Meditation & Retreat Tour – 8 DAYS
As one of the last strongholds of Vajrayana Buddhism, Yoga, meditation, and mediation retreats are a common practice amongst Monks and Buddhist practitioners in Bhutan. These retreats and meditation centers provide places of respite from the cares and stress of everyday life.
The tranquil scenic beauty and meditation retreats on hills, makes this country a paradise for those who are looking for some serene silence and inner peace. Apart from the temple and monasteries, most hotels in Bhutan also provide for meditation and yoga session facilities.
Day 1: Arrive Paro
The flight to Paro crosses the Himalayan Mountains, affording spectacular views of the awesome peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. If you arrive via Kathmandu, which offers the most breathtaking view of the range, it’s possible to see Mount Everest and Mount Kanchenjunga as well.
Upon arrival in Paro, you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon you can visit the Paro Dzong. It was built in 1646 and now houses government offices and religious institutions, as do all the Dzongs (forts) currently.
You can then tour the National Museum, formerly the watchtower for the Dzong. It now houses a collection of fine arts, paintings, thangkas, statues, and antiques. Afterward you will visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. In the evening you can stroll through the Paro market and town. Overnight in Paro.
Day 2: Paro – Thimphu
After breakfast, excursion to Taktsang or the “tiger’s nest” perched precariously on the cliff 900m above the floor of the Paro valley. Meditate on the hill. It is said that Guru Rimpoche have flown to the site of the monastery on the back of a tigress and meditated here for three months. Lunch would be served in the Cafeteria.
Return to Paro and after tea drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. The road lead through the Paro Valley to the confluence of Paro and Thimphu rivers at Chuzomsa. Three different styles of chortens adorn the confluence. A short way beyond, on the left is the Tachogang Lhakhang built in 15th century by Thangthong Gyelpo, a trader who first introduced Iron Bridges in Bhutan. On the way visit Simtokha Dzong; the oldest Dzong in Bhutan built by Shabdrung in 17th century. On arrival in Thimphu check into the hotel. In the evening you can explore Thimphu freely and visit some interesting handicraft shops. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 3: Thimphu
After breakfast you will visit the King’s Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), Buddha Point where you can practice Yoga and Mediations. After mediating visit Changgangkha Monastery, the radio tower (for a great view of Thimphu Valley and the Thimphu Dzong), and the zoo, which contains the national animal of Bhutan: the takin.
From there you will visit the nunnery temple, the National Library (which houses ancient manuscripts), and the School of Arts and Crafts (also known as the painting school). After a relaxing lunch, you will visit the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, a traditional paper factory, the majestic Tashichodzong. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 4: Thimphu – Punakha (Punakha Dzong)
After breakfast you will drive to Punakha, with a stop en route for tea at Dochu La (3,100 meters), where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. On arrival in Punakha check into the hotel.
After lunch drive for about 12 km and from the road point take a walk across the rice fields and a river to reach the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, which is located on a beautiful hillock called Ngezergang.
The former capital of Bhutan, and visit Punakha Dzong, which is noteworthy both for being one of the most beautiful Dzongs in Bhutan and also for having been built by the first Shabdrung in 1637. You will stop at Metshina Village and take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to Chime Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple, where you may receive a special fertility blessing if you wish. If you wish to mediate or do Yoga in the hotel, there are hall in the hotel. If you wish to prefer outside, than you we will take you near temple/monastery. Overnight Hotel in Punakha.
Day 5: Punakha- Gangtey (Gangtay Monastery)
You will begin the day by driving to Gangtey en route visit the Wangdi Town and the nearby villages are famous for stone and slate carvings. You’ll pass through dense forests of oak trees and rhododendrons and arrive at Gangtey village. Explore the Phobjikha (Bhutan’s most beautiful valley) and also visit the Education center, which is being looked after by the Royal Society of Protection of Nature (RSPN). . Overnight hotel in Gangtay.
Day 06: Gangtay
After breakfast, you’ll visit Gangtey Gompa, the only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan.which is most spiritual temple, From Gangtey, and you can see the picturesque Black Mountain range as well as Phobjikha Valley, the winter habitat of the black-necked cranes. Mediation/Yoga program in the morning/evening. Overnight Hotel in Gangtey.
Day 7: Gangtey – Paro
After breakfast start driving to Paro, have lunch on way in Wangdue Phodrang over night in Paro.
Day 8: Depart Paro
Drive to the Airport for the departure.