Bhutan Sacred Caves Tour

8 nights and 9 days

We are very excited to offer this unique and special tour focusing on sacred meditation spots of Guru Rinpoche, also known as Padmasambhava, who came to Bhutan in the 8th century to transform the mountain energies and pave the way for the new Buddhism. The tour also touches many of the best-loved cultural and historical sites of Bhutan. You will be able to sit silently in the caves where he meditated before any monasteries existed, to experience his powerful energy still alive. On a hike to Chumphu Nye, we’ll walk the path once traversed by the Rinpoche, along with Khandrola Mendharawa and Khandrola Yeshey Tshogyel, his two principal consorts. The energy there is rich with raw vitality of their presence if you listen. Afterwards you’ll receive a complimentary Bhutanese hot stone bath to refresh and rejuvenate.

Day 1: Arrival and welcome tea or picnic lunch. Drive to Thimphu. Evening visit Tashichö Dzong. Night in Thimphu.

Day 2: Morning to TSHELUNG NYE, where Guru Rinpoche spent many months meditating, and we’ll stop at the guru café. We’ll visit Guru Lhakhang Temple and Buddha Point. Night in Thimphu.

Day 3: To Punakha: Dochula Pass, visit Chimi Lhakhang Temple of Drukpa Kunley – the Divine Madman, and the famous Punakha Dzong. Night in Punakha / Wangdi.

Day 4: To BAYLANGDRA NYE In Wangdi (Guru’s cave) 1-hour hike from farm road point. Night back to Punakha.

Day 5: To GOEN TSHEPHU NYE In Punakha (Guru’s cave) around 3-hour drive from Punakha town, Night to Paro.

Day 6: To CHUMPHU NYE In Paro (Guru’s cave and lake) 3-hour hike from farm road point. Night back to Paro, Enjoy hot stone bath.

Day 7: Sightseeing in Paro: Ta Dzong National Museum, Kitchu Lhakhang Temple, Paro town, Pangbisa Guru Lhakhang Temple. Night in Paro.

Day 8: Hike to Taktsang Tiger’s Nest, meditation in the monastery. • Day 9: Departure from Paro.

The mountains of Bhutan hold ancient stories and the energy of saints that walked them. We’ll visit many of these sacred sites, so you’ll have an opportunity to immerse yourself in the quiet, to feel the energy and discern how the ancient practices are unique and still alive today.