Luxury Bhutan holiday
Description of Luxury Bhutan holiday
On this luxury Bhutan holiday you’ll experience the best that the country has to offer over two action-packed weeks. This is a tailor made trip, so you’ll be able to tweak your itinerary to suit you and your travelling companions.
You’ll start your journey in the Bhuntanese capital, Thimphu, where you’ll go sightseeing both in and around the city, visiting the Tashichho Dzong, a dramatic fortified monastery and the seat of government, as well as the Thangtong Dewachen Nunnery and local handicraft markets. Next you’ll move on to Gantey, via the Dochu-la pass, where you’ll catch your first glimpse of the eastern Himalayan ranges, and then to Bumthang and Punakha, where you’ll walk in the surrounding valleys and visit historic museums and monasteries.
Your last stop will be Paro, an ancient town set in a dramatic and beautiful valley. There’s a huge amount to explore here, from the famous cliffside Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest monastery) to temples, museums and handicraft shops. You’ll also have the opportunity to spend some time with a local family in a traditional farmhouse, offering a valuable window onto local life.
PlanetThe charming mountain kingdom of Bhutan is the only country in the world that measures its citizens’ Gross National Happiness. By visiting Bhutan you help to preserve and sustain one of the world's 10 most biodiverse regions, with 72% of pristine forest cover.
On your trip we will ensure that we respect the country´s sustainability & happiness rules and customs to the most by working with local partners, using local food and resources, and by educating our staff and our guests as much as possible - we will take you on a continuous journey of learning and remembering that nature is a gift that we should respect and cherish.
We are trying to keep the extra unneeded waste to a minimum in all our tours and leave the smallest footprint possible on all our hikes and treks. In our head office we also choose to have no printed brochures or material to avoid our carbon footprint and we are dedicated recyclers (just as Bhutan´s entire country is going paperless also).
By visiting Bhutan´s parks and treks, you will directly contribute to conserve its native wildlife and natural environment, including more than 770 species of birds and over 165 species of animals, which roam free in the country’s 5 million acre network of protected areas. We work with licensed local trekking guides who are officially trained in the necessary trekking, mountaineering, environmental and cultural issues relevant to the country’s eco-tourism policies.
The hotels we pick subscribe to harness a healthy, green clean policy both for local communities and for their staff which ties in with our own belief and passion to keeping as green as we possibly can. You will stay at the Amankora lodges for example, whose values are founded on simple luxury complimented by unique locations and offering an enriching, enlightening and rewarding 'lifestyle' experience. The Aman resorts are focused on contributing positively to the long term viability of the destination, such as supporting local employment, using local produce for food to support local farmers, developing local work force by imparting training and assisting in a forestation programme in surrounding areas.
PeopleA fair deal:
We only work with local Bhutanese guides that come from the very region you are visiting, giving back to their families and communities. While many operators pay per day or per tour, our guides receive an hourly rate which allows a fair and fruitful reward for their expertise.
If you do want to shop additionally, we will guide you to local markets where local artisans craft their products or local farmers sell their organic produce, which will help keep the money earned in that very community.
We will take you to the most sacred sites, temples and villages in Bhutan which will directly help conserve the country´s traditional values and culture. Many of the monasteries and temples you will visit are kept alive thanks to your contribution.
We will also make sure you will have enough time to enjoy Bhutan´s rich, hospitable culture where local people enjoy sharing their way of life over lunch or tea. In Paro, we will take you to a traditional farmhouse for an opportunity to interact with a local family and learn about their lifestyle and also share your own stories – an exchange of cultures and wisdoms which will benefit both the family and you.
A special local experience you can live with us is the hoisting of a Lung Dhar or Prayer Flag. Prayer flags are hoisted for happiness, long life, prosperity, luck and merit. The colours used in the prayer flags follow the concept of ‘Kham’ which are the five characteristic birth elements that determine an individual’s dominant personality. We work with a Buddhist Monk who will personally accompany you to a shop that sells prayer flags. You will get an insight to and an interpretation of your birth element in the Bhutanese way.
We will then buy a prayer flag with the colours corresponding to your birth element and head out to a designated place in Thimphu, where you will hoist the prayer flag. The Monk will chant the consecration prayers, once you finish the hoisting of your prayer flag.