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Bhutan: The Thundering  Dragon kingdom

AVAILABLE DATES
  • 26
    DEC
    2018
  • 27
    DEC
    2018
  • 28
    DEC
    2018
  • 29
    DEC
    2018
  • 30
    DEC
    2018
  • 31
    DEC
    2018
  • 6
    JAN
    2019

I  have undertaken numerous, long journeys to Bhutan. It is one of the places in the world I love the most, the only country where Tantrism is considered the official state religion. 

Meeting Lamas (Vajrayana traditional monks) and Tulkus (reincarnated enlightened masters) has always taught me a lot.
Wanting to return to Bhutan after several years, I decided to draw on my experience, which told me that the best time to visit Bhutan is right in between December and January, when the weather is pleasant and there aren't too many tourists. In this period monks are available to meet us and monasteries are not crowded , we can fully enjoy  peace and the vastness of the landscape .
Bhutan is called "Snow Country" and should be explored in this period, if one wants to discover "Real Bhutan". 

During this trip, I will personally lead a workshop on the shamanic-tantric tradition of non-duality, shamanic eroticism, mystical and shamanic poetry.
Beyond that we will have the opportunity to meet Lamas and Tulkus. We will also meet a shaman tantric follower of  the "divine fool", a sixteenth century yogi and shaman know for his crazy methods.
Traveling with "voyage illumination" is always an adventure for our conscience!”

Selene Calloni Williams

  • Who should travel with us

    An adventure designed for those who want to find the space and peace to practise meditation and learn about spirituality in Bhutan, visiting its monasteries and temples. We will organize  meetings with Tulkus and Lamas. We've scheduled three days in Punakha for yoga and meditation in a forest-temple.

    An ideal trip for those who love culture and immersion into local customs. We will have time to take beautiful walks from village to village and meet the locals, sharing in their habits and traditions.

01.

Day 1 ARRIVAL to Paro. TRANSFER TO THE CAPITAL, Thimphu (2.300m.) 

On the flight to Paro we will enjoy great views of Everest, Kanchenjunga and the eastern Himalayas. Upon arrival transfer to Thimphu (1 hour). 

 Guided tour of the city of Thimphu. They will visit the temple of "Changgangkha" (XII sec.) Where parents come to find inspiration for a name well-wishing for their babies. Visit also the reserve of Takin, curious endemic animal of Bhutan, whose appearance resembles a cow from goat's muzzle. 

In the evening visit to Memorial Chorten, one of the most significant religious buildings in Thimpu. Built in 1974 to honor the 3rd King, jigme Dorji Wangchuk is considered by the local focus of their daily prayers. Every day, people from all walks of ritually pray around this stupa. 

Return to the charming hotel and dinner.  

Overnight in Thimphu.

02.

2nd Thimphu day. CRAFTS AND DZONG (Monasteries)

The day begins with a visit to the giant statue of Buddha in a panoramic position overlooking the city. Visit the Ethnographic Museum, which traditionally provides an insight into the daily lives of the Bhutanese people. At the Institute for Traditional Arts 13 (Zorig Chusum) students learn one of the 13 arts, including sculpture and painting Buddhist or embroidery on silk. 

For those interested in traditional herbal medicine can be a visit to 'Institute of Traditional Medicine with a organizato presentation specifically for the group by a specialist doctor (a "drungtsho"). 

Alternatively, the Museum of Fabrics can learn aspects of the complex Art of Weaving Silk Road, which is a fundamental part of Bhutanese culture. Finally visit to the majestic Thimphu Dzong (Trashichodzong), a building / fortress seat of government offices and the monastic body that includes a series of temples. 

Weather permitting during the day, walk around town with a possible visit to the office of the Post Office with the stamp collections where you can also create your own stamp! 

Dinner and overnight in Thimphu.

03.

Day 3 DEPARTURE to Punakha (1,200 meters): TEMPLES AND THE DIVINE NEUTRAL. (3 hours and ½). 

MEETING WITH TRULKU AND PLACE FOR EDUCATION IN MEDITATION AND YOGA

Drive to Punakha for a morning of guided tours in the valley. Stop at the step Dochula (3,000 m.) Before descending to an altitude of 1,200 m.

In the afternoon visit the Chimi Lhakhang (1,200m), which was built by Lama Drukpa Kunley, also known as "the Divine Fool", casting out demons with his "Lightning Magic." "

Lunch in a traditional house in the village center.

Continue to the temple of trulku hidden in the trees. Meeting with Lama. Meditation and seminar with Selene. In the evening return to the hotel for dinner and overnight in Punakha.

04.

Day 4 MORNING MEDITATION AND VISIT TO DZONG Punakha

Morning again with the trulku and seminar with Selene.

In the afternoon, after lunch, we will continue in the direction of Punakha Dzong, which was, until 1954 the old capital of Bhutan. The Punakha Dzong, built between 1637 and 1638, is the winter residence of the monks. The building of majestic proportions, is located at the confluence of the Pho and Mo Chhu Chhu. In 1907 the dzong in Punakha was the site of the coronation of the first king of Bhutan: Ugyen Wangchuck.

Hikes up to the stupa Khamsum Yulley Namgayal Punatsangchu with views of the river and the wonderful valley. Return to hotel and dinner. Overnight in Punakha.


05.

Day 5 MORNING MEDITATION AND EXCURSIONS IN THE VALLEY OF Punakha. OPTION RAFTING

Morning back to the temple and trulku seminar with Selene. 

The Punakha valley at 1,200 meters above sea level is a great place to do some hiking in the car and visit the villages, monasteries and small farms. 

Ability to do 2 hours of rafting on the river (to be booked in advance). Return to hotel and dinner. 

Overnight in Punakha.

06.

Day 6 TRANSFER TO THE VALLEY Phobjikha (2,800 meters, 4 hours)

Drive to Phobjikha (4 hours). Visit the Gangtey monastery and a "shedra" school for young monks. Ability to offer a lunch and eat with them. Possibility 'to take part in spiritual activities of Gangtey Goempa monks.

Following visit to the Center of the Royal Society Information for the Protection of Nature (RSPN), dedicated to the rare black-necked cranes. Possibility of excursions on foot into the valley where, during the winter, you can observe these birds in their habitat. 

Return to hotel and dinner. 

Overnight in Phobjikha.


07.

Day 7 A JOURNEY FROM Phobjikha PARO (7 hours)

Day dedicated to the transfer to Paro. During the trip we will stop to take pictures and a short walk. Lunch during the trip. 

Dinner in hotel. 

 

Overnight in Paro

08.

Day 8 CULTURAL VISITS A PARO: LO DZONG, THE MUSEUM OF PARO

Paro has managed to maintain almost intact its bucolic character: its valley is dotted with hamlets and isolated farms that are camouflaged in the landscape by the characteristic colors of the forest. 

The day 'dedicated to guided tours. We will cross the bridge on foot to all 'impressive door Rinpung Dzong, the main dzong of the city, where they were acclimatized many scenes in the movie The Little Buddha by Bernardo Bertolucci. Paro also Possibilitò of the museum and, on request, to meet an astrology expert blade. 

In the evening free time in the city. 

Dinner in hotel. 

Overnight in Paro.

09.

Day 9 Morning Tour TIGER IN THE NEST: A TRUE PILGRIMAGE

Morning dedicated to the visit, on foot or horseback, the Taktsang Monastery, an icon of Bhutan. Also known by the nickname "Lair of the Tiger", Taktsang and 'a prominent sacred site and a complex of Himalayan Buddhism temples, perched on the cliff face, at an altitude of 3,000 meters. The construction of the temple complex started in 1692 around the Taktsang Senge Samdup cave where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated for three months in the eighth century.

Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) is still considered one who introduced Buddhism to Bhutan and is publicly worshiped throughout the country. The temple dedicated to him, is an elegant structure built around the original cave in 1692 by Tenzin Gyalse Rabgye and went on to become one of the cultural icons of the same core processes Bhutan. 

This excursion takes 2 hours to walk uphill. The visit to the temple and back to the base require an additional 2 hours. It is not for experts, but requires a good physical shape. Packed return. 

In the afternoon transfer by car to the fortress in the process of restoration of Drugyel Dzong, where you can enjoy the view of Mount Jhomolhari and rural scenery of the valley with its small villages and scattered farms. Upon returning to the city park and visit to Kyichu Lakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. 

In the evening: a choice, a massage or a "hot stone bath" at one of the hotels in Paro spa to relax after this day! Or free time to visit the city. 

Closing Dinner in a traditional house surrounded by campagana (with option of a performance of cultural dances with bonfire). 

Overnight in Paro.

10.

Day 10 of RETURN FLIGHT 

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and departure. Tashi Delek!

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