Uma Paro is a luxury boutique hotel in Bhutan, a mere ten-minute transfer from the International airport. Set within the Paro valley, this luxury resort is perfectly positioned to offer spiritual day tours to ancient monasteries and temples, including the sacred Tiger’s Nest monastery. The valley is lush and the surrounding villages are as authentic as Asia gets. The Land of the Thunder Dragon awaits!
Every day is wondrous, whether that is traversing up the Chele La Pass, through pine and rhododrendron forests, wandering through colourful stalls in the capital Thimphu or practicing yoga and meditation with your Guru at the end of another fantastic day. These Himalayan vacations are designed to explore and look within.
These 6 night discovery journeys are perfect for those who want to experience all that the Paro valley offers, including Chele La Pass and Tiger's Monastery. With between one to two yoga sessions included per day over 5 of the nights, you can connect spiritually to this wonderful country from out and in!
Uma Paro is a divine, luxury hotel in the Paro Valley in Bhutan. Part of the COMO hotel group, service is exemplary and your experience in the Land of the Thunder Gods will be an authentic one.
These 6 night Himalayan Discovery Retreats with Yoga aim to show the wonder and beauty of Bhutan, connect both from out and within. There are between one and two yoga and meditation sessions over five of the six nights. Imagine beginning the morning with a gentle Vinyasa flow, then enjoying a healthy COMO Shambhala juice and breakfast, before heading out to explore ancient sites and museums. End a magical day with a restorative Hatha yoga, pranayama and meditation class before drifting into a deep Shivasana.
DAY 1: After check-in, , meet your yoga teacher, then it’s time for our first foray into the Kingdom with sightseeing in Paro town and a visit to a local temple. Your first private yoga practice will late afternoon.
DAY 2: Morning and afternoon yoga practice with walk to Zurig Dzong, Rinpung Dzong, Ta Dzong, Paro town, Kyichu Lhakhang and Drukgyel Dzong. Wind through pine forests high above to the pretty grounds of the fortress-like monastery of Zurig Dzong. We then cross to Ta Dzong, housing Bhutan’s National Museum with magnificent views, and on down to Rinpung Dzong (Fortress on a Heap of Jewels). The trail then leads across Paro Chhu river via Nyamai Zam (a traditional covered bridge), past Ugyen Pelri Palace (the main archery ground), and into Paro town. Drive a few kilometres north of Paro and we pay our respects at Kyichu Lhakhang, 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. Returning to COMO Uma Paro, enjoy a private Hatha Vinyasa yoga session, before settling into a deep Shivasana.
DAY 3: Two yoga practices and a wild walk from Chele La Pass to Kila Nunnery (with optional bike descent). Begin your yoga practice with pranayama and meditation before moving into a gentle Vinyasa flow, then enjoy a COMO Shambhala juice and breakfast. By late morning we’ll be reaching Chele La which, at 3,988m, is the highest road pass in Bhutan, snaking upwards through blue pine and rhododendron forests for 35 kilometres. On a clear day the view sweeps away to the snow-dome of Bhutan’s second highest peak, Mt Jhomolhari (7,314m), and to Kila Goemba, an ancient nunnery nestled in a craggy patch on the mountainside below. Kila Goemba is a serene retreat for 32 ‘Anim’ (Buddhist nuns) who lead an undisturbed life of religious study, prayer and meditation. This sacred place has a timeless quality, which is ample reward after the effort of the hike. Having made our offerings, we descend further. An hour later and we are back at the road where we can saddle up on a mountain bike and freewheel down to Paro Valley. In case Chele La Pass is not accessible during the winter months, your guide will propose an alternative for this day’s excursion. Enjoy a private Hatha Vinyasa yoga session back at COMO Uma Paro.
DAY 4: Yoga and Thimphu Day Out: Begin the day with a Hatha Vinyasa yoga practice then after breakfast it’s time to visit the capital of Bhutan, Thimphu, a bustling town where traditional practices mingle with modern life. The drive to the capital takes about an hour and sights worth seeing include the following (time and local conditions permitting): Market | BBS tower viewpoint and Takin compound, home to Bhutan’s national animal, the Takin – a strange looking animal which has been described as looking like a bee stung moose | National Memorial Chorten | View of Trashi Chhoe Dzong: ‘Fortress of the Glorious Religion’, built in 1641 | National Institute of Traditional Medicine | Royal Textile Academy Museum | National Institute of 13 Arts and Crafts (Zorig Chusum): Watch the rows of young students learning Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts | Folk Heritage Museum: This replica of a traditional Bhutanese house is exactly as it would have looked 100 years ago.
DAY 5: Paro Valley – Taktsang walk followed by an afternoon of private restorative yoga practice. One of the most amazing and important pieces of architecture in Bhutan, Taktsang Goemba, or Tiger’s Nest, 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. After spending some time in the monastery we break for lunch, before meditation in one of the ancient temples near Guru Rinpoche’s caves. After meditation, we begin a descent of about 45 minutes to reach our vehicle and drive back to COMO Uma Paro. Guests have time to freshen up before enjoying a mindful yoga practice in the late afternoon. There’s also time to relax and enjoy the facilities, including the steam rooms and swimming pool, or to try a Bhutanese Hot Stone Bath.
DAY 6: Additional night’s stay with a tailored day for you (private guide and driver included)
DAY 7: Depart Bhutan: Your flight normally departs in the morning, so after breakfast your 10-minute transfer to Paro International Airport will be arranged, depending on the flight schedule.
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Accommodation for 6 nights at COMO Uma Paro in a Forest Room
Full board basis (excluding beverages), which includes picnic lunches during excursion days
Four-and-a-half private guided day walks and excursions taking in the highlights of the Paro Valley
One to two yoga sessions per day (5 nights)
The private guiding services of an experienced English-speaking Bhutanese guide
One-hour COMO Shambhala Massage per person
Private airport transfers and transport in Bhutan
All Bhutanese government visa fees and royalties
All museum and visitor centre entry fees and road permits
Complimentary scheduled one-hour daily yoga class (except Sundays)
Complimentary use of the library, internet facilities, swimming pool, steam room and gym
Government Tax and Service
Double Occupancy: USD$4123pp
Airport Transfer Time: It's only a 15 minute drive from Paro International Airport to Uma Paro
Local Currency: The national currency is the ngultrum (Nu) and cash is most widely accepted throughout the Kingdom. Prices are usually quoted in ngultrum although USD is widely accepted and changed. You are recommended to carry cash in either currency or traveller’s cheques, as limited ATM access is available (only with credit cards currently and not always available). At Uma Paro credit cards are accepted
Best Time to Go: Bhutan is very much a year round destination. The winter months offer clear, cobalt blue skies, starry nights, and temperatures that run down to freezing at night, and between 40 – 60F during the day, subject to which valley you are in. The air is very dry through the winter, so you do not feel the cold temperatures, and with the bright sun, the days are great for touring and hiking. The late spring/summer period offers clear mornings, clouds late afternoon and from mid-June till September, an occasional light shower in the afternoon and heavier rain overnight. The temperatures during this period run from mid 70 to high 80s, dropping into the 60s at night. In the spring/summer period the landscape is lush, the flowers are in full bloom, the farms busy and there is often plenty of wildlife to see along the roads and out on the trails
Eco conscious: Currently the world's eco-friendliest country, praised by environmentalists for its low carbon emissions and heavy use of hydropower
Children: Most welcome and we can tailor in activities for the kids too. If your kids are culture vultures and like outdoors (no tech stuff) they'll love Bhutan!
Tips: Bring good sunscreen, hat and lip protection as high altitude sunshine is intense. For hiking, you'll need a warm jacket, waterproof boots and jacket, a warm hat and day pack. Also, check with us for cultural etiquette before traveling and we have a good reading list prior to travel too