Spiritual Bhutan Tour

  • Day 01: Transfer To Thimphu, Blessings At Changangkha Lhakhang And Sightseeing.
  • Day 02: Early Morning Yoga, Hike, Basic Meditation, Audience With The Rimpochhe & Astrology.
  • Day 03: Cleansing Ritual, Transfer To Punakha & Prayer Flag Hoisting.
  • Day 04: Phobjikha Valley Excursion & Serving Lunch To The Monks At Gangtey Monsatery.
  • Day 05: Transfer To Paro With Sightseeing.
  • Day 06: Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) Hike, Buddhist Teachings & Cultural Program.
  • Day 07: Depart

Day 1: ARRIVAL AT PARO, TRANSFER TO THIMPHU (Elevation – 2320 m)

Upon your arrival, a representative of 2Bhutan Travels who is your tour guide will receive and welcome you to the majestic Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. The guide will accompany you during your entire stay in Bhutan.
Your vehicle waiting at the airport will drive you to the capital city Thimphu while you enjoy the scenic beauty of mountains and rivers along the way.
Your tour guide will escort you to the hotel in Thimphu. After settling yourselves and refreshing you can visit the following if you do not wish to take rest the hotel room.

It is a 12th century temple sitting on top of a hill overlooking Thimphu valley with the main statue of Chenrizig (The Buddha of Compassion). The monk will offer you a little amount of holy water from the shrine to drink and get blessed.

The Kuensel Phodrang or the Buddha Point is the world’s largest sitting Buddha statue which is 167 feet high. The magnificent Buddha statue is situated on top of a hill overlooking Thimphu valley. The statue is constructed out of bronze and is studded with many semi-precious stones. A 15 minutes’ steep winding drive to the statue offers an unparalleled view of the Thimphu city especially after dark.

The Tashichhoe Dzong has been seat of the Royal Government of Bhutan since 1952 and houses the Throne room of the His Majesty the King. The Tashichhoe Dzong also houses several government ministries and the Central Monk Body. The monument welcomes visitors during the Thimphu Tsechu festival which is held in autumn each year.

Day 2: THIMPHU SIGHTSEEING (Elevation- 2320m)

Early morning at 6:30am, your tour guide will pick u from your hotel and accompany you to the Nehru Wangchuck Centre to attend a Yoga session that is taught by an Indian teacher appointed by the Indian Embassy. The Yoga will rejuvenate your mind and relax your body in the refreshing cool morning breeze of the Himalayas.
After breakfast at your hotel, the tour guide will escort you to visit the monasteries and other heritage sites in and around Thimphu. Packed lunch will be arranged and served to the guest during your hike later in the day.

Your vehicle will take you to the small narrow valley towards the north of Thimphu where Tango and Chari Monasteries are located. After a drive of about 30 minutes the hike to the monastery can take upto 2 hours. This part of Thimphu is sacred and commercial activities are not allowed here

On your way back to Thimphu, the guest can have an audience and pay respect to the Rimpochhe in Dechencholing if he is available. It will be a wonderful opportunity for the guests to talk to Rimpochhe about their doubts and get some directions and blessings from him.

Pangrizampa Buddhist College for Astrological Studies functions as the college of astrological studies for Buddhist masters and monks. It is an imposing structure in its part of the valley with an even more imposing cypress tree right beside it. We can request and arrange for the master to read your astrology or make your birth chart if you wish to, provided the master is available at the time.

TThe tour of this almost living museum will also give you a glimpse onto how many rural folk of the country live today following the ancient Bhutanese ways.

Day 3: THIMPHU – PUNAKHA (Elevation – 1300 m)

Early morning around 6am, your guide will greet you at you hotel and drive you to Zilukha Nunnery for a small cleansing ritual which will be to clear the obstacles in your and your loved ones’ life. It will be approximately an hour long prayer ceremony performed by the nuns residing in the monastery. The temple itself is dedicated to Thangthong Gyalpo, the Iron Bridge builder, and his statue is the main figure inside.
JOURNEY FROM THIMPHU TO PUNAKHA After your breakfast back at the hotel, you will embark on a journey through the winding mountain road towards Punakha which is a small town located about 80 kilometres from Thimphu. The drive time is approximately three and half hours. (*NOTE: The road between Thimphu to Phunakha is under maintenance, so rough drive is expected.)

Dochu La Pass is located at about 30 kms away from Thimphu at an altitude of 3100 meters. On a clear sunny day the pass offers stunning views of the majestic Himalayan mountain range. Striking feature at the pass is the 108 Druk Wangyal Khangzang Chortens (stupa) that were built for the well-being of all sentiment beings on earth. The 108 Chortens were built as a tribute to the Kings of Bhutan for their selfless service and leadership they offer to the people of Bhutan.

Driving for another 1.5 hours will bring you to Lobesa village where Chimi Lhakhang is located. The temple is accessible only by walk through the vast farmland which take 30 minutes. This temple is dedicated to Lam Drukpa Kuenley (Divine Mad Man) and is the place from where Phalluses originated as the symbol of fertility and protection. Childless couples visit the temple to get blessings so that they conceive and are blessed with child.

Punakha Dzong located at the confluence of the Mo Chhu River and the Po Chhu was built in 1638. It was the capital of Bhutan till 1955. It houses the most sacred relics of the Drukpa Kagyu School of Buddhism and mortal remains of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and Terton Pema Lingpa. The Dzong is still the winter residence of the Je Khenpo (chief abbot) and the central monastic body and hosts the annual Punakha Tshechu Festival.


After breakfast at the hotel, a drive of 3 hours will bring you to the serene valley of Phobjikha, the valley of the Black Necked Cranes. This is believed to be a glacial valley and is the winter nesting grounds for the endangered Black Necked Cranes. These cranes are migratory birds and start arriving by end of October and leave for the Tibetan plateau by February every year.
A visit to the Crane Information Center will give you the all the information regarding the Blacked Necked Cranes and importance of these birds in the lives of the people in local community.

At Phobjikha you will visit the beautiful 17th Century Gangtey Monastery. It is the largest privately funded Nyingma Monastery in the country and was recently renovated in 2007. As offerings from your side, a simple lunch will be arranged for the monks residing in the Monastery on your behalf if you wish to. The guests can help serve the monks and join in the meal yourself whilst enjoying the company of the young and old monks together.

Drukgyal Dzong was a fortress and Buddhist monastery, now in ruins, located in the upper part of the Paro District, Bhutan. The dzong was built by Tenzin Drukdra in 1649 at the behest of Ngawang Namgyal, Zhabdrung Rinpoche, to commemorate victory over an invasion from Tibet.

An hour long gentle walk through the Nature Trail will take you around the valley from where you can get spectacular views of the valley below.
Overnight in Punakha at a hotel.
(NOTE: Some portions of the road between Punakha and Phobjikha is under renovation process and rough drive is expected)

Day 5: PUNAKHA- PARO WITH SIGHTSEEING (Elevation- 2280 m)

After an early breakfast, visit KHAMSUM YUELLEY NAMGYAL CHORTEN, a temple that stands majestically on a strategic ridge above Punakha valley. It takes about 1 hour to hike up and half an hour to hike down the temple. The temple was built by the Queen Mothers to ward off negative energies, promote peace, stability and harmony in a changing world after it was prophesied in the scriptures by Thragthung Dudjom Lingpa

On the way to Paro, if the time permits your guide will take you to Tamchog Lhakhang which is temple dedicated to the 13th century saint Thangthong Gyalpo, the iron bridge builder. To get to the temple one must cross an iron chain bridge, one of the few remaining of the many that Thangthong Gyalpo built. Crossing this very old bridge with its swaying and undulating movements can be quite an experience. Upon arrival at Paro, your guide will escort you to your hotel room where you can settle down and refresh before visitng the following places

Rinpung Dzong means 'Fortress of a heap of jewels' and was built in the mid-17th century to protect and to gain control over the region. You will notice an inward sloping wall which is a part of the Bhutanese architecture, which also helps in creating an illusion of making the dzong look bigger than it actually is.

Ta Dzong is the National Museum of Bhutan and has a collection of old thangka paintings, stamps, tools of the medieval era and also an assortment of Bhutan's animals stuffed and displayed.
PARO TOWN: The guest can take a walk across the Paro town.
Overnight in Paro at a hotel.

Day 6: PARO HIKE & SIGHTSEEING (Elevation- 2280 m)

The guest will be served an early breakfast and then driven up to the base of Taktsang Monastery. The monastery stands on a steep rock face accessible only by walk. This is the most famous and sacred site among all the places in Bhutan. Guru Padmasambhava is said to have come riding on a flying tigress to this place and meditated in a cave for 3 months. The present structure is said to be built in the 15th century but was destroyed by fire in 1998 and has been restored.
The walk is about 2 hours till the top through wide pathways which was built during the restoration works. One hour into the climb there is a tea point from where you get a very good view of the monastery. They also serve lunch here. From there it’s about another 45 minutes climb to the 2nd view point and the highest point in the hike.

While returning to Paro, the guests can visit the Kyichu Lhakhang, considered the oldest temple along with Jampa and Kenchosum Lhakhang in Bumthang. It dates back to the 7th century and was later renovated in the 19th century. It is also considered by many to be one of the holiest places in the country. Inside the compound is an orange tree which always has oranges throughout the whole year.
HIMALAYAN SPA TREATMENT (OPTIONAL, ADVANCE BOOKING HAS TO BE DONE, ADDITIONAL CHARGES APPLY) Upon arrival at Paro, the guest can relax and rejuvenate your aching body after the hike with the essence of Himalayan spa. The herbs used in spa treatment possess a lot of healing benefits which is good for bones, muscles and skin.

Later in the evening, the guest can attend an hour long Buddhist teaching presided by a Khenpo (Learned Teacher) at your hotel. He will talk about the teachings of Buddha and the path to enlightenment. After his talks, the guest can have a short discussion with him to clarify any doubts that you may have.

A cultural program which will showcase the religious mask dances and traditional folk dances will entertain you during your dinner at the hotel.
Overnight in Paro at a hotel.

Ta Dzong is the National Museum of Bhutan and has a collection of old thangka paintings, stamps, tools of the medieval era and also an assortment of Bhutan's animals stuffed and displayed.
PARO TOWN: The guest can take a walk across the Paro town.
Overnight in Paro at a hotel.


Your vehicle and guide will pick you from the hotel and transfer you to the airport for your return flight.

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