Bhutan – Monastic Retreat, Meditation and Buddhism - 14 Days



Nestled in the heart of the Himalayas, Druk Yul (The Land of the Thunder Dragon) – The Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan, is one of the most fascinating travel destinations.

In this experience, you can live for a week in a Buddhist Monastery, learning and practicing meditation, about Buddhism, sharing the chores with the monks.

It is a unique experience, in English, for those who seek their life and inner peace and want to deepen their particular cosmos.

Finishing the retreat, you will visit the essentials to know this wonderful country in which happiness should be quoted on the stock exchange and shared with the people of Druk Yul.

Day 1
Day 01 - Flight

Departure on regular line flight to Bhutan via intermediate airport/s. Day/Night en route.

Day 2
Day 02 - Arrival - Paro/Thimphu (L, D)

The flight to Paro is with Druk Air, the national carrier that flies from different Asian airports such as Calcutta, Singapore or Bangkok. On a clear day, the magnificent views of the highest peaks in the world give way to the peaceful green valley of Paro just before landing. The first gift of Bhutan will be a breath of fresh and clean air immediately after leaving the plane. After passing the visa and immigration control, you will be received by your guide and transferred to Thimphu, the capital of the country. In an hour you will be in the city that has only three lines of stores and is the only capital of the world without traffic lights. At dusk, you will visit the Craft Emporium.

Day 3
Day 03 - Transfer to the Monastery in Bumthang (B, L, D)

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Bumthang. The Monastic Retreat will be under the tutelage of the Grand Master, 7th Reincarnation of Namkhai Nyeningpo Rinpoche. This monastery has more than 300 monks. Welcome, presentation of the rules and first contact with the monastic life.

Day 4
Days 04 - 11 - Monastic Retreat (B, L, D)

Dring these days you will be part of the daily life of the monastery, following the norms of it and participating in the prayers, in the hours of meditation, in the daily chores and you will learn about Buddhism, about your inner life and only the Universe will be the limit.

Day 5
Day 12 - Monastery/Thimphu (B, L, D)

Breakfast at the monastery and return to the outside world. You will be received again by your guide and transferred to Thimphu through Paso Docula (3050 m) arriving for lunch and some free time. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 6
Day 13 – Thimphu/Paro - Climbing to Takshang (Tiger's Nest) (B, L, D)

Breakfast at the hotel and departure by car to Thimphu and Drukgyal Dzong, the Fortress in Ruins, which in its time served to defend the valley of the Tibetan invasions. You will continue to Ramthangkha, starting point for Trekking on foot to Takshang, Tigre’s Nest. The climb to the cafeteria at 2950 m. above sea level, will take you about two hours. From the viewpoint you can enjoy the magnificent view of the Monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigress in the 8th century. If you wish, you can reach it, where you can visit 13 Sacred Sites. After this visit, return to the cafeteria to enjoy a delicious lunch before descending again to the starting point and go to Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest monasteries in the country for a visit. Then you will visit the National Museum, Ta Dzong, an old watchtower. You will also visit Paro Rinpung Dzong, built in the S. XVII as a defense against the Tibetan invaders. Return to the hotel, dinner and night.

Day 7
Day 14 - Departure

Breakfast at the hotel and free time. At the agreed time, transfer to the airport to connect with your return flight.

Included

  • Transfers apt/hotel/apt
  • Accommodation in Full Board
  • Special accommodation at the Monastery
  • Visa (upon arrival)
  • Guide service in English outside the Monastery
  • Activities/Excursions/Visits described
  • Cancellation Insurance and Medical Assistance at the Destination

Not Included

  • International Flight in Combination with Druk Air - It must be booked by us according to your travel dates.
  • Drinks throughout the Experience
  • Personal expenses (Laundry, Telephony, Internet, Shopping ...)
  • Activities/Excursions/Visits not mentioned or offered as optional
  • Tips

Rates expressed in Euros (€) per person.

Pax Solo Traveler Supplement*
3845€ +565€

*This supplement is charged to us by the Monastery for that person who enjoys the experience alone.

Questions

A typical day at the Monastery can be:

5:00 AM Wake up 6:00 AM Morning Prayer 6:40 AM Lesson on Meditation 7:45 AM Early Breakfast 8:30 AM Lesson on Buddhism 9:30 AM Breakfast 10:00 AM Lesson on Buddhism in Bhutan 11:30 AM Snack 12:00 AM Lesson on Compassion 1:00 PM Lunch 2:30 PM Interaction with Monks 3:30 PM Snack 4:00 PM Visit to the Monastery Campus 5:30 PM Evening Prayer 6:30 PM Dinner 7:30 PM Retreat to the bedroom 9:00 PM Sleeping (Zimdhar)

Another Typical day at the Monastry can be:

5:00 AM Wake up 6:00 AM Morning Prayer 6:40 AM Meditation Lesson 7:45 AM Early Breakfast 8:30 AM Basic Lesson on Buddhism 9:30 AM Breakfast 10:30 AM Lesson on the Meaning of Life and Buddhism 11:30 AM Snack 12:00 Various Lessons 1:00 PM Lunch 2:30 PM Lesson on the Bardo 4:00 PM Snack 4:30 PM Continuous Lesson on Bardo 5:30 PM Break 6:30 PM Dinner 7:30 PM Retreat to the Room 9:00 PM Sleepong (Zimdhar)

Lodging at the Monastery

The dormitories of the Monastery are exclusive to the monks; there is a separated building for the foreign visitor to sleep. The rooms can be individual or if you travel in company, double ones.

Language at the Monastery

There are guides in several languages in Bhutan for the visits around the country, but at the Monastery, the language will be English and the whole experience will be based on that language.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Bhutan – Monastic Retreat, Meditation and Buddhism
From € 3,845.00
per Adult