Glimpse Luxury Bhutan Tour 1st & 2nd Day itinerary
(7 Days Glimpse Best of Bhutan Luxury tour Package
Arrival at Paro International Airport
(2200 m above sea level)
Your much awaited Bhutan travel experience commences the moment you enter the air space around the Himalayan mountain range near Bhutan. You will be instantly struck by the beauty and splendor of the 360 degree view around you as you watch from your Druk Airline airplane window. The Antediluvian Jumolhari & Jichu Drake peaks are a visual feast in themselves. Moments before you land, the beautiful Paro valley will gently glide into your line of sight. Be sure to look for it and take in the once-in-a-lifetime views.
As soon as you land at the Paro International Airport, you will be cordially received by an English-speaking tour guide from TravelBhutan.com, who will be your personal tour host and facilitator throughout your stay in the country. Once you complete the customs and immigration procedures, you will be driven in a private car to your well-appointed hotel. Relax at the Uma Paro hotel and unwind from your long journey for a little while.
The Uma Paro is probably one of the best located hotels in all of Bhutan the Uma Paro is situated atop a hill that overlooks the beautiful Paro International airport and the Paro Dzhong which lies across the meandering Paro river on the other side of the valley. The resort is owned and operated by the COMO group an internationally renowned chain of hotels and spas. The leading travel website TripAdvisor.com rates the hotel as the best hotel in Bhutan.There are 9 superior rooms, 9 deluxe rooms, 2 suites, 8 one bedroom villas with a private spa and 2 stately 2 bedrooms villas to choose from at this hotel. The 2 bedroom villas have a private spa facility, an outdoor hot stone bath tub, an a hude courtyard with a fire pit to shoo the heat cold away during the chilly Bhutanese nights.
All the rooms come fully equipped with the necessary modern amenities including high speed internet access, satellite TV, DVD players, electronic safety deposit boxes, yoga mats and a minibar.
You can enjoy a complimentary Half- Hour Maggage at the COMO Shambhala Retreat spa that offers many ancient holistic treatments and therapies for one to relax and rejuvenate
After a lavish lunch featuring Bhutanese and continental cuisine, your tour guide will drive you to . The monument was built in 1646 AD and is today the seat of the Bhutan Government. The monastery, by the way, is fully functional and is a classic example of a traditional abode in which “the church and the state” co-exist in harmony. Feel free to take lots of pictures as evidence!
Bhutan National Museum
Your second stop for the day is the Bhutan National Museum. Enjoy a rare collection of Bhutanese art, crafts, paintings and sculptures from a by-gone era carefully preserved for posterity. The museum is especially famous for the amazing range of colors and shades used in the fabrics on display many of which probably don’t even have a name.
After a quick stop at KichuLhakhang, Bhutan’s oldest temple, you will return to your hotel for a quiet evening to do things as you please. Dinner will be served as soon as you are ready and we recommend that you tuck in early since you have a packed schedule ahead.
The next day, after a sumptuous breakfast of Bhutan’s choicest breakfast delicacies plus the traditional continental fare, you will be driven to Thimphu. We will check into the luxurious Taj Tashi hotel in Thimphu. The Taj Tashi is designed to blend the traditional Bhutanese style of architecture with the contemporary. We will then go to visit the . Thimphu is about 30 minutes away from Paro and the drive is indeed scenic. The King’s Memorial was built in memory of the third king of Bhutan who reigned for three decades from 1952-1972.
More Sight-seeing Attractions
After paying your tribute to the king, you will be escorted to see the Changankha monastery, the Radio Tower which is one of Bhutan’s tallest buildings, and the Zoological Garden, where you can easily spot the national animal of Bhutan— the takin. After an enjoyable session at the zoo, you will visit the Nunnery Temple, the National Library of Bhutan which houses some of the world’s most rare and ancient religious manuscripts and the Bhutan School of Arts & Crafts which is also called the Painting School. For art lovers, the visit to the Painting School is a treat and you are welcome to meet with the students and faculty since you share a common canvas. Let us know in advance and we will formally arrange a guided tour for you.
National Institute of Traditional Medicine
After lunch, your tour guide will take you and the other members of your group to the . Medicinal herbs, which grow in the region, & minerals that are found in the kingdom, are scientifically processed and administered to patients by qualified traditional pharmacists and doctors who have been trained in the science of natural and alternate medicine. This unique healing method is popular among Bhutanese people as well as foreigners. Your tour guide will gladly schedule a consultation for you if you wish. Bhutan also has several modern state-of-the-art allopathic hospitals many of which provide world-class services.
You will next visit the also known as the Fortress of the Glorious Religion. Initially built in 1641 AD and later remodeled by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk in 1965, the Dzong is the home of the main secretariat of the Government. The throne of His Majesty, the King of Bhutan, is situated here. The National Assembly Hall is in a modern structure on the other side of the river. During summer, the main monk group led by His Holiness, the Je Khenpo, reside in the Dzong.
Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory
The is your next stop. Come and see how Bhutan protects its environment through long-term sustainability. Paper products are manufactured from mulberry plant bark called “daphne” in the local language. This factory manufactures a special watermark paper as well as products such as lampshades, envelopes and other objects made of traditional Bhutanese paper. They make great gifts to take home with you and are genuinely unique. It is not just the texture of these handmade paper products that will intrigue you, but also their unique earth tones and natural hews.
After a hectic day of site seeing you shall return back to the luxurious confines of the Taj. The Taj spoils its guests with every modern creature comfort, from the spa to the heated indoor pool to the elegant and classy meeting facilities. The 66 room hotel offers its guests a blend of old world grandeur with modern day luxury. Each room is carefully appointed to enhance you experience of countries art and color, not mentioning the spectacular views of the majestic Himalayan mountains which surround the Thimphu Valley.
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