Uma Paro Himalayan Discovery | Kingdom of Bhutan

DRUKAIR SUMMER DISCOUNT of 25% OFF flights on the Singapore/Paro route. Discounted airfare of SGD 859 (usual SGD 1208) is valid for travel from July to August 2018. Terms and Conditions apply.

BhutanHistory & Culture, Luxury

Immerse yourself in Bhutan’s cultural heritage and extraordinary landscape with our 3-night ‘Himalayan Discovery’ package, which focuses on Paro Valley.

Based at COMO Uma Paro which is close to the international airport, you will see the country’s main cultural highlights, including the remarkable Taktsang ‘Tiger’s Nest’ Monastery. There are guided hiking and a chance to get into the wilds while moving at a pace that allows for acclimatization. This itinerary allows ample time to relax at our luxury lodge, where you can also enjoy an hour-long holistic therapy at COMO Shambhala Retreat.

We have a 7-day Himalayan Discovery package staying at Uma Paro and Uma Punakha.

3 Nights
From SGD 2,509Per Person

3N Himalayan Discovery

Upon arrival, you will be greeted by staff from COMO Uma Paro before embarking on the 10-minute transfer to the property. After checking in and spending some time settling into your new surroundings, we will take you on the first foray into this remarkable Himalayan kingdom, with sightseeing in Paro town and a temple visit. The afternoon trip allows you to acclimatize to the rarefied air at this altitude as well as the chance to get to know your guide.

Overnight: COMO 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.

Driving a few kilometres north of Paro, we 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

Overnight: COMO Uma Paro

The historical Paro Valley is the focus of today’s activities, culminating in a visit to the Taktsang ‘Tiger’s Nest’ Monastery, which is one of Bhutan’s most important pieces of architecture. According to legend, this cliffside is where Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) landed on the back of a flying tigress, bringing Buddhism to Bhutan from Tibet.

The trip starts early in order to avoid the hot sun during the 2-hour climb to the Tiger’s Nest viewpoint. We have a steep hike passing a waterfall and end among beautiful murals at the monastery’s main entrance.

If time allows, there is the possibility of heading further up to visit remote temples.

After lunch – either a prepared picnic or from the charming Taktsang cafeteria – you return to COMO Uma Paro, where you can recharge on your final night, enjoying the steam rooms, gym and swimming pool or indulging in one of our COMO Shambhala treatments.

Duration: 6-8 hours
Difficulty: Moderate to hard

Overnight: COMO Uma Paro

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.

  • This itinerary is intended as a guide only. Routes and weather conditions may mean variations to the programme, which may 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.
  • COMO Uma Bhutan provides complimentary drinking water for all guided itineraries. If you have any special dietary requirements, please advise us in advance. Where stated, trips include lunch picnics prepared by our chefs. Please place your picnic order the day before departure through your guide or at the Activity Desk.
  • Throughout your stay, you have the option to participate in a range of extra outdoor activities at an additional fee.

Land Cost

Price per person in SGD

4D3N Himalayan Discovery with Uma Paro

Valid from Jan 01 - Dec 31, 2018.
Travel Season in 2018Room TypeDouble OccupancySingle Occupancy
Season 1
Jan 01 - Feb 28
Jun 01 - Aug 31
Dec 01-31
Forest View Room25093607
Valley View Room27814149
COMO Suite32335054
One Bedroom Villa35735733
COMO Villa
Sleeps 4 persons in 2 Bedrooms
24658449
Season 2
Mar 01 - Apr 04
Apr 14 - May 31
Sep 01-22
Oct 05 - Nov 30
Forest View Room27354060
Valley View Room30304648
COMO Suite35275644
One Bedroom Villa40256639
COMO Villa
Sleeps 4 persons in 2 Bedrooms
27489581
Season 3
Apr 05-13
Sep 23 - Oct 04
Forest View Room28484286
Valley View Room31434874
COMO Suite36415870
One Bedroom Villa42527091
COMO Villa
Sleeps 4 persons in 2 Bedrooms
286110033
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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Inclusions

  • All Bhutanese government visa and royalty fees, service charge and sales tax
  • Private airport transfers and transport around Bhutan
  • Accommodation on a full-board basis for 3 nights at COMO Uma Paro including picnic lunches during excursion days (excluding beverages)
  • 2½ days of privately-guided walks taking in the highlights of the Paro Valley
  • Private services of an experienced English-speaking Bhutanese guide
  • One 60-minute COMO Shambhala body treatment per person
  • Complimentary use of the library, swimming pool, steam room and gym at COMO Uma Paro
  • Complimentary wireless internet at COMO Uma Paro
  • All museum and visitor centre entry fees and road permits
  • Complimentary one-hour daily Yoga class whilst at COMO Uma Paro (except on Sundays)

Exclusions

  • Air passage to/from Paro in Bhutan. Please check with us for attractive airfare on Drukair or Bhutan Airlines.
  • 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 biking).
    • 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

Deposits and Balance Payment

  • A deposit of 30% is required at the time of booking to secure the reservation.
  • The remaining 70% of payment is required at least 30 days prior to arrival date for Season 1, and 60 days prior to arrival date for Season 2 and Season 3.
  • If the booking is made within these periods, then full payment (100%) will be required at the time of booking.
  • Additionally, if flights have been arranged by Cango Travel, the total cost of the flights (100%) will be charged at the time of reservation.
  • The hotel reserves the right to release a reservation if the required deposit amount is not received on the mentioned cut off period stipulated in our invoice.

Cancellations

  • All cancellations of confirmed bookings must be received in writing to Cango Travel at info@cango.travel
  • During Season 1, deposits will be forfeited for cancellations made between 21-30 days prior to arrival. If cancellation is made less than 21 days prior to arrival, then full cancellation (100% charge) applies.
  • During Season 2 and Season 3, deposits will be forfeited for cancellations made between 46-60 days prior to arrival. If cancellation is made less than 46 days prior to arrival then full cancellation (100% charge) applies.
  • Late arrivals, no shows and early departures will be charged in full.
  • A service fee of SGD 250 per booking will be charged by Cango Travel for any cancellations initiated by the customer and will be deducted from any refunds given by COMO Uma Bhutan.

Refunds

  • All refunds by credit card are subject to a 5% credit card processing fee and bank transfer charges deducted from the total amount.
  • The balance, less Cango Travel's service fee, will be returned to the customer.

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

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.