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Bhutanese holiday rooted in Buddhism culture.

Bhutanese Buddhism is a cultural holiday that allows individuals to learn about Bhutan’s spiritual practices, traditions, and religious customs. This holiday can be customized to the individual’s interests, but it will always focus on understanding Bhutanese Buddhism. It provides an authentic and memorable experience for those interested in learning about Bhutanese culture and religion.

Day 1: Paro’s spiritual and cultural heritage

Paro is known for its beautiful textiles and the annual festival, and the Rinpung Dzong, also known as the “fortress of a heap of jewels,” is a must-see attraction. Built-in 1646, it sits on a ridge above the Ta Dzong, originally used as a watchtower to protect the Rinpung Dzong from invaders. In 1968, the Ta Dzong was converted into the National Museum, which houses a wide variety of Bhutanese art, relics, religious paintings, stamps, coins, and handicrafts, as well as a small collection of natural history. A visit to the National Museum is a great way to learn about Bhutan’s culture and history all in one place, and the unique museum style is sure to delight visitors.

Day 2: Thimphu-Cruising the capital’s cultural core

The capital city of Bhutan offers a unique blend of tradition and modernity and is home to a diverse population, including royalty, government officials, expatriates, businesspeople, and monks. Visitors can experience this cultural mix by exploring temples, dzongs, chortens, museums, handicraft shops, nunneries, and parks. Take the opportunity to encounter both traditional and contemporary artists in this city.

Day 3: Tango Monastery

Experience the local spiritual culture by visiting Tango Monastery, a sacred site that is reachable via an hour-long hike through a rhododendron forest. The monastery, which sits on a hillside with views of the forested mountains, is one of Bhutan’s most important Buddhist colleges. It was built in the 18th century, and its name, meaning “horse’s head,” is derived from the shape of a rock at the top of the hill. Today, Tango is home to the reincarnated Lama, Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgye. While visiting, you can participate in local temple practices such as lighting butter lamps for personal grief or loved ones, making offerings for those suffering and the deceased, and dedicating merits for positive future connections with a true spiritual path.

Day 4: Punakha

Nuns Of Bhutan
Prayer Wheels
Buddhist Ceremony

Punakha, the ancient capital of Bhutan, is steeped in history and culture. This district, which ranges in elevation from 1300m at the valley floor to almost 3000m at Dochhula pass, served as the capital of Bhutan from 1637 to 1907 and was the site of the first National Assembly. The Punakha Dzong, historically important and symbolizing a unified Bhutan, is a must-see attraction. At the Dochhula pass, visitors can have prayer flags hoisted in their name and those of their loved ones, believing that the flags release positive wishes into the world. Themes of the flags include loving-kindness, peace, compassion, and wisdom.

Day 5: Nalanda Buddhist Institute 

The Nalanda Buddhist Institute, also known as Dalayna or Nalanda Buddhist College, is a monastic school located in the Punakha District of Bhutan. Visitors can chat with the monks eager to practice their English and meet with the Principal Khenpo Sonam Tshewang to learn about meditation and its importance in Buddhist practice. Bhutan, an abode of Buddhist deities, immortals, and saints in the Himalayas, is where scholars, wandering yogis, saints, and lay pilgrims have been drawn for centuries in their search for wisdom and inspiration. Experience the peace and solitude of these landscapes as you travel to hidden holy shrines and ancient monasteries, hiking through an unspoiled Himalayan environment.

Day 6: Talo & Nobgang Village Walks 

The village of Talo, located at an altitude of 2,800m, is known for its cleanliness and hygiene among the villages of Punakha. It is the seat of the mind incarnations of the Zhabdrung and home to Talo Sangnacholing Dzong, built on a plateau and offers a majestic view of the surrounding villages. The village is known for its beautiful farmhouses with flower gardens and the abundance of corn and sweet peas grown on the hill slopes. Visitors can spend time at Nobgang and Talo villages, visiting farmhouses, and meeting families. The concept of the Village Walks is to provide an authentic, firsthand experience of rural life in the Himalayan Mountains of Bhutan, and the locals are eager to welcome visitors and share their way of life with them.

Day 7: Retrace Steps back to Paro

Day 8: Taksang

The Tiger’s Nest, also known as Taktsang, is a must-see destination for visitors to Bhutan. The awe-inspiring, cliff-hugging monastery is considered a pilgrimage site for many, and even for those not spiritually inclined, the dramatic and artistically structured monument is a hiker’s delight. Join us for the uphill climb to this magnificent Buddhist relic, rising more than 2000 feet from the valley floor. After the climb, a Buddhist scholar will talk on Bhutanese Buddhism and answer any questions you may have.

Day 9: Departure

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