Deep in the heart of the eastern Himalayas lies a Buddhist land known by the local people as the Land of the Thunder Dragon. This is the kingdom of Bhutan which is an amazing land of spiritual wonder as its residents are followers of their own interpretation of Mahayana Buddhism.
Bhutan is a land of picturesque monasteries that hang off the sides of cliffs. Everywhere you look are symbols of Buddhism as well as a land of great peace. The people here take their Buddhism very seriously as you discover ancient practices that will touch your very soul.
Buddhism came late to Bhutan in the 8th century AD when an Indian Buddhist Saint by the name of Guru Padmasambhava came to share a better way with these people. Known as Guru Rinpoche to the Himalayas, he started the spiritual revolution that changed Bhutan into its present peaceful and spirit-filled existence.
Guru Rinpoche may have brought Mahayana Buddhism to Bhutan, but it would take many more centuries for the land to put aside its violent way and embrace the path to enlightenment. Warlords would continue to rule Bhutan until the 1616 AD until finally a Buddhist theocracy was established.
Bhutan is the last of the Himalayan kingdoms and is now a constitutional monarchy. With the change the country has opened itself to a limited number of visitors a year. Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks can take you there, combining both incredible mountain scenery with spirituality.
The Bhutan Tour will take you for six nights into the land of the Thunder Dragon. You will spend the days seeing incredible monasteries while in the evening and. Your guides will reflect both the unique culture as well as the spirituality of their unique brand of Mahayana Buddhism.
As you grow on the path of enlightenment, why not add the flavor of Bhutan to our spiritual journey? There are ways of the Buddha that can be best touched by visiting Bhutan.
Day 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2 – Fly to Paro, drive to Thumphu (55 km, 90 minute drive)
Day 3 – Thimphu to Punakha
Day 4 – Return to Paro
Day 5 – Sightseeing in Paro
Day 6 – Fly to Kathmandu
Day 7 – Departure
DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU (elev. 1350 m/4,229 ft.)
The magic of the Himalayas touches you as you enter airspace over the Himalayas. These mountains radiate the wonderful spirituality of this ancient land. It is here that Lord Buddha found enlightenment. There is something about these sacred mountains that touch the very soul.
The plane touches down at Tribhuvan International Airport where you collect you baggage and are met by your guide from Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks and taken to your deluxe hotel to relax and to properly prepare your mind in order to travel to the spiritual land of Bhutan.
DAY 2 – FLY TO PARO, DRIVE TO THIMPHU
It’s a short flight by Druk Air from Kathmandu to Paro, the gateway to Bhutan. Paro contains the country’s only international airport. To reach this city, we literally fly along the eastern backbone of the Himalayas. From your airplane seat, watch for Mt. Everest as well as several other 8,000+ meter peaks.
We land in Paro, and once we pass through passport control, we will be met by our Bhutanese guide. We board a luxury bus and take the easy 90 minute journey to the capital city of Thimphu. We check into our hotel, and then we do some sightseeing in the city. Included on today’s tour are:
In the evening, we return to our hotel for dinner.
DAY 3 – TRAVEL TO PUNAKHA, RETURN TO THIMPHU
Today’s journey is definitely the highlight of the trip. From here we travel the high pass to Dochula Pass (elev. 3100 m/10,171 ft.) You will stand on top of the pass in total awe of the amazing beauty of the eastern Himalayas. They may not be as tall as the mountains of Nepal, but in no way is their awesome majesty diminished. From here, we gaze at the tallest mountain of the eastern Himalayas. Mt. Gangar Punsum, rising to 7,520 meters (24,672 ft.) with its snowcapped peak jutting high into the deep blue skies of the Himalayas.
We depart from the pass, but soon enjoy a hike to Khamsum Yuley Namgyal Chhorten. This amazing place features a beautiful temple with a scenic backdrop. We walk uphill for 45 minutes, experiencing the rice paddies and farms along the way. We tour the temple and then its just an easy 30 minute walk back to our bus.
Punakha Dzong is a special place. Situated at the confluence of the Pho-Chu (Male) and Mochu (Female) rivers, the two rivers become one in this scenic valley. Punakha Dzong is an ancient fortress on a island and it is here that the monks travel for the winter months from Thimphu. This Dzong also once served as the ancient capital of Bhutan.
We return to Thimphu to enjoy dinner; retire to bed for a good night’s sleep.
DAY 4 – EXPLORE PUNAKHA, TRAVEL TO PARO VIA THIMPHU
After breakfast travel to Punakha before traveling by our luxury bus to Paro by way of the capital. We see along the way:
We will drive then to Paro for the night. Arrive, enjoy dinner and then its time for pooja and bed.
DAY 5 – EXPLORE PARO
Paro is an amazing city. Its crowning jewel is the famed Taktsang Monastery. Known as the Tiger’s Nest, it is said that Guru Padmasambhava in the 7th century flew to this very spot on the back of a flying tigress to meditate in the cave here for three months. He was fighting with the demons who fought his teaching on Buddhism and it was here that he overcame their evil plans to stop the spread of Buddhism to Bhutan. Today a beautiful monastery literally hangs off the side of the cliff. We will explore it along with other Buddhist sites that dot the Paro Valley.
We return to our hotel in the evening for our final dinner in the country.
DAY 6 – FLY BACK TO KATHMANDU
It’s our final morning in Kathmandu. Arise and feel invigorated as you partake of pooja and prayers. We leave the hotel after breakfast to catch our flight back to Kathmandu. We fly the same route, watching the Himalayas unfold before you. The rest of the day is free time to enjoy Kathmandu on your own.
In the evening, you will delight at farewell dinner. All of the ingredients are fresh daily and specially prepared, representing authentic village style of cooking here in the city.
DAY 7 – FINAL DEPARTURE
Today we find ourselves having to head to the airport for departure from this spiritual land of the Himalayas. No doubt we are feeling like we would rather stay and continue with our spiritual journey. Before you leave, you should talk to your guides as Asian Buddhist Tours & Treks about a return trip to the Himalayas. Discuss how you can learn more about Buddhism, Tantric Dance and madras that will assist you on the path to enlightenment. Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks that specializes in developing you spiritually on the Buddhist journey. Our teachers are lamas and masters with decades of experience who will enhance your spiritual journey. Before you leave, learn more about what is available through Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks.
|2 Nights’ accommodations in a deluxe hotel in Kathmandu||A minimum of 3 Star Quality accommodations in Bhutan in twin sharing basis|
|A licensed Bhutanese tour guide for the extent of your stay.||Kathmandu-Paro-Kathmandu flights|
|SUV car with driver||All meals with evening tea|
|Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.||Museum Entrance fees|
|Road Permit/Special Permits/Taxes||Ponies|
|Drinks – can be paid for directly||Personal extras such as phone calls, laundry, shopping, spa use, etc.|
|Air tickets to and from Kathmandu||Any other services not noted on trip.|
|Luxury Hotel (4 & 5 star additional premium may apply.||Single supplement|
|Language guide other than English|
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