6 Days, 5 Nights
Duration
8-13 July 2025
Dates

Join Geshe Samten on a Pilgrimage to Bhutan, the ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’. Buddhism is the state religion of Bhutan and a way of life in this unique and deeply spiritual nation. You will follow in the footsteps of Guru Rinpoche, who introduced Buddhism to Bhutan in the 8th Century.

On the Pilgrimage you will visit ancient Dzongs (monasteries) amongst spectacular settings in the Paro Valley and Punkakha. You will visit the extraordinary Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), which has become a symbol of Bhutan to the world.

On the Pilgrimage, enjoy the unique cultural heritage and pristine natural beauty of a country where progress is measured by the ‘Gross National Happiness Index’. This Pilgrimage takes in the many highlights of this mesmerising country, with the perfect combination of rural and urban adventure with Buddhism at it’s core.

 

TOUR DATES

8-13 July 2025

TOUR COST

USD$1,990 /*approx. AUD3,135 per person Full board per pax sharing a double/triple room
USD$1,875/*approx AUD2,950 per person Bed & Breakfast per pax sharing a double/triple room
USD$290/*approx AUD455 single supplement
PLUS Return flights from Delhi to Paro US$650/*approx AUD1025
*The USD conversion rate to AUD is .6350 as at 24/5/2024.  The conversion rate will be adjusted when full payment is due on  30/4/2025.

DURATION

6 Days, 5 Nights

TOUR HIGHLIGHT

  • Bhutan – Travel to the mysterious kingdom of Bhutan

TOUR ROUTE

Delhi –Thimphu – Punakha-Tigers Nest- Paro – Delhi
Day 1

8 July 2025

 Delhi-Thimphu

Leave from  Delhi  at 12.30pm and fly to Paro (2200 metres), where you’ll be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel in bustling capital city Thimphu (2334 metres). Freshen up at the hotel before setting out on a day of sightseeing.

Visit Tashichho Dzong, the impressive seat of the Royal Government of Bhutan, which houses the secretariat, the throne room, the offices of His Majesty the King as well as the ministries of home affairs, finance and religious affairs. If you’re lucky, you might witness the flag bearing ceremony that takes place during official occasions.

In the afternoon, visit the Memorial Chorten built in honour of the 3rd King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. In the evening, explore the main strip of this bustling city and visit the Handicraft Emporium which showcases traditional Bhutanese handicrafts, textiles, and woodcrafts.

Overnight: Hotel, Thimphu

Day 2

9 July 2025

 Thimphu

We’ll start today at Ani Gompa, where you’ll be able to witness the simple lives of the nuns, based around meditation and prayer. From this vantage point there are also good views of the valley and the Thimphu chu river.

Next we’ll visit the Dordenma Buddha, the largest statue of Buddha in Bhutan. The stunning 51 metre statue heralds the entrance to the Thimphu valley, and the complex has many good luck symbols and once it is fully completed it will have a library and meditation centre with a unique collection of Buddhist scriptures.

In the late afternoon return to the hotel.

Overnight: Hotel, Thimphu 

Day 3

10 July 2025

 Punakha

After breakfast we will take a spectacular drive to Punakha, the former capital. On the way we will pass through several picturesque villages and cross the Dochula Pass at 3200m. If it is a clear day you will be able to see Mount Gangkhar Punsum (7541m), the highest mountain in this region.

When we arrive we will visit Punakha Dzong, the 2nd oldest in Bhutan and was once home to over 500 monks. It is also the winter home of His Holiness Jhey Khenpo, the Chief Monk of Bhutan, as well as the wedding venue of their Majesties the King and Queen.

Overnight: Resort, Punakha 

Day 4

11 July 2025

 Paro

After breakfast we’ll transfer to Paro, a beautiful farming valley with charming houses, orchards and farmlands. This is one of the best preserved of all valleys in the country.

When we reach Paro, you’ll have time to rest and acclimatise to the altitude. We’ll then visit Kyichu Lhakhang, built in the 7th century by the famous Buddhist Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo. This is one of the oldest and most holy temples in Bhutan, and the main Jho statute is believed to be just as sacred as the Lhasa Jho.

In the afternoon we’ll visit the architectural marvel of Rinpung Dzong, the ‘fortress of the heap of jewels’ that towers over the town. The dzong was built in 1644 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, on the foundation of a monastery built by Guru Rinpoche. Some of the scenes from the 1995 film ‘Little Buddha’ by Bernardo Bertolucci were filmed here.

Overnight: Hotel, Paro 

5

12 July 2025

 Taktsang Monastery (Tigers Nest)- Paro

We’ll drive from Paro to Takstang known as the Taktsang Palhug Monastery and the Tiger’s Nest a site located in the cliff side of the Upper Paro Valley. It is one of thirteen Tiger’s Nest caves in historical Tibet in which Guru Rinpoche practiced and taught Vajrayana.

At the base of Tiger’s Nest we will take a spectacular hike up to the monastery, approximately 2 hours (there will be horses available if unable to walk).

After visiting the monastery, you can opt to visit Drukgyel Dzong, the ‘Victorious Citadel’, or the Ta Dzong Museum. Or you might like to enjoy an optional hot stone bath in a traditional Bhutanese bath house.

Overnight: Hotel, Paro  

Day 6

13 July 2025

 Depart Paro 

After breakfast we will transfer you to Paro airport for your departure flight to Delhi. We hope you enjoyed your time with us in Bhutan, and we hope to see you again on another Ekno Travels experience.

INCLUDES

Met on arrival at the airport by an Ekno representative.

Fully accompanied by Geshe Samten

Services of an English-speaking guide for the duration of the tour

5 nights’ twin share accommodation with choice of meal plan.

*Full Board AP (Bed & Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) and BB (Bed & Breakfast)

All transfers and sightseeing by private AC vehicle as per the itinerary

Entrance fees to all sites and monuments as per the itinerary

*SDF Sustainable Development Fee

*Bhutan Visa

*All current Bhutan Government taxes

Please note : *marked tour entry fees, visa fee are subject to change without notice.

EXCLUDES

Return airfares to India

Return airfares Delhi – Paro (see above for cost)

Travel insurance (compulsory)

Occasional optional items, activities and transport not identified in itinerary description.

Lunch and dinner (unless otherwise specified in the itinerary, if full board option not taken )

Personal expenditure such as drinks (including bottled water), laundry service and souvenirs

Tips and donations

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https://eknotravels.com/booking-form/

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