In the footsteps of the Guru

Trip Facts

In the footsteps of the Guru
Length : 14 Days - 13 Nights
Start : Paro
Finish : Paro
Trip Style : Cultural Tour
Discounts : Applicable on this trip
Group Size : Maximum 12, Avg 5
Group Leader : Certified Tour Leader from The DBT.
Transport : New Model Toyota Hiace /Coaster bus/Land Cruiser not more than 3 years old.
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Can it be Tailored? : Yes

Trip Overview

Guru Rinpoche or Guru Padma Sambhava, the second Buddha, does not need any introduction in Buddhism. He is the profound 8th century saint, believed to be born out of lotus flower somewhere in modern day Pakistan (known in scripture as Oddiyana or the country of Orgen) to spread the teachings of the Buddha in the Himalayas. He is the Master and the Great Guru who brought and popularised Buddhism in the Himalayan region. He visited Bhutan and strengthened the belief and allegiance of the people of Bhutan in Buddhism that today Guru Rinpoche resides in every household and continues to be part of the Bhutanese everyday life.

This holiday package is a way of paying tribute to this great master who continues to bless this land of Gross National Happiness and its inhabitants with his immeasurable compassion and wisdom. This trip is mainly undertaken by our Asian markets-Taiwan in particular, but not necessarily restricted to them alone. The trip is a fine combination of a spiritual soul-searching with cultural experience and trekking activity.

For instance, the Nabji-Korphu Trek is not only the path taken by Guru on his way to Bumthang during his first visit, but also a pilot community-based nature trek initiated for a rich eco-tourism experience. You will leave Bhutan with a true sense of feeling blessed.

Outline Iteinerary

Day 1: Arrive at the Paro airport.

  • Visit the oldest 7th century Kyichu monastery and drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. Explore the town in the evening.

Day 2: Drive to Trongsa and prepare for the Nabji-Korphu community-based trek.

Day 3: Trongsa

  • Visit the ‘Tower of Trongsa’ museum after breakfast and drive to Reutala and trek to Nimshong. Enjoy the community services including a cultural show by the villagers.

Day 4: Trongsa

  • Trek to Nabji village, and visit the Nabji temple for the first glimpses of Guru Padma Sambhava’s legacy. Nabji - which means “promise” got its name after Guru Padma Sambhava mediated a covenant, establishing peace between King Sendha Gyep of Bumthang and King Naoche in the 8th century by imprinting their fingerprints on a stone pillar around which the village temple is built.

Day 5: Trongsa

  • Continue trekking to Kudra. The trail is a beautiful stretch and you will come across dense forest, big trees and creepers, orchids and stunted bamboos. Along the way, you’ll find traces of Guru Padma Sambhava’s visit and stories and legends about the saint. Kudra is situated in the middle of the forest, around 6-hour walk from Nabji. You will stay in the campsite run by the communities.

Day 6: Trongsa

  • The hike continues from Kudra to Jangbi village. Again traces of Guru Padma Sambhava can be found along the way (stone imprints of his feet, dagger and hat). For the night, we will camp at a beautiful site overlooking the valley and the river.

Day 7: Bumthang

  • Your trek terminates at Tong Tongphey. Continue driving to Bumthang. Experience a herbal hot-stone bath and enjoy a culinary treat in the evening as this place is known for some of our popular local recipes.

Day 8: Bumthang

  • Sightseeing including visits to some of the most popular temples in the country like Jambay Lhakhang, Kurje Lhakhang and Tamzhing Lhakhang. Also explore Bumthang town and visit local farms and interact with local people. Prominent imprints of Guru Padma Sambhava in Kurje Lhakhang that houses the biggest statue of the Guru is one of the highlights.

Day 9: Punakha

  • Drive to Punakha and explore the town in the evening.

Day 10: Punakha

  • Visit the most beautiful Dzong (fortress) of Bhutan, the Punakha Dzong, the temple of the Divine Madman, Chhimi Lhakhang and continue to Thimphu.

Day 11: Thimphu

  • Whole day sightseeing in Thimphu visiting popular tourist attractions including the Giant Buddha Dordenma statue at 169 ft tall.

Day 12: Paro

  • Return to Paro and indulge yourself into a reflective session by participating in a meditation class, or alternatively we can organise a talk on Buddhism by one of our local Lamas.

Day 13: Paro

  • The best example Guru Padma Sambhava’s greatness will be witnessed today. Hike up to Taktshang monastery, popularly known as the Tiger’s Nest. Legend has it that Guru Padma Sambhava came flying on a Tigress to subdue a notorious evil spirit who resided in the cliffs where the temple now stands. Visit the National Museum in the afternoon. We will showcase our rich culture and traditions through a cultural show- a value-added activity provided by Destination Bhutan inclusive of the package price.

Day 14: Depart from Paro feeling blessed.

Date and Departure Information

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Price Details

The Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB), Tourism Business regulating agency of the Royal Government of Bhutan, fixes the Tourist Tariff rate. This rate is valid for all the inclusive tour packages. The tariffs for tourists visiting in a group of 3 persons or more are as follows:

Peak Season Rate: (March, April, May, September, October and November) Cultural Tour /Trekking – US$ 250/per person per night halt.

Low Season Rate:(January, February, June, July, August and December) Cultural Tour /Trekking- US$ 200/per person per night halt.

Price Inclusions

  • Bhutan Royalty ($65 per person per day).
  • Visa Fees ($40 per person).
  • All necessary permit fees.
  • All transfers and sightseeing with entrance fees.
  • All meals including evening tea.
  • All accommodation in our partner hotels, which are some of the best in the country on twin sharing basis.
  • All trekking equipments and logistics including cooks, camp personnel, horsemen and ponies.
  • English-speaking tour leader, guide and driver.
  • Trekking Insurance (Our value-added service).
  • Cultural Performance (our value-added service).

Price Exclusion

  • Airfare for flights into and out of Bhutan.
  • All personal expenses like laundry, telephone, tips, shopping expenses.
  • Meals and Beverages other than the ones mentioned above (see inclusions).
  • Spa Charges.
  • Travel and Medical insurance.

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