Liberation Bhutan Tours and Treks gives you the opportunity to make visit to sacred of various enlightened masters, one can reconnect to the deeper level of consciousness. From time immemorial Bhutan has been the host country for Buddhist practitioners.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE BHUTAN PILGRIMAGE
The ‘Bhutan Pilgrimage’ cultural tour explores all of the pilgrimage sites of Bhutan’s western and central valleys.
- Discover some of the most sacred Buddhist monasteries and temples in the Paro, Thimphu, Punakha and Bumthang.
- Visit many cultural attractions including medieval fortresses (Dzongs), markets and museums.
To view more information about some of the townships that are featured in this tour, please visit the Township Highlights page.
Driving to Thimphu after landing at Paro International Airport will introduce you through the beautiful valleys of Paro to Thimphu.
THIMPHU : Thimphu is located at at elevation of 2320 meters above sea level and it is the biggest city in Bhutan accomodating about 100,000 populatoin. Bhutan’s capital, occupies a velley in the country’s western interior and the city is rich with its Buddhist sites.
MEMORIAL CHORTEN : The Thimphu Memorial Chorten was built in 1974 in remembrance of His Majesty the Third King of Bhutan Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. Every day hundreds and thousands of people circumbulate to pay respect to His Majesty and for wellbeing of all sentient beings.
BUDDHA POINT : The statue of Shakyamuni Budddha measuring a height of 51.5 meters is the largest statue of Buddha in the world, it is located at Kuenselphodrang nature park that overlooks the southern entrance to Thimphu valley.
CHANGGANGKHA LHAKHANG : The Changgangkha Lhakhang was built in 12th century on a site chosen by Lama Phajo Drukgom Shipo. This popular temple perched on a ridge above central Thimphu. Handicraft Bazzar and Weekend Markets are few sites to be explored in evening in Thimphu City.
CHERI MONASTERY : A walk from the road point (Dodeyna) to Cheri Monastry is about a hour and half time. The Cheri Monastery was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1620 AD.
TANGO MONASTERY : It is a Buddhist monastery located 14 kms to the north of the capital city of Thimphu in Bhutan. It was founded by the Phajom Drugom zhigpo. The Tango monastery stand adjacent to Cheri monastery. This place is famoulsy associated with the third Desi of Bhutan Gyelsey Tenzin Rabgay.
If you need we will arrange free Buddhism talk by a renown Buddhist Masters.
DOCHULA : This journey drives through Dochula passes which stands at elevation of 3150m / 10,000ft. This pass is decorated with 108 stupas, which were built to celebrate the stability and progress brought to Bhutan by 4th king .
CHIMI LHAKHANG : On a hillock below the Metshina the yellow-footed Chimmi Lhakhang built in 1499-takes 45 mins round trip through the rice filed to Chimmi Lhakhang. This Monastery also referred to as the Abode of fertility and believed that any couple who gets blessing from this temple is blessed with a child in the next year or so.
SANGCHEN DORJI LHENDRUP NUNNERY : The temple and nunnery is located on a ridge overlooking Toebessa–Punakha and Wangduephodrang valleys. The Lhakhang consists of a of a double storied temple , a chorten and a nunnery complex.
Punakha to Bumthang is about 8-9 hours drive through the winding roads that over changing vegetations from warm broadleaved to cool broadleaved forests.
PELELA : Pele la pass (3420m), is marked by a chorten and an array of prayer flags. On a clear day (which is rare in these parts) mount Jhomolhari (7314m)& Jichu Drakye (6989m) are visible. Pele La pass marks the western border of Jigme Singye Wangchuck (formerly the Black Mountains) National Park and is the gateway to central Bhutan.
TRONGSA VIEWPOINT : This is a view point to Famous Trongsa Dzong (fortress). You can catch a very beautiful view of Trongsa Chokor Rabtentse Dzong.
JAMBA LHAKHANG : Bumthang Jamba Lhakhang is believed to be one among two of 108 Lhakhangs that the King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet built in one day. The other one is the Paro Kyichu Lhakhang.
KURJE LHAKHANG : In eight century, the great Indian master Padmasambhava mediated and subdued the local diety (Sheljing Karpo) and while doing so he left his body imprint in here, hence the place famously known as Kurje. This is the place of origination "Dance of Eight Manifestation - Guru Tshengye Cham"
TAMZHING LHAKHANG : The King Terton (treasure revealler) Pema Lingpa built the Tamzhing Lhakhang in 1501 and this place served as his main seat.
KENCHOGSUM LKHAKHANG : The temple was founded, according to the saint Pema Lingpa as far back as the 8th century and in 1039, Bonpo Dragtshel, a tertön, discovered texts which had been buried by Padmasambhava in this location. According to legend, the king of the water deities was said to have risen out of the lake beneath the temple and offered Dragtshel a stone pillar and scroll. This concept of a lake beneath the monastery is also reiterated in another legend in which Pema Lingpa is said to have discovered the subterranean lake and concealed the entrance to it with a stone, which stands today in the courtyard of the monastery. In February 2010 Konchogsum Lhakhang was severely damaged by fire and has since been rebuilt. The new temple and monastery was consecrated in November 2014.
LHODRAK KHARCHU LHAKHANG : The Lodrak Kharchu Monastery in Bumthang is the main seat of 7th Namkhai Nyingpo Rinpoche. It is located right above the Chamkhar town.
TANG RIMOCHEN : The Tang Rimochen Lakhang is located in the Tang Valley on the west bank of the Tang Chuu river. According to legend, Padmasambhava meditated on a giant rock, and together with his two consorts Mandarava and Yeshe Tsogyal, left footprints here. The name of the temple is associated with tiger stripes, which can be seen on the rock.
MEBARTSHO : Mebartsho famously known as Burning Lake is located 9 kms towards east from Jakar. In 15th century, Terton Pema Lingpa discovered treasure from this lake.
JAKAR YUGYEL DZONG : The Jakar Dzongkha is beautifully located in a ridge just above the Chamkhar valley. This Dzong was built by Yongzin Ngagi Wangchuck.
TRONGSA TA DZONG : Trongsa Ta Dzong is located just above the majestic Trongsa Dzong. This used to be served as the watch tower for Tibetan enemies during ancient times. Today this watch tower houses a musuem.
TRONGSA CHOKOR RABTENTSE DZONG : Trongsa being the exact centre spot of Bhutan, this dzong played a very important role in unification of the country. This dzong is seat to Trongsa Penlop before every monarch becomes the King of Bhutan.
PARO TAKTSHANG : No pilgrimage in Bhutan is complete without the famous Paro Taktshang most oftenly know as Tigers' Nest. This monastery is located on a very steep clift overlooking Longo village of Paro.
PARO SIGHTSEEING : Paro is Bhutan's largest river valley and this has attributed to beautiful scences in Paro. The sight seeing could include Paro Ta Dzong, Drak Karpo and many more.