Private luxury tours in Bhutan

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A Week in Bhutan

(7 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Thimphu, Punakha, Paro

This week-long tour visits the most popular destinations in Bhutan and includes fascinating private touring each day and accommodation at Bhutan's best luxury hotels.

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 tour concludes in 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.

Throughout Bhutan, Artisans of Leisure will arrange for you to experience the best the country has to offer. Please let us know your interests so we can tailor the touring accordingly. Upon request, we can incorporate activities such as 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 – Thimphu
Business class flight from Bangkok or Delhi. VIP arrival assistance and private transfer to Thimphu for 2 nights with touring en route
Day 2 Thimphu
Full-day private cultural touring and 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 Depart Paro
Private airport transfer for business class flight to Bangkok or Delhi

Hotels
Thimphu: Amankora Thimphu or Taj Tashi
Punakha: COMO Uma Punakha
Paro: COMO Uma Paro or Amankora Paro

Cost
$10,155 Per person (double occupancy)
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