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BHUTAN WITH SIX SENSES

Bhutan with Six Senses is an illuminating, wellness-infused journey into one of Asia’s most beguiling and magical destinations.
BHUTAN WITH SIX SENSES

ABOUT THE ITINERARY

Having only recently emerged onto the world stage, few have had the opportunity to unlock the mysteries of the hidden kingdom. Combining the valleys of Thimphu, Punakha and Paro, this 8-night Khamsa immerses you in Bhutan’s rich cultural heritage and traditional way of life, its mighty fortress ‘dzongs’ and soaring Himalayan peaks. You’ll stay in stunning Six Senses lodges throughout, each with extensive spa and wellness facilities.

Your Six Senses GEM (Guest Experience Maker) will accompany you on your ‘royal stroll’, sharing insights into the culture, history and local life of each valley as you go.

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DESIGNED BY SPECIALISTS

Bear in mind, these are just a starting point as all holidays are customised to the specific requirements of our guests. Whether you prefer a different style of accommodation, a greater focus on a particular interest or to go to a different destination all together, every itinerary is created individually around your preferences.

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DAY 1-2

THIMPHU

Flying into Paro International Airport, you’ll make the one-hour drive to Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu – the only city in the world without a single traffic light. Settle in at Six Senses Thimphu or shake off your jet lag with a gentle hike to Changangkha Lhakhang, one of Thimphu’s oldest monasteries. Don’t miss a visit to the nearby Buddha Dordenma, the world’s tallest seated Buddha at 52 metres.

The next morning, after a rejuvenating session in the spa, you’ll set out with your private guide to visit local sites such as the Zorig Chusom (The National Institute for 13 Arts and Crafts), the National Textile Museum and the impressive fortress of Tashichho Dzong. You can even join local residents for koras, circumambulations, at the Memorial Chorten. In the late afternoon, you’ll make the short hike up to Lungsigang for a picnic of butter tea and Bhutanese snacks, complete with breathtaking views of the entire Thimphu valley below.

Two nights at Six Senses Thimphu

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DAY 3-5

PUNAKHA

Your journey to Punakha takes you over the Dochula Pass which (on clear days) boasts the most spectacular views of the Himalayan peaks. From here, you’ll descend into lush, subtropical Punakha Valley, checking into the ‘Flying Farmhouse’ with its heated outdoor pool, yoga and meditation huts.

The following morning, you’ll don your walking boots and hike through terraced rice fields to a 17th century monastery, joining the young monks for their traditional monastic breakfast. Later, you’ll get to sample some homemade ‘ara’ (Bhutanese moonshine), before crossing Bhutan’s longest suspension bridge to reach the six-storey Punakha Dzong.

Your stay in Punakha will also include a gentle riverside bike ride to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, a temple built by the Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Yangdo. Continue by car to Talo Nobgang village and a fertility temple where you can learn all about the revered ‘Divine Madman’. Back at the lodge, visit the spa for a Shirodhara session, a stress-relieving warm oil treatment designed to soothe and calm the nervous system.

Three nights at Six Senses Punakha

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DAY 6-8

PARO

Retracing your steps back to Paro, you’ll head west over the Dochula Pass towards the Simtokha Dzong – the first of its kind in the Kingdom. After crossing a traditional cantilevered bridge and stopping for lunch at a local farmhouse, you’ll arrive at Six Senses Paro, backed by the dramatic ruins of a 15th century fortress. Unwind after your journey or challenge your guide to a game of archery – Bhutan’s national sport.

The next day promises a hike to the fabled Tiger’s Nest Monastery. As you make this famous pilgrimage, your guide will delight you with stories of an 8th century Tibetan saint who arrived here on the back of a flying tigress, bringing Buddhism to the region. Enjoy a dip in the pool on your return or relax your tired muscles with a pampering massage in the spa.

On your final day, you can hike to the nearby fortress of Zurig Dzong and browse the charming handicraft shops lining Paro’s main street. In the evening, head over to the neighbouring Samtenling Monastery, where you can reflect on your time in the Kingdom with a butter lamp blessing ceremony.

Three nights at Six Senses Paro

DAY 9

FLY HOME

Your time in Bhutan comes to a close. After an early breakfast, make the 30 minute transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

THE PRICE BREAKDOWN
9 days from £11,380 per person

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Druk Air flights between Kathmandu, Delhi or Bangkok and Paro
  • Accommodation as stated on a full board basis
  • Sightseeing as stated with private English-speaking guide, driver and vehicle
  • One 60-minute spa treatment per person
  • Visa and Government Fees

PRICE EXCLUDES

  • International flights
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, Delhi or Bangkok
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