BHUTAN | PATH TO TANG

For those who prefer a mix of the essential and the road less travelled, the Path to Tang 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 monasteries; 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.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS

Phobjikha Valley
Phobjikha Valley
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A quiet and remote glacial valley located on the western slopes of the Black Mountains.
Punakha Dzong
Punakha Dzong
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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.
The 4 Holy Cliffs
The 4 Holy Cliffs
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Four sacred places found in Bumthang are referred to as the Four Holy Cliffs, or Dragchen Zhi. These are Shugdrak in Choekhor Valley, Choejedrak in Chhume Valley, and Thowadrak and Kunzangdrak in Tang Valley.
Tiger's Nest
Tiger's Nest
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Hike up to Tiger's Nest, a beautiful monastery that appears to be hanging off a cliff.
Hiking in Tang
Hiking in Tang
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ACCOMMODATION

These are a selection of lodges that we feel combine well for this journey. However we do also have a range of options to consider in each region, and can tailor them to you preference.

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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 Chhu river as it winds its way through rice fields and orchards.

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Gangtey Lodge

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.

Amankora - Bumthang

Amankora Bumthang

Bumthang, directly translating as ‘beautiful field’, is home to 29 temples and monasteries, including the ancient Jambay Lhakhang, and is a treasure-trove of Bhutan’s art and painting traditions. The 16-Suite Amankora Bumthang rests adjacent to the Wandichholing Palace, within the town of Jakar in the Choekhor Valley

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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.

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