Bumthang Meditation Tour

Trip Facts

Bumthang Meditation Tour
Length :
Start : Paro
Finish : Paro
Trip Style : Trekking 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

Outline Iteinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Paro
  • The beautiful valley of Paro perhaps presents the best introduction to Bhutan. As you fly into the valley, you will see the towering mountains surrounding the valley as if they were within arm’s length. Except for the small town, Paro valley is large dominated by paddy fields which offer a spectacular view at any time of the year.
  • On arrival, visit National Museum of Bhutan housed in the medieval watch tower or Tadzong. The circular building on the ridge overlooking Rinpung Dzong and part of Paro valley is a piece of Bhutanese heritage.
  • After lunch, visit Rinpung Dzong, the civil and religious administrative centre of the Paro District. Rinpung Dzong is a historically important monument in the country. It was first built by Hungral Drung Drung, a descendant of Phajo Drugom Zhigpo. Later in the 1640s, the descendants of Hungral Drung Drung offered the dzong to Zhabdrung Rinpoche who demolished the old dzong and built a new one on the same spot in 1646.
Day 2: Halt in Thimphu
  • Visit Memorial Choeten in the heart of the city. The choeten was built in memory of the third King of Bhutan, who is fondly remembered as the Father of Modern Bhutan.
  • Visit Drupthop Lhakhang one of the few nunneries in Bhutan.
  • Drive to Sangay Gang to enjoy an expansive view of the Thimphu city and also visit Folk Heritage Museum
  • Visit the Painting School where traditional Bhutanese arts and crafts are taught and learned. Then visit Handicrafts Emporium and gift shops
Day 3: Thimphu to Bumthang
  • A long drive crossing two mountain passes, Dochula Pass at 3,150 m between Thimphu and Wangdue and Yotongla Pass at 3,400 m between Trongsa and Bumthang
  • Lunch at Chendebji restaurant. After lunch, we resume our journey to Bumthang crossing Yotongla
Day 4: Bumthang to Kunzang Drak
  • Drive towards Kunzang Drak. From the road point, about one hour’s walk takes us to the temple. The temple of Kunzang Drak is one of the most sacred in the country. It was built by the great native treasure discoverer Pema Lingpa in 1488. The temple contains his sacred relics. His footprint can be seen on a gilded stone.
  • After lunch, start meditation at the sacred temple.
Day 5 : Kunzang Drak to Bumthang
  • Meditate until 12 pm and return to Bumthang
  • On the way, visit Mebartsho (Burning Lake), the sacred lake associated with great treasure discoverer Pema Lingpa. Terton Pema Lingpa is said to have dived into the lake with a butter lamp in hand. After a while, he emerged from the lake carrying treasures with the lamp still burning bright. Thereafter, the lake came to be known as Mebartsho.
  • After lunch, visit Jampa Lhakhang, Kurjey Lhakhang and Tamshing Lhakhang. Jampa Lhakhang is believed to have been built by Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo along with Kyichu Lhakhang in Paro. Kurjey Lhakhang is closely associated with Guru Rinpoche. It is here he left his body print after subduing the malevolent local spirit, Shelging Karpo, who was harming the local king. A huge cypress tree near the temple is believed to have grown from the walking staff of Guru Rinpoche. Tamshing Lhakhang was the seat of great treasure discoverer Pema Lingpa. He built the temple in 1505. We can see at the temple the iron chain jacket made by Pema Lingpa.
Day 6: Bumthang to Punakha
  • Drive to Punakha (about seven hours)
  • On the way, visit the Trongsa Dzong, the seat of Trongsa Penlop, the governor of the east, before the institution of monarchy. It is one of the most impressive dzongs in Bhutan. The crown prince of Bhutan symbolically assumes the role of Trongsa Penlop before becoming the king.
  • Look at the ruins of Wangdue Dzong which was lost to fire in 2012. Wangdue Dzong was built in 1638 by the founder of Bhutanese state, Zhabdrung Rinpoche. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Punakha.
Day 7: Sight-seeing in Punakha and Wangdue
  • Hike to Khamsum Yuley Namgyal Choeten, which takes 45 minutes of uphill climb from the road point.
  • Visit the grand Punakha Dzong. Punakha Dzong was built by Zhabdrung Rinpoche in 1637 between Phochhu (Male River) and Mochhu (Female River). The dzong is the old capital of Bhutan.
  • Visit Chimi Lhakhang, built by Tibetan lama Ngawang Chogyal (1465-1540) on the spot where his cousin Lama Drukpa Kunley subdued a demoness fleeing in the form of a dog. Known as the temple of fertility, the place is a pilgrimage site for childless couples. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Wangdue.
Day 8: Wangdue to Paro
  • Drive to Paro across Dochula Pass
  • Lunch at Dochula Cafeteria.
  • Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Paro.
Day 9: Halt in Paro
  • After early breakfast, hike to the view point of Taktshang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery. The trail winds through pine forests. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche had flown to the place riding a tigress. Taktshang is among the most sacred places in the entire Himalayan Buddhist world.
  • After lunch, visit National Museum of Bhutan and Kyichu Lhakhang. National Museum of Bhutan is housed in the medieval watch tower or Tadzong. The circular building on the ridge overlooking Rinpung Dzong and part of Paro valley is a piece of Bhutanese heritage. The 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang is one of the two in Bhutan built by Tibetan dharma king Songtsen Gampo as part of his grand project of constructing 108 temples to suppress a supine demoness. Jampa Lhakhang in Bumthang is believed to have been built on the demoness’s left knee and Kyichu on its left foot. The temple is small but very historic.
  • Spend the evening strolling around Paro town
Day 10: Paro town to airport
  • Drive you to the airport to catch your flight.

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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