Sacred Pilgrimage

Day 1: PARO

On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by our representative and escort you to the hotel. After lunch, we drive to Kyichu Lhakhang, Dumtse Lhakhang, and Chelela Nunnery.

  • Kyichu Lhakhang: Kyichu Lhakhang houses one of the oldest temples in Bhutan called Jowo Temple, originally built in the 7th century by the Tibetan ruler Songsten Gyambo. It is believed that in the 8th century, the temple was visited by Guru Rimpoche and concealed many spiritual treasures.
  • Dumtse Lhakhang: This is the only monastery built in a shape of a Chorten by Thangtong Gyelpo in the year 1421, which had come to Bhutan in search of Iron ore to be used for constructing bridges in his homeland Tibet.
  • Chelela Nunnery:  Known as Kila Goenpa, it is located on the cliffs below Chelela pass about 3,500 the sea level. The bird’s eye view of Paro town can be viewed. The sacred mount Jomolhari can also be view on a clear day.

Overnight in hotel.

 Day 2: PARO

  • Taktsang: After breakfast, we drive to the famous Taktsang Lhakhang “The Tigers Lair”. Clinging to a black rock face, 900 meters above the valley floor, nestles Taktshang Lhakhang, one of the holiest and the most beautiful site of Bhutan.  Taktsang, the tiger’s lair, acquires its name from the legend of its foundation, when in the 8th Century Guru Rinpoche, widely revered as the Second Buddha, arrived from Tibet flying across the mountains on the back of a tigress.

After lunch, we drive to Thimphu:

  • Memorial Chorten: A Stupa built in memory of the 3rd King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the year 1974.
  • Chang Gangkha Lhakhang: Perched on the ridge, overlooking the Thimphu valley, Chang Gangkha Lhakhang is the oldest temple built in the 13th century by Phajo Dugom Zhigpo who came to Bhutan from Tibet.
  • Zilukha Nunnery: is one of the few surviving monasteries built in the year 1976 by Drupthop Rikey Jadrel, the emanation of 16th Thanthong Gyalpo.

Overnight in Hotel.

Day 3: THIMPHU

  • Tango: Tango was founded by Lama Gyalwa Lhanampa in 12th century. The Monastery is now an important centre of higher learning for monks is also associated with Lama Drukpa Kuenley and Zhabdrung. The three-storey main temple is dedicated to the body, speech and mind of the Buddha and it was established upon Gyalse Tenzin Rabgye’s command in the memory of Zhabdrung. The name ‘Tango’ means head of horse.

Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 4: PUNAKHA

  • Khamsum Yuelley: This Chorten is built by the present Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck. Its art and architecture is the example of fine Bhutanese architecture and is one of its kinds in the world.
  • Chimi Lhakhang: The “Temple of Fertility” Chimi literally means “No dog”. This monastery is dedicated to Lam Drukpa Kinley, one of the most popular saints, who lived in Bhutan.  Overnight in Hotel.

Day 5: DRIVE TO BUMTHANG (via Trongsa)

 One can relax or stroll in the town after a tiring journey. Overnight in hotel.

DAY6: BUMTHANG

  • Jambay Lhakhang: This monastery is one of the 108 temples constructed by the Tibetan ruler Songtsen Gyampo in 659 AD. It is believed that this monastery was built on the body part of an Ogress who was obstructing the spread of Buddhism in one night.
  • Kurje Lhakhang: One of the Bhutan’s most sacred monasteries, “Kurje” is the name derived after the body imprints of the Guru Padmasambhava and dedicated to Guru who was supposed to have meditated there in the 8th century. This temple is located just a few meters beyond Jambay Lhakhang. The body print of the Guru can still be seen in the cave enshrined in the temple.
  • Tamshing Lhakhang: Just opposite to Kurje Lhakhang, lies the Tamshing Lhakhang which by built in 1501 by Terton Pema Lingpa, the tantric saint, who is also believed to be an incarnation of Guru Padmasambhava, whose lineage the Royal Family, traces their ancestors too. This is an important temple of the Nyingmapa sect.
  • Mebar Tsho: (Lake of Burning Fire) It is believed that, Terton Pema Lingpa discovered religious treasures from this lake in the 12th century. It is believed that Terton Pema Lingpa dived into this lake with a burning lamp in his hand and came out undeterred with the lamp still burning.  On auspicious days many people go there and offer butter lamps on this fresh water lake.
  • Nunnery of Gangtey Trulku: Founded by the 9th Gangtey Trulku, we visit the only Nunnery in Bumthang which provides degree in Buddhist Philosophy.

 

DAY 7: BUMTHANG

Hike:

    • Tharpaling Goenpa: This Goenpa is established by Master Longchen Rabjam in the year 1352. Tharpaling Goenpa serves as the centre for spreading the teachings of Radiant Vajra Heart of the Great Perfection. Tharpaling is named after the countless followers of the heart essence of the Luminosity vehicle who achieved liberation in lifetime.
    • Nimalung: This monastery is a Buddhist college founded by HH Dejum Rimpoche. The followers are of the Nyingmapa sect. During visit, you can see small monastery which was founded by the time of the construction of this monastery. Possible chances to grace the reincarnation of His Holiness Dejum Rinpoche.
    • Prakar Monastery: If time permits

 

DAY 8: DRIVE TO GANGTEY

  • Gangtey Goenpa: This the only monastery of the Ngyinmapa sect of Buddhism in central Bhutan. This monastery is the main seat of the Pema Lingpa tradition, whose ancestry is traced in the Royal family. Overnight in Guest House.

DAY 9: WANGDIPHODRANG

  • Beylangdra: This is a holy pilgrimage site, built onto the sheer rock. It is an hour and half walk from the point where the road ends. This site is associated with Guru Rinpoche who is believed to have meditated for 7 days.

Overnight in Wangdiphodrang

DAY 10: THIMPHU

  • Simtokha Dzong; This Dzong is the oldest Dzong in Bhutan, built in 1629 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel who unified Bhutan. Drive to Thimphu.

 Overnight in hotel. Evening would be a free to do some shopping for souvenirs.

Day 11: DRIVE TO PARO AIRPORT

After breakfast, our representative will transfer you to the Airport and see you off for your onward flight.

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