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Uma Paro / Uma Punakha

Theme Package/Private TourBhutan

8 Nights Package HK$45,590up

Valid Date : 31 Dec 2018

***Price below is for reference only,  please contact us for updated price***

  • Comfort in Como Uma Paro with colourful accents of traditional Bhutanese craftsmanship design
  • Tour taking in nation’s largest city Thimphu with the Buddha Dordenma statue, the National Memorial Chorten, a view of Trashi Chhoe Dzong and the Folk Heritage Museum
  • Sweeping views of the Himalayan range
  • Traverse across pretty grounds of the fortress like Bhutan’s National Museum Ta Dzong and as known as "Fortress on a Heap of Jewel" Rinpung Dzong
  • Visit most sacred monastery and the greatest wish for Buddhist people in their life, Taktsang Monastery
  • Raft on Mo Chhu river
  • Visit Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, a

Minimum 2 adults travel together

Hotel
Validity

Valley View Room

per person

One Bedroom

per person

COMO Villa

per person

01-28/2,  01/6-31/8, 1-31/12

45,590

52,290  64,290 

01-24/3, 03/4-21/5, 11-12/9,

24/9-30/11

49,190  58,890  71,790

25/3-02/4, 13-23/9

48,090

56,690 

69,590 
Day 01 Hong Kong/Bangkok                          TG607 2045/2230 

Depart Hong Kong for Bangkok by Thai Airways.  

Overnight: Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel.

Day 02 Bangkok/Paro - local sightseeing       KB121 0650/1010 

Early morning depart Bangkok airport by Druk Air (Royal Bhutan Airline) to Paro.

Upon arrival you will be greeted by staff from COMO Uma Paro before embarking on the 10-minute transfer to the property. After checking in and spending some time settling into your new surroundings, we will take you on the first foray into this remarkable Himalayan kingdom, with sightseeing in Paro town and a temple visit. The afternoon trip allows you to acclimatize to the rarefied air at this altitude as well as the chance to get to know your guide.

Overnight: COMO Uma Paro

Day 03 Paro to Punakha Valley via Thimphu and Dochu La

The capital Thimphu, sprawled across the wooded western hillside of the Wang Chhu River, is Bhutan’s centre of government, religion and commerce. During the journey from COMO Uma Paro to COMO Uma Punakha, you can stop off in the nation’s largest city, with an immersive tour taking in some of the major attractions, including the Buddha Dordenma statue, the National Memorial Chorten, a view of Trashi Chhoe Dzong and the Folk Heritage Museum (exact tour itinerary varies). After leaving Thimphu the drive to Punakha is spectacular, winding snake-like up the 3,000m-high mountain pass of Dochu La, offering views to 108 chortens (Buddhist shrines), forests of cluttering prayer flags and, on a clear day, sweeping views of the Himalayan range.

Duration of drive: 3 to 4 hours (126km)

Overnight: COMO Uma Punakha

Day 04 Chimmi Lhakhang, Punakha Dzong and Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten

This is a full day of exploration through the lush Punakha Valley, which at 1,200m is low enough for bananas and oranges to grow. The morning starts with a short walk across farmhouses and rice paddies to reach Chimmi Lhakhang, a 15th-century fertility temple dedicated to Drukpa Kuenley, a Tibetan Buddhist saint, perhaps better known as the ‘Divine Madman’. This site has long been a pilgrimage for couples hoping to start a family. Heading further down the valley, the 300-year-old Punakha Dzong comes into view. Built in the 17th century by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal (who founded the Kingdom of Bhutan), the fortress once housed the country’s government. It is now the winter home of Je Khenpo, the head abbot of Bhutan, along with a retinue of 1,000 monks. After lunch, the tour takes you on a walk through homesteads and farmland to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, a shrine recently built by the royal family.

Duration: 6 to 7 hours

Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Overnight: COMO Uma Punakha 

Day 05 Chorten Ningpo and Khabasa Village

After breakfast drive to Chorten Ningpo, which dates back to the 17th century. The chorten is a little-known spot with a magnificent statue of Maitreya (the future Buddha) and images of the great lamas of the Drukpa lineage. This magical spot was once a dense forest inhabited by evil spirits. The great oak tree outside the monastery is said to have grown out of the blazing log that the ‘Divine Madman’ threw (the tree’s bark is still black from where it was burnt). In 2005 the monastery began to house orphans from the nearby village, and founded a small Buddhist educational institution where the children can study traditional Buddhist scriptures and texts as well as Western subjects. The hike back to COMO Uma Punakha is around 45 minutes, going past Thodrup Lhakhang.

Duration: 3 to 4 hours

Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Overnight: COMO Uma Punakha

After lunch there is the option to Talo Nobgang village, try white water rafting (must be aged over seven). Alternatively, enjoy a COMO Shambhala wellness therapy.

Option 1: Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery and Talo Nobgang Village

Walk Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery has one of the biggest bronze statues of Avalokiteshvara – a bodhisattva embodying infinite compassion – created entirely by local Bhutanese artisans. The temple complex also houses a permanent higher learning and meditation centre for nuns, for both religious training and life skills. Nobgang monastery, dating back to the 17th century, was built as the residence for Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, a Tibetan Buddhist lama. Start your hike down and you’ll see the spectacular valleys, mountains and Punakha Dzong. The hike will go through chir pine trees, passing the school, farms and farmhouses. You will come across an amazing tree (local people believe the tree is the walking stick of the ‘Divine Madman’, planted upside down) before you reach the finishing point.

Duration: 4 to 5 hours

Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Option 2: White Water Rafting ‘Mo Chhu – The Temple Stretch’

The temple stretch is a great introduction to rafting. The most leisurely of all our choices, with the rapids running up to grade two as well as long calm sections. After the exhilaration of the rafting, relax with the hour or so hike up to the temple at Nyezengong and then float down the scenic Mo Chhu river and past the Punahka Dzong.

Duration: 2 to 4 hours on the water, depending on river state (up to 45 minutes shorter during monsoon season, July to August)

Difficulty: Easy

Additional Cost: US$350 plus taxes per boat (up to five people)

Please note: Rafting is subject to availability. While our outfitter takes all possible precautions to ensure a safe journey, all white water trips entail an element of risk. It is recommended that all participants are able to swim and are in good health. All safety equipment – including life jackets, splash jackets and trousers, helmets, dry bags for valuables – is supplied.

Day 06 Punakha Valley to Paro, Chuzom and Tamchog Lhakhang

Retrace your steps back over the Dochu La pass for a second chance to view the Himalayan mountain range. Returning to the Chuzom (the confluence of the rivers Wang Chhu and Paro Chhu), you can glimpse the three nearby shrines, built to ward off evil spirits – each with a different style of architecture: Nepali, Tibetan and Bhutanese. Timepermitting, there will be a visit to Tamchog Lhakhang, a temple built by Thangtong Gyalpo, a pioneering engineer who introduced the construction of suspension bridges into Bhutan and Tibet (several of which are still in use today). The final part of the drive to COMO Uma Paro is through apple orchards and rice paddies back to our mountain home, where you can spend the rest of the day in this calming setting. One popular option is to try your hand at archery, Bhutan’s national sport.

Duration of drive: 3 to 4 hours (126km)

Difficulty: Easy

Overnight: COMO Uma Paro

Day 07 Walk to Zurig Dzong, Rinpung Dzong, Ta Dzong, Paro Town, Kyichu Lhakhang and Drukgyel Dzong

Wind through pine forests high above COMO Uma Paro to the pretty grounds of the fortress-like monastery of Zurig Dzong. We traverse across to Ta Dzong, home to Bhutan’s National Museum, with magnificent views over Paro, and on down to Rinpung Dzong (also known as ‘Fortress on a Heap of Jewels’). The trail then leads across Paro Chhu river via the traditional covered bridge Nyamai Zam, and then past the main archery ground, Ugyen Pelri Palace, and into Paro town. Driving a few kilometres north of Paro, we pay our respects at Kyichu Lhakhang. This is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan with its magical 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.

Duration: 5 to 7 hours (depending on time spent in National Museum and Paro)

Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Overnight: COMO Uma Paro

Day 08 Paro Valley – Taktsang Walk

The historical Paro Valley is the focus of today’s activities, culminating in a visit to the Taktsang ‘Tiger’s Nest’ Monastery, which is one of Bhutan’s most important pieces of architecture. According to legend, this cliffside is where Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) landed on the back of a flying tigress, bringing Buddhism to Bhutan from Tibet. The trip starts early in order to avoid the hot sun during the two-hour climb to the Tiger’s Nest viewpoint. We have a steep hike passing a waterfall and end among beautiful murals at the monastery’s main entrance. If time allows, there is the possibility of heading further up to visit remote temples. After lunch – either a prepared picnic or from the charming Taktsang cafeteria – you return to COMO Uma Paro, where you can recharge on your final night, enjoying the steam rooms, gym and swimming pool or indulging in one of our COMO Shambhala treatments.

Duration: 6 to 8 hours

Difficulty: Moderate to hard

Overnight: COMO Uma Paro

Day 09 Paro / Bangkok / Hong Kong
(KB150 / TG638  07:00-11:00 / 13:55-17:40)

Transfer to airport for flight back to Hong Kong via Bangkok.

Package price includes
  • HK/Bangkok/HK business class air ticket by Thai Airways
  • Bangkok/Paro/Bangkok business class by Druk Air
  • 01 night hotel accommodation at Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel on sharing twin basis
  • 04 nights hotel accommodation at Uma Paro on full board basis (choice of room type) on sharing twin basis
  • 03 nights hotel accommodatioinat Uma Punakha on full board basis (choice of room type) on sharing twin basis
  • Private airport transfers and transport in Bhutan
  • Six and a half days of privately guided excursions, taking in the highlights of the Punakha, Thimphu and Paro Valleys
  • All museum and visitor centre entry fees and road permits
  • The private services of an experienced English-speaking Bhutanese guide
  • One 60-minute COMO Shambhala body treatment per room
  • Complimentary one-hour daily Yoga Class whilst at Uma Paro (except Sundays)
  • All Bhutanese Government Visa Fees and Royalties, service charge and sales tax
Package price not includes
  • Airport taxes and fuel surcharge 
  • Personal expenses such as telephone bills, laundry, drinks, gratuities, etc.
  • Camera/Video fees at various monuments
Notes
  • All prices and conditions are subject to change without prior notice.
  • Hotel check in date must be finished on or before the valid date
  • Ticket is non-reroutable, non-endorsable, non-refundable and valid on flight date shown only
  • TG and KB booking class: J class, free stopover at Bangkok
Flight Schedule

Thai Airways flight schedule for reference:
Hong Kong/Bangkok
TG 603 0750-0935 
TG 601 1245-1425 
TG 629 1500-1645 
TG 639 1855-2040
TG 607 2045-2230 
Bangkok/Hong Kong
TG 600 0800-1145 
TG 628 1030-1420 
TG 638 1400-1745 
TG 606 1600-1945 
TG 602 1840-2225

Druk Air flight schedule for reference:

Bangkok/Paro
KB121/KB131/KB141    0430/0810 
KB151 1200/1400

Paro/Bangkok

KB120/KB130/KB140  1605/2145 
KB150 0700/1100

Flight schedule may be different on different departure dates, final flight schedule is subject to confirmed reservation.

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Uma Paro / Uma Punakha 8 Nights Package

SNS/AC300
UD:  CC/18JAN18/418/611

SNS/AC300
UD:  CC/18JAN18/418/611

HKD45590
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