Bhutan | The Hidden Kingdom's Timeless Wonders | The Ultimate Travel Company

ITINERARY INSPIRATION

ULTIMATE BHUTAN

Ancient palaces and temples, majestic mountains, long-held traditions and an endless parade of jaw-dropping landscapes.
ULTIMATE BHUTAN

ABOUT THE ITINERARY

After one night in Nepal, with time to explore the beautiful and culturally rich Kathmandu Valley, you will journey into Bhutan in sensational fashion. Soaring over the Himalayas, you’ll land in Paro before transferring to the capital of Thimphu where the star attraction is the mighty Trashi Chhoe Dzong Monastry, with its striking red and gold triple-tiered roofs.

In Punakha, you will be shown some of Bhutan’s most celebrated natural landscapes and historic sites, including the imposing Punakha Dzong, before driving through rich forests of bamboo and oak into the country’s spiritual heart – Bumthang. You’ll finish in Paro, and what better way to end your trip than by climbing up to the legendary Tiger’s Nest Monastery.

Bhutan | The Hidden Kingdom's Timeless Wonders | The Ultimate Travel Company
ITINERARY INSPIRATION

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.

Kathmandu | Ultimate Travel Company
DAY 1-3

KATHMANDU

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be met and transferred to your beautiful heritage hotel whose traditional design echoes the style of a bygone era.

A private guided tour of the Kathmandu Valley, whose history dates back to the 14th century, will show you temples, monasteries and elaborate courtyards. The tour includes the Hindu temple at Pashupatinath, and although you can’t enter you can peer through the entrance doors to see the gold Nandi statue within. This is followed by the Boudhanath Stupa and, in the afternoon, the medieval town of Bhaktapur which is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site thanks to its rich culture, temples, and wood, metal and stone artwork.

Stay: Two nights in a heritage room at Dwarika’s Hotel – bed and breakfast

Bridge in Thimphu | Ultimate Travel Company
DAY 4

THIMPHU

Today you’ll board a short but spectacular flight over the Himalayas into Paro. The journey will afford you stunning mountain panoramas of icons like Everest, Makalu, Kanchenjunga and – across the border – the sacred Chomolhari and Jichu Drake. Upon arrival, you’ll continue to the capital of Thimphu, where you’ll be welcomed by a myriad of interesting attractions. These include the buzzing Changlimithang Market, the Changangkha Monastery and the Radio Tower which offers a superb view of the Thimphu Dzong and surrounding valley.

Other highlights include the National Library with its ancient manuscripts, the School of Arts and Crafts and the National Institute of Traditional Medicine. For an insight into Bhutan’s living traditions, pay a visit to the Textile and Folk Heritage museum. The afternoon will be spent exploring the north end of the valley and the striking Trashi Chhoe Dzong – the seat of Bhutan’s government.

Stay: One night in a Duluxe Room at Taj Tashi Hotel – including breakfast and dinner; lunch included in a local restaurant

Ultimate Bhutan | The Ultimate Travel Company
DAY 5-6

PUNAKHA

Today you drive across the Dochula Pass to the old capital of Bhutan, taking in exceptional panoramas of the Eastern Himalayas en route. Once in Punakha, you will visit the mighty Punakha Dzong which ranks amongst the most beautiful fortresses in the country. The winter residence of the monastic body, the dzong has survived multiple fires, floods and earthquakes over the years. It also houses 21 temples, the holy book of the Drukpa Kagyu lineage and the Rangjung Kharsapani – a treasure considered as ‘vast as the sky’ itself. You will have the whole of the next day free to explore. Why not pay a visit to the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, an elaborate shrine recently established by the royal family.

Stay: Two nights in a Valley View Room at Uma Resort – including breakfast and dinner, lunch included at a local restaurant

Gangtey, Bhutan | Landscape | Ultimate Travel Company
DAY 7-8

GANGTEY

Your next road trip is a three-and-a-half-hour meander through a forest of bamboo and oak to the wild and remote Phobjikha Valley – winter home of the endangered black-necked crane who migrate here from the Central Asian Plateau. Whether on foot or by mountain bike, exploring this pristine valley is an extremely rewarding experience. We recommend the Tongphu Shing Trail, a leisurely two-hour walk that will take you through picturesque pine forest, farmland and villages.

Stay: Two nights in a Suite Room at Gangtey Goenpa Lodge – full board

Ultimate Bhutan | The Ultimate Travel Company
DAY 9-10

BUMTHANG

Your journey now continues to Bumthang, via the Pele La and Yutong La. If time permits, you’ll make a stop to visit what is arguably the most impressive dzong in all of Bhutan – the magnificent Trongsa Dzong. Upon arrival in Bumthang, you will discover the Wangdichholing Palace, home to the second king, with ancient and auspicious prayer wheels nearby. Further along the valley is Kurjey Lhakhang – once the resting place of Guru Rimpoche – and Jambay Lhakhang, famous for its early winter festivals. At Bumthang Chhu, there’s a ‘sin alleviating’ Tamshing Monastery, brewery and cheese/dairy facility to explore.

The next day you’ll trek off the beaten path to the little-visited but stunning Tang Valley, where you will be rewarded by lhakhangs, temples, monasteries and the museum of the Ogyen Choling Palace. You’ll also stop for a traditional picnic in jaw-dropping surroundings.

Stay: Two nights in a Suite Room at Amankora Resort Bumthang – full board

Six Senses Paro | Ultimate Travel Co
DAY 11-13

PARO

The final stop on your Bhutan adventure is Paro, known for its astonishing natural beauty, rich culture and incredible monasteries.

The afternoon will be spent exploring the fertile Paro Valley accompanied by a guide who will show you the national museum (housed inside a watchtower), the 7th-century Kyichu Lhakhang temple and large Rinpung Dzong, the centre of civil and religious authority in the valley. Plus, a traditional cantilevered bridge, ancient archery grounds and Paro’s colourful shopping district.

No visit to Paro would be truly complete without a trek up the spectacular Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Defying logic, the monastery clings to the side of a precipice 900 metres above the valley floor, its white walls and red-tiled roofs epitomising the medieval Buddhist retreats of old Bhutan. Legend tells us that this is the site where Guru Rinpoche landed on the back of a flying tigress and brought Buddhism to Bhutan. The climb is steep in places but can be taken at a slow pace. If you feel you can’t manage the walk, there are horses that will take you to an excellent viewpoint at around the halfway point. On the way back down to Paro, you will visit one of the country’s oldest temples and its magic orange tree that bears fruit all year round.

Stay: Three nights in a Lodge Suite at Six Senses Paro – breakfast and dinner included; lunch included at a local restaurant

DAY 14-15

FLY HOME

Today you’ll fly back to Kathmandu where you’ll have time for last-minute shopping in Patan, before flying home.

THE PRICE BREAKDOWN
15 days from £11,200 per person

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Domestic flights
  • Private transfers
  • Bed & breakfast at Dwarikas Hotel and full board at Six Senses Paro, Taj Tashi Hotel, Gangtey Goenpa Lodge and Amankora Resort Bumthang
  • Based on two people sharing

PRICE EXCLUDES

  • International flights
CLIENT TESTIMONIALS
“BEAUTIFULLY ORGANISED AND PERFECT RECOMMENDATIONS. ”
“What a fantastic trip organised by Ultimate. They listened to what we wanted and set up perfect destinations for us. Everyone was friendly and professional from the office in London through to on-the-ground support. The organisation of pick-ups, connecting flights and so on, went like clockwork.”
CLIENT TESTIMONIALS
“MY FIRST PORT OF CALL FROM NOW ON. ”
“Efficient, friendly and helpful throughout. made everything a million times easier, Ultimate Travel Company will by my first port of call from now on.”
CLIENT TESTIMONIALS
“FANTASTIC!”
“Sophie went above and beyond to ensure we had a fantastic honeymoon. We had 0 stress relating to planning and everything was taken care of from the moment we stepped off the plane. Sophie anticipated what we wanted when we didn’t even know ourselves. We will certainly be booking with Ultimate again.”
CLIENT TESTIMONIALS
“PROBLEM FREE EXCELLENCE.”
“Efficiently organised, everything went like clockwork. This is all the more remarkable since the tour involved considerable complexity.”
CLIENT TESTIMONIALS
“AN EFFICIENT AND RELIABLE COMPANY.”
“We have continued to ask Ultimate Travel to make our distant overseas travel arrangements for many years and they have always given us great service.”
TAILOR-MADE TRAVEL

ITINERARY INSPIRATION

Paro, Bhutan | Mountains | Ultimate Travel Company
CONTACT

START PLANNING YOUR TRIP WITH US

"*" indicates required fields

Sign up to newsletter updates
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.