14 Day Pilgrimage to Bhutan & Nepal

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With this pilgrimage journey to Nepal & Bhutan we start our first 6 days in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal, where we explore the sacred areas of Swayambhu, Pharping, Namo Buddha and Boudha Stupa – listed to be some of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage spots in the world. After becoming acquainted with the Nepali Buddhist cultures of the Himalayan region, we travel to the other sacred Buddhist land of Bhutan. Here we spend 8 days, embarking on a journey where we get to both observe and learn about the spiritual heritage of Bhutan, as much as taking time to practice ourselves and take in the many blessings of this place.
ItineraryDay 1: Arrival to KathmanduStop At: Tribhuvan International AirportArrival and pick up at Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu. We drive straight to a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Pharping, the South Western corner of the Kathmandu Valley. Duration: 1 dayStop At: Pharping An introduction to the pilgrimage by instructorsDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Dinner: Organic Vegetarian meal will be served through out the pilgrimage journeyAccommodation included: Overnight at Tibetan Buddhist MonasteryDay 2: PharpingStop At: PharpingMorning meditation session followed by breakfastDuration: 2 hoursPass By: PharpingIntroduction session to Buddhist philosophy before lunchStop At: PharpingHike through rice fields to visit the Asura cave and the self-arisen Tara in PharpingDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Tibetan Buddhist MonasteryDay 3: Pharping - SwoyambhuPass By: Swayambhunath StupaMorning meditation and breakfastPass By: Swayambhunath StupaMeditation and talk about Buddhist philosophyMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Hotel in SwoyambhuDay 4: Swoyambhu - NamobuddhaStop At: Namobuddha MonasteryAfter breakfast we continue our journey to the lovely area of Namo Buddha, where we spend the next two nights. We will have lunch in the beautiful surroundings of the resort we will stay in, followed by a free afternoon. After dinner we will have a meditation session.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in resort at Namo BuddhaDay 5: Namo Buddha PilgrimageStop At: Namobuddha MonasteryMorning meditation session and breakfast at our resort in Namo Buddha.Duration: 1 dayStop At: Namobuddha MonasteryWe hike to pilgrimage in Namo Buddha.Duration: 1 dayStop At: Namo Buddha TempleWe visit the stunning monastery of Thrangu Rinpoche and the sacred Namo Buddha StupaDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in resort at Namo BuddhaDay 6: Fly to Paro / BhutanStop At: Tribhuvan International AirportAfter breakfast we depart for the international airport and fly to Paro, BhutanDuration: 5 hoursStop At: Paro International AirportWe visit Dhuntse and Kyichu Lakhang – the house of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, one of the greatest Tibetan Buddhist masters of this century.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in lovely resort Day 7: Jala DzongStop At: Paro International Airportwe drive to up the hill behind the dzong to begin our walk to Jala Dzong. We have lunch at camp and then visit the Dzong and enjoy the day at this location. This is also a famous location for encountering the national flower of Bhutan – the blue poppy – but only during summer season. We spend the night camping at Jala Dzong.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in camping at Jala DzongDay 8: Camp at Lataykha MonasteryStop At: Bemri LhakhangAfter breakfast, continue our walk to Lataykha monastery, which as retreat location for Buddhist practitioners of the region. From this location, we can enjoy Great views of Hemphug Monastery, Bemri and Phurdo Gompa.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in camp at monasteryDay 9: Hike to Bemri, the site ofthe 100,000 DakinisStop At: Bemri LhakhangAfter breakfast, we walk to Bemri a sacred site which is known as the mountain of 100,000 dakinis who took flight from here. We continue hiking for visits at Dhunkalha or Phurdo Gompa and return to hotel by vehicle. We spend the night at a beautifully located resort in ParoDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in resort at ParoDay 10: Chele La & Kilay NunnaryStop At: Chele La Pass, Paro, Paro DistrictWe rise early for the drive to Chele la and visit Kilay gompa (nunnery) along the way. We have a picnic lunch at the top of the pass where we will get great Himalaya views if the weather is clear. After this continue down the back side of the pass to Haa valley. We spend the night at a beautiful farmhouse.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in farmhouse which offer basic amenitiesDay 11: Visit to Shekhar Drak & ThimpuStop At: Buddha Dordenma, Thimphu, Thimphu DistrictWe visit Shekhar Drak (dedicated to Avalokitsvara) and continue on driving the back road of Haa. We will stop for a picnic lunch at the scenic Dobsey Dzong. We continue onto Thimphu and check into the hotel. In the afternoon – free time for exploring the city. Prior to dinner, we pay a visit to the Dordenma Buddha which sits above the city and overlooks the entire Thimphu valley.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in hotelDay 12: Return to ParoStop At: Paro International AirportWe spend the morning (half day) in Thimphu – select from visits to: Zorig Chusu the School of 13 Traditional Arts, Textile Museum, the Traditional Medical Center or Memorial Chorten. Lunch in Thimphu and then return to Paro with a stop at Tamchoe monastery the famous location of Iron bridge builder Thang Thong Gyalpo and see his chain bridge and other relics located here. We spend the night back at a beautiful resort in Paro.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in resort at ParoDay 13: Taktsang/ Tiger's NestStop At: Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest), Paro, Paro DistrictWe begin our early morning pilgrimage walk to Taktsang Monastery or the famous Tiger’s Nest. On the way back down, we have lunch at the Taktsang “cafeteria”. Return to the hotel where an optional Bhutanese hot stone bath can be organized (at an additional cost) and a farewell dinner for our last night in BhutanDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in hotel at ParoDay 14: Return to KathmanduStop At: Boudha SadakWe return to Kathmandu, Nepal by morning flight and spend our last night in Boudha. Free day and farewell dinner at Kathmandu’s famous pizza joint, Fire and Ice.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in guesthouse located at few minutes from Boudhanath Stupa

What’s included

  • 13x Breakfast
  • 14x Dinner
  • 13x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 14 nights
  • Return flight between Kathmandu & Paro (Bhutan)
  • Daily Dharma talks & introduction to meditation
  • All accommodation, meals & transport in Nepal & Bhutan
  • Entry/Admission - Pharping
  • Entry/Admission - Pharping
  • Entry/Admission - Namobuddha Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Tribhuvan International Airport
  • Entry/Admission - Paro International Airport
  • Entry/Admission - Paro International Airport
  • Entry/Admission - Bemri Lhakhang
  • Entry/Admission - Bemri Lhakhang
  • Entry/Admission - Chele La Pass
  • Entry/Admission - Buddha Dordenma
  • Entry/Admission - Paro International Airport
  • Entry/Admission - Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest)
  • Entry/Admission - Boudha Sadak

What’s not included

  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic beverage during the pilgrimage journey
  • Personal insurance during the pilgrimage
  • Personal visa to Nepal
  • International air ticket to Nepal
  • Entry/Admission - Tribhuvan International Airport

Itinerary

Day 10: Chele La & Kilay Nunnary Stop At: Chele La Pass, Paro, Paro District We rise early for the drive to Chele la and visit Kilay gompa (nunnery) along the way. We have a picnic lunch at the top of the pass where we will get great Himalaya views if the weather is clear. After this continue down the back side of the pass to Haa valley. We spend the night at a beautiful farmhouse. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in farmhouse which offer basic amenities
Day 11: Visit to Shekhar Drak & Thimpu Stop At: Buddha Dordenma, Thimphu, Thimphu District We visit Shekhar Drak (dedicated to Avalokitsvara) and continue on driving the back road of Haa. We will stop for a picnic lunch at the scenic Dobsey Dzong. We continue onto Thimphu and check into the hotel. In the afternoon – free time for exploring the city. Prior to dinner, we pay a visit to the Dordenma Buddha which sits above the city and overlooks the entire Thimphu valley. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in hotel
Day 12: Return to Paro Stop At: Paro International Airport We spend the morning (half day) in Thimphu – select from visits to: Zorig Chusu the School of 13 Traditional Arts, Textile Museum, the Traditional Medical Center or Memorial Chorten. Lunch in Thimphu and then return to Paro with a stop at Tamchoe monastery the famous location of Iron bridge builder Thang Thong Gyalpo and see his chain bridge and other relics located here. We spend the night back at a beautiful resort in Paro. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in resort at Paro
Day 13: Taktsang/ Tiger's Nest Stop At: Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest), Paro, Paro District We begin our early morning pilgrimage walk to Taktsang Monastery or the famous Tiger’s Nest. On the way back down, we have lunch at the Taktsang “cafeteria”. Return to the hotel where an optional Bhutanese hot stone bath can be organized (at an additional cost) and a farewell dinner for our last night in Bhutan Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in hotel at Paro
Day 14: Return to Kathmandu Stop At: Boudha Sadak We return to Kathmandu, Nepal by morning flight and spend our last night in Boudha. Free day and farewell dinner at Kathmandu’s famous pizza joint, Fire and Ice. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in guesthouse located at few minutes from Boudhanath Stupa
Day 1: Arrival to Kathmandu Stop At: Tribhuvan International Airport Arrival and pick up at Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu. We drive straight to a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Pharping, the South Western corner of the Kathmandu Valley. Duration: 1 day Stop At: Pharping An introduction to the pilgrimage by instructors Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Dinner: Organic Vegetarian meal will be served through out the pilgrimage journey Accommodation included: Overnight at Tibetan Buddhist Monastery
Day 2: Pharping Stop At: Pharping Morning meditation session followed by breakfast Duration: 2 hours Pass By: Pharping Introduction session to Buddhist philosophy before lunch Stop At: Pharping Hike through rice fields to visit the Asura cave and the self-arisen Tara in Pharping Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Tibetan Buddhist Monastery
Day 3: Pharping - Swoyambhu Pass By: Swayambhunath Stupa Morning meditation and breakfast Pass By: Swayambhunath Stupa Meditation and talk about Buddhist philosophy Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Hotel in Swoyambhu
Day 4: Swoyambhu - Namobuddha Stop At: Namobuddha Monastery After breakfast we continue our journey to the lovely area of Namo Buddha, where we spend the next two nights. We will have lunch in the beautiful surroundings of the resort we will stay in, followed by a free afternoon. After dinner we will have a meditation session. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in resort at Namo Buddha
Day 5: Namo Buddha Pilgrimage Stop At: Namobuddha Monastery Morning meditation session and breakfast at our resort in Namo Buddha. Duration: 1 day Stop At: Namobuddha Monastery We hike to pilgrimage in Namo Buddha. Duration: 1 day Stop At: Namo Buddha Temple We visit the stunning monastery of Thrangu Rinpoche and the sacred Namo Buddha Stupa Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in resort at Namo Buddha
Day 6: Fly to Paro / Bhutan Stop At: Tribhuvan International Airport After breakfast we depart for the international airport and fly to Paro, Bhutan Duration: 5 hours Stop At: Paro International Airport We visit Dhuntse and Kyichu Lakhang – the house of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, one of the greatest Tibetan Buddhist masters of this century. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in lovely resort
Day 7: Jala Dzong Stop At: Paro International Airport we drive to up the hill behind the dzong to begin our walk to Jala Dzong. We have lunch at camp and then visit the Dzong and enjoy the day at this location. This is also a famous location for encountering the national flower of Bhutan – the blue poppy – but only during summer season. We spend the night camping at Jala Dzong. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in camping at Jala Dzong
Day 8: Camp at Lataykha Monastery Stop At: Bemri Lhakhang After breakfast, continue our walk to Lataykha monastery, which as retreat location for Buddhist practitioners of the region. From this location, we can enjoy Great views of Hemphug Monastery, Bemri and Phurdo Gompa. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in camp at monastery
Day 9: Hike to Bemri, the site ofthe 100,000 Dakinis Stop At: Bemri Lhakhang After breakfast, we walk to Bemri a sacred site which is known as the mountain of 100,000 dakinis who took flight from here. We continue hiking for visits at Dhunkalha or Phurdo Gompa and return to hotel by vehicle. We spend the night at a beautifully located resort in Paro Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in resort at Paro
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