Private luxury tours in Bhutan

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Luxury Bhutan Tours

Introduction to Bhutan
(6 Days)
Thimphu, Paro

A Week in Bhutan
(7 Days)
Thimphu, Punakha, Paro

Highlights of Bhutan
(10 Days)
Paro, Thimphu, Punakha

Essence of Bhutan
(9 Days)
Thimphu, Punakha, Paro

Romantic Bhutan
(12 Days)
Paro, Bumthang, Thimphu, Punakha

Journey Through Bhutan
(12 Days)
Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Bumthang, Gangtey

Luxury Adventure Tour of Bhutan
(10 Days)
Paro, Thimphu, Punakha

Multi-country Tours

Discover Thailand & Bhutan
(12 Days)
Bangkok, Thimphu, Punakha, Paro, Chiang Mai

Best of the Himalayas: Bhutan, Nepal & Tibet
(13 Days)
Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Kathmandu, Lhasa

Best of Bhutan & India
(16 Days)
Delhi, Thimphu, Punakha, Paro, Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur

Journey Through Burma & Bhutan
(14 Days)
Yangon, Bagan, Inle Lake, Bangkok, Thimphu, Punakha, Paro

Essence of Nepal & Bhutan
(13 Days)
Kathmandu, Chitwan, Thimphu, Punakha, Paro

Best of the Himalayas: Bhutan, Nepal & Tibet

(13 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Thimphu, Punakha, Paro, Kathmandu, Lhasa

Enjoy personalized touring and luxury hotels in Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet on this ultimate private tour of the Himalayas.

Begin in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. During comprehensive private touring, experience cultural highlights such as important Buddhist sites, local markets, and various museums specializing in textiles, folk heritage, and traditional arts and crafts. Artisans of Leisure will also arrange a meeting with a local astrologer, an important figure in Bhutanese daily life, as well as a visit to Tashichho Dzong, an impressive traditional fortress that houses the Bhutanese civil government. If desired, enjoy a private hike to rural villages and monasteries tucked into the foothills of the Himalayas. Upon request, we can also arrange for special experiences such as a private Bhutanese cooking lesson at a local home or a private meditation session with monks.

Next, enjoy a scenic transfer through the mountains to Punakha, the ancient winter capital of Bhutan. Stop en route at Dochula Pass to see its 108 chortens and take in views of the Himalayas. Descend into Punakha, a subtropical valley filled with rhododendrons, citrus trees and banana plants. During private touring, enjoy peaceful walks through rural farming villages, light a butter lamp at a local temple, opt to hike up a mountain for beautiful panoramic views of the valley, tour the stunning Punakha Dzong, and visit a Buddhist nunnery overlooking the valley. Accommodation will be at a luxurious hotel overlooking the Mo Chhu River set among rice terraces, chili and cabbage fields and traditional Bhutanese farmhouses.

The final stop in Bhutan is Paro, a picturesque town in a verdant river valley with a charming main street brimming with shops and cafes. During private touring, visit the National Museum, browse for locally made crafts and Buddhist items, and take an excursion to breathtaking Tiger's Nest, a cliffside Buddhist monastery that's a highlight of Bhutan. Also enjoy a private lesson in archery, Bhutan's national sport. Other activities can be incorporated based on your interests, such as yoga, a biking excursion, or traditional Bhutanese spa treatments.

Fly to Kathmandu, the endlessly fascinating capital of Nepal. During private touring with your expert guide and driver, walk through the lively backstreets of Old Kathmandu to see artisans' workshops, traditional markets, and active Buddhist and Hindu temples. Explore the cultural highlights in the numerous UNESCO World Heritage-listed monument zones around the city and in the surrounding Kathmandu Valley. Tour the beautiful courtyards, palaces and historic monuments of Kathmandu's Durbar Square. Circumambulate the mammoth white stupa at Boudhanath, the most important Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet, with throngs of pilgrims and worshippers, and perhaps duck into one of the smaller temple buildings to light a candle or spin a giant prayer wheel among the faithful. Venture to the hilltop Swayambhunath, another important and photogenic Buddhist temple with an iconic white stupa, flapping prayer flags, and panoramic views of Kathmandu and the foothills of the Himalayas. Observe ceremonies at Pashupatinath, a sprawling Hindu temple complex that's the oldest and most revered Hindu site in Kathmandu. Other highlights include seeing Kumari Devi—a living goddess—and relaxing in the Garden of Dreams, a soothing green oasis. One morning, if desired, enjoy a fixed-wing scenic flight to see Mount Everest and other snow-capped high Himalayan peaks, a truly memorable experience.

In the Kathmandu Valley, tour the extensive palace districts in the former royal capitals of Patan and Bhaktapur. See beautiful traditional brick buildings with finely carved wooden windows. Visit the Patan Museum, a former palace and one of the best museums of traditional Nepalese art in the country. Peruse fine metal crafts such as singing bowls, brass tableware and gold-leafed religious icons produced in the small workshops of Patan. Browse for woodwork and ceramics created by artisans in Bhaktapur. Find the perfect shawl made of the finest Nepalese pashmina (cashmere). Learn about the iconography in Buddhist thangka paintings, and perhaps select one to take home. You will have ample time to shop for these and other typical Nepalese products, such as handmade paper and prayer wheels during your tour. Also sample local foods such as juju dhau, Bhaktapur's unique "king yogurt."

Finally, journey to Lhasa, Tibet, the "rooftop of the world," and explore this sky-high Tibetan city (elevation: 11,450 feet) that is steeped in Buddhist spirituality and filled with temples, monasteries and palaces built by artisans seeking good karma. Enjoy flexible touring with a private guide and driver as you visit the city's most compelling sights. Walk along Barkhor, a wide pedestrian street that encircles Tibet's most sacred building, Jokhang Temple, which is filled with antique murals and statues—and air thick with burning incense. Visit Potala Palace, a complex built on the slopes of Mount Marpori by the Fifth Dalai Lama in the late 17th century and featuring multiple palaces and 1,000 rooms. Other sights include the grotto-like Palha Lupuk Temple and a choice of 15th-century monasteries located outside of the city. If desired, also enjoy a private trek to the Drak Yerpa caves.

Upon request, we can incorporate activities such as overnight treks, meetings with local specialists, farm visits, monastery visits, soft-adventure activities (hiking, biking, archery, rafting or golf), shopping, cooking classes, blessings and meditations led by monks, and more.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1

Arrive Paro, Bhutan
Business class flight from Bangkok. VIP arrival assistance and private transfer to Thimphu for 2 nights with touring en route

Day 2 Thimphu
Full-day private cultural touring with option for hiking
Day 3 Thimphu – Punakha
Private transfer to Punakha for 2 nights with touring en route
Day 4 Punakha
Private full-day gentle hikes and cultural touring
Day 5 Punakha – Paro
Private transfer to Paro for 2 nights with touring en route. Afternoon private tour
Day 6 Paro
Private tour of Paro including excursion to Tiger's Nest
Day 7

Paro—Kathmandu, Nepal
Transfer and business class flight to Kathmandu for 3 nights. VIP assistance on arrival. Private afternoon tour

Day 8

Kathmandu
Full-day private touring with guide and driver

Day 9

Kathmandu
Continue private touring in the valley. Option for fixed-wing scenic flight to see the Himalayan peaks

Day 10

Kathmandu—Lhasa, Tibet
Transfer and business class flight to Lhasa for 3 nights

Day 11 Lhasa
Full-day private touring in and around Lhasa
Day 12 Lhasa
Continue private touring or opt for a full-day hike to Drak Yerpa caves
Day 13 Depart Lhasa

Private airport transfer


Hotels

Thimphu:

Taj Tashi or Amankora Thimphu

Punakha: COMO Uma Punakha
Paro: COMO Uma Paro or Amankora Paro
Kathmandu: Dwarika’s Hotel or Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
Lhasa: St. Regis Lhasa or Shangri-La Lhasa

Cost
$18,850 Per person (double occupancy)