Visit one of the most remote countries in the world, Take a moment to reflect at ancient Buddhist temples and shrines, Hike along peaceful nature trails and thrilling cliffs, Experience the pristine and peaceful nature of the 'Dragon Kingdom'.
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For lovers of Buddhist culture wanting to dig deeper, this 10-day trip through Bhutan's magnificent mountain terrain promises stunning photographs and encounters with a people who care more about GNH—Gross National Happiness—than GDP. As you explore tiny towns and remarkable monasteries, you'll receive unparallelled opportunities for cultural interactions and blessings from Buddhist monks. With the direction of an expert local guide and comfortable accommodations at the end of the day, immerse yourself in a land that prides itself on its remote isolation and happiness.
Arrive at any time and transfer to hotel. Later, enjoy a welcome dinner and visit the Rimpung Dzong, a school for monks, and take an orientation walk in the town.
Drive to Punakha, crossing the Dochula Pass and enjoying stunning views of the Himalayas through flickering prayer flags. On Day 3, hike to Punakha Dzong, a monastery and fertility shrine. Also visit the town of Wangdue, and walk through rice terraces and forests to Khamsum Yueley Chorten, a shrine built by the Queen of Bhutan.
Travel to Gangtey, visiting the village of Khewa en route. On Day 5, walk to the monastery of Gangtey Goempa, known to hold the most sacred relics in Bhutan. Afterward, visit the community school, then walk across Phobjikha Valley to the Khewa Valley and visit an old temple to make an offering.
Drive to the capital to visit the National Library, Memorial Chorten and the Institute for Zorig Chusum, an Arts and Craft school where we can watch students working with paints, clay, woodworking and other traditional arts. Options for shopping at the art school and throughout the Capital--be sure to visit the post office to have personalized stamps made with you picture.
Drive to one of the most remote and sacred valleys in Bhutan via the Chelela Pass. At the pass, hike to Kila Goempa Nunnery which clings to a rocky cliff. After, drive to the valley, and visit Wangchuk Lo Dzong shrine and the Lhakhang Nagpo (Black Temple) and Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple).
Return to Paro and visit the ruined fortress of Drukgyal Dzong. Embark on a vigorous hike up to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Nest), the most venerated pilgrim site of the Himalayan world. Gasp at the stunning view from this monastery, which clings to the rock towering 900 metres above the valley. Later, visit Kyichu Lhakhang Temple and the local archery grounds.
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