8 Days Pilgrimage Itinerary

DAY 01: Arrive Paro and transfer to Thimphu (55km-1½hours).After landing in Paro International Airport, we will transfer to capital city Thimphu. It awaits you with so many things that you anticipated. Upon arrival in Thimphu, you will visitNational 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. 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.

DAY02: Thimphu to Punakha (70km-3 hours). Today after breakfast you will drive to Punakha (1300m/4265ft). On the way after 45 minutes’ drive from Thimphu will reach at highest pass between Thimphu and Punakha the place called Dochula pass (3140m) where you can have a superb view of the Eastern Himalayas on clear day and 108 chortens built on the hill by Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo for the security and well-being of whole living beings. From here it takes 2 hours to reach Punakha. On the way to punakha visit Chhimi Lhakhang a temple dedicated to the Devine Madman and a sacred place where people pray for children. Upon arrival at Punakha visit Punakha Dzong a very beautiful Bhutanese architecture armed by the Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River) rivers, built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the unifier of Bhutan which houses some rich Buddhist collections.

Day 04: Punakha to Paro via Thimphu (125km-4½Hours). Today after breakfast you will drive to Paro via Thimphu. Upon reaching Thimphu do leftover sightseeing by visitingMemorial Stupa built in 1974 in the memory of Bhutan‘s third King, His Late Majesty, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Chorten literally means ‘Seat of Faith’ and Buddhists often call such monuments, the ‘Mind of Buddha. Next visit Buddha Point the largest statue of Buddha and walk around and take a glimpse of Thimphu valley. Then drive to Paro in the evening.

Day05: Paro to Ugyen tsemo. After breakfast drive to Taktsang Monastery hike starting point and start trek. The name Taktsang means “Tiger’s Nest”. The monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 800m. It is believed during the second half of the 8th century Guru Padma Sambhava known as the second Buddha in Bhutan, meditated at the spot where the monastery is situated having alighted there on the back of a flying tigress. The climb is steep and takes about 3- 4 hours round trip to get there. An important place of pilgrimage and refuge for more than 1200 years, Taktsang Monastery clings to sheer cliffs 2,500 feet above Paro valley. On a hill top clearly visible from some point before getting to Taktsang, is yet another monastery known as Ugyen Tsemo. This will be your camp site for the night. It is about 200m above Taktsang and it takes another one hour more to get there.

Day06: Ugyen Tsemo – Bumdrak. After breakfast start trek from Ugyen Tsemo to Bumdrak it will take about 4 hrs. This stretch is a pleasant walk through the forest where you get to enjoy the view of Paro valley. On this part of the trek, there are no steep climbs or descents but you will feel out-of-breath because of the high elevation. The campsite is at an altitude of about 3700m. You will camp in the vicinity the Bumdrak Monastery. It is believed that 1,000 Dakinis had meditated in a cave and blessed the place and hence the name, Bumdrak. 

Day07: Bumdrak –Sangngachoekor. After breakfast visit Monastery and meet up the local Nuns and Gomchens, those who lives around. After that start trek. This stretch of trek will take about 4 hrs. It will take you through the alpine forest and later as you descend further, through the mixed forest of Bhutan. On the way to Sangnachoekor, you will come across sheep and goats and sometimes yaks ‘released’ to graze in the forests. You will also see a couple of old monasteries in ruins. It is said that families sent their boys for spiritual reasons.  After 4 hrs of gradual descent, you will finally reach Sangnachoekor Sheydra (Buddhist College) at an elevation of approximately 3,200 m. Upon reaching Sangnachokor, pick up and transfer to hotel at Paro. If you are still active and energetic visit Ta Dzong an ancient watchtower housing the National Museum, with abundant culture relics and Paro Dzong built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, perhaps the finest example of Bhutanese architecture as well as a local religious administrative Centre

Day08: Departure

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