The Last Shangri-la

- A Secret Retreats journey -
7 days / 6 nights
from 4,300 USD /person

 

ITINERARY BOOK
 


This journey has been personally designed by Chechay Nidup was born and brought up in Bhutan and has been in the travel business for a decade. Curious and passionate, she actually learnt how to discover her own country through the eyes of the visitors exploring Bhutan by helping them experience the beauty and uniqueness of the country. She says that “the travel industry makes the Bhutanese people appreciate the country and be grateful for what we have; which in turn enables us to offer all visitors our perspective on life values, simplicity, environment and culture.”


Highlights of the Journey:

  • Thimphu, the capital and its famous textiles
  • Punakha, fertile valley with a mild climate
  • Paro and famous Tiger’s Nest Monastry

The Kingdom of Bhutan, a small, land- locked country of only about 750,000 inhabitants, is often called the happiest country in the world. Bhutan’s values provide for a unique intersection of tradition, spirituality, and development, making it like no other place in the world to experience. This journey in the Himalayan kingdom is meant to open our eyes and understand a country where the Gross National Happiness (GNH) - right balance between economic well-being and emotional well-being- is more important that GDP. Ranked one of the top 10 safest countries in the world, Bhutan is also the world’s only carbon negative country with over 70% of the country forested and no traffic lights.


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Your Journey Day by Day

7 days / 6 nights from 4,300 USD /person

based on 2 person sharing the same room

 
Day 1 & 2 : Thimphu ( B / L /D)
After welcoming you on arrival at Paro Airport, we will drive for 1 hour to Thimphu for the first 2 nights of this journey at one of the 2 hotels we propose. These 2 days will allow you to discover, at your pace Thimphu, its golden Buddha Dordenma statue (one of the world’s largest), the Folk Heritage Museum, the Royal Textile Academy, to watch traditional weavers make new pieces nd explore the National Institute for Zorig Chosum - the 13 Traditional Arts.
Thimphu dzongkhag is the thriving political and economic heart of Bhutan. It contains the capital city of the same name, and comprises eight gewogs, or groupings of villages, most of them lying within the environmentally protected boundaries of Jigme Dorji National Park.
All meals are included.
HOTEL: Norkhil Boutique Hotel & Spa (4*) or Terma Linca (Luxury)
Day 3 & 4 : Punakha ( B / L /D)
After breakfast, we move on to the next destination, Punakha, about 1h30 drive from Thimpu, and we check in for another 2 nights. The beautiful and fertile Punakha Valley follows the course of the Punak Tsang Chhu south from its source at the confluence of the Mo Chhu and Pho Chhu - the famed "Mother" and "Father" rivers - to the modern settlement of Wangdue Phodrang and beyond.
At just 1250 meters (4,100ft) elevation, the climate of the lush Punakha Valley often feels hot and sultry in comparison to that of Thimphu, which sits at almost twice the altitude. During these two days, you will receive blessings at the fertile Chimmi Lhakhang and probably make friends at the Sangchhen Dorji Luendrup Nunnery. We will also visit Talo Monastery and take in the views of the mountains and the sounds of the ceremonial trumpets. The drive towards Jigme Dorji National Park is particularly scenic.
All meals are included.
HOTEL: Dhumra Farm Resort (4*) or Dhensa Boutique Resort (Luxury)
Day 5 & 6 : Paro ( B /L /D)
Last move for this journey, about 2-hour drive to reach Paro district - In its 1,287 square kilometers (497 square miles) are contained some of Bhutan's oldest fortresses, the precious artifacts of the National Museum, and cliff-clinging religious centers that are iconic of Bhutan.
Tiger’s Nest is probably the most famous one, and from a distance, its building seems to float, weightless, halfway up a sheer cliff-face, 900 meters (3,000 feet) above the floor of the Paro Valley. As you wind your way breathlessly up the long, steep path towards Taktsang Lhakhang, the monastery periodically reveals itself, rising out of the forest, closer and more solid with each reappearance. While modern visitors approach Taktsang Lhakhang on foot or astride one of the sure-footed ponies guided by local villagers, the first person to recognize the holiness of this inaccessible spot, Guru Rinpoche, arrived here with considerably greater ease — on the back of a flying tigress.
After defeating a troublesome local demon in the eighth century, Guru Rinpoche, who is also known as Padmasambhava, spent months here in meditation. The lhakhang — its name meaning "Tiger's Nest" — has been a place of pilgrimage ever since. The Bhutanese believe that dakinis assisted the original construction of Taktsang in 1692 by transporting building materials up the cliff on their backs and lent their hair to hold the structure in place.
Inside the lhakhang, the Dubkhang — the cave where Guru Rinpoche meditated, now sealed behind a shining golden door — sits at the heart of the main shrine. Richly decorated chapels fill every inch of the narrow ledge and offer phenomenal views of the forested valleys far below.
Please note that the final approach to the lhakhang must be made on foot — horses must turn around at the busy canteen roughly halfway up the mountain.
All meals are included.
HOTEL: Himalayan Keys Forest Resort (4*) or Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary (Luxury)
Day 7 : Departure (B / - / -)
We shall leave after breakfast, back to Paro Airport to catch your flight to your next destination

Your Accommodation on this Asia Travel Itinerary


The Last Shangri-la

7 days / 6 nights
from 4,300 USD /person

based on 2 person sharing the same room

 


The total price includes:
6-night accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis at all 3 properties.
All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) every day.
Visa to Bhutan (we will process before arrival)
The compulsory daily fee (200-250 USD/day/person depending on season)
All transportation from/to airport and during the excursions (private car)
Entrance fees to all sites mentioned in the program
Local English-speaking guide (other languages possible when required) for all tours mentioned in the program.

The total price does not include:
Drinks, personal expenses.
Options and other activities not included in the program.
Flights


This Secret Journey was designed in cooperation with Chechay and MyBhutan (License #1040975)

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