Trip Grade Easy
Duration: 8 Nights/9 Days
Max. Altitude: 3800M
Destination: Bhutan
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Activity: Spiritual Tours
Theme: Spiritual Travel

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Bhutan Trongsa Tshechu

Druk Yul, the “Thundering Dragon Country”, is a marvelous succession of majestic fortress-like dzongs and monasteries, many of which act as a stage for spectacular tsechus (dance festivals) attended by an almost medieval-looking audience. In our case you’ll be absorbed in the Trongsa Tshechu, dedicated to Padmasambhava (lit. “Lotus-Born”), also known as Guru Rimpoche, an 8th-century Buddhist master from the Indian subcontinent, a precious yogi and saint who is credited with having introduced Tantric Buddhism throughout the Himalayas. The culmination of festival constitutes the unfolding of a huge cloth thanka, depicting Padmasambhava and imagery from Buddhist pantheon. Then you’ll see deep forests of Rhododendrons and magnolia, old monasteries and temples.

 

And in all this, your knowledge of Buddhist philosophy will be increased by simple daily late afternoon Teachings on different topics in order to permit you to have a precious insight of Buddhism and meditation wisdom pills. A real holiday of culture and spirituality!

Trip Highlights

Enjoy the enchanting valley of Paro, Thimpu and Wangdu / Punakha
Witness the Trongsa Tshechu Festival
Participate in the biggest cultural festival in Bhutan
Spiritual tour guided by PhD holder in Buddhism Ms. Barbara Grilli
Tour followed by Buddhist Teachings everyday
Stay in eco friendly & typical Buddhist style hotels during entire tour

Itinerary

Welcome to Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Touching down at Paro International Airport, you will be greeted by your guide upon exiting the arrival hall. Today, we will take it easy to acclimatize to the altitude. Drive to Thimphu, check in to the hotel and let’s have your first taste of Bhutanese cuisine and some light sightseeing in Thimphu if possible. Buddha Point at Kuensel Phodrang, visitors can drive up to the 169 feet bronze statue of Buddha Dordenma ,Vajra Throne Buddha symbolizing indestructibility, the tallest statue of Lord Buddha. The view of Thimphu valley from the Buddha point isspectacular and beautiful, especiallyat night. National Memorial Chorten – Which was built in honor of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Thimphu Dzong - The largestDzong, isalso the seat of the office of the King of Bhutan. Buddhist Teachings: Introduction to Buddhism

  • Migmar Hotel
  • Dinner
  • Hours Walk
  • 1350 meter

Heritage Museum - Dedicated to connecting people to the Bhutanese rural past though exhibition of art facts used in rural households. Textile Museum - Witnesses the art of traditional weaving. Paper making Factory - Witnesses the art of papermaking Takin enclosure - On the way to the viewpoint over Thimphu is the home of Bhutan’s national animal, the Takin; a strange looking beast some say looks like a beestung moose. Centenary Farmers’ Market – Every Saturday and Sunday most of the Thimphu population congregate on the banks of the river where the weekend market is held. Here villagers from the valley and other nearby places come to sell their agriculture products. Buddhist Teachings: Become your own therapist

  • Migmar Hotel
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hours Walk
  • 1350 meter

Dochu La Nature Hike – Hike through the deep forest of Rhododendrons, Magnolia and Juniper for more than 2 hours to the Botanical Garden at the bottom. Beautiful hike to see the flora that Dochu la has to offer. Punakha Dzong - Built in 1637, the dzong continues to be the winter home for the clergy, headed by the Chief Abbott, the Je Khenpo. Itis a stunning example of Bhutanese architecture, sitting at the fork of two rivers, portraying the image of a medieval city from a distance. The dzong was destroyed by fire and glacial floods over the years but has been carefully restored and is, today, a fine example of Bhutanese craftsmanship. Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten - Built by the third Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck this Chorten is a splendid example of Bhutanese architecture and art and is the only one of its kind in the world. It has been built over eight and a half years in its details have been drawn from religious scriptures. Buddhist Teachings: Heart Sutra

  • Kichu Resort
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hours Walk
  • meter

Chhimi Lhakhang - A 20 minutes walk across terraced fields through the village of Sopsokha from the roadside to the small temple located on a hillock in the centre of the valley below Metshina. Ngawang Chogyel built the temple in 15th century after the ’divine Madman’ Drukpa Kuenlay built a small chorten there. It is a pilgrim site for barren women. Trongsa, literally "New Town" in the Dzongkha language, is where the current monarchy had its origin in Bhutan. Each King in the line of succession has held the post of Trongsa Penlop or Governor before donning the Raven Crown. Trongsa Dzong - The foundations of Trongsa Dzong were laid in the 16th century by by Pema Lingpa. The Dzong flourished during the 17th century under ShabdrungNgwang Namgyal. With its massive structure, its wall looming high above the winding Mangde Chu Valley, the Dzong commands the east-west road. Taa Dzong - Taa Dzong is a museum located on a hill behind the Paro Dzong region. It is a historical museum, housed on a 17th-century watchtower which allows beautiful panoramic view across the Paro valley. The museum was opened in the year 1968, and its famous collections are bronzes, paintings, and fine art. Buddhist Teachings: the Bodhisattava’s Path

  • Norling Hotel
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hours Walk
  • meter

The Trongsa Tshechu, as all Tshechu festivals, honors Padmasambhava (lit. "Lotus-Born"), also known as Guru Rimpoche, an 8th-century Buddhist master from the Indian subcontinent, a precious yogi and saint who is credited with having introduced Tantric Buddhism throughout the Himalayas. The festival’s masked dances are performed by monks clad in colorful brocade attire and permeated by chants and reading of Buddhist scripts. The culmination of festival constitutes the unfolding of a huge cloth thanka, a sacred scroll, depicting Padmasambhava and imagery from Buddhist pantheon. Buddhist Teachings: The Four Noble Truth

  • Gantey Lodge/Kichu Resort
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hours Walk
  • meter

The Valley of Phobjikha is well known as the winter home of the Black necked crane (Grus Nigricollis). Bhutan is home to around six hundred black necked cranes with Phobjikha being one of the popular places that the birds migrate to in the winter months from the Tibetan plateau. The elegant and shy birds can be observed from early November to end of March. Overlooking the Phobjikha valley is the GangteyGoempa, an important monastery of Nyingmapa school of Buddhism, the main seat of the Pema Lingpa tradition. This is an old monastery that dates back to 17th century. Nature Hike along the valley of Phobjikha Black-Necked Crane Information Centre, which has informative displays about the cranes and the valley environment. You can use the centre’s powerful spotting scopes and check what you see. If the weather’s iffy you can browse the library and handicraft shop, and watch videos at 10am and 3pm. This is also the centre of the valley’s fledgling ecotourism initiative and they can arrange mountain-bike hire, a local guide, an overnight stay in a local farmhouse or lectures on the local ecosystem. Buddhist Teachings: Kundalini & Reincarnations

  • Gantey Lodge/Kichu Resort
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hours Walk
  • meter

Paro Valley - The beautiful valleyis home to many of Bhutan’soldmonasteries (VISIT TWO OF THEM) and temples. The country’sonly Airport is in Paro. The valleyisalso home to mountChomolhari (7,300 meters) situatedat the northern end of the valleywhoseglacier water forms the Pachuflowingthrough the valley. The following are some of the prominent places to visit in Paro. Paro Dzong - Paro Dzongis the administrativeseat of the district of Paro. The Paro Dzongwasbuilt in 1644 under the order of ZhabdrungNgawangNamgyal. Paro Dzong full name isRinpungDzong, whichmeans the fortress of the heap of jewels." Gyelchockfounded Paro Dzong. Gyelchock and hisbrother, Gyelzom, is the descendant of PhajoDrugomZhigpo, the founder of the DrukpaKagyupa School in Bhutan. Gyelzomestablished the GangtakhaMonasterywhileGyelchocktraveled to Tibet to study theology. Buddhist Teachings: The law of karma

  • Kichu Resort
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hours Walk
  • meter

Taktsang Monastery - A one hour hike to the cafeteria is also a vantage view whereby you can enjoy the stunning view of the monastery. Prayer flags adorn the cliffs and this is also where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigress in the 8th century. Drukgyal Dzong - A morning drive, north of Paro valley brings us to the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong. Built in 1647 by the great ZhabdrungNgawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the Dzong was destroyed by an accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. Explore the ramparts and relive the memories of a glorious past. Kyichu Lhakhang - After a sumptuous local lunch, we will retrace our steps to visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. Buddhist Teachings: Tantra

  • Kichu Resort
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hours Walk
  • meter

Morning transfer to the airport (15 mins) for your departure flight.

  • N/A
  • Breakfast
  • Hours Walk
  • meter

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Accommodation on Full board Bhutan Visa Fee Entrance fee Tour Leader/Buddhist Teacher English speaking and English speaking guide Internal Transfers as per program

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All personal expenses like drinking water, alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks, telephone calls, laundry services etc. Personal travel insurance All international flights (Home-Bhutan-Home) Tips for guide, driver etc. All extra services if required (except motioned in 'The Cost Include' section)

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