The Palace in the Sky
"Bhutan is a land that rewards you at every step, creating memories that will stay with you forever."
Start in the capital, Thimphu, where government ministers still wear traditional national dress known as gho.
Six Senses Thimphu, the largest of the Six Senses properties, is located here, perched on a hillside among apple orchards and pine forests, looking out across the valley to a 170-foot-high statue of the Buddha. It’s this elevated position, together with the outdoor ponds that reflect the sky above, that have earned it the nickname the Palace in the Sky.
Be sure to take an early breakfast at the lodge’s Apple Shed to watch the sunrise over Thimphu. Then before you leave for Punakha, receive prayers and blessings from Six Senses’ resident monk, who will wish you a safe and enlightening passage along your journey.
A Tiger's Nest
Continue your journey through Bhutan in the peaceful Paro Valley, home to the best-known of all the country’s monasteries, Takstang, or Tiger’s Nest. Be sure to hike the steep steps to the monastery gates, following colourful prayer ﬂags through scented pine forests and past tumbling waterfalls. You’ll need an early start to beat the crowds, but when you reach the top you’ll be in no doubt it’s worth it.
Six Senses Paro offers 20 spacious villas and suites, whose large windows make the most of the awe-inspiring views. If a hike to Tiger’s Nest is the perfect start to the day, then a lamp lighting ceremony at Samtenling Monastery is a great way to end it. In between, you could hike to Jele Dzong for views across to Tibet, join a mushroom foraging trip or head to the spa for a locally inspired treatment.
End in Bhutan's Cultural Heart
"Ride horses to the Kencho Sum Lhakhang monastery, one of the most beautifully decorated in Bhutan, then return to the lodge for a traditional Bhutanese hot stone bath."
The fifth Six Senses lodge is located amid the forests of Bumthang in the remote far east of the kingdom. With just eight spacious suites and a two-bedroom villa, Six Senses Bumthang offers an exciting extension to this Six Senses journey, especially as you can fly directly to Paro from Bumthang, removing the need for a long overland journey back.
Bumthang is the cultural heart of Bhutan, home to some of the country’s most spectacular scenery and most prominent temples and monasteries. The lodge’s roster of activities promises to take full advantage of this fact, with excursions available to the 16th century Tamzhing Lhundrup Lhakhang temple, to the hilltop fortress of Padseling Goemba, and to Burning Lake, a quiet riverside spot where you can ponder all you’ve seen amid the splendour of the Himalayas.
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