Bhutan & Sikkim pilgrimage Tour

Tour highlight

This tour is mainly focus on the Buddhist pilgrim sites which were blessed by Guru Rinpoche and many other Tibetan Yogis including Karmapa in Bhutan and Sikkim. During this pilgrimage tour, you will almost visit most of the pilgrim places and monasteries dated back from the 7th century in Bhutan, Sikkim, Kalimpong and Darjeeling (West Bengal). Of course, we will visit other interesting places too but we skip some tourist spots to save our time. This tour is more suitable for who really wants to see Buddhist places throughout Bhutan and India. Interestingly, you will be guided by a Tibetan or Bhutanese Lama (teacher)who will explain in detail about each place and monastery during the tour. You will be able to interact with monks and see how they spend their daily life in monastery. Furthermore, you will see the two different culture and tradition of Bhutan and Sikkim.

Tour itinerary

Day 1: Paro
Day 2: Paro, 8 km/hike 4 hrs round trip
Day 3: Paro-Punakha, 124 km/drive 4 hrs
Day 4: Punakha- Trongsa, 146 km/drive 5.5 hrs
Day 5: Trongsa-Bumthang, 75 km/drive 3 hrs
Day 6: Bumthang
Day 8: Bumthang-Gangtey, 197 km/drive 5.5 hrs
Day 9: Gangtey-Thimphu, 93 km/drive 2.5 hrs
Day 10: Thimphu, 17 km/hike 6 hrs roundtrip
Day 11: Thimphu-Paro-Sikkim, 54 km/drive 1 hr
Day 12: Gangtok-Rumtek, 24 km/drive 40 min
Day 14: Gangtok-Ralang, 120 km/drive 4 hrs
Day 15: Ralang-Tashiding-Yuksum, 66 km/drive 2 hrs
Day 16: Yuksum-Khechopalri Lake-Pelling, 38 km/drive 1.5 hrs
Day 17: Pelling-Bagdogra-Delhi, 72 km/drive 3.5 hrs
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Day 1: Paro
Arrival in Paro. After short refreshment, excursion to The National Museum (Ta-Dzong) which was actually the Watch Tower of the Paro Rinchen Pong Dzong. It was converted to the National Museum in l968. Visit the Rinchen Pong Dzong which was built in 1645 AD.

Day 2: Paro
We start to hike to Taktsang Monastery. The name Taktsang means " Tiger's Nest ". The Monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 4,000 ft. and offers an excellent view of Paro valley. It is said that in the second half of the 8th century, Guru Padma Sambhava meditated in the spot where the Monastery is situated, having alighted there on the back of a flying tigress. Picnic lunch at the Taktsang cafeteria.

Day 3: Paro-Punakha
We drive to Punakha where we visit Punakha Dzong which was built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative seat of the region. It was here that the dual system of government was introduced in the 17th century and in 1907, enthroned the first King Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuck. Chimi lhakhang was founded by the divine madman also known, as Drukpa Kinley who was a famous teacher with the phallic symbol is associated.

Day 4: Punakha- Trongsa
Drive to Trongsa visiting Wangdi Dzong. We also visit Trogsa Dzong which is one of the biggest Dzong in Bhutan. Evening we take an excursion around small town and nearby village.

Day 5: Trongsa-Bumthang
Drive to Bumthang en route to Tharpaling monastery which was established in 14th century by one great Tibetan Yogi Longchen Rabjampa. Lunch with a local family in Chumey Village. Walking excursion around the city in the evening.

Day 6: Bumthang
We visit the following monasteries; Jambey lhakhang, this monastery was built in the 7th century by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo. It is one of 108 monasteries which he built to subdue evil spirits in the Himalayan region. Kurje Lhakhnag (monastery) was built in 1652 against the rock face where Guru Padmasambhava meditated in the 8th century. We also see Thangbi Monastery, which was founded in 1470 by Shamar Rinpoche of the Karma Kagyupa religious school. Tamshing monastery was founded in 1501 by Terton Pema Lingpa. There are very old religious paintings around the inner walls of the temple, which was restored at the end of the 19th century.

Day 7: Bumthang
Drive to Mebhar Tso (Butter Lamp Lake). The Mebar Tsho is considered one of the most sacred sites in the region as it relates to the renowned treasure reveler, Terton Pema Lingpa-incarnated disciple of Padmasambhava who discovered treasure from the lake somewhere around late 15th century. Short walking excursion through the Ura Village and lunch with a local family.

Day 8: Bumthang-Gangtey
Drive to Gangtey and visit Gangtey monastery which was built in 14th century. We take a walking excursion to Phojekha Village. Sometimes we see a black neck crane around the village in the winter.

Day 9: Gangtey-Thimphu
Drive to Thimphu en route to Simtokha Dzong which is one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan. It was built in 1629 AD. It houses the largest monastic schools in the country. We visit library, art school and Buddha point where is the biggest sitting Buddha. After that we visit Changgangkha Lhakhang, Pangri Zampa monastery where monks study astrology. We also visit the main Bazaar. Walking excursion to the memorial stupa in the evening.

Day 10: Thimphu
Early morning we hike to the Phajoding monastery which was established in the early 13th century by Lama Phajo Drugom Zhipa from Tibet. We will come back to the hotel in the evening. Picnic lunch will be served near the monastery.

Day 11: Thimphu-Paro
Sikkim

Early morning we drive to Paro and fly to Bagdogra. We will drive (109 km/4 hrs) to Gangtok from Bagdogra airport. We will drive through numerous towns and villages. In the evening, walking excursion around the one of the cleanest city in India.

Day 12: Gangtok-Rumtek
We drive to Rumtek. Rumtek monastery is the biggest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Sikkim. Also visit Old Rumtek Monastery and Nunnery which is located 2 km from here. After lunch, we drive back to Gangtok and visit palace monastery, Dodrul stupa and Enchey monastery.

Day 13: Gangtok-Phodong
We drive to Phodong and visit Phodong monastery, the one of the oldest monastrey of karma Kagyu School. Later we visit Phensang monastery and Labdrang monastery of Nyingma school. The Labdrang monastery is one of the first monastery in Sikkim.

Day 14 Gangtok-Ralang
We drive to Ralang monastery, one of the oldest monastery which was miraculously consecrated by the Karmapa from Tibet. On the way to Ralang, we visit the cave where Guru Rinpoche mediated and left his hat impression on the rock. There is also hot spring water. In the evening we take a walking excursion to the Tibetan refugee camp.

Day 15: Ralang-Tashiding-Yuksum
We drive to Tashiding monastery, the place where Guru Rinpoche visited and later established monastery, which is one of the oldest Nyingma monastery in Sikkim dated back in 1717. We visit Yuksum Lake as well as stone seats of Lonchen Rabjampa and 1st king of Sikkim in Yuksum itself.

Day 16: Yuksum-Khechopalri Lake-Pelling
Visit Pemayangtse Monastery, one of the oldest Nyingma Monastery in Sikkim and Rabdentse palace of the past kingdom of Sikkim until the year 1814.

Day 17: Pelling-Bagdogra-Delhi
Early morning we drive to Bagdogra airport and fly to Delhi at noon.
 

Tour date

only by request
(17 days / 16 nights)

Group size & price

from 3-12 pax:
3040 USD per person

Price includes

  • 3* hotels double occupancy
  • Full board
  • private vehicle
  • all entrance fees
  • English speaking Bhutanese guide (other languages upon request)
  • Visa fee

Supplementary fee

  • Single individual
    80 USD per night
  • Group of 2 persons
    30 USD per person per night
  • single occupancy
    40 USD per night

* Any individual tours and services can be upgraded according to your time and interest on request.
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