30 Days Pilgrimage Tour
Pilgrimage and Spiritual Tour
In all religions, pilgrimage is considered as an important part of life that removes all your sins & makes your soul pure to attain salvation. Holy places in Bhutan are mostly of Buddhism Religion. In a country like Bhutan where Buddhism is widely practiced in million ways and forms, it’s no wonder that thousands of pilgrim tours are undertaken every year to evoke their spiritual spirit. The common thread that connects them is the spiritual bliss that lure devotees from all around the globe to Bhutan.
Day 01: Arrival to Paro and Transfer to Thimphu
Day 02 – Day 22: Pilgrimage to Tseluna
Day 22 – Day 28: Tseluna – Goen Tsephu
Day 28: Goen Tsephu – Sangachoekhor
Day 29: Hike to Bumdra
Day 30: Bumdra – Paro
Day 31: Departure
DAY 01: ARRIVAL TO PARO AND TRANSFER TO THIMPHU
As you land at Paro, Bhutan Life Exposure Tours and Trek guide for your trip will welcome and receive you to the Kingdom of Bhutan, from the exit gate of Paro International Airport. Paro is one of the most beautiful districts of Bhutan, and it has some of the most iconic landmarks and the places of interest for the visitors. You will pay a short visit to the oldest temples in Bhutan –Kichu Lhakhang. Kichu Lhakhang is located just few kilometers from the Paro Town, is regarded as one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. Kichu Lhakhang was built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gyembo along with other 108 temples in a single night to bring down the power of evil spirit existed then along the Himalayan Region. Then, you will drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. The 90 minutes’ drive will take you through the beautiful pine forest, and also some of the traditional settlements along the highway. Thimphu is largest and most populated city in Bhutan and it is the capital of Bhutan. Upon arrival at Thimphu, you will check into house and spend your evening meditating in alter in the house. The alter located in the upper part of house has the statue of the Guru Rimpoche, Buddha and Chenrigzi, making it perfect environment for the meditation.
DAY 02 TO DAY 22: PILGRIMAGE TO TSELUNA
After breakfast, you will begin your spiritual journey by making pilgrimage to Tseluna Nye (Holy Place of Tseluna). Among many holy places, Tseluna Nye is one of the sacred Guru Rimpoche’s holy sites that prolong the life after visit. Guru Rimpoche has sanctified many sites throughout Bhutan. Thus guaranteeing all devotees an equal opportunity to get his blessing through numerous images left on rock. Tseluna Nye is one of the sacred Nye located west of Thimphu. It is bit far but accessible by car. The Nye is positioned on the hill slope. Tseluna Nye was blessed by Guru Rimpoche and his consort Khandro Yeshe Tshogyal between the 8th and 9th century and hidden many sacred religious treasures, making the place exceptionally holy.
DAY 22 TO DAY 28: TSELUNA TO GOEN TSEPHU
After 21 days of meditation, you will pay visit to Goen Tsephu Nye in Punakha. The Guru Rimpoche caves (Goen Tsephu) is a twelve kilometers drive from Punakha followed by a four hour hike. There is a small temple at the caves where pilgrims meditate. It is said that Guru Rimpoche visited the caves after his retreat at Maratika in Nepal, and it was here that he was able to fully see the form of Amitayus, the Buddha of long life. There are self-risen characters in rock and places to scramble through while making dedications for the benefit of other beings and to remove one’s own defilements.
DAY 28: DRIVE TO SANG CHEN CHOEKHOR
After your 7 days meditation at Goen Tsephu, you will drive back to Paro and from there to Sang Chen Chokhor. Sangchen Choekhor is located high on the top of a hill on the north side valley of Paro. It is the home to 150 monks. The monastery was built by Trulku Choglay Shacha Tenzin in 1765. The name of monastery loosely translate that, it is the residence from where one can offer the relics to the three realms of this universe. The place is perfect for the meditation practitioners because of its blissful nature and also because of its calm environment. You will interact with the monks and also the spend your time meditating in their meditation room.
DAY 29: HIKE TO BUMDRA
After breakfast, you will hike to Bumdra from Sang Chen Choekhor. The hike will take you through the prestine environment and as you ascend higher, the view of Paro valley will become even more beautiful. Bumdra means “Rock of one hundred thousand foot prints”. The legend tells us that Dakinis descend at Bumdra and left their footprints on the rock 800 years ago. Therefore, the place has become very holy and also sacred. Upon your arrival at Bumdra, you will visit the Bumdra temple, and then, you will spend your remaining time meditating in a temple.
DAY 30: HIKE BACK TO PARO
After a night in Bumdra, you will hike back to Paro via Paro Taktshang, the place where Guru Rimpoche meditated once in a cave. You will first reach to beautiful Ugyentsemo temple above Taktshang. The view of Paro Taktshang from Ugyentsemo temple is impressive. Then, you will hike down and visit the Paro Taktshang. Paro Taktshang is the only temple in the world, hanging on the cliff by the sheer force of faith alone. The legend has it that, Guru Rimpoche, came to the place flying on the back of tiger from Singye Dzong in 8th Century. Then, Guru Rimpoche has spent three months meditating in a cave at the site. Later, the temple was built at the site. The cave is still accessible for the visitors. You will spend one to two hours meditating in a temple, where Guru Rimpoche meditated once. Then, towards the evening, you will return to Paro for the night.
DAY 31: DEPARTURE FROM PARO
- Bhutan Tourist Tariff Royalty & Visa fees.
- All private excursions and transfers in superior air-conditioned vehicle.
- Local English speaking trekking guide/tour leader.
- Cook and camp hand who will take care of camp chores and provide wholesome meals.
- Services of horsemen who will look after the yaks & ponies that transport luggage and camp gear.
- Experienced driver.
- Accommodation in carefully selected, highest standard government approved hotels & guesthouses
- All meals in Bhutan.
- All entrance fees and permits.
- All personal expenses such as bars, beverages, laundry, telephone.
- Tips to guide and driver.
- Medical / Travel Insurance.
- Adventure and sport fees
- Luxury Hotel cost
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