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 Bhutan’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 kingdom’s inimitable Buddhist culture at a deep and comprehensive level. If only imagination could confound to one idea; romantic prospect in Bhutan are galore.
Arrival, check-in, show round and easy walk
Uma Paro staff 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 Bhutan’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 - 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 Bhutan’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 – 9 hours
Guided with picnic, Kona Cinder mountain bike, helmet, gloves
Drakhapo Monastery and Adventure Cave.After a short drive from Uma Paro start your 90-minute easy acclimatisation walk to Drakhapo 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 Bhutan’s two most popular sports on Uma Paro’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 (‘jeerleaders’). Kuru is another very popular traditional Bhutanese gameplayed by children and adults alike in most villages.
Duration: 5 - 6 hours
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Guided with picnic
Day Out in Thimpu or Mountain Biking
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: Thimpu’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 Bhutan’s national animal, the Takin, a strange looking beast some say looks like a beestung moose.
National Memorial Chorten: Bhutan'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: ‘Fortress of the Glorious Religion’ was initially erected in 1641 and rebuilt by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the 1960s. Tashi Chhoe Dzong houses some ministries, His Majesty’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 ‘gho’ and ‘kira’ 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 – 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 - 8 hours
Difficulty: Moderate to Hard (depending on guests’ 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 a
traditional Bhutanese Hot Stone Bath.
Highlights of the Paro Valley—Taktsang Walk
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 Tiger’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 - 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
Festivals are not pageants or entertainment. They are not held as tourist attractions. They are genuine manifestations of a religious tradition from thousands of years. Obtrusive, disrespectful and discourteous behavior should be refrained from. The dance ground is not a place to eat, drink or smoke, talk or laugh loudly at inappropriate times, flash cameras or intrude on the dance space. Common courtesy should rule one’s actions when photographing the dancers or onlookers.
Dos and don’ts
- Refrain from passing negative comments on religion, royal family and chief abbot
- Locals are very sensitive, you don’t want to sound rude
- Always ask for permission if you are photographing a person
- Dress modestly. Singlet and miniskirts are not well accepted norms
- Enter temples and monasteries only if you have permission. Allow your guide to lead you
- Remove your shoes before entering the temple
- Leave your camera at a safe place, if photography is prohibited
- Refrain from using hats and sunglasses inside religious places
- Use your right hand or both hands to give or receive
- Leaving a donation at the temple is on personal discretion. Normally all Bhutanese do
- Use your palm to show rather than finger, when pointing
- Refrain from pointing your feet at anyone; cross your legs or kneel when sitting in religious places
- Pass clockwise at all chortens and mani walls (elongated chortens inscribed with mantras)
- Don’t wash, swim or throw objects into lakes, many of which are considered sacred
What to Pack?
- Sun hat
- Rain deflator
- Woolen cap
- Hiking Boot
- Running Shoe
- casual shoes
- Thermal Pants
- Digital cameras
- Additional Batteries
- Additional memory cards.
- Motion Sickness
- Head Ache
- Antiseptic cream
- Anti-histamine cream
- Vitamin C
- Food Positioning
- Insect repellent
- Small First Aid Kit
- Contact lenses and solution
- Your prescribed drug, if any.
- US Dollar or Euro – Various domination
4-6 pieces of passport size photographs
- Mini torch lights
- Back pack
- Sun Block
- Spare glasses
- Washing kit
- Shaving kit
- Small sewing kit
- Safety pins
- lip salve
Book for more than 2 people, contact us directly
Upon arrival to Paro international airport, a car, driver and guide will await to meet you and have you escorted to the hotel. Your itinerary is flexible and picks time for daily tours will depend on what you have communicated to the guide. Most of the time pick up location will be your hotel unless it a trekking tour. In case of tight itinerary, your guide will have the time recommended to you.
The Package includes the following:
- Accommodation (7 days in Deluxe Room at Uma Paro) on a full-board basis (excluding beverages)Three privately guided one day walks with picnic lunch taking in the highlights of the Paro Valley,including Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, the National Museum, Drukyel Dzong, traditional villages and a visit to the temple of Kyichu Lhakhang
- A privately guided day out to the highest road-pass in Bhutan (weather and road conditions permitting)
- A privately guided day out in Thimpu or a day’s mountain biking
- The services of an experienced English-speaking Bhutanese Uma Paro Guide
- One free day
- One COMO Shambhala Massage (60 minutes) per person
- Private airport transfers and transport in Bhutan
- Inclusive of 10% service charge and 10% sales tax
- All Bhutanese Government visa fees and royalties
- Complimentary scheduled one-hour daily Yoga class whilst at Uma Paro (except Sundays) Complimentary use of the library, internet facilities, swimming pool, steam room and gym at Uma Paro
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