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Lion Dragon Tours

Lion Dragon Tours 11 Days and 10 Nights

 

Day 1   Singapore to Paro, transfers to Thimphu.

Enter Bhutan amidst its breath taking landscape from Bangkok or Singapore and take in sights of some of the world’s tallest peaks, Everest, KanchenDzonga, Lhotshe and Jomalhari. You will be warmly received, with the offering of a white welcome scarf.

Transfer to hotel in capital city Thimphu(about one and half hours drive from airport). Arrival at hotel and relax with welcome tea followed by check-in at hotel. Rest till lunch Program after lunch visit ChangangkhaTemple (built in the 15th century by famous Lama Nima).  Inside the temple is “God of Compassion” made out of platinum.  You may witness blessing of a new born baby in this temple.

Mini Zoo, Bhutan’s only zoo to see the national animal Takin.

Drive to Buddha point, this is excellent lookout point of the whole Thimphu city.

Nunnery founded in 1976.  More than 40 nuns study Buddhism in this nunnery.

Visit week end market / Centenary Farmer Market.

 

Day 2Thimphu to Punakha,   

Drive to Punakha, old capital of Bhutan (about 3-hour drive).

Stopover at the enchanting Doculapass(3,040m above sea level). On a clear day one can see panoramic view of the Eastern Himalayas mountain ranges.

Visit DrukWangyel Temple located near by the pass.

Arrive at Punakha Valley (1300m above sea level), a fertile valley were farmers grow two crops in a year.

Visit the PunakhaDzong, a Dzong which played an important role in the olden days. It was Bhutan’s second monastery school after the Cheri Monastery.  The first king was crowned inside this Dzong in 1907. It is residence to the Centre Monk’s Body and Chief Abbot in winter.

Hike to Rinchengang cluster village it is 15 minutes’ walk to this beautiful village. According to legend these people came from Couch Bihar (India) in 17th centuries.  It is said before 60 year ago their houses where connected from one house to another, interior of house one can go from one house to another. But still today we can see some few houses still connected one another. It is interesting to walk along this village; peoples are busy doing their daily cores of work.  Overnight in the Hotel.

 

Day 3,Punakha – Punakha

Today after break feast in the camp, take short drive to nearby suspension bridge and start hiking to nearby Monastery:  KhemsumYuelleyNamgayChorten
This unique Chorten is Bhutan’s examples of fine and intricate architecture and artistic tradition. It was built to promote peace, stability and harmony, and bless the long-life of the monarch.Her Majesty AshiTsheringYangdonWangchuk was the patron to build this Chorten in 1999 which took 7½ years to complete.The ground floor contains the images of PhurpaLhatsho (the Deity of Magic Dagger). The middle floor is dedicated to ThrowoKhamsumNamgyel (deity of magic dragger), while the top floor houses images of ThrowaNamperGyalwa. The dome contains the old image of Buddha from PunakhaDzong.

 

Day 5,   Trongsa to Bumthang,

Drive one and half hour drive to south of Trongsa valley and visit famous Sharabling Nunnery. It was founded by great Lama Karmapa’s disciple in 1980s. Today this nunnery is Karmapa’s famous learning centre in Bhutan. There are around 80 Nuns studying Buddhist philosophy and meditation.  4-hour drive to Bumthang.  You will pass through Bhutan’s highest pass Yotongla (3,345m) during your tour in Bhutan.Overnight hotel in Bumthang.

 

Day 6 Bumthang – Bumthang,

Visit the JampaLhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest temples founded by the 7th king of Tibet in 659 AD.  This temple was one of the 108 temples built by him throughout Tibet and Himalayas to overcome a giant demon.–It was said to be built on the left knee of a demon to subjugate the frontiers.

20-min walk to KurjiLhakhang, the place where Guru Rimpoche meditated for 3 months to subdue the local deity who took the life force of King SinduRaji.  You will see the body imprint of Guru Rimpoche in this temple.

Walk half an hour to the 3rd temple TamshingLhakhang, which means ‘temple of good message’.  This temple was founded by Lama PemaLingpa in 1501 and contains original wall painting from 1501 which were never repainted.

VisitBhutan’s masterpiece of architecture – the WangdicholingDzong built in 1851 by TrongsaPenlopJigmeNamgyal.

Visit JakarDzong, founded in 1649 by the great grandfather of ZhabdrungNawangNangyal (spiritual ruler who unified Bhutan).  It was later expanded in 1683 by the great temporal ruler 4thDrukDesiGaysay Tenzin Rabgay, who added a tower water reservoir.Overnight hotel in Bumthang.

 

Day 7 Bumthang to Phobjikha,

Drive back to Wangdi crossing two passes, Yotongla(3334m) and Pele la (3300m).

This is opportunity to see the Black Mountain and Mt.GangkarPuensum from Yotongla pass; and Mt.Jomolhari, Mt.Jichudraki and Mt.Drakigang from Pelela pass if you have miss while entering into Trongsa.

Phobjikha valley is largest reserved wet land in Bhutan. This valley is winter home for rare species of birds call BLACK NACK CRAIN; they come here in end of October and migrate back to Tibet in March. This is the only species of Crain found in Bhutan out-of 700 species of bird found in Bhutan. There is beautiful walk around the Crain feeding area.

If time permit visit Gangtay Monastery, was built in 1692 AD by Lama PemaThinley. Today it is main site of Pedling (off shoot of Ningma religion), discover by Lama PemaLingpa in 16th centuries.

On the way to hotel visit Crain information Centre, where you will get more information of these rare birds.

Overnight hotel in Gantey Monastery Guest House Hotel.

 

Day 8    Phobjikha to Paro,

Drive back to Paro, crossing Dochula pass again.  Early start from hotel recommended for great view of Eastern Himalayas Mountains Ranges from pass, especially on clear day.

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×                                                                                                                                                 Visit the DrugyelDzong, which was built in 1649 by ZhabdrungRimpoche to show his victory over Tibetan invasion. This Dzong was also used as border check post in olden days. Unfortunately it was completely damage by fire in 1949. Today it is stand as ruin fortress.

×             Visit theKichuLhakhang founded in 659 AD by Tibetan king SongtshenGyambo.  It was built to subjugate the demon which occupied lands all over the Himalayas and prevented the spread of Buddhism.  The king had built 108 temples in a day to overcome the demon. Overnight hotel in Paro.

 

Day 9    Paro – Paro,

Hike to the Tiger Nest Monastery, one of the holiest monasteries in the Buddhist The hike to the monastery will take one whole day.  This is the most popular pilgrimage site for Buddhists.  Legend has it that Guru Rimpoche (2nd Buddha) came here on a flaming tigress in the 8th century, and meditated in one of the caves for 4 months. He had also given his secret teachings to KhandoYeshiChogyel and LongchenPelyiSangay (his favorite disciple) in the cave. After Guru Rimpoche’s visit, many famous Lama from Tibet and India visited this monastery.

Day 10   Paro to Singapore, After breakfast at hotel, drive to airport for departure, “On the wings of the Dragon”.

Magical Mountain Tours

 

Day 1   Singapore to Paro, transfers to Thimphu.

 

                     

Enter Bhutan amidst its breath taking landscape from Bangkok or Singapore and take in sights of some of the world’s tallest peaks, Everest, KanchenDzonga, Lhotshe and Jomalhari. You will be warmly received, with the offering of a white welcome scarf.

Transfer to hotel in capital city Thimphu(about one and half hours drive from airport). Arrival at hotel and relax with welcome tea followed by check-in at hotel.

Rest till lunch. Program after lunch visit, ChangangkhaTemple (built in the 15th century by famous Lama Nima).  Inside the temple is “God of Compassion” made out of platinum.  You may witness blessing of a new born baby in this temple.Mini Zoo, Bhutan’s only zoo to see the national animal Takin.Drive to Buddha point, this is excellent lookout point of the whole Thimphu city.Nunnery founded in 1976.  More than 40 nuns study Buddhism in this nunnery.Visit week end market / Centenary Farmer Market.

 

Day 2 

Drive along the Thimphu River for around 45min to the Tango (meaning horse head) monastery.  Be prepared for a steep climb from the open car park and 20-minute hike through the blue pine and oak forest to reach the monastery which was founded in the 12th Century by Lama GyalwaLhananpa.  PhajoDrukgomShipo also meditated and saw the vision of God Tandin (God with Horse Head).VisitZorichusum(13 arts and crafts) which is popularly called the painting school.  Students in this school learn traditional arts and crafts like painting, sculpture, wood carving, weaving and embroidery.

Visit the National Library which consists of 2 buildings.  On the ground floor of the old building is the largest book in the world and religious books on the upper floor.  English books are kept on the ground floor in the new building.

Visit the ThimphuTashichoDzong, a fortress built in 1772 by the temporal ruler Zhidar and Je YountenThaye (Chief Abbot). Overnight hotel in Thimphu.

 

Day 3 Thimphu to Punakha,

Drive to Punakha, old capital of Bhutan (about 3-hour drive).

Stopover at the enchanting Doculapass(3,040m above sea level). On a clear day one can see panoramic view of the Eastern Himalayas mountain ranges.Visit DrukWangyel Temple located near by the pass. Arrive at Punakha Valley (1300m above sea level), a fertile valley were farmers grow two crops in a year.

 

Visit the PunakhaDzong, a Dzong which played an important role in the olden days. It was Bhutan’s second monastery school after the Cheri Monastery.  The first king was crowned inside this Dzong in 1907. It is residence to the Centre Monk’s Body and Chief Abbot in winter.Hike to Rinchengang cluster village it is 15 minutes’ walk to this beautiful village. According to legend these people came from Couch Bihar (India) in 17th centuries.  It is said before 60 year ago their houses where connected from one house to another, interior of house one can go from one house to another. But still today we can see some few houses still connected one another. It is interesting to walk along this village; peoples are busy doing their daily cores of work.  Overnight hotel in Punakha.

 

 

Day 4  Punakha – Punakha

Today after break feast in the camp, take short drive to nearby suspension bridge and start hiking to nearby Monastery:  KhemsumYuelleyNamgayChorten
This unique Chorten is Bhutan’s examples of fine and intricate architecture and artistic tradition. It was built to promote peace, stability and harmony, and bless the long-life of the monarch.Her Majesty AshiTsheringYangdonWangchuk was the patron to build this Chorten in 1999 which took 7½ years to complete.The ground floor contains the images of PhurpaLhatsho (the Deity of Magic Dagger). The middle floor is dedicated to ThrowoKhamsumNamgyel (deity of magic dragger), while the top floor houses images of ThrowaNamperGyalwa. The dome contains the old image of Buddha from PunakhaDzong.

In the afternoon drive farther North of Punakha valley following the Mo-chu river valley. You will sport many beautiful waterfall, thick cold broad leaves forest. Drive up to Damji Village where you can see nice view of GasaDzong.

Overnight hotel in Punakha.

Day 5 Punakha to Haa

 

×           Drive to Haa valley it takes around 4 hour drive. On the way see many beautiful scenes. Bypass many small villages along the road.  Today in Bhutan, Haa valley is the only valley in Bhutan where they don’t grow rice. The valley is divided into two parts South and North. People in South do farming and people in North raise YAKS for their leaving.

Visit LhakhangKarpo( White temple) and LhakhangNagpo(Black temple). These both the temple where built in 7th centuries by 7th King of Tibet, SongtshenGembo.  Legends goes the king has send two bird white and black, they flew over high Himalaya’s and landed where temple stand today. Overnight hotel in Haa.

 

 

Day 6 Haa to Paro

One and half hour drive to Chelila pass in between Haa and Paro valley. This is one of most beautiful walk in Bhutan; one can really feel the thin air, can experience walking in the Alpine zone. This pass is located at more than 3750 m, see so many Alpine flowers and also see Bhutan National Flower Blue Puppy in May and June.  From this pass, if weather permit one can see Mt Jomolhari (7015 m), Mt Tsheringgang (6980m), Mt Jichudraki (6880m), Mt Drakigang (Alt. 6060m) and excellent view of surrounding valley, part of Sikkim (India). From pass walk along the ridge for one hour reached to top of the ridge. Have picnic lunch on the top and walk back to the car. Overnight hotel in Paro.

 

 

Day 7 Paro – Paro

 

Hike to the Tiger Nest Monastery, one of the holiest monasteries in the Buddhist World.  The hike to the monastery will take one whole day.  This is the most popular pilgrimage site for Buddhists.  Legend has it that Guru Rimpoche (2nd Buddha) came here on a flaming tigress in the 8th century, and meditated in one of the caves for 4 months. He had also given his secret teachings to KhandoYeshiChogyel and LongchenPelyiSangay (his favorite disciple) in the cave. After Guru Rimpoche’s visit, many famous Lama from Tibet and India visited this monastery.Overnight hotel in Paro.

Day 8 Paro to Singapore

 

After breakfast at hotel, drive to airport for departure “on the wings of the Dragon.”