Spiritual Tour - 7 Days

Meditation is at the heart of the Buddhist way of life. It is basically a method for understanding and working on our own mind. We first learn to identify our different negative mental states known as ‘delusions’, and learn how to develop peaceful and positive mental states or ‘virtuous minds’. Then in meditation we overcome our delusions by becoming familiar with virtuous minds. Out of meditation we try to maintain the virtuous minds we have developed and use our wisdom to solve the problems of daily life. As our mind becomes more positive our actions become more constructive, and our experience of life becomes more satisfying and beneficial to others. Anyone can learn basic meditation techniques and experience great benefits, but to progress beyond basic meditation requires faith in the Three Jewels – Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Usually people find this develops naturally as they experience the benefits of their meditation practice.

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Day 1
Arrival in Paro, Bhutan

You will be received at the airport by our company representative and transferred to your hotel. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 2
Paro Sightseeing

Morning hike or horse ride (optional) to the Legendary Paro Taktsang (the Tiger`s Nest Monastery) perched on a cliff 800 meters above Paro valley. Lunch will be served at Taktsang Cafeteria. Later after the hike visit the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong (Dzong refers to ancient castle fortress). Drukgyel Dzong was built to commemorate the victory of Bhutanese soldier over the invading Tibetan soldiers in the ancient past. It was burned down by a tragic fire accident in 1951 and today stands in ruins. Then visit the 7th century Paro Kyichu Lhakhang which was built by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in spread of Buddhism. Finally visit a typical Bhutanese farm house where you will be served traditional Bhutanese churned salt butter tea, traditional snacks made from maize/rice and locally brewed liquor.

Day 3
Paro Sightseeing

Morning visit the Paro National Museum which houses collection of art and art facts from all over Bhutan. The Museum is housed in the ancient watch tower of the Paro Dzong. Then visit the Paro Rinpung Dzong. A silent session of prayer could be arranged in the Dzong. After lunch drive to Thimphu. Evening session of prayer could be arranged. A high Buddhist priest can be invited to join the group for prayer and exchange program.

Day 4
Thimphu Sightseeing

visit the Memorial Stupa which was built in memory of the late third king of Bhutan. Then visit the 12th century Changankha Monastery, Takins (national animal of Bhutan) zoo, Thimphu view point. From the view point take a pleasant hike to Wangdi-tse Monastery. Later visit the Zilukha Nunnery (a monastery for female monks), National Library, Folk & Heritage Museum, Traditional School for Art and Crafts, Textile Museum and the Handicraft Emporium.

Day 5
Thimphu - Punakha

Morning visit the traditional medicine hospital and drive to Punakha/Wangdi valley. The drive will take you via the Dochula pass (3150 meters altitude). A wide range of the east Himalayan ranges are visible from the pass on a clear day. On the pass, you will also see the 108 Druk Wangyel Stupas and the Druk Wangyel Monastery which was built by one of the queens of Bhutan.

In Punakha take a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang (a special Monastery for sterile women). Later visit the Punakha Dzong which is known for it`s rich traditional Bhutanese art and architecture. Punakha was the old winter capital of Bhutan and still today the winter residence of the Spiritual Leader of Bhutan, His Holiness the Je Khenpo.

Day 6
Punakha - Paro

Morning drive to Paro via Thimphu. In Thimphu visit the Hand-made paper factory. Also visit the Thimphu week-end market (if the day of the tour falls between Friday & Sunday). A retreat (meditation) session will be arranged on this day in Thimphu.

Day 7
Departure

Morning departure from Paro airport.

No. of Travelers High season Low season
1 person US $ 2070 US $ 1720
2 people US $ 4000 US $ 3300
3 or more people US $ 1790 / person US $ 1440 / person
  • High season – Mar, Apr, May, Sept, Oct & Nov
  • Low season – Jan, Feb, Jun, Jul, Aug & Dec

Cost Includes

  • All meals, tea and snacks (Full board meal).
  • Government approved required category hotels on twin sharing basis.
  • All airport pickups and drops in Kathmandu and Paro.
  • Ground transport in comfortable private vehicle.
  • Experienced English speaking guides and local staff.
  • All city tour with permits and entrance fees for museums and monuments.
  • All government taxes.
  • Bhutan Visa fee.
  • Our service charges.

Cost Excludes

  • Airfare to/from Paro, Bhutan (Tickets are arranged upon request).
  • Items of a personal nature (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, internet, laundry etc.).
  • Trip cancellation and Medical/Evacuation Insurance.
  • Tips for Staff (guide and driver).

Frequently asked Questions

Where is Bhutan?

Bhutan is a small, landlocked nation located in the eastern Himalayas between India and China. Its landscape ranges from subtropical plains and forests in the South to subalpine forests and snowy mountains in the North. Bhutan is a predominantly Buddhist country and is known as the last stronghold of Mahayana Buddhism.  

Do I need to use a tour operator to book my travel?

It is a government regulation that you must use a licensed Bhutanese tour operator to book your travel to Bhutan or one of their international partners.  

Do I need a visa to enter Bhutan?

All International tourists wishing to enter Bhutan require a visa which must be pre-arranged through a license Bhutanese Tour Operator or one of their international partners. Visa clearance must be obtained through your tour operator prior to travel. For Indian passport (or VIC) holders, Bangladeshi nationals and persons from the Maldives may obtain a visa on entry.   

How much does the visa cost?

For International tourist visas, a cost of USD 40 is applicable. This can be paid in advance to your tour operator or travel agent. For Indian passport (or VIC) holders, Bangladeshi nationals and persons from the Maldives, there is no cost incurred.   

How do I get to Bhutan?

There are a number of airports where you can fly into Bhutan from (Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata, Bagdogra, Bodh Gaya, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Guwahati, Singapore and Mumbai.). At present two carriers operate to Bhutan, Drukair and Bhutan Airlines. Also, there are three land border crossings which you can travel into the kingdom overland. All crossings are along the Indian border only – Phuentsholing, Gelephu and Samdrup Jongkhar. All travel arrangements to Bhutan must be made through a local tour operator. A list of tour companies operating in Bhutan is available on this website. Your selected tour operator will make all the necessary arrangements.  

What currency is used in Bhutan?

Bhutanese currency is known as the Ngultrum. Its value is tied to the Indian Rupee which is widely accepted in the country. 

What’s the food like in Bhutan?

The most distinctive characteristic of Bhutanese cuisine is its spiciness. Chillies are an essential part of nearly every dish and are considered so important that most Bhutanese people would not enjoy a meal that is not spicy.  
Rice forms staple Bhutanese diet. It is accompanied by one or two side dishes consisting of meat or vegetables. Pork, beef and chicken are consumed most often. A wide selection of western and Indian food is also available in many of the restaurants around the country. 

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Spiritual Tour
From $ 2,070.00
per Adult

Trip Facts

  • 7 days
  • Easy
  • SUV Car
  • 1-12 People
  • 3* Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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