Exclusive Experience

• Enjoy Takin, Bhutan’s national animal spotting

• Get to hands on Archery, Traditional Butter Tea and local rice wine sampling at Simply Bhutan

• Traditional Gho & Kira Dress-Up Session

• Celebrate With A Sense of Accomplishment & Receive A Certificate of Achievement y

• Learn to cook local dish Ema Datshi and get to taste

Specialty Meals

• 100% meals with 4 different cuisines

Paro

• Kyichu Lhakhang

• Rinpung Dzong

• Taktsang Lhakhang

• Drukgyel Dzong

Gangtey

• Gangtey Gonpa

• Phobjikha Valley

• Black-Necked Crane Visitor Centre

Punakha

• Punakha Dzong

• Chimi Lhakhang

• Dochula Pass

• Druk Wangyal Chortens

Thimphu

• Trashi Chho Dzong

• Bhutanese Crafts Bazaar

• Kuenselphodrang Nature Park

• Buddha Dordenma Statue

• National Memorial Chorten

• Motithang Takin Preserve

• Folk Heritage Museum

• Norzin Lam

• Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory


IMPORTANT NOTES

Clothes & Other Paraphernalia

  • Visitors shoulddress modestly and respectfully especially if you are planning a visit to the monasteries, Dzongs and other religious institutions. Long pants and long sleeved tops should be worn when visiting such places. As a mark of respect, be kind enough to remove your hats, caps etc. as you enter religious and administrative premises, institutions and in any other place that you come across with the national flag being raised.
  • Communications

  • The country has a good network of telecommunication facilities. Most hotels and cafe’s offer Wi-Fi internet access. Bhutan has a comprehensive mobile (cell) phone network with global roaming also accessable.
  • Electricity

  • All major towns are well connected with electricity that runs on 220/240 volts with round hole two-pin and three-pin power outlets.
  • It is recommended that you bring flat-to-round pin converters for your electronics if necessary, however, most hotels offer multi plug sockets.
  • Health Inoculations

    Before embarking on a trip to Bhutan, please seek advice from your doctor with regard to vaccinations and appropriate medication you should have prior to your travels. As a minimum you should have tetanus, typhoid and hepatitis A inoculations.

    Money

  • Bhutan’s currency is the Ngultrum (Nu.). It is at par with the Indian rupee which is widely accepted in the country. You can also pay in United States dollar.
  • In addition, POS (Point of Sale) services are available nationwide, meaning visitors can pay by credit card at most hotels and handicrafts stores.
  • Photography

  • Bhutan offers immense opportunities for photography especially during outdoor sightseeing trips. However you should check with your guide before taking pictures or filming inside Dzongs, temples, monasteries and religious institutions as in some area photograph/filming is not permitted.
  • You are free to capture images of the landscape, the panoramic views of the mountain ranges, rural life, flora and fauna, distinctive Bhutanese architecture and the exterior of Dzongs and Chortens.
  • Shopping

  • Some popular handicraft items available for purchase are hand-woven textiles of raw silk or silk, carved masks of various animals, woven baskets of cane and bamboo, wooden bowls known as Dapas, handmade paper products or finely crafted goods of silver.
  • Other items you may be interested in are the exquisite Buddhist thangkha paintings or Bhutan’s wide array of colourful and creative postage stamps. You can come across these items in the many handicraft shops in and around Thimphu and in other major towns.
  • Please remember that buying and selling of antiques is strictly forbidden in Bhutan.
  • Time

  • The standard time is 2 hours behind Singapore time.
  • Weather

  • Although the end of the year symbolises winter in Bhutan, it is not as cold as of other Himalayan countries. The weather tends to be on the colder side with chilling winds.
  • The average maximum temperature remains up to 8-degree Celsius with an average minimum temperature up to 4-degree Celsius, with almost no rain. Places in the higher altitudes, however, might experience a bit of snow like Thimphu and Paro but those in lesser altitudes are fairly snow-less.
  • In Punakha, sandwiched between Gasa and Thimphu, a relatively warm climate is noticed. The average temperature in Punakha in December remains 12-degree Celsius with an average minimum temperature of 6-degree Celsius. There is no snowfall in Punakha.
  • Precautions

  • Bhutan is one of the safest countries in the world however you should still exercise caution when visiting. Please ensure that your belongings especially your passports, cameras, wallets and purses are properly secured. Please refrain from leaving such items within sight or in locked vehicles while sightseeing.
  • Avoid drinking tap water which has not been boiled or ice cubes in drinks at all times as most water sources in Bhutan are untreated. One can easily acquire affordable treated and bottled water.
  • Also, Bhutan has a duty to protect its citizens from drugs and tobacco products. To do this we need your help and cooperation. Please co-operate if stopped and asked about your baggage. Please do not carry tobacco goods in excess of the set limit.
  • Day 1SINGAPORE – PARO

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    Assemble at Changi Airport for your flight to Paro. Upon arrival, be met and enjoy a local welcome from Bhutanese representatives with Khada. On your way to Six Senses Lodge Thimphu, make a stop at Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge, an iron chain bridge built by Drupthob Thangtong Gyalpo and is the access route to the famous Tachogang Lhakhang Dzong. Arrive at your luxurious stay, brand as a palace in the sky. Nested within apple orchards and pine forests and perched on an auspicious hillside overlooking the shimmering lights of Thimphu. Settle in at the lodge and immerse in the tranquility environment that is situated at 9,040 feet (2,755 meters) for the day as you adjust to the altitude. Wrap up the day with a dress up session in Gho and Kira traditional costume and make a visit Trashi Chho Dzong, an impressive monastery that houses secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices. It is also the summer residence of Chief Abbot and central monk body. Here enjoy capture endless moment cultural perfect-picture you with iconic backdrop. This evening, enjoy alfresco dining at sunken terrace with delectable dishes delicately prepared chefs that is made with organic ingredients fresh picked from gardens.

    Accommodation: Six Senses Lodge Thimphu “Palace in the Sky”

    Meals On Board / Breakfast / Lunch

    Day 2PARO

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    Take an early breakfast and embark on a hike to Bhutan’s most iconic landmark, Taktsang Lhakhang, also known as Tiger’s Nest Monastery. It clings precariously to a granite cliff 900 metres above Paro Valley. The monastery was first built in 1692 at a cave where legend has it that the great Guru Rimpoche flew to the site atop the back of a tigress and meditated in the cave in order to subdue evil demons residing within. You may wish to take a pony ride at your own expense. Thereafter, visit Drugyel Dzong, the victory fortress built in 1647 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate his victory over Tibetan invaders led by Mongolian warlord Gushri Khan in 1644. Wrap up your day with a Gho and Kira traditional dress-up session and flood your social media page endless feed of that cultural perfect-picture you.

    Note

    Please wear comfortable walking shoes for your hike to Taktsang Lhakhang. The hike is not recommended for pregnant women and travellers with health conditions.

    Accommodation: Tenzeniling Resort or similar

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    Day 3PARO – PUNAKHA

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    After breakfast, head to Punakha. Along the way, cross Dochula Pass and proceed to Druk Wangyal Chortens, where the construction of 108 chortens was commissioned by the eldest Queen Mother. Next, take a light hike through fields of assorted vegetables that will take you to Chimi Lhakhang, a pilgrimage site for childless couples. Camera ready as we proceed on to Punakha Dzong, situated at the confluence of the Mo Chhu and Pho Chhu rivers. An iconic and instagrammable site. Keep that snapping fingers at the Punakha Suspension Bridge, one of the longest suspension bridges in Bhutan, before staying overnight in your hotel.

    Accommodation: Punakha Bhutanese-style Unique Lodging


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    Day 4PUNANKHA – GANGTEY – THIMPHU

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    Today, head into the country side towards Gangtey Gonpa, the largest Nyingma monastery in Bhutan. Then, make your way towards the Phobjikha Valley, a wide glacial valley with a central stream that meanders through thickets of dwarf bamboo. The forest beyond the farms is mostly coniferous, and the general vegetation is composed of blue pine, birch, maple and several species of rhododendron. Home to the migratory black-necked crane, the valley is one of the most beautiful spots in Bhutan. Spot these rare, gorgeous cranes during the months of late October to February as they leave the Tibetan Plateau and pass the Himalayan peaks to reach their winter grounds. Make a stop at the Black-Necked Crane Visitor Centre to learn more about the cranes. Thereafter, enjoy a picturesque ride to Thimphu for your overnight stay.

    Accommodation: Ariya Hotel Thimphu or similar


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    Day 5THIMPHU

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    This morning, visit Kuenselphodrang Nature Park, where you can catch a panoramic view of Thimphu Valley and marvel at the 169-foot tall bronze Buddha Dordenma Statue, the largest statue in the country. Next, explore National Memorial Chorten, a stupa built to honour the late 3rd king, before heading over to Motithang Takin Preserve, where you can observe strangle, gentle beasts resembling goat-cow hybrids – Takin – roam within this patch of forest. See art and craft students at work on thangkas painting, woodcarving, exquisite embroidery or clay statue-making (clay) at National Institute for Zorig Chusum and commonly known as 'the painting school'. Next, visit Simply Bhutan, a living museum whose primary aim is to conserve the culture and customs of traditional Bhutanese life. Try out archery, the Bhutanese National Sport. After lunch, stop over at Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory, a pilot conservative program to preserve their traditional handmade paper making. You can observe the entire process of producing handmade paper using ancient traditional methods that have been practiced for generations. Amble through an authentic Bhutanese crafts bazaar and the bustling Norzin Lam, where you can purchase handicrafts, garments and accessories at your own expense.

    Accommodation: Ariya Hotel Thimphu or similar


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    Day 6THIMPHU – PARO - SINGAPORE

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    Bid fare to the happiest on earth as you check out and proceed to Paro for your flight back home. On the way, make more memories as we cross the Tachogang Lhakhang Bridge. an iron chain bridge built by Drupthob Thangtong Gyalpo and is the access route to the famous Tachogang Lhakhang Dzong. Finish up your dollars at Paro Town Market for last minute shopping.

    Meals On Board / Breakfast / Lunch

    Day 7ARRIVAL SINGAPORE

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