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Bhutan

Join local Bhutanese families in their finest traditional dress and soak up the rich festival atmosphere

Bhutan

Marvel over the fabled Tiger’s Nest

Bhutan

Surrounded by soaring mountains and lush valleys, discover our
intimate sanctuaries

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Immerse yourself in the ancient cultural and spiritual atmosphere of Bhutan.
Rest and relax in our handpicked selection of intimate, luxury sanctuaries as you explore Bhutan’s mountains and monasteries. Indulge in gourmet cuisine especially prepared by our world-class chefs in each of our stunning locations as you soak up the magical scenery of this beautiful country.

Highlights

Savour a Bhutanese Tsechu festival

Join local Bhutanese families in their finest traditional dress, find a vantage point in the courtyard of the temple and under the shade of a spectacular bodhi tree, soak up the rich festival atmosphere. With the smell of incense and haunting sounds of the Bhutanese horn lingering in the air, savour this truly authentic window into a very special culture.

Discover Bhutan's charming towns & ancient temples on foot

Bhutan’s mix of ancient temples, crimson-robed monks and breathtaking vistas of snow-capped mountains make for an intoxicating experience - especially discovered on foot. Bhutan’s stunning Paro Valley and the charming towns of Paro and Thimphu paint some of Bhutan’s prettiest pictures. Taking scenic rural backroads and quiet mountain paths allows you to soak up Bhutan’s ancient culture and its magical scenery.

Trek to ancient cliffside monasteries

Walk through pristine forests of pine and holly and pass by water prayer wheels to reach the 8th century Bumdra Monastery and your deluxe camp. Visit a Bhutanese sky burial ground before descending to the famous Tiger’s Nest Monastery, perched on a cliff face.

Below you will find the highlights of our suggested itinerary. A place to start your planning and to give you a flavour of the extraordinary natural, cultural and active experiences you can enjoy. All our itineraries are handcrafted together with you to create your personalised and unique private journey. The places you want to see and stay, the experiences you want to enjoy, the time you want to travel.
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Day 1

Welcome to the Land of the Thunder Dragon

Descending through clouds and winding through valleys is your first experience of an ancient land, undisturbed by time. Upon arriving at Paro airport, you’ll be treated to a traditional Bhutanese welcome before transferring to your elegant lodge. Begin your exploration of the breathtaking Paro Valley with a walk to the 17th century Paro Dzong, followed by a stroll through the picturesque Paro township.

Day 2

Explore Bhutan's cultural heartland

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After breakfast, enjoy a scenic flight to Bumthang, Bhutan’s cultural and spiritual heartland. Reaching Amankora Bumthang, your luxury retreat with fortress-style walls and courtyard, you’ll be treated to views of the former King’s palace. Your trekking discovery of Bumthang begins at the fabulous Jampey Lhakhang, where you’ll soak up the atmosphere of chanting monks and spin the ancient prayer wheels.

Day 3

Magical valleys and a luxury mountain sanctuary

Explore the stunningly beautiful and seldom visited Ura Valley on foot, enjoying beautiful valleys, remote villages, mountain passes and some off the beaten track monasteries. This afternoon, take time to relax in Amankora’s courtyard, exploring the nearby palace grounds, or indulge in a spa treatment.

Day 4

Colour, culture & atmosphere

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Today you set out for the beautiful Tang Valley to explore on foot. In the afternoon, discover the local village of Jakar town. Wander the small bazaar and marvel at traditional emporiums before visiting Jakar Dzong to stroll the cobblestone courtyard and take in valley views below. It is then time to discover the Wangdi Choling Palace, a 19th century palace that now functions as a monastic school, home to a body of novice monks.

Day 5

A glacial valley wilderness

Today you head west to the rugged Black Mountains and the mystical Phobjikha Valley – a region famous for its remote glacial wilderness, abundant wildlife and ancient monastery. The town of Trongsa, perched dramatically above a gorge and seemingly floating in the clouds, is the perfect place to break your journey. Arriving at your stunning lodge, with its traditional bukhari log fire, enjoy pre-dinner drinks in the lodge’s living room before a sumptuous three-course dinner.

Day 6

Trek through ancient & pristine valleys

After breakfast overlooking the spectacular glacial valley floor, you begin trekking through the pristine wilderness of the Phobjikha Valley to the 450-year-old Gangtey Goemba. Occupying a beautiful hilltop position, this intimate and serene monastery houses a cavernous prayer hall decorated with beautifully ornate paintings.

Day 7

Discover the fertile valley of Punakha

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After an alfresco breakfast, you head west for Punakha – the fertile, warm, and beautiful valley located at the confluence of the Mo and Pho Chhu rivers. We stop to take a short walk through rice fields to Chime Lhakhang - the abode of fertility and a temple dedicated to the infamous Divine Madman. Arriving at the elegant Uma Punakha in time for lunch, enjoy the delicious food in the company of spectacular valley views.

Day 8

Ancient traditions & festivals

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Overlooking fruit orchards and emerald green rice paddies, enjoy a relaxed breakfast before exploring the arresting Punakha Dzong and savouring an atmospheric Tsechu festival. Joining Bhutanese families who come from far and wide in their finest traditional dress, enjoy an authentic and truly engaging experience as monks in colourful costumes and elaborate masks perform ancient dances and observe time-honoured traditions.

Day 9

Explore Thimphu's fortresses and monasteries

Today you head to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital. Explore one of the world’s most enigmatic capital cities - an enchanting mix of crimson-robed monks, centuries-old whitewashed fortresses and men and women in colourful dress. Heading high above the Thimphu Valley to a 15th century fortress-like temple and monastic school. Spin the large prayer wheels, listen to the monks chanting and take in stunning views of Thimphu from the large cobblestoned courtyard.

Day 10

Deluxe overnight trek

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After breakfast you transfer to the Sangchokor Buddhist Institute and the starting point for your trek to the 8th century Bumdra Monastery and your deluxe camp for the night. You begin trekking through forests enjoying views down to Paro Valley and the Paro Dzong. After refreshing with cold towels and a gourmet three-course lunch, a final ascent brings you to your destination.

Day 11

Discover the fabled Tiger’s Nest

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You make your gradual descent along switchback trails shaded by a canopy of giant hemlock trees until the golden roof of the fabled Tiger’s Nest comes into view. An important Buddhist pilgrimage site, this impressive hermitage is located on the face of a sheer 1,000 metre granite cliff. On your return to Paro, stop to have your prayer flags blessed by the resident monk at the intimate 7th century Kyichu Monastery.

Day 12

Cycle among snowcapped mountains & lush valleys

Setting out on a breathtaking drive to the Cheli La Pass at 3,810 metres, you are greeted by views to the magnificent snowcapped Mount Jomolhari and the Haa Valley below, before hopping on your bikes to begin your freewheel glide back to Paro town.

Day 13

Departure

After savouring one last breakfast in the company of breathtaking valley views, you transfer to Paro International Airport for your flight home and farewell the magical Kingdom of Bhutan.

Luxury Accommodation

  • Amankora Thimphu
  • Taj Tashi Thimphu
  • Amankora Gangtey
  • Gangtey Goenpa Lodge
  • Amankora Bumthang
  • Amankora Punakha
  • Uma Punakha
  • Amankora Paro
  • Uma Paro
  • Bumdra Monastery Deluxe Camp

Amankora Thimphu

Nestled within a pristine blue-pine forest and overlooking a mountain stream, this elegant haven provides the perfect base from which to explore the capital Thimphu. Complete with traditional bukhari fireplace, oversized rooms, lavish bathrooms and daybeds, soak up the stunning views of the forest and relax in style.

Taj Tashi Thimphu

Located in the heart of Bhutan’s capital, this elegant hotel is a reflection of traditional Bhutanese architectural style, with its saffron walls and hand-painted motifs. Retreat at day’s end to this chic haven complete with oversized rooms, luxurious furnishings and cushioned daybeds to take in the surrounding views of the town and stunning Himalayas.

Amankora Gangtey

Located at 2,900 metres with expansive views over the remote wilderness of the glacial Phobjikha Valley, this striking lodge offers the perfect base for your exploration of this remote area. Luxury suites, lounge and dining areas offering views to the ancient Gangtey Goemba and a spa featuring a traditional outdoor Bhutanese hot stone bath make Amankora Gangtey a haven for relaxation.

Gangtey Goenpa Lodge

Located at 2,900 metres with expansive views over the remote wilderness of the glacial Phobjikha Valley, this striking lodge offers the perfect base for your exploration of this remote area. Luxury suites, lounge and dining areas offering views to the ancient Gangtey Goemba make Gangtey Goenpa a haven for relaxation.

Amankora Bumthang

In Bhutan’s remote cultural heartland, the fortress-style walls, stone-clad hallways and stunning courtyard are a stylish interpretation of Bhutan’s ancient dzongs. With views overlooking the grand palace of Bhutan’s early Kings, each suite features wood-panelled interiors and a terrazzo-clad bathroom. After a day spent exploring, enjoy the superb cuisine and warm Bhutanese service on offer here.

Amankora Punakha

Set deep within the warm, fertile Punakha Valley, and surrounded by rice fields and orchards, this beautiful hideaway is reached via a bridge suspended over the turquoise waters of the Mo Chhu river. The former residence of Bhutan’s Queen Mother, this intimate lodge features lavish bathrooms, stylish furnishings and alfresco courtyard dining.

Uma Punakha

Bhutan’s newest luxury sanctuary is beautifully situated on a river bend set high above the lush Punakha Valley. With views as far as the eye can see, enjoy the soaring ceilings, full glass windows, outdoor stone terraces and stunning interiors accented with traditional Bhutanese elements and hand-painted motifs.

Amankora Paro

Situated deep in the remote Paro Valley and surrounded by the beautiful ruins of 17th century Drukgyel Dzong, Amankora Paro makes for the ultimate mountain sanctuary. Retreat to the outdoor lounge, enjoy a warmed rum and cinnamon aperitif by the bonfire, and soak up the uninterrupted views of spectacular Mount Chomolhari.

Uma Paro

Originally owned by a Bhutanese nobleman, the property is now home to one of Bhutan’s most exciting retreats. With sweeping views of the Paro Valley, the retreat with its striking whitewashed walls, shingle roofs and hand-painted decorations, is an elegant example of traditional Bhutanese architectural style. Stylish and serene, enjoy the world-class dining, a renowned spa and warm Bhutanese hospitality.

Bumdra Monastery Deluxe Camp

Situated at 3,800 metres and set in grounds below the 8th century Bumdra Monastery, our deluxe camp offers stunning views of the Paro Valley and breathtaking snow-capped mountains. The camp features beds with luxury linens, handmade Bhutanese rugs, wooden washbasins and indoor and outdoor seating areas. Gourmet meals and discreet butler service round out the ultimate luxury trekking experience.

Suite - Amankora Thimphu

Dining - Amankora Thimphu

Suite Bathroom - Amankora Thimphu

Mountain View - Taj Tashi Thimphu

Courtyard - Taj Tashi Thimphu

Terrace - Taj Tashi Thimphu

Dining Room - Amankora Gangtey

Suite Bathroom - Amankora Gangtey

View - Amankora Gangtey

Terrace - Gangtey Goenpa Lodge

Bedroom - Gangtey Goenpa Lodge

Dining Room - Gangtey Goenpa Lodge

Courtyard - Amankora Bumthang

Amankora Bumthang

Suite - Amankora Punakha

Amankora Punakha

Courtyard - Amankora Punakha

Uma Punakha

Uma Punakha

Uma Punakha

Uma Punakha

Bonfire - Amankora Paro

Amankora Paro

Living Room - Amankora Paro

Restaurant - Uma Paro

Villa Bedroom - Uma Paro

Terrace - Uma Paro

Bumdra Monastery Deluxe Camp

Bumdra Monastery Deluxe Camp

Bumdra Monastery Deluxe Camp

Inclusions

  • A Seven Skies handpicked private guide
  • Every extraordinary detail of your journey is handpicked and road-tested
  • Handcrafted, flexible and seamless itineraries, executed flawlessly
  • Insider access through resident experts who reveal the secrets of a destination

  • Exceptional service and uncompromising attention to detail
  • On ground flexibility to accentuate your journey with impromptu experiences
  • Ultimate in luxury accomodation
  • Private luxury transfers and ground transportation

“And what a trip it was! The organisation was faultless.
And the experiences were breathtaking.”

Mark Levesley

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