6 Days Pilgrimage Itinerary

Pilgrimage to Paro Chumbu Nye

The Paro Chumphug Nye (sacred place) is a new pilgrimage package. It is located north-east of Paro valley. It was blessed and left as a sacred places with many hidden treasures by great Buddhist master, Guru Rinpoche. Later, the head abbot of Bhutan discovered this Nye and have built monastery. The statue of Dorjee Phagmo (Vajra Varahi) standing on air is the main statue and there are numerous sacred sites to explore around this sacred place.

Day 01: International arrival and drive to Capital city Thimphu. After landing in Paro International Airport, we will transfer to Thimphu valley, the capital city of Bhutan. It awaits you with so many things that you anticipated. Upon arrival in Thimphu, you will visit National Library established in the late 1960s primarily to conserve the literary treasures which form a significant part of Bhutan’s cultural heritage. Next visit Folk Heritage Museum This museum provides glimpse into the traditional Bhutanese life. The artifacts which are kept inside the house remind the visitors about how the rural Bhutanese live today. Later visit Painting schoolthe Institute offers you a glimpse of novices learning 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. In the evening visit Trashichho Dzong “fortress of the glorious religion” was initially erected in 1641 and rebuilt by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in the 1960s.  Tashichhodzong houses some ministries, His Majesty’s secretariat, and the central monk body.

Day 02: Transfer from Thimphu to Paro valley (55km-1½hours). After having breakfast, drive to Sangaygang, from where you can view the whole capital town. On the way to Sangaygang visit Motithang mini-Zoo where you will see the National animal of Bhutan, Takin (Budorcas taxicolor). From viewpoint, we can hike gently among the pine trees and will reach Wangditse Monastery. We will lit some butter lamps and pray for world peace prosperity. While returning, we will hike from a different route which will lead us to Dechenphodrang Monastery, where Bhutanese young monks get trained for various subjects. Stop for lunch at main town and have a brief afternoon stroll in town. We will drive to Paro valley in the evening. 

Day 03: Expedition Paro Chumbu Nye. After breakfast, we will drive north-east of Paro town coming across farmland, farm houses and schools. We will reach to the start point. We will have some refreshment before we start our hike to the sacred monastery. The trail goes through dense forest but will get to see various religious monuments on the way. Our representatives will be there with you to explain about those monuments on the way to the sacred place. We will carry our own packed lunch. The night's campsite will be below Chumbu Monastery.

Overnight: Camp below Chumbu Monastery.

Day 04: Explore Paro Chumbu Nye. In the early morning, we will hike uphill to reach main sacred site. On the way, we will come across many holy and religious sites which will be explained individually by our representative. After reaching at the main site, we will visit the main monastery and lit the butter lamps, get the blessing and pray for peace and prosperity for all sentient beings in this universe. You must not miss to see main statue of Dorji Pahgmo (Vajra Varahi), which is believed to be in the air. You can pass a sheet of paper beneath its feet very freely.

Thereafter, will hike little uphill to get view the holy pond (Drupchu) site and will come back for lunch. After lunch, we will hoist some prayer flags and spiritual leader of the monastery will consecrate our flags. We will start hiking downhill to the campsite. Upon reaching the camp site, there won't be any program and we can rest and relax.

Overnight: Camp below Chumbu Monastery.

Day 05: Return journey to Paro Valley. After breakfast, we will start our return journey. At ending point, the representative will be waiting for your reception with some refreshment. In the afternoon, we will drive till base for hike to Tiger’s Nest, Taktshang monastery. On return visit Kichu Lhakhang if time permits.

“Trip to Bhutan is never complete without climbing to Taktsang”, says one tourist. Indeed it’s true as the journey there fills you with spiritual bliss.

Tiger Nest: Taktshang monastery is located atop an 800 meter cliff in Paro.
Taktshang or the Tigers lair as the monastery is widely regarded is one of the most important in Bhutan. Its history is associated with the visit of Guru Padmasambhava, the Indian saint who came to Bhutan in the 8th century AD. The cave was named Taktshang after Guru Rimpoche flew into the cave from Kurtoe Singye Dzong in eastern Bhutan riding on a tigress. Later in 1692 the fourth Druk Desi Tenzin Rabgye started to construct monastery and finally completed after three years in 1694.

Day 06: Departure

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