Trip Grade Easy
Duration: 7 Nights/8 Days
Max. Altitude: 3200M
Destination: Tibet
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Activity: Spiritual Tours
Theme: Spiritual Travel

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Black Necked Crane Festival Tour

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 theBlack Necked Crane Festival,which includes cultural programssuchas folk songs and dances (some with black-neckedcranethemes) and mask dances performed by the local people, crane dances and environmentalconservation-themeddramas and songs by school children.

 

Our Bhutanese tour provides also charming visits to Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan, and its craft activities, amazing Dzongs, temples, stupas and monasteries,oak and rhododendron forests, beautiful montains’ views, and a breathless trekking to Tiger’s Nest, the place where Guru Padmasambhava meditated for three months. 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 Gantey
Witness & Attend Black-Necked Crane Festival
Participate in the beautiful 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

Upon arrival in Paro by Bhutan’s national carrier, Druk Air, your tour guide will pick you up at the airport. After clearing customs and visa formalities, your guide will transfer you to Paro town for lunch. Then you will be transferred to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan, following the Pachu River. The drive takes about 1.5 hours in total, during when you can stop on the way to see the Tamchhog Lhakhang, a hereditary place of worship for the Bhutan’s iron bridge builders. As the capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu is devoid of stereotyped skyscrapers and huge traffic. Instead, surrounding by rolling mountains, Thimphu is known for its picturesque Bhutan dzong, fresh air and loveable local people. Upon your arrival, you will pay a visit to Tashichho Dzong (Thimphu Dzong), the most beautiful Bhutan dzong as well as the headquarters of Bhutan government. You will also explore the National Library and Folk Heritage Museum, a 300-year-old traditional house converted into a museum. Buddhist Teachings: Introduction to Buddhism

  • Migmar Hotel
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After breakfast, you will enjoy a full-day sightseeing around the capital of Bhutan, Thimphu. You’ll visit National Memorial Chorten, National Textile Museum, Traditional Arts and Crafts Painting School, National Institute of Traditional Medicine and Traditional Paper Making Factory. Brief about sites you’ll visit today: i) National Memorial Chorten: The National Memorial Chorten was constructed in memorial of the third King of Bhutan, King Jigme DorjiWangchuck, in 1974. The King was generally regarded as the father of modern Bhutan and widely esteemed by the Bhutanese. “Chorten” in Bhutan literally refers to the “seat of faith” and Buddhists often call such monuments the “Mind of Buddha”. ii) National Textile Museum: It is an amazing museum that keeps the traditional art of waving preserved and exhibits a good collection of ancient colored textile in various forms. You can find how the exquisite exhibits are waved by locals giving a spot operation with intricate tools. iii) Traditional Arts and Crafts Painting School: Visiting the painting school where students receive a six-year course on the 13 different traditional arts and crafts. iv) National Institute of Traditional Medicine: See the productive process of Bhutan’s traditional medicine, herbs mostly, and watch the medical practitioner training. v) Traditional Paper Making Factory: Originating from the old tradition in the 8th century, Bhutan paper making has been well preserved and listed as the valuable national heritage of Bhutanese culture. Buddhist Teachings: Bodhisattva’s Path

  • Migmar Hotel
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hours Walk
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After yesterday’s beautiful tour in Thimpu, today you’ll move toward northeast to Punakha. Punakha is the former capital of Bhutan. On the way, we will stop at scenic Dochu La Pass (3,100m), where there are about 108 sacred stupas or temples being build out there. The perfect vintage point brings you the unobstructed vista of Great Himalayas. After lunch at Wangduephodrang (1,350m), we keep driving to Punakha, which used to the capital of Bhutan. You will explore the world-renowned Punakha Dzong, widely believed to be the most beautiful Bhutanese Dzong, built at the confluence of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu Rivers. You will also visit Chimi Lhakhang, a popular Buddhist monastery built around 1499 by Ngawang Chogyal. Buddhist Teachings: The Four Noble Truths

  • Kichu Resort
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
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After Bhutanese breakfast at Punakha you will drive up a winding mountain road into the Phobjikha valley first, passing through oak and rhododendron forest. Phobjikha valley, also known as Gangtey Valley, is one of the most beautiful high-elevation valleys in Bhutan, and is the winter home of black-necked cranes, migrating from the Tibetan plateau. You may take a stroll in enchanting Phobjikha Valley and visit Gangtey Monastery, the only and the biggest Nyingmapa monastery in Bhutan. Buddhist Teachings: The Law of Karma

  • Kichu Resort
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hours Walk
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Today you will attend the Black-Necked Crane Festival. The Black-Necked Crane Festival is an annual event celebrated at the courtyard of Gangtey Goenpa in Phobjikha valley. It features many cultural programs such as folk songs and dances (some with black-necked crane themes) and mask dances performed by the local people, crane dances and environmental conservation-themed dramas and songs by school children. There will also be enough time for you to view the Black Necked Cranes, visit the Information Centre and enjoy some of the many nature trails throughout the valley. Buddhist Teachings: Kundalini and Reincarnations

  • Kichu Resort
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hours Walk
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After breakfast, you’ll drive back to Paro via including Lungchutse with a beautiful hike and you can see a very good view of the Himalayas including Gasa Dzong and Mt. Masagang and other mountains. Buddhist Teachings: Heart Sutra

  • Kichu Resort
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hours Walk
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Today early morning, you’ll start today’s trek to TaktshangGoemba (also known as Tiger's Nest). Standing on the cliff of Paro Valley, TaktshangGoemba (3120 meters) is the landmark of Paro as well as the holiest temple in Bhutan. It’s said that Guru Padmasambhava (also known as Guru Rinpoche) had filed here on the back of a tigress and meditated in the caves on the cliffside for three months. From here, you can catch a panoramic view of Paro Valley. After lunch, you may opt for a stone bath or enjoy free exploration nearby. Buddhist Teachings: Tantra

  • Kichu Resort
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hours Walk
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After breakfast hotel, depending on your flight, you’ll fly to your next destination/home. You’ll be transferred to airport.

  • Breakfast
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What’s Included

Accommodation in Tibet as mentioned in the program with full board on twin sharing All necessary Tibet entry and road permits Tour Leader/Buddhist Teacher English speaking 1 Local Bhutanese English speaking guide Transportation in Tibet by good conditioned Minivan or Van & Bus No of Pax All entry fees to the sites and monasteries Royalty & Govt. Taxes Visa Fee Bottled Water

What’s Not Included

All personal expenses like drinking water, alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks, telephone calls, laundry services etc. Personal travel insurance All international flights Tips for guide, driver etc. Emergency evacuation All extra services if required (except motioned in 'The Cost Include' section) Any extra cost in the event of landslides and personal nature expenses

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