4D Himalayan Discovery

Uma Paro, Uma by COMO
BhutanFamily, History & Culture, Luxury, Nature

This whistle-stop Himalayan Discovery package gives a comprehensive introduction to the ancient Buddhist land of Bhutan. Based at Uma Paro, our experienced local guides lead us for two and a half days on walks through the Paro Valley, incorporating 4 defining attractions: the Taktsang ‘Tiger’s Nest’ Monastery, the National Museum, Drukgyel Dzong and a visit to the ancient temple of Kyichu Lhakhang.

4 Days
From SGD 3,906Per Person

Tour Itinerary

4-day, 3-night trips can depart Singapore every Sunday (returning the following Wednesday).

Uma Paro staff will welcome you at the airport for the 10-minute transfer to the property. Once you have settled in, your first foray into the Kingdom begins with sightseeing in Paro town and a visit to a local temple. This afternoon provides an opportunity to acclimatize to the rarefied air at this altitude and to get to know your guide, who will offer some additional sightseeing options for the rest of the day depending on your interests and energy levels.

Overnight in Uma Paro.

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

We drive a few kilometres north of Paro and pay our respects at Kyichu Lhakhang; this is 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.

Duration: 5-7 hours (depending on time spent in National Museum and Paro)
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Guided with picnic or lunch at a local restaurant

Overnight in Uma Paro.

One of the most amazing and important pieces of architecture in Bhutan is Taktsang Goemba. 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 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 murals. We then retrace our steps or, if time and energy levels allow, head further up to several remote temples and monasteries.

Returning to Uma Paro in the afternoon, there’s time to relax and enjoy the facilities including the steam rooms, swimming pool or a Bhutanese Hot Stone Bath.

Duration: 7-8 hours
Difficulty: Moderate to Hard
Guided with picnic or Taktsang cafetaria

Overnight in Uma Paro.

Druk Air normally departs in the early morning to avoid adverse weather conditions, so after breakfast, it is time for your 10-minute transfer to the airport for your flight back to Singapore.

  • This itinerary is intended as a guide only. Local conditions and weather may necessitate variations to the programme which can affect the availability of views and panoramas described. Please be aware that all times stated are approximate, and may vary with individual and group fitness and interest levels.
  • Uma Paro provides complimentary drinking water for all guided itineraries. If you have any special dietary requests, please let us know in advance. Where stated, trips include lunchtime picnics prepared by Uma Paro’s chefs. Please place your picnic order the day before departure via your Guide or the Activity Desk on extension 3308.
  • Throughout your stay you have the option to participate in a range of extra outdoor activities at an additional charge.

Tour Cost

Price per person in SGD dollars, and based on return airfare between Singapore and Paro

4D3N Himalayan Discovery with Uma Paro

Valid from Jan 01 - Dec 31, 2017
Travel Season in 2017Room TypeDouble OccupancySingle Occupancy
Season 1
Jan 01 - Feb 28
Jun 01 - Aug 31
Dec 01-31
Forest View Room38805016
Valley View Room41555564
COMO Suite46136479
One Bedroom Villa49567166
COMO Villa
Sleeps 4 persons in 2 Bedrooms
38369912
Season 2
Mar 01 - Apr 04
Apr 14 - May 31
Sep 01-22
Oct 05 - Nov 30
Forest View Room41095473
Valley View Room44076068
COMO Suite49107075
One Bedroom Villa54148081
COMO Villa
Sleeps 4 persons in 2 Bedrooms
412211056
Season 3
Apr 05-13
Sep 23 - Oct 04
Forest View Room42235702
Valley View Room45226297
COMO Suite50247304
One Bedroom Villa56438539
COMO Villa
Sleeps 4 persons in 2 Bedrooms
423711514
There is an additional charge of USD $60 per room per night during the Paro and Thimphu Festivals, and USD $90 per person when staying on Christmas Eve (Dec 24) and New Year’s Eve (Dec 31).
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Uma Paro

Our villas at Uma Paro are entirely private, with soul-stirring views of forest, mountains and the surrounding valley. Each one occupies its own glade planted with azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias and hydrangeas.

Built of handcrafted stone, wood and tiles, the villas feel at once Bhutanese and luxurious with wood furniture vividly painted with flowers by local artists. Indian cotton bedcovers have hand-stitched patterns paying homage to Bhutan’s Buddhist culture and colours, and hand-knotted rugs come from nearby Nepal.

The result is a luxury resort with a fresh, original look that feels sleek even as it recognises Uma Paro’s cultural context.

Inclusions

  • Return airfare between Singapore and Paro on Drukair
    • We can also fly you between Bangkok and Paro; please check with us for prices utilising air passage between Bangkok and Paro
    • Airfare is subject to change by Drukair, and Eco Adventures reserves the right to adjust our prices to reflect the changes.
  • All ex-Singapore airport taxes & fuel surcharges (subject to change at little or no notice)
  • Bhutanese Government Visa Fees and Royalties
  • Private airport transfers and transport in Bhutan
  • 04 (four) nights in choice of accommodation at Uma Paro
  • 02 (two) nights in choice of accommodation at Uma Punakha
  • Full board meals (excluding beverages). Includes picnic lunches during excursion days
  • 05 (five) and a half days of privately guided walks and day excursions taking in the highlights of the Punakha, Thimphu and Paro Valleys
  • Complimentary drinking water while on guided itineraries
  • Private guiding services of an experienced English-speaking Bhutanese Uma guide
  • All museum and visitor centre entry fees and road permits
  • 01 (one) 60-minute COMO Shambhala massage per person
  • Complimentary scheduled 01-hour daily Yoga class whilst at Uma Paro (except on Sundays)
  • 10% service charge and 10% sales tax

Exclusions

  • Personal expenditure such as phone bills, laundry services, hard/soft beverages, other spa treatments, other optional tours, etc.
  • Travel insurance
    • It is strongly recommended that you be insured against medical and personal accident risks (including repatriation costs, air ambulance and helicopter rescue services) and that you also take out cancellation insurance. You should be aware that some policies restrict coverage or do not cover travel to Bhutan and may not cover activities such as trekking (and mountain bike).
    • Please ensure that your policy provides a sufficient level of protection and covers you for the activities involved.
    • You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you to Bhutan.

Terms & Conditions

  1. All offers are subject to the availability of air passage seats on Drukair, and rooms at Uma Paro and/or Uma Punakha, and may not be used in conjunction with any other offer.
  2. Flights arranged by cango.travel must be paid in full at the time of booking.
    1. The airfare may be refundable, with administrative charge, subject to Drukair's fare rules, and terms and conditions of carriage
  3. Deposit comprising 30% of the resort booking is required on booking
    1. Deposit becomes non-refundable 30 days before arrival date for Season 1 bookings, and 60 days before arrival date for Season 2 & Season 3 bookings
  4. Balance Payment must be made 30 days before arrival date for Season 1, and 60 days before arrival date for Season 2 and Season 3
  5. Late arrivals, no shows and early departures will be charged in full
  6. All cancellations must be made in writing to info@cango.travel
    1. Refunds by Uma Bhutan will be subject to credit card and/or bank transfer fees incurred in fulfilling the booking with the resort
  7. Service fee of SGD $500 per booking will be charged by cango.travel for any cancellations initiated by the customer, and will be deducted from any refunds given by Uma Bhutan
  8. Uma Paro and Uma Punakha reserve the right to substitute certain visits and excursions outlined in the itineraries as local conditions and weather may necessitate variations to the programmes
  9. Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve meal supplements are compulsory
  10. All stays at Uma Bhutan to be completed by Dec 31, 2016.

Drukair flight schedules

Singapore (SIN) to Paro (PBH)

 TUE/THU     KB501 SIN/PBH 06:00/10:15
 SUN         KB501 SIN/PBH 06:30/10:45

Paro (PBH) to Singapore (SIN)

 MON/WED/SAT KB500 PBH/SIN 07:20 15:35

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