murals and an elaborately carved and painted ceiling. Then continue over the 10,300-foot Dochula Pass; on a clear day, you’ll have breathtaking 360° views over the Himalayas. The lone monastery situated near the mountain pass is distinguished by its 108 Buddhist shrines; stopping here to take in the views, you can also light a traditional butter lamp – a Buddhist act of wisdom. Then descend into the Punakha Valley through captivating landscapes of farming terraces, pristine rivers and fluttering prayer flags to visit the historic Punakha Dzong. Built in 1637 along the banks of a rushing river, this imposing fortress is considered by many to be the most beautiful in the country. Enjoy a tranquil overnight at the Uma by COMO - Punakha, our enchanting luxury lodge set on a forested hillside overlooking the Mo Chu River.  Meals B+L+D

Day
4

A Scenic Journey to Paro

Delight in the mountain scenery and commanding views as you travel to Paro Dzong. Founded in the 15th century and revered as one of the country’s finest examples of traditional Bhutanese architecture, this landmark also houses a monastic school with nearly 200 resident monks. Cross the Paro River over Nyamai Zam, a lovely wooden bridge, and continue to the Uma by Como - Paro, our delightful resort here in the beautiful Paro Valley. The rest of this day is yours to enjoy and explore as you wish. This is a wonderful opportunity to stroll in the town of Paro - visiting the small shops, engaging with local residents, and immersing in the tranquil and timeless pace of life.  Meals B+L+D

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5

The Magnificent Tiger’s Nest Monastery

Today’s adventure begins with a scenic drive to Ramthanka, the base for one of the world’s most unforgettable adventures. As you make your way up the forested trail on horseback and by foot, you’ll have breathtaking glimpses of Taktsang Lhakhang, popularly known as the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, perched on the side of a granite cliff some 3,000 feet above the valley. About 90 minutes into your privately guided ascent, you’ll reach an inviting café – the perfect place to recharge and take in the fresh mountain air. About an hour later, you’ll reach the sacred monastery. On your descent, stop for lunch at the café and then continue your descent back to Ramthanka.
 
Before returning to your hotel, you’ll enjoy a privately guided tour of Kyichu Lhakhang. Dating back to the 7th century, it was expanded in the early 1800’s with additional buildings and a spectacular golden roof. Today it is considered to be one of the oldest and most beautiful temples in the Himalayas. Your evening at leisure offers a final opportunity to stroll in town and maybe shop for gifts and mementos.  Meals B+L+D

Day
6

Depart Bhutan

Your private car and driver will take you to the airport today for your onward journey.  Meals B

Extend Your Trip

Travel on to Kathmandu

4 days from $999

Enhance your trip to India with the captivating ancient traditions of Nepal. Our perfectly-planned stay in Kathmandu includes the historic highlights of the city and the captivating beauty and enduring traditions of the Kathmandu Valley.

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Day
1

Fly from Delhi, India to Kathmandu, Nepal

Transfer to the airport for you included flight to Nepal. Upon arrival, you’ll be warmly greeted and escorted by private car to the hotel of your choice: The deluxe Hyatt Regency or the Dwarikas Hotel, an intimate luxury property in the heart of town. 

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2

Discover Kathmandu

After breakfast, your in-depth guided exploration of Kathmandu includes Durbar Square and Hanuman Dhoka, the ancient royal quarter of the city. See the Mahadev & Parvati Temple and the House of the Goddess Kumari and then explore the colorful local bazaars. In the afternoon, we’ll take you into the lovely Nepalese countryside for a guided tour of Patan, known as the City of Grace and Fine Arts. Visit the impressive Teleju Temple and admire Patan’s traditional architecture, embellished with beautifully carved windows and balconies. Return to your hotel in Kathmandu and enjoy the balance of your day at leisure. Meals B

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3

Into the Kathmandu Valley

After breakfast, you’ll journey into the timeless Kathmandu Valley to explore ancient Bhadgaon, one of the three kingdoms of medieval Nepal. In the town’s main square, you’ll see architectural treasures like the Lion Gate and the Palace of 55 Windows. Then visit Bodhnath, the largest stupa in Nepal and venerated by both Tibetan and Nepalese Buddhists. Before returning to your hotel, stop along the banks of the River Bagmati to see Pashupatinath Temple; dedicated to Lord Shiva this is one of the holiest Hindu shrines in the world. The balance of your afternoon is free to enjoy as you wish. Meals B

Day
4

Return to Delhi, India

After breakfast, you’ll be escorted to the airport for your included return flight to Delhi. Meals B

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Prices are per person, double occupancy, and may vary during holidays and trade shows.

Family + Friends

Travel is one of  life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Combine our limited-time pay-in-full discount with our Family & Friends offers and save even more:
  • Save $50 more per person when 3 guests go
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