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Bhutan: The kingdom of the Thundering  Dragon

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Meditation and festival tour

A great opportunity to meditate with one of the renowned Rimpochhe, known by the name Gangtey Trulku (he is one of the body reincarnation of the disciple of Guru Rimpochhe) and to see the Punakha Tshechu Festival

The main feature of Punakha Tshechu Festival Tour is to experience the spectacular Punakha Tshechu ‘festival’ celebrated at the grounds of the towering Punakha Dzong. It’s said that Guru Rimpoche, a saint, brought Buddhism to Bhutan and the tshechu ‘festival’ is to honor Guru Rimpoche. The festival consists of typical masked dances which are very colorful and interesting with the events and enactments being different each day. Locals gather in spirit of festivity, celebration and with deep faith to witness the festival.
Tshechu Festival is celebrated all over the country in every dzongkhag of Bhutan on the tenth day of a month of the Lunar Tibetan Calendar. Tshechu is one of the biggest festivals of Bhutan and is celebrated and enjoyed by abundant number of participants and audiences. Tshechus are religious festivals of the Drukpa Lineage of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism.

 

Day 01.Febrary 15th. Paro to Thimphu -1 hour drive,Elevation 2280m. 

Arrivail at Paro airport and tranfer to Thimphu. Along the way you will admire the beatiful scenario of the Paro Valley. In the afternoon spare time to visit local markets.

Stay in 4 star hotel. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 02.Febrary 16th. Thimphu - Punakha -  2-3 hours drive,Elevation 1050m.

Today you will be driving to a warmer valley, which used to be our former capital until the year 1962.The drive roughly takes about 3 hours but on the way to it, you can take a break for the view of Eastern Himalayan ranges on the pass Dochula and for a warm cup of tea. After your lunch you can hike through the lovely village to the temple of fertility, where once divine madman wondered freely and left the unbelievable bedtime stories.

Stay in 4 star hotel. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 03.Febrary 17thPunakha to Phobjikha.3hours drive,Elevation 2900m.

Introduction to deep meditation

The drive from Punkha to Phobjikha takes about 3 hour.

Every morning we will leave towards the monastery at 8.00 am, to practice meditation with the Rimpochhe.

Today we will start with basic introduction of yourself with the Rimpoche. And towards the end of the session you can ask questions to clear your doubts.

Lunch in the Monastery. Stay in 4 star hotel. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 04.Febrary 18thPhobjikha sightseeing. Elevation 2900m.

Meditation on wishing love, refuge practice and path of bodhichitta

As usual we will leave in the morning to the monastery and practice meditation after the preaching session is over. Later this afternoon we will visit the hermitage, where you can see monks and nuns meditating for 3 years in solitary.

Lunch in the monastery organized by the monks. Stay in 4 star hotel. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 05. Febrary 19th. Phobjikha sightseeing. Elevation 2900m.

Meditation on the concept of precious human life, death and impermanence, love and compassion and actionsand their effects

After a good breakfast again we will leave to the monastery and receive blessing from one of the renowned Rimpochhe, known by the name Gangtey Trulku(he is one of the body reincarnation of the disciple of Guru Rimpochhe).After a hearty meal ,we can hike downhill through pine forest to the nunnery in a place called Kilkhorthang, where you can interact with them for couple of hours.

Dinner at the nunnery. Stay in 4 star hotel.  Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 06. Febrary 20th. Phobjikha sightseeing. Elevation 2900m.

Meditation practice in a real hermitage

As it will be your last day to receive teaching from the Rimpochhe and practice meditation, so therefore today with the help from the monastery, you all can meditate in a real hermitage just above the monastery for not more than 2 hours. And towards the evening you all can soak yourself in a rewarding hotstone bath along with dinner in a local farmhouse.

Dinner in a Farmhouse. Stay in 4 star hotel. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 07. Febrary 21stPhobjikha to Gasa.7 hours’ drive, Elevation 2880m.

The drive today will be the longest and windiest but the most rewarding with the view of meandering river among the thickest jungle, which is now converted into one of our national park, called Jigme Dorji Wangchuk national park, named after the father of our modern Bhutan His Majesty the third.

After a hearty picnic lunch organized by your guide, you have option to hike down to the natural hot spring (Gasa Tsachhu),where you can soak into, all night long.

Camp/Guesthouse. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 08. Febrary 22. Gasa to Punakha.7 hours’ drive, Elevation 1050m.

You are going to retrace the same road for about 3 hours. And after your lunch you can visit one of the exemplary architectural structure in Bhutan known as Punakha Dzong (fortress), built in 1636 under the command of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel (The saint who unified Bhutan in 1616 A.D), to witness one of the majestic festival called Tsechu, where you will get to witness some of the unique mask dance to commemorate the victory over evil is replicated. This is also a perfect time for local people to come in their best outfits and socialize themselves with friends, relatives and family. Towards the evening head towards the stall where you will get to see people merry making with all sorts of local sports.

Stay in a 4 star hotel. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Punakha Tshechu Festival

The main feature of Punakha Tshechu Festival Tour is to experience the spectacular Punakha Tshechu ‘festival’ celebrated at the grounds of the towering Punakha Dzong. It’s said that Guru Rimpoche, a saint, brought Buddhism to Bhutan and the tshechu ‘festival’ is to honor Guru Rimpoche. The festival consists of typical masked dances which are very colorful and interesting with the events and enactments being different each day. Locals gather in spirit of festivity, celebration and with deep faith to witness the festival.
Tshechu Festival is celebrated all over the country in every dzongkhag of Bhutan on the tenth day of a month of the Lunar Tibetan Calendar. Tshechu is one of the biggest festivals of Bhutan and is celebrated and enjoyed by abundant number of participants and audiences. Tshechus are religious festivals of the Drukpa Lineage of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism.

Day 09. February 23. Punakha to Paro.

Start leisurely after your breakfast as you will be driving back to Paro on the same road. You can always discuss with your local guide, what interests you the most and customize accordingly. Towards the evening you have option to visit Dungtse Lhakhang built in early 15th century and the oldest temple in Bhutan called Kyichu Lhakhang, which was built in 7th century to pin down the ogress terrorizing the Himalayan region.

Stay in a 4 star hotel. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 10. February 24thParo sightseeing.

The hike today will be the highlight of your trip as it is built magnificently on the face of the sheer cliff, nothing can compare to the breathtaking sight of this temple. You will be hiking gradually through blue pine forest on a worn out path for about 5 hours in total. And the cafeteria on the way up marks half way through to the Monastery, where you can take a break for quick glimpse or for tea/coffee arranged for you by us.

Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest).

It's considered to be the most venerated pilgrim sites in Bhutan. It is the place where Guru Padmasambhava flew to Bhutan for second time from Tibet riding on the back of the Tigress in 8th century.He meditated there for 3 months and therefore was able to subdue all the malevolent spirits and thus was able to flourish tantric Buddhism for the first time in the history of western Bhutan. But the actual temple was only built in 17th century by the second Druk Desi Gyalse Tenzin Rabgye.

Stay in a 4 star hotel. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 11. February 25th

As it is your last day, our representative will see you off and bid you farewell and Tashi Delek for your journey onwards.

Meals included: Breakfast.

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Selene Calloni WIlliams
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