Spiritual Journey Tour

Spiritual Journey Tour

Day 01 | Arrive At Paro International Airport

Reception at Paro International Airport

Altitude of Paro – 2200 m/ 7,200 ft

The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular mountain flights in the world, with a constantly changing panorama of some of the highest mountains on earth.

Program of the day:

  • Reception at Paro International Airport
  • Hotel check- in
  • Dinner at the hotel and briefing about the tour

Day 02 | Witness Thimphu Festival

Altitiude of Thimphu valley – 2320m/ 7656ft
Driving distance Thimphu to Punakha – 2 hours 30 minutes (88km)

Programs of the day:

  • Breakfast in the Hotel
  • Drive towards Thimphu valley
  • Witness Thimphu festival, one of the biggest festival in the country. This festival is held in the capital city for three days. The festival is witnessed by thousands of people, both local and tourists. Mask dances like Guru Tsengye (Eight Manisfestations of Guru Rinpoche), Shaw Sachi (Dance of the Stags) and many more are performed. The sacred Thongdroel of Guru Rinpoche is unfolded early in the morning on the last day of the festival.
  • Lunch in a local restaurant in Thimphu
  • Drive towards Punakha valley
  • Dinner in the Hotel

Day 03 |  Explore Punakha Valley

Hike to Khamsum Yulley Chorten and visit Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery

Altitude of Punakha Valley – 1,310m / 4,300ft

Programs of the day:

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, a 45 minute up hill hike from the Punakha suspension bridge through rice fields. Socialise with local farmers, glimpsing the simple and humble traditions of the Bhutanese people and their way of life. The Chorten was especially built by the queen mother for the well being of all living beings. It was built over the span of eight and a half years, with its design being drawn from religious scripture rather than architectural schematics.
  • Picnic Lunch at Zamling Thang near river side
  • Visit Sangchhen Lhuendrup Nunnery, complex serves as a nunnery center in Bhutan. It has been upgraded to Buddhist college in 2015 by the Bhutan Nun Foundation’s patron, Her Majesty Gyalyum Tshering Yangdon Wangchuk.  The temple is considered as one of the first institutions which offer a masters degree in Buddhist studies for nuns. Apart from the Buddhist studies, the college provides life skill training. Training such as tailoring, statue making, thanka painting and embroidery. It also housed a permanent higher learning and meditation center for nuns.
  • Dinner in the hotel

Day 04 | Drive Towards Gangtey Valley

Explore Gangety Valley, and visit Gangtey Goempa

Altitiude of Gangtey valley – 3000m/ 9800ft
Driving distance Punakha to Gangtey – 2 hours 30 minutes (75km)

Programs of the day:

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Drive towards Gangtey Village
  • Lunch in a local restaurant
  • Visit Gangtey Goempa
  • Dinner in the Hotel

Drive towards Gangtey via Wangdue, one of the major towns and district headquarters of Western Bhutan. We then climb steadily passing through semi-tropical vegetation and then finally onto Gangtey/Phobjikha valley (3,000 m) with an alpine environment of rhododendrons and dwarf bamboo farmhouses and temples dot the landscape. The wide and picturesque Phobjikha valley is one of Bhutan’s few glacial valleys, and chosen winter home of black necked cranes (November – March) migrating from the Tibetan plateau.

Visit Gangtey Goempa (Monastery), an important monastery of Nyimapa school of Buddhism, the main seat of the Pema Lingpa tradition. Monastery’s history traces to the early 17th century and back to the prophecies made by the well-known Terton (treasure finder) Pema Lingpa in the late 15th century. In 1613, his grandson, and reincarnation of Pema Lingpa, fulfilled the prophecy by building a Nyingma temple at the location. Kuenzang Chholing, the long white building nearby, is where monks go to meditate for three years, three months, and three days.

Day 05 | Explore Gangtey Valley

Hike the 2 hours Nature Trail and spend the afternoon visiting some farmhouses in the village

Programs of the day:

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Set off early for the beautiful hike which gives you a nice feeling of the village. It is the most beautiful and the shortest of the existing nature tarils in Bhutan. From the small hilltop overlooking Gangtey Goempa, head downhill through flower meadows to Semchubara village and from here through beautiful forest and into the open valley.
  • Picnic lunch at the end of hiking trail
  • Visit Farmhouses, experience hotstone bath, and dine with the locals at the local farmhouses

Day 06 | Drive Towards Bumthang Valley

Altitiude of Bumthang valley – 3100m/ 10,170ft
Driving distance Gangtey to Bumthang – 5 hours 30 minutes (160km)

Programs of the day:

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Drive towards Bumthang valley
  • Hotel check in
  • Dinner in the Hotel

Early drive to Bumthang via Trongsa over the Pelela pass (3,300m) and enroute visit Chendebji Chorten, passing through warm/cold broad-leaved and coniferous forests.

Bumthang Valley is known as the heartland of Buddhism in Bhutan. In 746 AD, it is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here to exorcise a demon from the king and then converted the people to Buddhism, restoring peace to the region. Guru Rinpoche stayed in the valley to build more than 40 temples.

Day 07 | Explore Bumthang Valley

Visit Jambay Lhakhang, Kurjie Lhakhang, and the Swiss cheese and wine factory

 Programs of the day:

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Visit Jambay Lhakhang, Kurjie Lhakhang
  • Lunch in a local restaurant
  • Visit Swiss Cheese and Wine factory, a small factory, founded by Swiss Bhutanese, produces variety of Swiss cheese, clover honey, apple cider, wine, apple brandy and local beer. It is an interesting place to see, sample and purchase some to try.
  • Dinner in the Hotel

In the morning visit the 7th century Jambay Lhakhang, which is one of the oldest temple in the kingdom. Songtsen Gampo, a Tibetan King in the 7th Century AD founded it. The king was destined to build 108 temples known as Thadhul Yangdhul (temples on and across the boarder) in a day to subdue the demoness that was residing in the Himalayas. The temple is one of the 108 built in a day.

Proceed to Kurjey Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places in the kingdom where Bhutan’s patron saint Guru Rinpoche meditated and left his body imprints inside the cave.

Day 08 | Explore Bumthang Valley

Programs of the day:

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Visit Mebar tso – The Buring lake
  • Lunch in a local restaurant
  • Dinnter in the Hotel

Enjoy the day exploring some of the many sites around Bumthang. Visit the pool of Mebartso (The Lake of Fire). Me-Bar Tsho (Burning Lake) One of the most sacred sites in Bhutan, the holy lake is said to be one of the holiest lakes in Bhutan. Long time ago, Terton Pema Lingpa (Buddhist saint and treasure discoverer) dived into the lake while holding a burning butter lamp on one hand. Several hours later when he came out of the lake, he was holding some relics one one hand and the butter lamp on his other hand was still burning. Thus the lake was called Me-Bar Tsho (Me-bar=Burning Tsho=Lake).
It is here that Pemalingpa (founder of the Nyingmapa sect) is said to have found treasure hidden by Guru Rinpoche.

Day 09 | Fly Back To Paro Valley

Flight Details:
Monday 05 October, 2020
Bumthang – Paro
Depart – 07:55
Arrive – 08:30

Programs of the day:

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Fly to Paro valley
  • Visit Dumtse Lhakhang, built in 1433 by the iron bridge builder Thangton Gyalpo, the temple was built to subdue a demoness and so was chained firmly to the ground. It’s three floors represents hell, earth and heaven.
  • Dinner in the Hotel

Day 10 | Explore Paro Valley

Driving distance Paro town to Ugyen Gure Lhakhang: 1 hours (45 km)

Programs of the day:

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Drive to Ugyen Guru Lhakhang in Pangbisa, perched on the cliff within this green hamlet is the ancient temple, the Ugyen Guru Lhakhang. The temple is associated with many such legends and divine commands followed till date. Not known to many, Pangbisa with the Lhakhang is one of the hidden treasure in Bhutan.
  • Dinner in a local restaurant

Day 11 | Hike To Tigers Nest

Altitude at Tigers nest – 3,120m / 10,240ft
Hiking distance:4 hours hike uphill

Programs of the day:

  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Set off for hike to Tigers Nest
  • Take leisure walk around Paro town
  • Dinner in a local restaurant

On our final tour day, we take an exhilarating two-hour hike to Taktsang Monastery (or Tiger’s Nest), one of the most recognizable sites in Bhutan. Built precariously on a hillside cliff, it sits more than 10,000 feet above sea level. Accessible only by foot, we follow a trail decorated with colorful prayer flags along the way to protect travelers from evil spirits. Built over the caves that Guru Padmasambhava meditated in for three years, this eighth-century father of Bhutan Buddhism is said to have been brought there on the back of a tigress. One of the most sacred sites in Bhutan it offers breathtaking views to those energetic enough to make it to the top.

Thereafter, spend the rest of the day at leisure in Paro, take a stroll around Paro Town to pick up some souvenirs.

 

Day 12 | International Departure

Today we will bid fond farewell to this beautiful Himalayan Kingdom. We hope by now you would have kept many photos and beautiful memories of Bhutan! And we look forward to seeing you again in this beautiful land of endless Enchantments.

  • Airport drop-off

Trip Highlights:

  • Witness spectacular bird’s eye view of the Himalayas while flying in/out from Bhutan
  • Explore Bhutan’s important spiritual & pilgrimage sites
  • Explore until the center of Bhutan
  • Hike to Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’- one of the most famous monastery in Bhutan
  • Explore Gangtey and Bumthang valley, the most beautiful valley in Bhutan
The Cost Includes Accommodation in 3* 4* and 5* tourist hotels according to the package chosen.
Three meals a day.
English-speaking Guide services for the duration of your stay (Other languages on request).
Comfortable vehicle and driver for the duration of your stay.
All transfers between airport and hotel.
Sightseeing and entrance fees as per itinerary.
Government Royalties and Surcharges and all taxes.
Complimentary processing of Bhutanese visa and flight booking service.
The Cost Does Not Includes Visa Fee: payable at the time of booking your tour ($ 40).
Flights: your flight costs are itemized separately.
Upgrades to a higher category hotel accommodation on request.
Drinks and other expenses of a personal nature (laundry, telephone etc.)
Tips for guide and driver.
Travel & Health Insurance: we strongly recommend that you purchase a comprehensive travel insurance to cover medical expenses, baggage loss, and trip cancellation.
All extra expenses incurred due to forces of nature or unforeseen events.

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