10 days Sprituality and Wellness Tours

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Bhutan has many activities available for those visitors seeking a place of solace, rest and recuperation. Whether it’s a session of peaceful, contemplative meditation, a relaxing soak in a mineral hot spring bath or the all natural remedies of our traditional medicine, Bhutan has just what you need to revive and rejuvenate your body and spirit.

Our many meditation and mediation retreats will provide you with places of respite from the cares and stress of everyday life. Many visitors come to Bhutan specifically for meditation and retreat tours. Additionally, most hotels also provide yoga sessions, retreats and meditation facilities within the hotel premises.

The traditional medicine of Bhutan is known as Sowa Rigpa and dates back to the 17th century when it first spilt from it Tibetan origins. Bhutan’s natural environment, with its exceptionally rich flora has enabled the development of an unparalleled pharmacopoeia. Indigenous medicine units have been established in all 20 Dzongkhags (districts) and can provide visitors with traditional remedies for any ailments they may have. 46 Hot springs or Tshachus as they are locally known can be found all over the Kingdom and their medicinal properties are known to cure various ailments ranging from arthritis to body aches and even sinuses.

MEDITATION AND RETREATS

As one of the last strongholds of Vajrayana Buddhism, meditation and meditation retreats are readily available.

These retreats and meditation centres provide places of respite from the cares and stress of everyday life. Devout Buddhists often venture into the mountains for months at a time to meditate.
Some visitors wish to include serious meditation programs in their itineraries. These may last for days while others only look to spend a few hours in the high hills and temples where the serenity and beauty of nature can be appreciated in undisturbed silence. We can include meditation programs in your itinerary if you are interested in trying this Bhutanese way of retreat.

Please let us know if you have an interest in this.

HOT SPRING THERAPY

In Bhutan, hot springs are known as Tshachus and are found all over the Kingdom. The medicinal properties of these hot springs have been used by the Bhutanese people for centuries to cure various ailments ranging from arthritis to body aches and even sinuses. It is a popular tradition among Bhutanese to visit hot springs during the winter months. The five most well known hot springs are:

1. THE GASA TSHACHU

The hot springs at Gasa in Western Bhutan are situated alongside the fast flowing Mo Chu River. It is one of the most popular hot springs in the country and is visited by people from overseas and Bhutanese alike.
There are three bath houses at the Gasa Tshachu. One of the bath houses contains a large bathing pool and the remaining two each have two smaller pools. The water temperature varies in each of the pool so visitors can choose the one that they like best. Bathing facilities have also been provided to ensure that the Hot Springs remain clean and hygienic.
 

2. CHUBU TSHACHU

Another well known hot spring is the Chubu Tshachu in Punakha. This hot spring is located by the banks of the Pho Chu River and is within a day’s journey from Punakha town.

3. DUR TSHACHU

Dur Tshachu is located in Central Bhutan in Bumthang Dzongkhag. Situated in the village of Dur, this Hot Spring is renowned for its medicinal value and is known to cure body aches.

4. DUENMANG TSHACHU

Duenmang Tshachu is situated by the banks of Mangde Chu River. This Hot Spring is especially popular amongst the local Khengpa population who frequent it regularly.

5. GELEPHU TSHACHU

In Southern Bhutan, this hot spring is mainly frequented by the local residents, but in winter, people from all over Bhutan journey here to cure themselves of diseases. Visitors can also try out the ancient Bhutanese tradition of ‘Menchu’ or Hot Stone Baths. In this method, water is heated by submerging red-hot stones into the bath and then using it to bathe and soak. This is a popular curative method that is used throughout the country.

Day 01: ARRIVE AT PARO (L/D)

Visit Paro Dzong and Kyichu Lhakhang in the afternoon.

Overnight in Paro.

Day 02: TAKTSANG MONASTERY OR TIGER’S NEST – THIMPHU (B/L/D)

After a visit to the Tiger’s nest, drive to Thimphu.

Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 03: THIMPHU – SIGHTSEEING (B/L/D)

In Thimphu, visit the National Memorial Chorten (stupa), and drive to Kuensel Phodrang where a large statue of Buddha Shakya Muni is being built. In the afternoon, visit Zorig Chusum (the Institute of Arts and Crafts) and the Craft Market for Religious items and souvenir shopping.

Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 04: THIMPHU – HIKING TO TANGO AND CHERI MONASTERY (B/L/D)

In the morning drive to the base of the Tango and Cheri monasteries.  These monasteries are located about an hour and half away from Thimphu.

The Tango monastery was originally the residence of Phajo Drugom Shigpo (who introduced the Drukpa Kagyupa School into Bhutan) in the 13th century. The monastery was rebuilt in its present form in 1688 by Tenzin Rabgye, the 4th Temporal Ruler of Bhutan and 1st Tri rinpoche. The monastery was restored in the mid 1990s and is now the residence of the 7th Tri rinpoche, the young reincarnation of Tenzin Rabgye. It is also a Buddhist university.
Cheri monastery was built by ZhabdrungNgawangNamgyal in 1620 who established the first monk body here. Today, these monasteries host retreat centres for many monks and other Buddhist worshippers.

Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 05: THIMPHU – PUNAKHA (B/L/D)

Drive about two hours to Punakha. On the way, stop at Dochula pass to witness the famous 108 Druk Wangyel Chortens (Stupas) and visit Chimi Lhakhang. Visit Punakha Dzong in the afternoon.

Overnight in Punakha.

Day 06: PUNAKHA – GANGTEY – BUMTHANG (B/L/D)

Visit the beautiful Gangtey valley and the Gangtey monastery before lunch. Then drive to Bumthang via the Pelela pass. Visit Chendebji Chorten on the way. Built during the first half of the 18th century by a lama named Shida, in order to nail into the ground a demon who had been terrorizing the inhabitants of the Chendebji and Ada valleys, this Nepalese styled chorten has eyes painted at the four cardinal points.

Overnight in Bumthang.

Day 07: BUMTHANG – SIGHTSEEING (B/L/D)

Visit some of the holiest places such as Kurje Lhakhang, Mebar Tsho, Jambay Lhakhang and Tamshing.

Overnight in Bumthang.

Day 08: BUMTHANG – VISIT TO THARPALING (B/L/D)

Visit Tharpaling Monastery. Tharpaling meaning place of liberation, is located on a hillock overlooking the villages of Chumey and Gaytsa in Bumthang. It is about an hour’s drive along a dirt road which winds up from the village of Gaytsa.

Gyalwa Longchen Rabjampa, a 14th century Tibetan master visited Tharpaling and preached a dharma called Yodsel Dorji Nyingpo. In the course of his teaching he liberated many followers and gradually the place came to be known as Tharpaling or the place of liberation. Today, it is one of the important monastic bodies of Kagyu and Nyingma sects of Buddhism in Bhutan. Popularly known as the ‘Great cannon of Tharpaling,’ the Tharpaling cannon, is a massive phallus-carved of stone and cement. This seven foot wonder has a seemingly-strange but interesting history behind it. According to the curator of the temple, the massive phallus was erected with its tip pointed toward the valley. Legend has it that the valley facing the temple is in the shape of a female organ. As a result of this strange setting, it posed a threat to the sanctity of the temple and there were occasions when monks from the monastery gave up their monkhood which resulted in a decline in the number of monks there.

Overnight in Bumthang.

Day 09: BUMTHANG – THIMPHU (B/L/D)

Drive back to Thimphu.

Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 10: THIMPHU – PARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (B)

Drive to Paro International Airport where your guide will bid you farewell.

Cost Information

Peak Season (Mar, Apr May, Sep, Oct and Nov)
Number of days: 10 days, 9 nights
Price:
US$ 2,970 single per person
US$ 2,790 twin/double per person
US$ 2,250 triple per person
Off-Season (Jan, Feb, Jun, Jul, Aug and Dec)
Number of days: 10 days, 9 nights
Price:
US$ 2,520 single per person
US$ 2,340 twin/double per person
US$ 1,800 triple per person

Trip Dates

Any date.