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Pickup info

Upon arrival to Paro international airport, a car, driver and guide will await to meet you and have you escorted to the hotel. Your itinerary is flexible and picks time for daily tours will depend on what you have communicated to the guide. Most of the time pick up location will be your hotel.

Booking notes

  • Accommodation on a full-board basis (excluding beverages) Two privately guided one day walks with picnic lunch taking in the highlights of the Paro Valley, including Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, the National Museum, Drukyel Dzong and a visit to the temple of Kyichu Lhakhang.
  • A day out in the capital Thimpu
  • The services of experienced English-speaking Bhutanese Uma Paro Guides
  • Private airport transfers and transport in Bhutan
  • Inclusive of 10% service charge and 10% sales tax
  • All Bhutanese Government Visa Fees and Royalties
  • Complimentary scheduled 1-hour daily yoga class whilst at Uma Paro (except Sundays)
  • Complimentary use of the swimming pool, library, steam rooms and gym at Uma Paro
  • A half day Wedding Blessing Ceremony as per the itinerary which can be tailored e.g. US$1500 – fire-lit woodland or courtyard dinners, archery demonstration, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, special dinner and lunch menus, flower arrangements, traditional dance and music performances, the loan of traditional Bhutanese dress for guests etc. at an additional charge

In this five-night package, experience complete immersion in Bhutan’s extraordinary landscape and cultural heritage. Using Uma Paro as your comfortable base. We say marriages are made in heaven and blessed on earth; a small private religious ritual at times can be more meaningful than the grandeur of a gala event. A traditional Bhutanese wedding ceremony begins with choosing of an auspicious day for the event. A high monk selects an auspicious day for the wedding based on the birth year of the bride and groom and includes a number of religious rites such as prayers, accompanied by drums and horns and cymbals, the occasion last about two to three hours. Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, is renowned for blessing ceremonies.

What other gift could be possibly better than having your honeymoon or wedding complimented by Bhutan’s mystical and timeless aura.. What other gift could be possibly better than having your wedding complimented by Bhutan’s mystical and timeless aura.

  • Group size: 2 people
  • Pickup location: 

    Upon arrival to Paro international airport, a car, driver and guide will await to meet you and have you escorted to the hotel. Your itinerary is flexible and picks time for daily tours will depend on what you have communicated to the guide. Most of the time pick up location will be your hotel.

  • Drop-off location: 

    All drop-off location will be your hotel unless it a trekking tour. Upon completion of tour, you will be dropped to Paro international airport for your onward international flight or other location as agreed.

  • Pickup time: (9.00 AM - 9.30 AM)
  • Drop-off time: (5.00 PM - 5.30 PM)

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival, check-in, show round & easy walk Uma Paro staff will welcome you at the airport for the 10 minute transfer to the property. We invite you for a short guided walk in the afternoon in and around Uma Paro for orientation and acclimatisation purposes.

Meeting with the couple – to run through activities and blessing day arrangements, visit site of blessing ceremony and select a

Kira (lady) and a Gho (gentleman) Bhutan’s national dress

Overnight : Uma Paro

Day 2

Daywalk Zurig Dzong, Rinpung Dzong, Ta Dzong & Paro Wind through pine forests high above Uma Paro to the pretty grounds of the fortress-like monastery of Zuri Dzong. Traverse across to Ta Dzong, housing Bhutan’s National Museum (openTuesday-Saturday) with magnificent views over Paro, and on down to visit Rinpung Dzong – ‘Fortress on a Heap of Jewels’. The trail then leads across Paro Chhu (river) via a traditional covered bridge (Nyamai Zam) and then past the main archery ground,Ugyen Pelri Palace and into Paro town.

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

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Guided with picnic

Overnight : Uma Paro

 Day 3

Marriage Blessing Ceremony in Kyichu Lhakhang: About 7km from Uma Paro lies Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan with its magic orange tree bearing fruit all year round. The exterior walls of this 7th century temple are lined with countless prayer wheels and you can see the footprints of the first caretaker monk worn by his many thousands of prostrations. An ancient myth links Kyichu with the Jokhang in Lhasa, Tibet. The ceremony will be held in the magnificent but intimate main shrine room and will run as follows:

  • Uma staff will dress the couple in fine traditional costume – gho for man and kira for lady
  • The party enters the inner courtyard of the temple through a gateway protected by paintings of the Guardians of the Four Directions.
  • Having removed shoes the party enters the shrine room, observed by statues and murals of important figures in Bhutanese Buddhist culture including the Bodhisattvas, Avaloketishwara (the God of Compassion) and, of course, Guru Rinpoche himself.
  • About 20 monks will conduct ceremonial prayers, accompanied by drums and horns and cymbals – the prayers are dedicated to a long, prosperous and happy relationship for the couple.
  • The couple will make wishes & say prayers whilst exchanging white scarves (kha dhar) – the scarves are held and
  • blessed by the head monk along with symbols of the eight lucky signs throughout the ceremony before husband and wife exchange the scarves
  • The ceremony will last for about 2 hrs, with guests seating on the floor at all times
  • A Nendar (offering of money) is then presented to the monks

All guests and the couple should bring offerings for the temple including butter lamps, incense, small cash notes, fruit – they could buy strings of prayer flags and get them blessed for a loved one before hanging them by a river or on a high point somewhere in the Kingdom or even taking them home as a souvenir.

The afternoon is free for relaxing around Uma Paro enjoying the facilities including a swimming pool, steam room, daily yoga class or maybe sampling a therapy such as the traditional Bhutanese hot stone bath. This evening our Uma Paro guides will challenge your group to an archery tournament on our very own archery field.

Overnight : Uma Paro

Day 4

A Day Out in Thimpu The capital of Bhutan sprawls up the wooded western hillside of the Wang Chhu. The centre of government, religion and commerce, Thimpu is a bustling town where traditional ways mingle with modern introductions. The drive from Uma Paro to the capital takes about 1.5 hours and sights worth seeing include the following, time and local conditions permitting:

  • Market Days: Thimpu’s main markets days are Friday, Saturday and Sunday and your itinerary may be adjusted to include one of these market days if you wish.
  • BBS Tower Viewpoint and Takin Compound: On the way to the viewpoint over Thimpu is the home of Bhutan’s national animal, the Takin, a strange looking beast which some say looks like a beestung moose.
  • National Memorial Chorten: Bhutan's third king, H.M. Jigme Dorji Wangchuck who had wished to erect a monument to world peace and prosperity, died before his plan came to fruition. However, the Royal Family and Cabinet resolved to fulfil his wishes and erect a memorial that would perpetuate his memory and also serve as a monument to peace.
  • View of Trashi Chhoe Dzong: the “fortress of the glorious religion”, was initially erected in 1641 and rebuilt by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the 1960s. Tashi Chhoe Dzong houses some ministries, His Majesty’s secretariat, and the central monk body. Entrance may be granted to guests only after 5pm but the nine hole golf course alongside makes for a quirky photo opportunity.
  • National Institute of Traditional Medicine: Still dispensing traditional herbal and other medicines, made from plants, minerals, animal parts, precious metals and gems. A working facility for research and the treatment of local people the tour is fascinating (Open Monday to Friday).
  • National Textile Museum: Providing an insight into the living national art of weaving this museum exhibits fine examples of all the major weaving techniques and the changing styles of gho and kira over the years, with weavers demonstrating their skills on
  • traditional back looms (Open Tuesday-Friday and half day at the weekends).
  • Folk Heritage Museum: If there is still time we may visit this replica of a traditional Bhutanese house as it would have looked 100 years ago and as many Bhutanese families still live to this day (Open Monday to Friday)

Please note museum, monastery, temple and dzong opening days and times can and do vary with national holidays and events such a visit by a member of the Royal Family or auspicious ceremonies

Duration: 7 – 10 hours

Difficulty: Easy

Guided with picnic or sample typical Bhutanese fare at own expense in local restaurant

 Overnight : Uma Paro

Day 5

Highlights of the Paro Valley - Taktsang Walk & Drukgyel Dzong One of the most amazing and important pieces of architecture in Bhutan, Taktsang Goemba defies logic, gravity, and reason. Legend has it that this cliffside was where Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) landed on the back of a flying tigress, bringing Buddhism to Bhutan from Tibet. To avoid the hot sun an early start is advisable for the two-hour climb, via the cafeteria, to the Tiger’s Nest viewpoint. Descend steeply, then climb up to the monastery, passing a waterfall (visit monastery if it is open – with sufficient notice Uma Paro can arrange a permit). We retrace our steps or alternatively (time permitting) head further up to several remote temples and monasteries. Drive further up the valley to Drukgyel Dzong, built in 1644 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to control northern route to Tibet. The route is picturesque, and the site of dzong magnificent (from here, only two-day hike to the border with Tibet, dominated by Mt Jhomalhari). In the evening your group is invited for a firelit farewell dinner either in the courtyard at Uma Paro or at our Bukhari restaurant.

Duration: 7 – 8 hours

Difficulty: Moderate to Hard (ascent should not be attempted until at least third day in Bhutan, after acclimatization has occurred,

riding ponies are available at an additional charge)

Guided with picnic

Overnight : Uma Paro

Day 6

Depart Druk Air departs in the early morning to avoid adverse weather conditions so after breakfast, your transfer to the airport will be arranged for between 5am and 9am depending on the flight schedule and your destination.

Cancellation Policy

  • Refunds will be paid in full if a written cancellation is received by Uma Paro or its representative 32 days and 48 days (Festive Period) prior to arrival
  • No shows, Late arrival and early departures will be charged at full

Children policy

Children are welcome. However, we do not recommend adventure activities such as treks and other adventure activities for children below ten years of age. Such activities may be undertaken provided the parents are comfortable with it. Additionally please also be reminded that no facilities or very limited facilities may be available for children.

Participant Guidelines

Festivals

Festivals are not pageants or entertainment. They are not held as tourist attractions. They are genuine manifestations of a religious tradition from thousands of years. Obtrusive, disrespectful and discourteous behavior should be refrained from. The dance ground is not a place to eat, drink or smoke, talk or laugh loudly at inappropriate times, flash cameras or intrude on the dance space. Common courtesy should rule one’s actions when photographing the dancers or onlookers.

Dos and don’ts

  • Refrain from passing negative comments on religion, royal family and chief abbot
  • Locals are very sensitive, you don’t want to sound rude
  • Always ask for permission if you are photographing a person
  • Dress modestly. Singlet and miniskirts are not well accepted norms
  • Enter temples and monasteries only if you have permission. Allow your guide to lead you
  • Remove your shoes before entering the temple
  • Leave your camera at a safe place, if photography is prohibited
  • Refrain from using hat and sunglasses inside religious places
  • Use your right hand or both hands to give or receive
  • Leaving a donation at the temple is on personal discretion. Normally all Bhutanese do
  • Use your palm to show rather than finger, when pointing
  • Refrain from pointing your feet at anyone; cross your legs or kneel when sitting in religious places
  • Pass clockwise at all chortens and mani walls (elongated chortens inscribed with mantras)
  • Don’t wash, swim or throw objects into lakes, many of which are considered sacred

Other Disclosures

What to Pack?

Clothing

  • Jacket
  • Sweater
  • Sun hat
  • Rain deflator
  • Gloves
  • Woolen cap
  • Hiking Boot
  • Running Shoe
  • casual shoes
  • Thermal Pants

Photographic Equipments

  • Digital cameras
  • Additional Batteries
  • Additional memory cards.
  • Cables

Medicine

  • Motion Sickness
  • Head Ache
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Anti-histamine cream
  • Vitamin C
  • Food Positioning
  • Insect repellent
  • Small First Aid Kit
  • Contact lenses and solution
  • Your prescribed drug, if any.

Currency

  • US Dollar or Euro – Various domination

Photo

  • 4-6 pieces of passport size photographs

Others

  • Back pack
  • Sun Block
  • Moisturizers
  • Sunglasses
  • Spare glasses
  • Washing kit
  • Shaving kit
  • Small sewing kit
  • Safety pins
  • lip salve