Tour Price: $3959.00 February 14th-22nd
This remote kingdom, a place of ancient monasteries, fluttering prayer flags and staggering natural beauty.
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For years, Bhutan has deliberately isolated itself from the outside world and has only recently opened its borders to visitors. Since then, Bhutan has gained almost mystical status as a real life Shangri-la . In Bhutan, the Vajrayana Buddhist culture is integrated into every aspect of daily life, and those fortunate enough to visit describe it as a unique, mystical and deeply spiritual experience.
Day 1: Transfer – Airport to Hotel in Bangkok. Welcome dinner together at the hotel
Day 2: We will take a flight form Bangkok into Bhutan, where we will be met by our Bhutanese guide. We will travel from Paro to Punakha. On the way, we will cross the Dochula Pass (3050M), where we will view the Eastern Himalayas, which is also marked by 108 Stupas, dedicated to world peace by her majesty, the queen of Bhutan. After arriving in Punakha and checking into the hotel, we will rest up from the days travels.
Day 3: After breakfast we will visit The Punakha Dzong, built in 1637, for the Punakha Teschu festival. These festivals are held in honor of Guru Rinpoche, the saint who introduced Buddhism to Bhutan in the 8th century. Tsechus are held on auspicious days and months in the Bhutanese calendar and last up to four days in which a highly stylized mask dance ritual are performed.
Day 4: We will rise early and take a short drive to the Sangchen Liendrup Choling nunnery for an early morning meditation with the nuns. Afterwards, you will have an opportunity to take a stroll back down to our hotel (walking optional). After breakfast, we will travel back across the Dochula Pass to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. After checking into our hotel, the afternoon will be free for exploring, resting and shopping in Thimphu.
Day 5: Today we will visit the Buddha Dordenma, a bronze statue, a ‘Vajra Throne’ Buddha overlooking Thimphu city, about 100 meters (330 ft) above the Wang Chuu River. The statue will house over one hundred thousand smaller Buddha statues, each of which, like the Buddha Dordenma itself, will be made of bronze and gilded in gold. After lunch, we will visit the Thimphu Memorial Stupa, a beautiful landmark built in memory of the late king, Jigme Dorji Wankchuck. This stupa is one of the most important landmarks in Thimphu.
Day 6: Early Morning Meditation with the monks at Changangkha Lhakhang monastery, perched upon a hill overlooking the city. We will chant with the monks and visit the temple. Today we drive from Thimphu to Paro. Along the way, we will visit Kichu Lhakang temple, which was built in 659 (7th century) by the Tibetan King Tshongtsen Gampo. It is believed that he built 108 temples across the Himalayas and that Kyichu happens to be one of the last remaining. The Jowo Temple of Kyichu is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, originally built in the 7th century by the Tibetan Emperor Songsten Gampo.
Day 7 : After breakfast, we will hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, which is the most famous monastery in Bhutan. Guru Rinpoche, an Indian saint, is said to have flown on the back of a tigress from Singye Dzong in Lhuntse to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. It is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. The hike to reach the viewpoint of the monastery makes for a nice day excursion.That evening we will have our farewell dinner together
Day 8: Today we will have our farewell meeting and depart for the airport to Bangkok. Transfer to our airport hotel in Bangkok
Day 9: Our final day in Asia, we will return to the airport for our flight home
Chant with the monks and nuns at Buddhist monasteries
Guided services provided by Bhutan expert, Tshering Jamtsho
Includes all meals, hotels, tours and Visa/daily tourist fee in Bhutan
Un Parallel access to some of Bhutan’s most sacred sites
Hike to Taktsang Monastery (The Tiger’s Nest) founded in 1692
Amaze at the Punakha Dzong, at the site of the old Capital of Bhutan
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