For those who prefer a mix of the essential and the road less travelled, the Path to Choekhor uncovers four districts of west and central Bhutan—namely Bumthang, Phobjikha, Punakha and Paro.
Known as the spiritual heartland of Bhutan, Bumthang has the highest concentration of the kingdom’s oldest temples and monastries; it is also home to the Red Panda microbrewery for those with different sort of spirits in mind. Phobjikha is a vast glacial valley known for it’s splendid scenery and rich biodiversity. Punakha is one of Bhutan’s warmest valleys while Paro is where the magnificence of Taktsang Goemba (Tiger’s Nest) and Kila Nunnery are found perched quite dramatically on cliffs.
To truly experience and connect with the Bhutanese way of life, you are most welcome to savour a traditional lunch at a typical farmhouse with hosts who have prepared plenty of meals for the royal family of Bhutan.
Built in the 1640s on the side of a hill, Trongsa Dzong is also known as the lengthiest dzong in the Kingdom.
A quiet and remote glacial valley located on the western slopes of the Black Mountains.
Strategically located where the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers meet, the 17th century Punakha Dzong, is arguably one of the most beautiful fortresses in the country.
Indulge in a traditional Bhutanese lunch prepared by a chef who has cooked for the Royal family for generations.
Located in the Chumey Valley, 'The Castle of the White Bird', was an integral fortress and is the main administrative centre for Bumthang.
COMO Uma Punakha
Located at the far western end of the lush Punakha Valley, the property offers excellent meals and sweeping views of Punakha Valley and the Mo Chu river as it winds its way through rice fields and orchards.
Designed by Mary Lou Thomson, Gangtey Lodge offers spacious rooms that command sweeping views of the valley below and of the Gangtey Goemba, just 5 minutes away. Heated stone floors and deep bathtubs next to Bhutanese fireplaces, or ``bukharis``, complete the sense of luxury and cosiness.
COMO Uma Paro
10 minutes away from Paro Airport, COMO Uma Paro sits on a lush hill overlooking the town of Paro. Apart from some wonderful views, the property boasts excellent food and an indoor swimming pool.
Surrounded by pine forests, this 24-Suite retreat combines rustic charms with contemporary design. Suites offer a combined lounge and bedroom furnished with a king-size bed, a banquette window seat, a reading chair and a traditional bukhari wood-burning stove.
The 16-Suite Amankora Bumthang offers views of the Wandichholing Palace.
Return flights to Paro on Drukair and/or Bhutan Airlines
A licensed Bhutanese guide proficient in your preferred language
Private vehicle with driver
Bhutan visa and route permit
Wooden walking poles for hikes
Additional amenities for stays in local lodges
Camping equipment, personnel and horses
All tours and entrance fees