Honeymoon Package Tour [08 Days]
Create an ultimate lifetime experience, triggered by exclusivity of occasion and destination. What other gift could be possibly better than having your honeymoon or wedding complimented by Bhutanâ€™s mystical and timeless aura. Surprising your spouse with a romantic dinner amid cozy fireplace and tranquility of night or a game of archery, getting blessed and lighting butter lamps for your nuptial success or engaging in traditional hot stone bath ceremony, a romantic picnic in the wilderness amidst nature.
This seven-night package to Bhutan is the ultimate in comfortable honeymoon adventure travel, allowing guests to experience this Himalayan kingdomâ€™s inimitable Buddhist culture at a deep and comprehensive level. If only imagination could confound to one idea; romantic prospect in Bhutan are galore.
Bhutan Festival representativesÂ will welcome you at the airport for the 10-minute transfer to the property. We invite you for a short guided walk in the afternoon in and around Uma Paro for orientation and acclimatisation purposes.
Daywalk to Zurig Dzong, Rinpung Dzong, Ta Dzong, Paro town, Kyichu Lhakhang and Drukgyel Dzong Wind through pine forests high above Uma Paro to the pretty grounds of the fortress-like monastery of Zurig Dzong. Traverse across to Ta Dzong, housing Bhutanâ€™s National Museum with magnificent views over Paro, and on down to Rinpung Dzong (Fortress on a Heap of Jewels). The trail then leads across Paro Chhu (river) via a traditional covered bridge (Nyamai Zam) and then past the main archery ground, Ugyen Pelri Palace and into Paro town. Drive a few kilometres north of Paro, and we pay our respects at Kyichu Lhakhang; this is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan with its magic orange tree that bears fruit all year round. Time permitting, we drive further up the valley to Drukgyel Dzong, built in 1648 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to control the northern route to Tibet (from here, it is only a two-day hike to the border with Tibet, dominated by Mt Jhomalhari).
Duration: 5 â€“ 7 hours (depending on time spent in National Museum and Paro)Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Guided with picnic or lunch at a local restaurant.
Chele La Pass and hike to Kila Nunnery (optional bike descents) Start early for the drive to Chele La Pass which, at 3,988m (12,499ft), is the highest road pass in Bhutan, snaking upwards through blue pine and rhododendron (Etho Metho) forests for 35 kilometres. On a clear day the view sweeps away to the snow-dome of Bhutanâ€™s second highest peak, Mt Jhomolhari (7314m or 23,996ft), and down to the Haa Valley, which only opened to foreigners in 2002 due to its proximity to the border with Sikkim and Tibet. This unspoilt valley harks back to a simpler, more traditional time. Striding out along the Edelweiss-covered ridge (Edelweiss flowers during the summer months only), we pass a sky burial site. Descend for the two-hour hike through dense rhodendron forest, possibly sighting shaggy yaks, to Kila Goemba, an ancient nunnery nestled in a craggy patch on the mountainside below. Kila Goemba is a serene retreat for 32 Anim (Buddhist nuns) who lead an undisturbed life of religious studies, prayer and meditation. The nunnery is one of the seven oldest nunneries in the Kingdom. Dupthob Chhoeje Norbu and Dupthob Temba initially established it in the early ninth century as a place for meditation. After being destroyed by fire, the Lhakhang was reconstructed by the 25th Je Khenpo, Sherab Gyaltsen and in 1986, the Government officially established Kila Goemba (monastery) as an Anim Dratshang (nunnery). This sacred place has a timeless quality which is ample reward after the effort of the hike and is about as far off the beaten path as you can get. Having made our offerings and perhaps been blessed, it is time to descend further. An hour later and we are back at the road where we can saddle up on a mountain bike freewheeling down to Paro Valley. For those who would rather a leisurely sightseeing day there is the option to drive from Chele La Pass down the other side to the Haa Valley. In case Chele La Pass is not accessible during the winter months due to ice or snow, your guide will propose an alternative for this day excursion.
Duration: 7 â€“ 9 hours
Guided with picnic, Kona Cinder mountain bike, helmet, gloves
Drakrapo Monastery and Adventure Cave.After a short drive from Uma Paro start your 90-minute easy acclimatisation walk to Drakarpo Monastery, which has a small community of monks living nearby. The main temple room is precariously perched on the edge of a rock cliff; there are also some sacred sites to view, including the body-imprint of Vajrayogini or a stone boot belonging to Guru Rinpoche. The monastery is built on a mountain dotted with underground caves. Nearby, one of these caves has a small ladder for the not-so-faint-hearted to climb down into a large cavern that soon turns into a very narrow crevasse. In the afternoon, we invite guests to try Bhutanâ€™s two most popular sports on Uma Paroâ€™s very own archery ground (Bha Cho). Archery is the national sport of Bhutan, and every village has it own archery range. High-spirited competitions, usually accompanied by a banquet, are a part of all festive occasions. Using bamboo bows, teams of archers shoot at targets only 30 centimetres in diameter from a distance of 140 metres. Each team has a noisy crowd of supporters (â€˜jeerleadersâ€™). Kuru is another very popular traditional Bhutanese gameplayed by children and adults alike in most villages.
Duration: 5 â€“ 6 hours
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Guided with picnic
Option 1 Thimpu Day Out The capital of Bhutan sprawls up the wooded western hillside of the Wang Chhu. The centre of government, religion and commerce, Thimpu is a bustling town where traditional ways mingle with modern introductions. The drive from Uma Paro to the capital takes about one hour and sights worth seeing include the following, time and local conditions permitting:
Market Days: Thimpuâ€™s main market days are Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You can easily lose a couple of hours wandering amongst the colourful stalls before heading into town for more shopping opportunities.
BBS Tower Viewpoint and Takin Compound: On the way to the viewpoint over Thimpu is the home of Bhutanâ€™s national animal, the Takin, a strange looking beast some say looks like a beestung moose.
National Memorial Chorten: Bhutanâ€™s third king, H.M. Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, wished to erect a monument to world peace and prosperity; he died before his plan came to fruition. However, the Royal Family and Cabinet resolved to fulfill his wishes and erect a memorial that would perpetuate his memory and also serve as a monument to peace.
View of Trashi Chhoe Dzong: â€˜Fortress of the Glorious Religionâ€™ was initially erected in 1641 and rebuilt by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the 1960s. Tashi Chhoe Dzong houses some ministries, His Majestyâ€™s secretariat,and the central monk body. Entrance may be granted to guests only after 5pm but the nine-hole golf course alongside makes for a quirky photo opportunity.
National Institute of Traditional Medicine: This Bhutanese institution is still dispensing traditional herbal and other medicines, made from plants, minerals, animal parts, precious metals and gems. A working facility for research and the treatment of local people, the tour is fascinating.
National Textile Museum: Providing an insight into the living national art of weaving, this museum exhibits fine examples of all the major weaving techniques and the changing styles of â€˜ghoâ€™ and â€˜kiraâ€™ over the years, with weavers demonstrating their skills on traditional back looms.
National Institute of 13 Arts and Carfts (Zorig Chusum): Watch the rows of young students at the Institute where the 13 traditional arts and crafts are cherished and fostered in Bhutan. They include carpentry, masonry, carving, painting, sculpture, casting, weaving, bamboo work, embroidery, woodturning, papermaking, blacksmithing and gold and silversmithing.
Folk Heritage Museum: If there is still time, we may visit this replica of a traditional Bhutanese house as it would have looked 100 years ago and as many Bhutanese families still live to this day.Please note museum, monastery, temple and dzong opening days and times can and do vary with national holidays and events such a visit by a member of the Royal Family or auspicious ceremonies.
Duration: 7 â€“ 10 hours
Guided with picnic or sample typical Bhutanese fare in local restaurant
Option 2 Mountain Biking Paro Valley and the Do Chhu Trail
Riding out from Uma Paro descend to Paro Town then turn north past Dungste Lhakhang (a chorten-like temple built in 1433 by Thangtong Gyalpo) up the Do Chhu Valley past archery grounds, large prayer wheels and houses, heading for Aotsho Lhakhang (temple). From here leave the graded track and head upwards on a logging trail reaching the trailhead deep in the forest after a challenging ride. Returning to Aotsho we make our way through the village and onto another track for a fun descent back to Paro. From here we can either head home or up the Paro Valley towards Kyichu Lhakhang on road before returning to Uma Paro on a track where the last steep ascent awaits our tired legs.
Duration: 5 â€“ 8 hours
Difficulty: Moderate to Hard (depending on guestsâ€™ preference)
Guided with picnic, KONA Cinder mountain bike, helmet, gloves
Overnight: Uma Paro
Uma Paro, perhaps trying the Bhutanese national sport of archery, or maybe a wellness therapy such as aÂ traditional Bhutanese Hot Stone Bath.
One of the most amazing and important pieces of architecture in Bhutan, Taktsang Goemba defies logic, gravity, and reason. Legend has it that this cliffside was where Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) landed on the back of a flying tigress, bringing Buddhism to Bhutan from Tibet. To avoid the hot sun an early start is advisable for the twohour climb to the Tigerâ€™s Nest viewpoint. Descend steeply, then climb up to the monastery, passing a waterfall and entering through the main gates which are filled with murals. Retrace our steps or alternatively (if time and energy levels allow) head further up to several remote temples and monasteries. Return to Uma Paro in the afternoon for some time to rest and relax and enjoy the facilities such as the steam rooms, swimming pool or a Bhutanese Hot Stone Bath followed by a soothing massage. In the evening you are invited for a firelit farewell dinner either in the courtyard at Uma Paro or at our Bukhari restaurant.
Duration: 7 â€“ 8 hours
Difficulty: Moderate to Hard
Guided with picnic
Druk Air departs in the early morning to avoid adverse weather conditions so after breakfast, your transfer to the airport will be arranged for between 5am and 9am.
Â Month:Â Whole year round
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Paro International Airport|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive at leastÂ 2 hours before the flight.|
Spring (March to May) and autumn (September and October) are the best time for touring and trekking in Bhutan. The months of April and May offer the natural grandeur of rhododendron blooms whereas Bhutan observes its biggest festivals during spring.
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