The Story

Best time to go: October - April
Best for: First Time Visitor, Cultural & Immersive, Adventure & Off-the-beaten track

It is certainly worth spending a little longer in Bhutan that you might think; it is incredibly diverse and the further down the road from Paro you go, you will be rewarded with an even better experience away from the tourists. Drive through verdant valleys, with rice-paddies rising up on either side, up to high passes coated with fluttering Buddhist prayer flags before exploring the towns and villages, complete with a distinct architecture containing imposing fortified Buddhists Monasteries, or Dzongs. You will have your own private driver and personal guide throughout, exploring the country at your own pace. We will tailor your experience to include as little or as much activity as you want, whether you like to head off on a day-walk through the countryside, or just immerse yourself in the local cultural sights.

Guide Pricing

Starting At

£3475-£7375
SilverGold
Price per person including all accommodation, private transfers, unique experiences and excluding international flights.

Highlights

  • This is quintessential Bhutan; a perfect blend of seeing Buddhist monasteries and immersing yourself in the culture, amazing day-walks and sitting back admiring the wonderful views
  • Stay in luxury boutique accommodation and have a private driver and guide throughout
  • Have a chance to explore Kathmandu in Nepal before arriving in Bhutan

Suggested Hotels

Days 1-2
Inn at Patan, Kathmandu, Nepal - Millis Potter

The Inn at Patan

$ $ $ $ $  

The Inn at Patan is traditional former Newari town-house located close to Patan Durbar Square in Kathmandu, Nepal and is now a delightful boutique hotel.

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Days 1-2

Dwarika’s

$ $ $ $ $  

Dwarika’s is a delightful luxury hotel and is the most luxurious option in Kathmandu, beautifully echoing Nepal’s architectural heritage and local craftsmanship.

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Day 3
Taj Tashi, Thimphu | Luxury Hotels in Bhutan | Millis Potter Travel

Taj Tashi

$ $ $ $ $  

The Taj Tashi is a luxury hotel located in the heart of Thimphu in Bhutan, being one of the capitals most striking and opulent buildings.

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Day 3

Amankora Thimphu

$ $ $ $ $  

Amankora Thimphu is a luxury boutique lodge located in a pine-forest on a hillside overlooking the capital of Bhutan, Thimphu.

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Days 4-5
Dewachen, Gangtey | Guesthouse in Bhutan | Millis Potter

Dewachen

$ $ $ $ $  

Dewachen is a simple, yet charming traditional Bhutanese guesthouse located overlooking the Phojikha Valley in Gangtey, Bhutan.

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Days 4-5
Gangtey Goenpa Lodge | Luxury Hotels in Bhutan | Millis Potter Travel

Gangtey Goenpa Lodge

$ $ $ $ $  

Gangtey Goenpa Lodge is a truly exceptional 12-bedroom luxury boutique hotel overlooking the Phobjikha Valley in Bhutan.

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Days 6-7

Dhensa

$ $ $ $ $  

Dhensa is a luxury all-suite boutique hotel located on the ridge above the Punakha Valley in Bhutan, and have superb views and lovely rooms.

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Days 6-7

Uma Punakha

$ $ $ $ $  

Offering stunning views, Uma Punakha by COMO is a superb boutique lodge located in the Punakha Valley in Bhutan offering just 11 bedrooms and suites.

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Days 8-10

Naksel Boutique Hotel & Spa

$ $ $ $ $  

Naksel Boutique Hotel & Spa is a small and comfortable hotel with some of the best views of any property in the Paro Valley.

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Days 8-10

Uma Paro

$ $ $ $ $  

Uma Paro is a luxury boutique hotel reflecting traditional Bhutanese architecture, located in a pine-forest overlooking the Paro Valley in Bhutan.

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Day 11
Infinity Pool, Dwarika's Dhulikhel, Kathmandu, Nepal

Dwarika’s Dhulikhel

$ $ $ $ $  

Dwarika’s Dhulikhel is a luxury resort located on the top of the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal offering superb views, about an hour’s drive from the city.

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Day 11
Infinity Pool, Dwarika's Dhulikhel, Kathmandu, Nepal

Dwarika’s Dhulikhel

$ $ $ $ $  

Dwarika’s Dhulikhel is a luxury resort located on the top of the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal offering superb views, about an hour’s drive from the city.

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Customise Your Itinerary

We can tweak and change any element of this itinerary and you can depart on any day you want, add nights here and there, and we can fully customise your day-to-day experiences depending on your interests. Here are just a few ideas of many that we can look at and discuss when we come to plan your tailor-made itinerary.

Idea 1

You don't have to start with Kathmandu as flights into Bhutan come from Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Bangkok and Singapore.

Idea 2

You can even start in Kathmandu and end in Bangkok meaning you can add on a beach stay to end.

Idea 3

If you want a bit of adventure, why not add on a night in Bumdra High Camp where to camp in very comfortable tents, completely off-the-beaten track before returning to Paro the next day.

Idea 4

If you want to extend your time in Bhutan, maybe continue east along the road to Bumthang

Further Itinerary Suggestions

Land of the Thunder Dragon: Complete Bhutan

Kathmandu - Thimphu- Punakha - Gangtey - Bumthang - Paro - Dhulikhel  

For many guests who travel to Bhutan, they leave the country wanting a little bit more, and it’s not a place you will likely have the opportunity to return to anytime soon. Guests always ask what further gems lie down the road before they have to turn back to Paro. Bumthang is worth the drive out …

15 days from £4195 p. p.

Walking in Bhutan

Kathmandu - Paro - Thimphu - Punakha - Gangtey - Bumthang - Paro - Dhulikhel  

Dust off your trekking boots and travel to one the most untouched and beautiful corners of the Himalayas in Bhutan, trekking through remote villages, off-the-beaten-track.

18 days from £5320 p. p.

Luxury Tour of Nepal and Bhutan

Kathmandu - Annapurna Trek - Punakha - Paro - Dhulikhel  

Snow-capped mountains, Buddhist Monasteries, trekking and historic cities await you on a luxury private tour of Nepal and Bhutan, a perfect combination that makes the most of your time in the mountains.

14 days from £3750 p. p.

Tiger’s Nest and the Highlights of Bhutan

Kathmandu - Thimphu - Punakha - Paro  

Explore the main highlights of Bhutan, experiencing the dramatic scenery, incredible culture and amazing architecture in Thimphu, Punakha and Paro.

11 days from £2945 p. p.