BHUTAN ADVENTURE 2019
with Windsong Travel
Sunday June 30 - Tuesday July 15, 2019
Bhutan Pilgrimage 2019
Day 1 – 30th June 2019
Fly Sydney to Bangkok
· Overnight in Bangkok close to the Airport
· Group dinner
Day 2 – 1st July 2019
Fly Bangkok to Paro
· Dudjom Zimchung at Satsam Chorten, family home of Dudjom Yangsi Rinpoche
· Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s stupa on his cremation site
· Shechen Monastery, home of Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche and Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche
Day 3 – 2nd July 2019
Paro and Thimphu
· Kichu Lhakang, one of Bhutan’s oldest monasteries, where Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche spent much time practicing
· Khyentse museum (dedicated to the life and works of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche)
· Tsaluney (retreat place in the forest, where Guru Rinpoche left a body print and he and Yeshe Tsogyal had individual bathing holes in the rocks)
· Thangtong Gyalpo's nunnery
· Thimphu stupa built by His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche and his son Thinley Norbu Rinpoche (father of Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche) after leaving Tibet
Day 4 – 3rd July 2019
Paro Taktsang (Tigers Nest) hike
Probably the most well-known pilgrimage place in Bhutan, where all of our previous and current lineage masters have gone for pilgrimage, retreat or even finding terma teachings. Think of the historic figures Guru Padmasambhava, Yeshe Tsogyal, Longchenpa, Milarepa, Machig Labdron, Thangtong Gyalpo, Dudjom Rinpoche and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. It is a long walk and mostly steep, but one can elect to stop and wait at various points along the path. We will not be in a hurry, and we will bring a play lunch.
Day 5 – 4th July 2019
To Punakha / Wangdue
· 108 stupas at Dochula Pass, located at the highest point between Thimphu and Bumthang. Built by the Queen Mother of Bhutan as an offering.
· Punakha Dzong, the second oldest (built 1637) and second largest dzong in Bhutan. There are many dzongs throughout Bhutan used for centuries as shared facilities for both military fortresses and monasteries. This one is the previous seat of the Bhutanese government and is still used as the country’s winter capital. It used to repel marauders from neighboring Tibet.
· Chimi Lhakhang, a temple built on a hillside within rice paddies in 1499 by Drukpa Kunley, the “divine madman,” dear to the hearts of the Bhutanese.
Day 6 – 5th July 2019
· Visit Trongsa Dzong, Bhutan’s largest dzong and perhaps the most spectacularly located.
· First visit to Nyimalung Monastery, where we return later in the week for the dance festival. Dudjom Yangsi Rinpoche is the spiritual director here, and Lama Rigzin its abbot.
Day 7 – 6th July 2019
· Tamzhing gonpa, built in 1501 by Terton Pema Lingpa, the hidden treasure teaching revealer, and one of Bhutan’s most revered saints.
· Kurjey Lhakang, the final resting place of three kings of Bhutan. There is also a body print of Guru Rinpoche (Guru Padmasambhava) embedded in a rock where he meditated.
· The Queen Mother's Zangdo Palri Lhakang near Kurjey, a 3D mandala 3 stories high, exquisitely decorated. Extraordinary Bhutanese statuary, thankas and murals. Stunning.
· Jambay Monastery, along with Kichu Lhakang, is one of 108 temples built by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in 659 CE.
· Jakar Dzong, Built in 1667 and overlooking the Chokhor valley, it commemorates a military victory of the Bhutanese over invading Tibetans.
Day 8 – 7th July 2019
· Membartso, a sort of billabong in a river canyon where Pema Lingpa (1450–1521), one of the five Great Tertons, found terma teachings hidden by Guru Rinpoche some 600 years earlier.
· Ura Monastery, a small monastery built relatively recently in the 1980s.
Day 9 – 8th July 2019
Tharpa Ling Monastery, dating from 1353, became the main seat of Kuenkhen Longchenpa after he arrived in Bhutan from Tibet. Kuenkhen Longchenpa undertook long retreats and wrote some of his extraordinary texts here—still considered among the most profound in Tibetan Buddhism. He also taught many followers at this place. It is also the site of the stupa holding the body of the contemporary Dzogchen master Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche who passed away in France in 1999.
· Visit to a local primary school near Chumey village. Books in English for the children and the school library are received with great enthusiasm, so bring some from Australia.
· Local weavers: Much traditional weaving is still carried on locally, and it may be possible to arrange a visit to the home of Phurba, whom we visited and watched dyeing skeins of wool. There are also local shops where traditional weaving is sold.
Day 10 – 9th July 2019
Nyimalung Dance Festival
· 8 stupas
· Deity house of Zangdo Palri, The Copper Coloured Mountain
· Main temple
Day 11 – 10th July 2019
Nyimalung Dance Festival
Day 12 – 11th July 2019
Nyimalung Dance Festival
Day 13 – 12th July 2019
Day 14 – 13th July 2019
· Return to Paro
Day 15 – 14th July 2019
Fly Paro to Bangkok
Day 16 – 15th July 2019
Fly Bangkok to Sydney
This itinerary is subject to modifications according to the advice of our travel advisors in Bhutan.
Also, wiggle room has been left for such unexpected surprises as meetings with venerable teachers.
Tour price does not include:
Personal Travel Insurance
Meals other than specified
Items of Personal nature
Tour Prices Per Person
Tour priced from $ pp twin share
Single Guests priced from $ pp
Airfares are separate and need to be added to the above amount
Deposit (required within 5 days of booking) $1,000 pp
Final Payment No later than 90 days prior to departure
Prices quoted are based on a minimum of 10 passengers.