This family adventure to Bhutan immerses both young and old in the fascinating culture of this magical Himalayan Kingdom. Uma by COMO, Paro, is our comfortable base with accommodation in one of Uma Paro’s spacious villas, complete with private terrace and large living area. Children can enjoy bespoke activities including prayer-flag making, private archery lessons and tent building, while family day trips include visits to Paro Dzong, the National Museum of Bhutan and a spectacular walk to the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery.

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  • Type of Tour:Private tour
  • Departure:Any Periods
  • Min. no. of traveller:1
  • Tour Price:View here

Itinerary

All itineraries can be customized to suit your schedule and interests.

DAY 1

Arrival, check-in, property show round, local sight-seeing and family archery lesson

Uma Paro staff will welcome you at the airport for the 10-minute transfer to our hotel. Once you have settled
in, your first foray into the Kingdom begins with sightseeing in Paro town and a visit to a local monastery.
This afternoon provides us with the option to take part in Bhutan’s national sport of archery, with Uma staff ensuring
each child has the correct bow size to ensure the perfect shot.

DAY 2

Children’s nature walk, prayer flag making, visit to Paro Dzong for fitting of Gho and Kira, Kyichu Lhakhang and tent pitching

After breakfast, parents can spend a relaxed morning at Uma Paro enjoying a complimentary yoga class or wellness treatment at the COMO Shambhala Retreat. Uma’s personal butlers will take the children on a walk to discover wildlife and nature in the forests surrounding Uma Paro. Children can also explore different sites for pitching their tent later in the day. On returning to Uma Paro, children can create their own prayer flags while learning more about the ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’, so called because of the fierce storms that roll in from the Himalayas. Then it’s time to work up an appetite with a game of Khuru (traditional Bhutanese darts) before lunch and a family walk to Paro Dzong and Kyichu Lhakhang. After lunch, we cross to Ta Dong, home of Bhutan’s National Museum, with magnificent views over the Paro Valley and on down to Rinpung Dzong (‘Fortress on a Heap of Jewels’). The trail then leads across the Paro Chu (river) via a traditional covered bridge, Nyamai Zam, and then past Paro’s main archery ground, Ugyen Pelri Palace, and finally into Paro town. Here children can try on the ‘Gho’ and ‘Kira’ – the traditional dress of Bhutan which they can wear later. We then drive a few miles north of Paro, and pay our respects at Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan with its magical orange tree that bears fruit all year round. On return to Uma, children will be able to pitch their tents outside the villa. Tents can be enjoyed all week and used as a space for children to play, relax and hang their prayer flags.

DAY 3

Neyphug Monastery, visit to local school, football game with young monks and hiking

Today we visit Neyphug Monastery built in 1550 and located an hour’s drive south of the Paro Valley. In Bhutan, about 10 per cent of the population are part of the monastic system and here children can meet young monks their own age to understand more about this unique way of life. Families can offer them gifts from their shopping trip to Paro and enjoy a picnic lunch with views overlooking the monastery and majestic mountains and valley below.

Time permitting, children can enjoy a football game with the young monks before returning to Uma Paro. This evening, Uma Paro’s butlers will share some of the traditional customs of Bhutanese dining, including cleaning hands with rice before eating and also refusing the offer of food a couple of times before accepting it. The tradition is to say the words “meshz meshz”and cover your mouth with your hands. You can give in, though, after two or three offers.

Duration: 5 – 6 hours
Optional Activity: Private family yoga class (60 minutes / $95 plus taxes) Overnight: Uma Paro

*Please note museum, monastery, temple and Dzong opening days and times can vary depending on national holidays and events such as a visit by a member of the Royal Family or auspicious ceremonies.

DAY 4

Visit to Farmer Tshering’s organic garden, Bhutanese farmhouse tour, archery competition, river-stone painting and evening bonfire with marshmallow toasting

Early risers can head to Uma’s organic garden to choose fresh fruit and vegetables for the chef’s to prepare for their breakfast. After breakfast, the whole family can visit Farmer Tshering’s traditional Bhutanese farmhouse located in the valley below Uma Paro. Farmer Tshering will show the traditional farming techniques he uses to grow his produce which is used in the kitchens’ at Uma Paro. On return to the hotel, we will stop to collect stones from the riverbed for the children to paint with traditional lucky symbols later on. Children can also collect pine cones from the forests to help build the bonfire where we will toast marshmallows after dinner and play games before bed in our tent.

Duration: 4 to 5 hours
Overnight: Uma Paro

DAY 5 Highlights of the Paro – Taktsang Walk

One of the most amazing and important pieces of architecture in Bhutan is Taktsang Goemba or Tiger’s Nest*.

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. We make an early start to avoid the hot sun for the two-hour climb to the Tiger’s Nest viewpoint. Descending steeply, we then climb up to the monastery, passing a waterfall and entering through the main gates which are decorated with ancient Buddhist murals. We then retrace our steps or alternatively (if time and energy levels allow) head further up to several remote temples and monasteries. We return to Uma Paro
in the afternoon for some time to rest and relax enjoy the facilities including the steam rooms, swimming pool or a Bhutanese Hot Stone Bath.

Duration: 7 to 8 hours
Difficulty: Moderate to Hard (guided with picnic or Taktsang cafeteria) Overnight: Uma Paro

*Please note we recommend the Tiger’s Nest Trek for children of eight and above. Your butler can arrange games and activities for children if parents would prefer to do the Tiger’s Nest trek on their own.

DAY 6 Depart Bhutan

Flights from Bhutan usually depart in the morning, so after breakfast your 10-minute transfer to Paro International Airport will be arranged according to your flight schedule.

End of Itinerary

Standard Tour Price

Government Tariff & Sustainable Development

To ensure sustainable development, the Bhutan government sets a minimum nightly tariff for an all-inclusive & hassle-free tour package. The major share of the tariff that goes to the government is used for providing the national health and education systems as well as maintaining the infrastructure for tourism.

  

2 Adults / 1 Child

2 Adults / 2 Children
1 Bedroom Villa 6 Days / 5 Nights

USD 6,950

USD 7,815
COMO Villa
(2 bedroom)
6 Days / 5 Nights

USD 8,685

USD 9,550

Air tickets, taxes & surcharges

Please contact us for details



Package is available from 1st June to 31 August 2015. Schedule of activities suited for children aged five to 11 years. (Maximum of two children)

Above rates have already been reduced, in line with our Himalayan Summer Offer and cannot be used in conjunction with other promotional offers.

Notes:

  • Applicable for one-bedroom villas or the COMO villa.
  • Our villas offer butler service and the butler will take care of the children when parents want to relax at COMO Shambhala (example Day 2 on the itinerary).
  • Butler arranges morning walk with the children / fresh vegetables pick-up from our organic garden etc.
  • Itinerary includes tent pitching next to a villa (not possible for other room categories as they are all located in the main building).
  • Vegetable garden is only available only summer


What is included and not included?

Inclusions:
• Accommodation on a full-board basis (excluding beverages), including picnic lunches on excursion days
• Four-and-a-half days privately guided walks with picnic lunches taking in the highlights of the Paro Valley,
including Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, Kyichu Lhakhang, traditional villages, Neyphug Monastery
• The private guiding services of an experienced English-speaking Bhutanese Uma guide
• Private airport transfers and transport in Bhutan
• The services of a personal butler
• One COMO Shambhala Massage (60 minutes) per person for parents
• All Bhutanese Government Visa Fees and Royalties, inclusive of 10 per cent service charge and 10 per cent
sales tax
• All museum and visitor centre entry fees and road permits
• Complimentary scheduled one-hour daily Yoga class whilst at Uma Paro (except Sundays)
• Complimentary use of the library, internet, swimming pool, steam room and gym at Uma Paro

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