BUDDHISM TOURS

A s the last surviving great Himalayan kingdom, Bhutan has an otherworldly air that seems rooted in another age. This spiritual land which is the last strongholds of Vajrayana school of Mahayana Buddhism, provides the essence of a unique identity for the 750,000 people. Buddhism was first introduced by the Indian Tantric master Guru Padmasambhava in the 8th century.

The Buddhism practiced in the country today is a vibrant religion that permeates nearly every facet of the Bhutanese life style. It is present in the Dzongs, monasteries, stupas, prayer flags, and prayer wheels punctuate the Bhutanese landscape. The chime of ritual bells, sound of gongs, people circumambulating temples and stupas, kaleidoscope of fluttering prayer flags, red-robed monks conducting rituals stand as testaments to the importance of Buddhism in Bhutanese life.

The people traveling for Buddhism tour are taken to the most sacred places which has helped the country in keeping alive the dharma for years and years without any defilements.

WTH Bhutan offers custom itinerary specially crafted for those with a particular interest in Buddhism and want to better understand the Kingdom through their religion and the country’s philosophy of Gross National Happiness.You will be led by an experienced guide who has a deep-rooted understanding of the Buddhist way of life in Bhutan as well as knowledge of the country’s history and culture. You’ll have time to enjoy the natural environment and overall spiritual facets of Bhutan which permeate throughout the Himalayas.

Travel is the best thing money can buy. Use this to enrich yourself, to get immersed in the culture and heritage that is so authentic. Embark on a journey, a Buddhism focused trip to Bhutan, that will open your heart and mind. Experience and understand a rich spiritual tradition past and present in the last Mahayana Buddhist kingdom in the Himalayas. This is a special journey for your inner self-designed solely for those interested in learning more about the Buddhist traditions and who want to enjoy the extraordinary spiritual qualities Bhutan has to offer.

Season : Throughout the year.

Tour Itinerary

Arrive Paro

On arrival at the Paro International Airport , our guide will receive you and drive you through one of the most fascinating valleys of Bhutan to your hotel. Visit DrukgyelDzong; a ruined fortress located about 14 km away from Paro town. DrukgyelDzong captured the eyes of western visitors when it was featured on the cover of the National Geographic magazine in 1914.

Then visit KyichuLhakhang (Monastery), it is one of the two oldest monasteries built in the seventh century by King SongtsenGampo of Tibet in Bhutan. It is considered one of the holiest places in Bhutan as it marks the advent of Buddhism in the country.

Overnight : halt in the hotel.

Paro

After breakfast, hike to Taktsang Monastery. Literally meaning ‘Tiger’s Nest’ , because Guru Rinpoche (Precious Buddhist Saint) is said to have flown to the site of the monastery on the back of a tigress and then meditated in a cave for three months in the eighth century. It is precariously perched on the right side of a cliff, at 2950 metres above sea levelIt is about 4-5hours walk up and down. Lunch at Taktsang cafeteria.Evening, take a leisurely walk around Paro town.

Overnight : Halt in the hotel.

Paro to Thimphu

Morning, visit Ta Dzong (now National Museum); originally built as a watch tower of Paro Dzong in 1951 is now converted to the National Museum in 1968. It has a unique and varied collection of ancient paintings, textiles, weapons and armour, bronze statues, old household objects, exquisite postage stamps, jewellery and many other decorative arts.

Then visit Paro Dzong (Fortress); also known as RinpungDzong, which means ‘fortress of the heap of jewels’. It was built in 1646 by ZhabdrungNgawangNamgyel and is one of Bhutan’s most impressive Dzongs in the country which depicts the finest examples of Bhutanese unusual architecture. It serves as the administrative centre of the Paro district and also houses the state monastic community. The courtyard of the Dzong serves as a venue of Paro Tshechu (festival), held annually in spring.

After lunch, drive to Thimphu(about 1 hour 30 minutes drive). En route, visit SemtokhaDzong, first fortress built by ZhabdrungNgawangNamgyel in 1626 among the series of fortresses built by him in 17th century in Bhutan. About 4 miles drive from Thimphu, this fortress is situated on a lofty ridge and now houses the educational institute for Buddhist studies.

On arrival, transfer to hotel for overnight halt.

Thimphu

Morning, visit Memorial Chorten (Stupa), one of the most religious stupa visible in Thimphu. The religious paintings and complex tantric statues inside the monument reflect both peaceful and wrathful aspects of Buddhist deities

Then visit Buddha Dordenma Statue, Shakyamuni Buddha, one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world, measuring about 51.5 metres (169 feet) in height is situated on the hilltop in Kuenselphodrang Nature Park, overlooking the entire southern part of Thimphu valley. The throne of Buddha statue houses the large meditation hall

After that visit ChangangkaLhakhang (Monastery) ,which was built in 13th century by the high saint PhajoDrugomShigpo. After that visit Zilukha Nunnery, to see nuns reciting prayers and then visit National Library where it houses a vast collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts and texts including the imprinted and archaic text of Bhutanese history.

After lunch, you can visit Traditional Painting School, Heritage Museum, Mini Zoo to see Bhutan’s national animal Takin and then drive farther up to Radio Tower to catch a spectacular glimpse of Thimphu valley.

Overnight : Halt in the hotel.

Thimphu

Short Excursion Pilgrimage to Tango and Cheri Monastery

Visit Tango Temple, it's about an hour hike to reach from the road. Initially it was built by GyalwaLhanampa in 12th century and later built into its present form by “Divine Madman” Lama DrukpaKuenley in 15th century. After that, return to the base foothill and hike to Cheri Monastery. This temple was founded by ZhabdrungNgawangNamgyel in 1620. The ashes of Zhabdrung’s father are preserved in a silver stupa inside the temple.

Overnight : Stay in the hotel.

Thimphu to Punakha

Drive to Punakha and Wangdue En route, halt at Dochula pass (10500 feet) to see the spectacular view of snow capped Eastern Himalayan Mountains, if the day is clear. You can take wonderful photographs of the snowcapped mountains. En route visit Lampelri Botanical Garden.

Then visit PunakhaDzong (Fortress), it was built in 1637 by ZhabdrungNgawangNamgyel to serve as the religious and administrative centre of the region. After lunch, visit ChimiLhakhang (Monastery), a revered temple popularly recognized as a pilgrimage site for childless couples to receive blessings.

Overnight : Halt in the Hotel, Punakha.

Punakha to Trongsa

Drive down to Trongsa. A visit to WangdiphodrangDzong that was built in 1638.Legend has it that while the Bhutan people searched for a suitable site of the Dzong, four ravens flew across four directions. This was considered an auspicious sign, representing the spread of religion to the four corners of the world. Thereafter, visit the ChendebjiChorten, a tall Stupa patterned after the Swayambhunath in Kathmandu, Nepal and built in the 19th century by Lama Shida, to hide the remains of an evil spirit eliminated at this very spot. Have dinner at the Hotel in Trongsa.

Trongsa - Bumthang

Drive to Bumthang via Trongsa (about 7 to 8 hours drive). En route visit ChendebjiChorthen (Stupa), erected in 18th century by Lama Zhida to subdue andemoness terrorising the people of the valley.Visit TrongsaDzong, built in 1648 by ZhabdrungNgawangNamgyel. The two first hereditary kings of Bhutan ruled the country from this Dzong.Then visit Ta Dzong, a watch tower built on top of the hill to the east of TrongsaDzong which was known for safeguarding the TrongsaDzong from internal rebellion in the past. The drive across the Bumthang wide and beautitfulvallley through many rural villages and pristine forest will completely enthrall both your mind and spirit.

Upon arrival, check into hotel for overnight halt.

Bumthang

Visit JakarDzong, the largest fortress in Bhutan, with a circumference of more than one kilometer, then visit JampelLhakhang, one of the oldest monastery built in seventh century which is believed to have been built on the same day as KyichuLhakhang in Paro. Also visit KurjeyLhakhang, where the precious master “Guru Rinpoche” left his body print in the cave in the oldest of the three temples and is considered one of the most sacred site for the Buddhist.

After lunch, visit MembarTsho meaning Flaming Lake, where TertonPemaLingpa jumped into the lake in front of many people with the lighted lamp on the hand and surfaced back to the rock holding treasure chest and the lamp still burning. Then visit Tamzhing monastery built by PemaLingpa, a great terton (treasure discoverer) of the 16th century. In the Evening, take a leisurely walk through Bumthang town.

Overnight : Halt in the hotel.

Bumthang

Hike to Tharpaling Monastery, one of the most sacred monasteries Bumthang built by LongchenRamjamba, the highly revered and enlightened saint of the Nyingmapa sect. Chodrak Monastery is located above this Tharpaling monastery, a place where Guru Rinpoche is said to have meditated in eighth century. Evening visit Karchu Monastery, founded by highly reveveredNamkhaiNyingpo Rinpoche.It house numerous Buddhist statues and also has wonderful paintings of Guru Rimpoche depicting his life .

Overnight : Halt in the hotel.

Bumthang to Gangtey, Wangdue

Drive to Gangtey, Wangdue. En route, halt and visit Bumthang local handloom weaving house, to explore the famous wool fabric products known as BumthangYathra. Afternoon visit Gangtey Gompa built on the ridge overlooking the beautiful wide valley of Phobjikha. Evening take a leisure walk across the beautiful Phobjikha valley.

Overnight : Halt in the hotel.

Gangtey, Wangdue to Paro

Morning drive to Paro. En route visit Wangdue Town. Upon arrival, check into hotel for overnight halt. Evening, stroll through town.

Overnight : Halt in the hotel.

Paro to Haa and back to Paro

Morning drive to Haa. The Haa valley is one of the most beautiful and fascinating valleys in Bhutan. Also you can catch a magnificent view of Jhomolhari , “mountain of goddess” which is about 7,315m high (the second highest peak in Bhutan) and Jichu Drake which is about 6,794m high. After arriving in the beautiful valley, visit LhakhangKarpo (White Temple) and LhakhangNagpo (Black Temple). Each temple has its rich religious interpretation and is definitely worth visiting. Then visit Haa Town

After lunch, drive back to Paro taking different route to see the people and beautiful houses in the scattered villages en route.

Upon arrival transfer to the hotel for overnight halt.

Paro

Our guide will escort you to the Airport in the early morning to bid farewell for your onward journey.

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