6 Days Pilgrimage Tour
This pilgrimage tour package is designed to fit the need of our clients’ spiritual attainment by including not just site visit but also including the activities such as recitation of prayers, offering of butter lamp, hoisting of prayer flags, meditation, and receiving teaching from some of the greatest and well learned Buddhist masters. It also explores the deep concept of spiritual world through understanding and practicing it.Bhutan Life Exposure Tours and Trek, wish all our clients looking forward to take this pilgrimage trip finds this itinerary beneficial and through the merit of same, may all the sentient beings in this world be liberated from this samsara.
Day 01: Arrival to Paro – Tseluna
Day 02: Tseluna – Goen Tsephu – Punakha
Day 03: Punakha – Thimphu
Day 04: Thimphu – Sangachoekhor – Bumdra
Day 05: Bumdra – Paro
Day 06: Departure
DAY 01: ARRIVAL TO PARO AND TRANSFER TO TSELUNA NEY
As you land, in the kingdom of Buddhism, blessed by Guru Rimpoche, you will be receive and welcome to Bhutan by our guide for your group from the exit gate of Paro International Airport. Then, you will depart Paro to visit Tseluna Ney. 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. You will hold your night in temple at sacred Tseluna Ney. Your dinner menu will be organic, pure vegetable hotpot in the temple.
DAY 02: TSELUNA NET TO GOEN TSEPHU AND RETURN TO PUNAKHA
After breakfast at Tseluna Temple, you will depart to Goen Tsephu under Punakha Dzongkhag. The journey will take you through Dochula. From Thimphu, you will drive to Punakha, and on your first hour drive, you will reach Dochula. Dochula is one of the most beautiful passes of Bhutan. The pass is beautifully surrounded by 108 stupas built by the Queen Mother in the memory of Fourth King of Bhutan and Royal Bhutan Armies. At Dochula, you will able to catch the glimpse of many beautiful mountains at distance. For doing three round of circumambulation, you will proceed down Goen Sephu via Punakha. After offering your prayer and spending sometime at Goen Tsephu, you will head back to Punakha for night. Your hotel will have good overview of Punakha Valley below.
DAY 03: PUNAKHA – THIMPHU
Today, in the morning, you will visit Punakha Dzong. Punakha Dzong is beautifully located between two rivers of Bhutan. It has one of the finest architectural designs of all time. Punakha Dzongkhag has been inextricably linked with momentous occasions in Bhutanese history.
Then, you will depart Punakha to Thimphu. On the way, you will visit Chimi Lhakhang, the temple located at the far end of Lobesa Village. On arrival at Thimphu, you will begin your sightseeing in Thimphu by visiting one of the most iconic landmarks in Thimphu – Buddha Point, where the world biggest statue of Buddha is overlooking the Thimphu Town below. Then, you will visit Memorial Stupa which is located in the central part of Thimphu Town. The stupa was built in the memory of Late Third King, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk of Bhutan. Many Buddhist Masters had visited the stupa and blessed the place. Today, it is the center for people living in and around Thimphu to offer prayer and circumambulate.
You will proceed to Changangkha Lhakhang, which is located in the upper part of Thimphu. The date of the foundation of Changangkha Lhakhang is not exactly known but the elder people speak ‘The descendants of Phajo Drugom Shigpo Son’s Nyima established the monastery in the 15th century and called it “Phagpa Ranjung Tsuglakha”, “the temple of Avalokitoshvara” statue which has appeared by itself”.
From there, towards the evening, you will visit Zilukha Nunnery, where you will have opportunity to interact, observe the life of nuns of Bhutan. You will also able to ask question regarding the Buddhism. Then, you will check into hotel to take rest and prepare for next day hike to Bumdrak Monastery.
DAY 04: THIMPHU – SANGACHOEKHOR – BUMDRAK
After early breakfast, you will depart to Paro. From Paro you will be driving to Sanga Choekhor. The Buddhist College located up high on the top of a hill on the north side of Paro valley. The shedra, a Buddhist college, is home to about 150 monks, studying for six years before they move on to Tango Monastery upon graduation. It’s worth a visit mainly for the fine views of Paro Town. You will get opportunity to interact with monks and Buddhist Scholars.
Then, you will resume your hike to Bumdrak. Bumdrak means ‘Rock of One Hundred Thousand Foot Prints’. The legend tells us that a hundred thousand dakinis (angels) descended here and left their footprints on the rock 800 years ago. Bumdrak is about 3800m above sea level and the Taktshang Monastery is 3100m above sea level. You will make your prayer, offering of Butter lamp in a Bumdrak Temple. Afterward, you will hoist prayer flag (Lungdar) for the benefit of all the sentient being in this universe. Today, you will camp your night in luxury tent, which has all the amenities and facilities for comfort. You dinner will be prepared by chef at the camping site.
DAY 05: BUMDRAK – TIGERNEST – PARO:
Early morning, you will attend the prayer offering in the temple by the monks of the temple. You will also able to catch the beautiful sight of raising sun from the far horizon of Mountain. Then, you will eat breakfast and depart to Paro via Tigernest.
Just before arrival at Tiger Nest, you will visit Zangdopelri Temple, which is located on a hill top high above Tiger Nest. Zangdopelri (named after Guru Rinpoche’s heavenly abode), built in 1853 sits of the summit of opposite ridge – across the deep chasm from Takstang Pelphung. The small shrine and its balcony overlook and provide view of Takstang. Ozegang is nearby hermitage constructed in 1646.
Then, you will proceed to Tigernest. Taktshang is one of the most visited Temple in Bhutan both by the tourist and local people. As you Ascend, the view of Paro valley becomes more and more visible. The view of Taktsang Monastery built on a sheer cliff face 900 meters above the valley floor is a spectacular sight. The Monastery is also an important pilgrim site for the Buddhists. The great Guru Rimpoche is said to have flown here on the back of a tigress when he brought the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan in the 8th Century. On return, nearby there is a teahouse where you can stop for refreshments before returning to Paro.
Then, you will proceed to Paro. On arrival at Paro, you will visit Kichu Lhakhang; the temple built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gyempo, in 7th century along with other 108 temples in a single night to bring down the power of evil spirit existed around the Himalayan Region then. Later towards the evening, you will do hot stone bath in Paro, which will relieve you from the pain from your two days hike. Your night will be in hotel and you dinner will be served organic vegetable hotpot and other organic vegetable menu.
DAY 06: DEPARTURE
- 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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