Bhutan has many activities available for those visitors seeking a place of solace, rest and recuperation. Whether it’s a session of peaceful, contemplative meditation, a relaxing soak in a mineral hot spring bath or the all natural remedies of our traditional medicine Bhutan has just what you need to revive and rejuvenate your body and […]Book Now Ask a Question
Bhutan has many activities available for those visitors seeking a place of solace, rest and recuperation. Whether it’s a session of peaceful, contemplative meditation, a relaxing soak in a mineral hot spring bath or the all natural remedies of our traditional medicine Bhutan has just what you need to revive and rejuvenate your body and spirit.
Our many meditation and mediation retreats will provide you with places of respite from the cares and stress of everyday life. Many tourists from Thailand and other Buddhist countries come to Bhutan specifically for meditation and retreat tours. Additionally most hotels also provide yoga sessions, retreats and meditation facilities within the hotel premises.
The traditional medicine of Bhutan is known as Sowa Rigpa and dates back to the 17thcentury when it first spilt from it Tibetan origins. Bhutan’s natural environment, with its exceptionally rich flora has enabled the development of an unparalleled pharmacopoeia. Indigenous medicine units have been established in all 20 Dzongkhags (districts) and can provide tourists with traditional remedies for any ailments they may have.
Hot springs or Tshachus as they are locally known can be found all over the Kingdom and their medicinal properties are known to cure various ailments ranging from arthritis to body aches and even sinuses.
As one of the last strongholds of Vajrayana Buddhism, meditation and mediation retreats are a common practice amongst Monks and Buddhist practitioners in Bhutan. Small retreat centers and hermitages are located all over the country, usually next to temples, monasteries and monastic schools.
These retreats and meditation centers provide places of respite from the cares and stress of everyday life. Devout Buddhists often venture into the mountains for months at a time to meditate. The retreats provide practitioners with the opportunity to draw upon their inner self and meditate upon the purpose of life.
Many tourists come to Bhutan for meditation and retreat tours. Some itineraries include serious meditation programs that last for days while others offer solitary retreats for few hours in the high hills and temples where the serenity and beauty of nature can be appreciated.
Lonely Bhutan Tour and Treks can include meditation programs in your itinerary if you are interested in trying this Bhutanese way of retreat. Additionally most hotels also provide yoga sessions, retreats and meditation facilities within the hotel premises.
Day 1: Arrive Paro:
The flight into Paro brings you over breathtaking views of the Himalayan Mountains. On the clear days you will be able to see Mt Everest (8849 meters) and other Himalayan mountains among which are the world’s unclimbed peaks of Bhutan. Landing into Paro airport is simply beautiful and life time experience. You will be greeted by your tour guide and driver from Lonely Bhutan tours. You will proceed to Druk choden Lhakang a 14th century monastery for ‘Lhab Sang thruesel’ a purification ceremony by monks.
If you have arrived Paro early you will have time for some wonderful sightseeing in Paro. Drive to Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought off Tibetan invaders centuries ago. Catch a magnificient view of Mt Chomolhari from the dzong. On our way back, we see the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built across the Himalayas by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo, to nail down a demon that was impeding the spread of Buddhism.
After lunch visit Ta Dzong, originally built as a watchtower, which now houses Bhutan’s National Museum. The extensive collection includes antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons & armor, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.
Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong (“fortress of the heap of jewels”), which has a long and fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore, such as the legend of the four friends, the six symbols of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from the life of great Buddhist saint Milarepa, and more other Mandalas on the walls.
Day 2: conduct a tea session for monks at Chubjokha Monastic school:
Chubjokha monastic school is about 20 minutes drive from Paro town and has beautiful view overlooking paro valley. The monastery was founded by a master known as Lam Rinchen whose coming to the place was foretold in the distant past. The land where the monastery stands now was donated to the master by a devoted couple. Lam Rinchen built the monastery in bits with contribution offered to him by his devotes. The Master passed away about 10 years ago and his son Khenpo Jamyang continues the legacy. The monastery has 30 monks.
It is a practice in our tradition that we conduct tea session to the monks. Our simple believe is that we gain merit out of such act. Therefore, today with our absolute pure mind we offer this tea session to the monks.
In the afternoon we drive to Thimphu. On the way we will walk on a 14th century bridge built by a enlightened master known as Thangthong Gyalpo who also built the monastery standing little above the bridge.
Once in Thimphu after checking in the hotel, you will attain a talk on Buddhist fundamentals by a renowned Buddhist Master in Bhutan.
Day 3: Day Excursion to Tango and Cheri Monastery
Tango monastery holds the highest level of Buddhist studies in Bhutan. All the monks in this monastery have reached highest level of Buddhist studies and are capable enough to enter into the prolonged three years of meditation practice. Once the monks graduate from this institute has the option to go further into more spiritual practice or even take up responsibilities of serving the central monastic body of Bhutan and become a monthly salary benefactor. The graduates who are deep into serious spiritual practice can continue their journey to Cheri Goenpa for deeper and profound studies and meditation.
The reincarnation of 17th century Buddhist Master known as Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay lives here and continues the legacy of spiritual journey. We can arrange an appointment to met the master.
After picnic lunch in Dodena we can continue our journey to Cheri Monastery the first monastic school instituted in Bhutan in 1627 by Shabdrung. If you wish we can arrange a night halt at the monastery for meditation and prayer.
Day 4: Thimphu to Punakha:
This morning you will drive over Dochu-la pass (3,088m/10,130ft) to Punakha. If the weather is clear you will see series of snow covered
Himalayan ranges from the pass. You also have the overwhelming sight of 108 chortens (Buddhist monuments) and several colorful prayer flags adorning the pass. As you descend down the pass to Punakha you will see the change in vegetation from conifer to subtropical forest in which the beautiful botanical park at Lamperi is located.
In Punakha you will visit the most beautiful Dzong known as the palace of great happiness. In the evening you will take a short hike to fertility temple of Devine mad man whom you will like more and as the outrageous acts of him gets unfolds to you by your guide..
Day 5: Punakha to Trongsa via Gangtey valley:
Today as you leave wangdi and cross Pelela pass(3,300meter), you will enter central Bhutan, the belt of black mountain ranges. Trongsa was a powerful province in the past, that of Trongsa penlop. Trongsa Penlop was the last regent who eventually became the first king in 17th December 1907. Therefore even today the king to be of Bhutan has to become the Trongsa Penlop.
Today you will also divert to Phobjekha valley, the beautiful valley for black necked crane.
Day 6: Trongsa to Bumthang:
In the morning you will visit the largest Dzong of Bhutan, the Trongsa Dzong. The first two kings ruled Bhutan from Trongsa though Punakha was the capital. The strategic point of the Dzong gave advantage to rule both east and western Bhutan. After visiting the Dzong you will continue to Bumthang over youtong la(3,400meter).
Bumthang the cultural heart land of the country is indeed a sacred place. Moment you enter Bumthang valley you can feel the difference, the way the land itself looks and the presence of many age old sacred monasteries and temples dotting the valley. It was here in Bumthang the great tantric master popularly known as Guru Rinpoche visited in 8th century. It is said having been in Bumthang itself is enough to cause good karma in your life. Therefore, be privileged to have set foot on this blessed land.
Day 7: Whole day Bumthang Sightseeing:
You will begin the day with your visit to Jambay Lhakang a 7th century Buddhist monuments. If you are capable you can still feel the strong energy bestowed by sublime vidisatavas from pure land. Next you will proceed to visit a private temple at Chakhar where actually a ruler known as Chakar Gyalpo’s palace was located. From here you will learn why Guru Rinpoche came to Bumthang and how did the Kurje Lhakang was founded. After visiting Kurje Lhakang and the holy water created by Guru you will take a 20 minutes hike crossing Chamkhar chu on a suspension bridge to Tamshing Monastery a 15th century monuments.
After lunch you will drive another 20 minutes on the high way to eastern Bhutan and visit burning lake founded by treasure reveler Pema lingpa.
You can spend your evening in Bumtang town meeting people and doing souvenir shopping.
Day 8: Bumthang to Wangdi:
Today as you drive back to wangdi you will recapitulate the beautiful scenery and farm land settlements along the mountain sides. Indeed the drive despite longer distance is actually a beautiful drive. You will visit chendebjee chorten on the way.
Day 9: Wangdi to Paro:
Start early so that you can do some sightseeing in Thimphu before you go to Paro. Once in Thimphu you will visit Memorial Chorten, 69 foot tall Buddha statue, Changangkha Monastery, textile academy, folk heritage museum etc.
In the evening drive to paro and spend your time leisurely in the town.
Day 10: Hike to Tiger Nest:
Today you will have the most extraordinary day in your life. Tiger nest monastery is one of the most sacred for all Himalayan Buddhist countries. It is also the main icon of Bhutan for the outside world and you wouldn’t believe as you take the picture with your own hand. ‘Every step you take is worth’ is the expression made by all the people who make to Tiger Nest. For many spiritual people, it is a mind’s journey. So come and take part to experience the worth. After hearing some true legendary stories from Tiger Nest and also having felt the presence of strong energy you will be a different person as you walk back.
Day 11: Departure
Your guide and driver will drive you to airport for your departure.