As the stronghold of Vajrayana Buddhism, meditation and retreats is a common feature especially amongst the Buddhist practitioners and the monks. One can come across small retreat centers and hermitages all over the country next to temples, monasteries and monastic schools.
These retreat and meditation centers provide the Bhutanese with the much needed respite from the humdrums of normal life style and it is a common trait amongst the Buddhists to disappear into the mountains for days, weeks and months. The retreats provide people and the practitioners to draw upon their inner self and visualize upon the purpose of life.
Many tourists from Thailand and other Buddhist countries come to Bhutan for meditation and retreat tours. Some itinerary includes serious meditation for days while some are solitary retreat for few hours in the high hills and temples where nature surrounds and silence is unbroken.
Our tour operators can include the meditation in your itinerary if you want to try this Bhutanese way of retreat (solitary confinement). Besides, we also have hotels that provide yoga sessions, retreats and meditation facilities within the hotel premise.
Day-1; Arrive Paro from International Airport:During the journey, one will experience breath-taking view of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Mount Jichu Drake in Bhutan. You will be received by BMV representative on arrival at Paro International Airport and escort to the Hotel.
Day-2; Paro Sightseeing:Drive to Drukgyal Dzong (a ruined fortress – 14 km away from Paro Town). Although in ruins, this Dzong is of great historical importance. It was here that the Bhutanese finally defeated the invading Tibetans and drove them back. From here, the peak of Jumolhari “Mountain of the Goddess” can be seen on a clear day (Alt. 7,329 m /24,029 ft.). On the way back you visit a typical Bhutanese farmhouse. After lunch, at the hotel, take a leisurely stroll around Paro town. Overnight in Hotel.
Day-3; Journey to Taktsang Starts:Taktsang, which is located at 900 metres from the floor of the Paro valley, hangs precariously from the cliff. It is about 3-4 hours walk from the road head. Guru Rimpoche meditated here for three months. Later on the place was also visited by Longchen Pelgi Singye, Phajo Drugom Shigpo, Tibetan Yogi Mache Lhabdenma,
Day(4-10); Meditation starts:
Day-11; Bumdrak-Paro Relax:After breakfast return downhill to Paro through Ragae the place where Guru Rimpoche subdued demons. Our vehicle will be waiting for you to pick you up to Paro. Overnight at the hotel at Paro.
Day-12; Paro-Thimphu:This morning drive along the winding road along the Paro Chu (Chu means water or river) down stream to the confluence with the Wang Chu then turn upstream and travel along the Wang Chu to Thimphu, the Capital of Bhutan. Lunch will be served at the Hotel. In the afternoon, visit the Memorial Chorten, dedicated to the Late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Overnight in Hotel.
Day-13; Thimphu Sightseeing:Visit Tashichho Dzong, the main Government Secretariat building, where the government ministries, the Office of His Majesty the King and the Throne Room, and the offices and living quarters of the monk body and the Chief Abbot are housed. Wander in the town; visit shops and the Handicrafts Emporium, where Bhutanese textiles and other handicrafts are available. Visit the workshop where the handicrafts are made. Visit the painting and woodcrafts schools where traditional painting and other arts are kept alive. Visit the National Library and see the ancient manuscripts preserved there. Visit the Simtokha Dzong (6 km from Thimphu), the oldest Dzong in Bhutan built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1629 A.D. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day-14; Thimphu-Paro International Airport:Drive to Paro International Airport. See off by the representative of DUTT.