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Elegant Resorts

Itineraries

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Experience Bhutan with Aman Resorts

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Itinerary Highlights

Landlocked by the mighty Himalayas, what Bhutan offers in unique cultural experiences and Buddhist spirituality, it matches in enchanting scenery and diverse wildlife. Amankora comprises five luxurious lodges across Bhutan, each offering its own striking backdrop, experience dining and spa facilities inspired by the locality. With this seven-night Bhutan itinerary, sandwiched between two nights in Delhi, you will stay in three of these lodges - Thimphu, Punakha and Paro - each located within a dramatic Himalayan valley. From here, immerse yourself in the culture, nature and history of mystical Bhutan with a range of immersive experiences - from trying your hand at Bhutan's national sport archery or whipping up traditional cuisine at a cookery class, to learning more about Buddhism with the Mynak Rinpoche or hiking up to one of Bhutan’s most dramatic monuments, the Taktsang Goemba, more commonly referred to as the Tiger’s Nest monastery. Helpful and friendly while always giving you your own space, a local guide from Amankora will accompany you throughout your tour of Bhutan, ensuring that each excursion is perfect for you and that you have everything you need for an unforgettable adventure.

Culture & History
Perfect for:

Travellers wishing to experience three of Bhutan's most beautiful valleys in Aman luxury

Guide Price:

Prices from £7,365 per person. Price includes accommodation, flights, transfers, meals and specified excursions.

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Your itinerary at a glance

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    1 night Delhi - Staying at The Oberoi, Gurgaon
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    2 nights Thimphu Valley, Bhutan - Staying at Amankora, Thimphu Lodge
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    2 nights Punakha Valley, Bhutan - Staying at Amankora, Punakha Lodge
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    3 nights Paro Valley, Bhutan - Staying at Amankora, Paro Lodge
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    1 night Delhi - Staying at The Oberoi, Gurgaon
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Due to its location amid the Himalayas, Bhutan's climate is varied. Generally, the best time to visit is between October to December and March to April for clearer skies and temperatures that are not too cold, yet not too humid.

Fly to Dehli

Fly from London to Delhi and take a private car transfer to The Oberoi, Gurgaon.

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Delhi - Staying at The Oberoi, Gurgaon

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The bustling city of Delhi is India's main port of arrival and offers plenty of opportunities to discover ancient fortresses, majestic buildings and historic ruins. Stay for one night at the luxurious Oberoi, Gurgaon, a nine-acre sanctuary that is conveniently located for the airport, as well as the treasures of the city. Make the most of the impressive Oberoi Spa, the Olympic-sized outdoor swimming pool and fine dining cuisine from across the globe.

Delhi to Paro

From Delhi International Airport, fly to Paro, enjoying breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks. Your local Amankora guide will meet you for your car transfer to Amankora Thimpu.

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Thimphu Valley, Bhutan - Staying at Amankora, Thimphu Lodge

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Your first Amankora lodge is located in Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan nestled within a steep valley. After settling in, it's time to see the sights of the city - including the National Library, Textile Musuem, Buddha Point, the School of Arts and Crafts and more - or you can head into your stunning surroundings with an easy hike along the Wangditse Leisure Forest trail, followed by a massage at the signature spa (this is chargeable). The next morning, discover the Cheir Goemba monastery and the 16th-century Pangri Zampa, before learning more about Thimpu's cottage industries, from traditional paper making to hand rolled incense. Visit the Trashi Chhoe Dzong, the seat of Bhutan's government, before enjoying stunning sunset views as you stroll past the Takin animal sanctuary. Other optional activities (at an additional charge) include a round at the ultra-scenic Thimphu Golf Club or a private meeting at the lodge with Mynak Trulku, the 12th reincarnate lama of the famous Mynak Rinpoche, who will answer all your questions on Buddhism.

Thimphu to Punakha

Depart Amankora Thimpu early for your dramatic road transfer over the mountain pass of Dochu La. Sights en route include one of Bhutan's first fortress monasteries and stunning views of the Himalayan peaks. After a picnic lunch, you will continue and arrive in Punakha, which lies within a fertile valley where the Mo Chhu (Female River) and the Pho Chhu (Male River) meet.

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Punakha Valley, Bhutan - Staying at Amankora, Punakha Lodge

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Reached via suspension bridge over the Mo Chhu River, the Amankora Punakha Lodge will impress from the moment you arrive, with an infinity pool overlooking the rice terraces and a two-storey spa. From here, you will visit a selection of fascinating monuments - including Chimi Lhakhang, a monastery dedicated to fertility built in 1499, and Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, a stupa built by the Bhutanese Queen Mother and reached by scenic hike. In the afternoon try your hand at archery, the national sport of Bhutan, before the option of signing up to a cookery class to make traditional local cuisine (this is chargeable). A popular dining choice here is a private riverside barbecue for either lunch or dinner, during which you can enjoy fresh and simply delicious Bhutanese cuisine while enjoying the stunning surroundings of pine trees, rice fields, mountain peaks and the river. Private dining is at an additional cost and should be pre-booked - our Elegant Concierge will be happy to help with this.

Punakha to Paro

Another scenic drive will take you across dramatic mountain valleys. After a picnic or a stop back at Thimphu Lodge for lunch, continue to the Paro lodge.

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Paro Valley, Bhutan - Staying at Amankora, Paro Lodge

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Your final Amankora hideaway is the Paro lodge, nestled within thick pines and surrounded by mountain peaks. After settling in, enjoy a short stroll across the open fields and local villages, before enjoying the sunset from the ruins of the Drukgyel Dzong. Informative and eye-opening as well as luxurious, evenings here may include lectures on happiness, films on the Himalayas, or the printing of prayer flags. The next day, visit the National Museum, home to a wealth of rich cultural artefacts, before a short walk to the Paro Dzong. From here, cross the traditional cantilever bridge Nyamai Zampa, before heading to the town's temple, home to impressive ancient wall paintings. Enjoy lunch in a picturesque picnic spot or local farmhouse, with the evening left at your leisure to make the most of the lodge's facilities or to stroll the main streets of Paro.

On your final day in Paro, it's time to tackle one of Bhutan's most famous treks to the Taktsang Goemba monastery, more commonly referred to as the Tiger’s Nest, clinging to a 900-metre cliff face and the place where Buddhism was said to have arrived in Bhutan. The trek takes around four hours, offering magnificent views over the valley. After a leisurely lunch in the lodge, you may want to visit the 7th-century twin temples of Kyichu Lhakhang, some of the first built in Bhutan, or simply unwind after your hike at the two-storey spa, complete with glass-walled yoga studio. Please note that any treaments will be at an additional charge.

Paro to Delhi

From Paro International Airport, fly to Delhi. Here, take a car transfer to The Oberoi, Gurgaon.

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Delhi - Staying at The Oberoi, Gurgaon

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Stay for a final night at The Oberoi, Gurgaon.

Fly to London

From Delhi International Airport, fly to London.

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