Bespoke Honeymoon Holiday in Bhutan - 9 Days

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Congratulations! Now that you have tied the knot in your country, Bhutan Green Travel welcomes the newlyweds to tie the knot or renew your vows once more in the traditional Bhutanese-style honeymoon ceremony. Come to immerse yourself in a tranquil honeymoon. Let us assist you for your perfect honeymoon to relax, have fun and enhance romance in this peaceful country (also known as the Gross National Happiness country). You will be wowed by many of the great sights of Bhutan: the great Himalayas, fabulous places, holy monasteries, sacred temples, unspoilt culture, traditional lifestyle, Buddhist spirituality and the charm and friendliness of the people. But the tour would not be complete without a visit to the famous Chimmi Lhakhang (Fertility Temple) especially for honeymooners. Find out why?

Day 1: Arrive Paro
Day 2: Traditional Bhutanese Honeymoon Ceremony
Day 3: Paro – Thimphu
Day 4: Moving to Punakha
Day 5: Punakha
Day 6: Gangtey Nature Trail Walking
Day 7: Back to Paro
Day 8: Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery
Day 9: End of Tour

Day 1
Arrive Paro

Flying into Bhutan offers the most spectacular views of the Himalayan ranges, including Mt. Everest (8,848m/29,028ft), Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586m/28,169ft) and Mt. Gangkar Puensum (7,564m/24,836ft). On arrival we meet you at Paro International Airport after clearing your immigration and customs formalities and transfer to your hotel in Paro for check-in. Paro is home to the famous Taktshang Monstery (also known as Tiger’s Nest), National Museum, Drukair and Bhutan Airlines. Afterwards, we visit the Ta Dzong (ancient watch tower), located about 6-km from Paro town, which now houses the National Museum of Bhutan. Walk down to the Paro Dzong (also known as Rinpung Dzong), which is located across the Pachhu River (about 2-km from Paro International Airport). The dzong was built in 1644 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to safeguard Paro Valley against Tibetan invasion. The evening is at leisure to relax and enjoy, we have allowed some time for this and also to explore a small Paro town and its surroundings. Tonight enjoy a welcome drink and dinner with BGT. Overnight in Paro.

Day 2
Traditional Bhutanese Honeymoon Ceremony

A traditional Bhutanese wedding ceremony includes a number of religious rites performed by Buddhist monks and lamas representing the importance of the bond between a husband and wife. Today you experience a local wedding ceremony to renew your vows in Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the holiest and oldest temples in Bhutan with its magic orange bearing fruits all-year-round. Your private guide and staff from BGT will help dress you in colourful traditional costumes (gho for a man and kira for a lady). Monks will greet the bride and groom on arrival at the tree temple. Enter the temple where you’ll then be seated in a special place inside the temple facing the lama (head monk). The lama and monks perform marriage ceremonial prayers and bless the couple with symbols of the eight lucky signs before exchanging white scarves for the long, prosperous and happy relationship ever. The couple make wishes & say prayers upon exchanging the white scarves (khadhar) and the couple will be asked to drink local wine in a cup to pledge each other’s solemnity. You’ll be served Bhutanese tea and snacks as well. Overnight in Paro.

Day 3
Paro – Thimphu

This morning, we travel (54-km) for an hour to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan via Chhuzom (24-km) where the Pachhu and Wangchhu Rivers join. Chhuzom (confluence) is a major road junction connecting Thimphu (30-km) to the northeast, Haa (82-km) to the southwest and Phuentsholing (141-km) to the south. Arriving in Thimphu (2,300m), explore the best attractions of the capital city, which is home to approximately 138,736 inhabitants. Thimphu is a small city but has many attractive places. Morning begins with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten (stupa), built in 1974 in honour of the Third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk (1928-1972). This stupa is a prominent monument for Bhutanese daily worship in the city with its golden spires and bells. Another must see place to tick off on your list is Kuenselphodrang (the largest 169ft Buddha Dordenma statue in the world), built in 2006 and sits atop a hill, overlooking the Southern entrance to Thimphu city. Our next stop is at the National Institute for Zorig Chusum, established in 1971 where students are taught the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. In the afternoon, a short (15-minute) drive takes you to the Motithang Takin Preserve on the outskirts of Thimphu Valley surrounded with dense forest of pine trees. Takin is the national animal of Bhutan. Legend has it that Lama Drukpa Kunley (popularly known as the Divine Madman) created Takin in 15th century by attaching the skull of a goat with the skeleton of a cow after the locals requested him to conjure a miracle. From here continue onto the Sangaygang Hill next to the Bhutan Broadcasting Service Tower where you can enjoy magnificent views of Thimphu Valley. Sangaygang is the most heard spot for dating or a lover’s lane after dark. Lovers and people from walks of life come to this romantic corner taking a ride with their loved one or some simply walk uphill to enjoy the picturesque valley. Perhaps it’d be fun for you couple too to see this romantic place in Bhutan! Afterwards, visit the Tashichhodzong, first constructed in 1216 AD and re-built in 1641 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, which now houses some ministries, the office and throne room of His Majesty the King and the Central Monk Body. Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 4
Moving to Punakha

After breakfast, we travel (71-km) about 3 hours to Punakha, once the winter capital of Bhutan until 1955. It is situated in western Bhutan with a warm and temperate climate, bordered by Gasa to the north, Thimphu to the west and Wangdue Phodrang to the east and south, and also a popular tourist destination. Stop off at Druk Wangyal Chortens (108 Stupas) before crossing over Dochula Pass (3,050m). On a clear day, you can enjoy panoramic views of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks, including Bhutan’s highest mountain (Mt. Gangkar Puensum at 7,564m). Continue our scenic journey (52-km) to Punakha and Wangdue Phodrang Valley. Arriving in Punakha (1,350m), visit the fertility Chimi Lhakhang (temple) en route, nestled on a round hillock near a village called Sopsokha, built in 1499 by Saint Drukpa Kunley (known as the Divine Madman). The temple is about 10-km from Punakha Dzong and takes 20-minutes walk through agriculture fields. Legend has it that the childless couples wishing to have a baby from across Bhutan and occasionally from overseas are blessed with a child after visiting this mysterious temple. We also visit the Punakha Dzong, which is strategically located at the confluence of the Phochhu (male) and Mochhu (female) Rivers. Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal (founder of Bhutan) built the dzong in 1637. Jacaranda trees beautifully cover the dzong with the purple bloom of flowers in the spring. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to relax – so why not take a walk to Bhutan’s longest suspension bridge built over the Phochu River? Overnight in Punakha.

Day 5
Punakha

Discover the delights of Punakha–Wangdue Phodrang Valley. Punakha is situated in western Bhutan with a warm and temperate climate, bordered by Gasa to the north, Thimphu to the west and Wangdue Phodrang to the east and south, and also a popular tourist destination. You’ll at first drive (7-km) about 30-minutes to the parking by the Mochhu River before climbing up the majestic Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten. The Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuk built this 100ft tall temple in 1994, located on a strategic ridge overlooking terraced fields and countryside of Punakha Valley. From the parking, cross a suspension bridge over the Mochhu River and walk up through paddy fields to the base of the hill before climbing a moderately inclined trail surrounded by pine trees. It takes about 45-minutes to hike up to the top. In the afternoon, sightseeing includes the Punakha Dzong, strategically located at the confluence of the Phochhu (male) and Mochhu (female) Rivers. Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal (founder of Bhutan) built the dzong in 1637. Jacaranda trees beautifully cover the dzong with the purple bloom of flowers in the spring. Your tour continues to the charming Rinchengang village opposite to the Wangduephodrang Dzong, which is about 20-minutes walk uphill from the highway, and the village is known for its skill in traditional method of stone masonry. Our final stop is at the Sangchen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery Buddhist College in Wolakha, spectacularly located on a hilltop (25-minutes drive from Punakha Dzong). The Queen Mothers’ parents built it in 2008 for nuns to pursue higher Buddhist studies. Overnight in Punakha.

Day 6
Gangtey Nature Trail Walkinging

This morning, our journey covers (78-km) over 2 hours of driving into the countryside of Phobjikha (2,900m), and takes us past the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong overlooking the convergence of the Dangchhu and Punatsangchhu Rivers. Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal (founder of Bhutan) constructed the dzong in 1638, resembling that of a sleeping elephant. The fortress was gutted by fire in 2012 and is under reconstruction. Phobjikha Valley is a must visit for nature enthusiasts and is also well-known for the winter home to the rare Black-Necked Cranes that migrate from the Tibetan plateau from late October to mid-March. Take the opportunity to visit the 17th century picturesque Gangtey Gonpa (monastery) on the hillock with amazing views of the valley. This monastery is the only Nyingmapa School of Buddhism taught here in western Bhutan. Afternoon is set aside for a short and gentle nature hike (4-km) about 2 hours. The best way to soak up this magnificent valley is to head downhill from the start point (nearby the monastery) to Semchubara village. This trail takes you through beautiful forests, flower meadows and into vast plains of Phobjikha Valley, ideal for spotting some birds, grazing cows, farmhouses, people and the local life. After passing a chorten and Khewa Lhakhang through gentle grassy slopes carpeted with purple primluas, your hike ends at the local community school. Overnight in Phobjikha.

Day 7
Back to Paro

After breakfast, our return journey takes us to Paro (185-km) about 5 hours drive, pausing en route at the Dochula Pass (3,050m). Perhaps why not take a chance to meditate awhile in the 11 man-made hidden “Igloos – Caves” with 11 different paintings of gods and goddesses? People seeking inner peace from modern day stress come to Dochula Pass for meditation. Buddhists pursue meditation as a path towards enlightenment and nirvana. Continue to Paro (70-km) about 1.50 hours, home to the famous Taktshang Monastery (also known as Tiger’s Nest), National Museum, Drukair and Bhutan Airlines. The evening is at leisure to relax and enjoy, we have allowed some time for this and also to explore a small Paro town and its surroundings. Overnight in Paro.

Day 8
Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery

Bhutan’s famous Paro Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) is an unforgettable sight. No visit to Bhutan would be complete without a trip to Paro Taktshang (3,120m). It is stunning in its beauty and location. Today is a real highlight as you take a short hike to the Taktshang Monastery, clinging on a rock cliff at 900m above the Paro Valley floor. The monastery is one of the most revered pilgrimage places in Bhutan because Guru Rinpoche (one the founding fathers of Tibetan Buddhism) is believed to have flown to the site on the back of a flying tigress in the 8th century. An 11-km (round-trip) hike starts from the base of the mountain from the road point (Ramthangkha), which is 2-km drive from Paro town. Enjoy your rewarding hike about 4 hours (round-trip) with extra one hour to tour the monastery at a leisurely pace. There is a small teahouse halfway through from where a view of the spectacular monastery to enjoy! Gentle horse/pony rides are permitted till the viewpoint. Afterwards, there will be time to visit the Kyichu Lhakhang en route, one of the oldest and 108 temples built by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century (so full of history and mythology). Overnight in Paro.

Day 9
End of Tour

Your tour ends this morning after breakfast. We transfer you to Paro International Airport for your onward journey. Our guide and driver from Bhutan Green Travel will see you off. Tashi Delek (Goodbye and Good Luck!)

Peak Season – Land Only (Prices in USD Per Person)

Start Date Mondays1 person2 people3-10 people11-15 people16-20 people
07 Sep 2020$2575
14 Sep 2020$2575
05 Oct 2020$2575
19 Oct 2020$2575
02 Nov 2020$2575
16 Nov 2020$2575
01 Mar 2021$2575
15 Mar 2021$2575
05 Apr 2021$2575
19 Apr 2021$2575
03 May 2021$2575
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Regular Season – Land Only (Prices in USD Per Person)

Start Date Mondays1 person 2 people3-10 people11-15 people16-20 people
07 Dec 2020$2170
14 Dec 2020 $2170
11 Jan 2021 $2170
18 Jan 2021$2170
01 Feb 2021$2170
15 Feb 2021$2170
07 Jun 2021 $2170
14 Jun 2021$2170
05 Jul 2021$2170
19 Jul 2021$2170
02 Aug 2021$2170
16 Aug 2021$2170

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Price includes

  • Pickups and drops from airports and hotels
  • Comfortable transport (private vehicle) throughout your trip
  • Licensed English-speaking guide & driver
  • Best accommodation in 3 star hotels with private bathrooms based on 2 adults sharing a twin/double bed (single supplements apply)
  • Comfortable farmhouse/home stay/heritage house can also be arranged
  • Camping facilities and haulage for trekking tours
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and bottled water daily
  • All sightseeing & hiking (entrance fees to museums and other attractions)
  • Baggage handling at all hotels and camps
  • All applicable internal taxes and service fees
  • Bhutan visa fees

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  • International and domestic flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Other personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks & beverages, laundry, telephone calls, etc.
  • Discretionary tips for guides and drivers (see FAQs)
  • Upgrade to luxury properties (4 star and 5 star hotels)
  • Single room supplement from $50 per night
  • Optional activities & additional services
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