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15-Day Meditation Journey To Nepal And Bhutan

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  • Explore Swayambhunath and Boudha stupas in Kathmandu
  • Visit the picturesque Paro Taktsang, or the Tiger's Nest, in Paro
  • Travel to numerous sacred dzongs in Bhutan
  • Enjoy daily meditation practice and introduction to Buddhist philosophy
Gain a new perspective on Buddhism while embarking on a pilgrimage through two countries with deep-seated roots in the religion. On this 14-day journey get a deeper understanding of the Buddhist philosophy across the tranquil hillsides of Nepal and Bhutan.

Explore numerous sacred Buddhist areas in Nepal, including Swoyambhunath Stupa, Pharping, Namo Buddha and Bouddhanath Stupa. Then fly to Paro and embark on a journey to observe and learn about the spiritual heritage of Bhutan with visits to a number of dzongs, with the highlight of Paro Taktsang, or the Tiger's Nest. All the while take time to practice mediation techniques that you will learn along the way.

Please note that we do not organize this tour unless we have a minimum of seven travellers for a starting date. In case you have not booked this trip as a group of seven travellers and we do not reach the number for the starting date you have booked, we will refund you the amount you paid for this tour.
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Upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be picked up and transfered directly to a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Pharping in the south western corner of the Kathmandu Valley.

In the afternoon there will be an introduction to the pilgrimage by instructors Alex d’Artois & Sisse Budolfsen.
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  • Dinner
Guest house
Start the morning with a calming meditation session followed by breakfast. Then we'll have our introduction session to Buddhist philosophy before lunch.

After lunch and a rest, we hike through the rice fields to visit Asura cave and the self-arisen Tara in Pharping. End the day with a meditation session before dinner.

Spend the night at a Tibetan Buddhist monastery guesthouse.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
2 Star Hotel
Start the morning with meditation and breakfast. After a session on Buddhist philosophy, we'll head to Swoyambhu, the monkey temple. Explore one of the biggest and the holiest stupa in the Kathmandu Valley in the afternoon. Spend the night at a hotel in Swoyambhu.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Resort
After breakfast, we continue our journey to the lovely area of Namo Buddha at the outskirts of the valley. We'll be spending two nights in the area.

Have lunch while enjoying the tranquil scenery around the resort and enjoy the rest of the afternoon as you please.

After dinner, we'll have a meditation before going to bed.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Resort
Enjoy a meditation session and breakfast at the resort in Namo Buddha. After lunch, hike up to the sacred Namo Buddha stupa, where it is said that the previous incarnation of Shakyamuni Buddha sacrificed his body to feed a starving Tigress and her cubs. We also visit the stunning monastery of Thrangu Rinpoche.

Head back down for another night's stay in the resort.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Resort
After breakfast we depart for the international airport and fly to Paro, Bhutan.

At Paro, we visit Dhuntse and Kyichu Lakhang – the house of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, one of the greatest Tibetan Buddhist masters of this century. We spend the night at a lovely resort.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Camping
After breakfast, we drive to up the hill behind Jala Dzong to begin our walk to the fortress-monastery.

We have lunch at the camp and enjoy the rest of the day exploring the location around the Dzong. During summer, the area is filled with blue poppies, the national flower of Bhutan. We spend the night camping at Jala Dzong.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Camping
Today we walk to Lataykha monastery, a retreat location for Buddhist practitioners of the region. From this location, we can enjoy great views of Hemphug Monastery, Bemri and Phurdo Gompa.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Resort
After breakfast, we walk to Bemire, a sacred mountain from which 100,000 dakinis (sacred female spirits) were said to have taken flight. Also visit Dhunkalha, or Phurdo Gompa, before heading back to Paro in a vehicle for a night at a beautifully located resort.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Farm House
We rise early for the drive to Chele La. On the way, we'll visit Kilay gompa (nunnery).

For lunch, we'll have a picnic at the top a pass with great views of the Himalayas. Continue down the the pass to Haa valley.

We spend the night at a beautiful farmhouse.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Guest house
Visit Shekhar Drak and continue driving the back road of Haa. We will stop for a picnic lunch at the scenic Dobsey Dzong. Continue on to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, and check in to your hotel.

Explore the city and its numerous Buddhist sites at your own leisure in the afternoon. Prior to dinner, we pay a visit to the giant Dordenma Buddha statue, which sits above the city and overlooks the entire Thimphu valley.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Resort
In the morning, explore Thimphu, and choose to visit either Zorig Chusu the School of 13 Traditional Arts, the textile museum, the traditional medical center or the Memorial Chorten.

After lunch, head back to Paro with a stop at Tamchoe monastery. The area is renowned for the chain bridge built by the famous iron bridge-builder Thang Thong Gyalpo.

We spend the night at Paro.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Hotel
We begin our morning pilgrimage to Taktsang Monastery or the famous Tiger’s Nest.

On the way back down, we have lunch at the Taktsang cafeteria. Return to the resort where an optional Bhutanese hot stone bath can be organized (at an additional cost).

In the evening, we'll have a farewell dinner to mark our last night in Bhutan.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Guest house
Fly back to Kathmandu, Nepal, on a morning flight.

Take the day to explore Boudha, the largest stupa in Nepal, and its bustling alleyways. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at Kathmandu’s famous pizza joint, Fire and Ice.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day of departure. We provide transportation to the airport.
Meals
  • Breakfast
what’s included
  • Airport pickup
  • All accommodations during the journey
  • Two-way transfer flights from Kathmandu, Nepal, to Paro, Bhutan
  • Transportation within Nepal and Bhutan
  • Healthy vegetarian meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Experienced, English-speaking guides and instructors
  • Daily dharma talks & introduction to meditation
what's excluded
  • International flights to Nepal
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal visa to Nepal
  • Tips to local guides and porters
  • Any alcoholic beverages during the journey
  • Anything not mentioned in the 'What's Included' section of the itinerary
Tour details
Availability 08 Nov 2019
Duration 15 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 15 participants
Minimum Participants 7 people
Age Requirement 18 +
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Meeting/Start Point Pick-up at your hotel or location in Kathmandu, Nepal
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