Welcome to Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Touching down at Paro International Airport, you will be greeted by your guide upon exiting the arrival hall.
Today, we will take it easy to acclimatize to the altitude. Meet and greet with the guide. Introductory dinner with the Rinpoche and tour briefing.
Today we will take a domestic flight from Paro to Bumthang.
Bumthang is one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and the heartland of Buddhism in Bhutan. It is an area with a wide variety of fauna and flora. The Guru Rinpoche and his lineage of Tertons (treasure finders) making Bumthang his home have led to more than 40 temples being built in this peaceful valley.
Today Rinopche will lead the walking awareness and mindfulness.
Kurjey Lhakhang: One of the most sacred monasteries in Bhutan. Built by Guru Rinpoche in 1652, it houses a rock with his body imprint. Legend has it that Guru Rimpoche manifested as a Garuda to defeat the demon Shelging Karpo who had taken the form of a white lion.
We will visit Burning Lake (Mebar Tsho or Mebar Tsho). It is a holy site where Bhutan’s greatest terton (treasure finder), Pema Lingpa, discovered several of Guru Rinpoche’s treasures in the 15th century.
Rinpoche will lead a visualization meditation at Burning Lake. Eight auspicious aspiration and relaxation meditation with the natural sound and mindfulness.
Tamshing monastery, connecting to Pema Lingpa and its history and legacy and mindfulness meditation.
We will end our day with indoor silent meditation.
This morning we will start with silent meditation.
We will make our way to Tharpaling Monastery, also known as the place of liberation, located on the face of a hillock overlooking the villages of Chumey and Gaytsa in Bumthang. Rinpoche will lead an awareness meditation.
We drive to Yotongla Pass where we will have Yotongla mountain smoke practice (analytic meditation). Drive to Trongsa, take a short tour to the Trongsa Museum.
End our day with silent indoor meditation. Q&A with Rinpoche.
Today you will visit Rinpoche’s Monastery, Sangchen Ogyen Tsuklag Monastery. The drive will be about 45 minutes from the hotel. You will be spending the whole day at the century-old monastery.
Rinpoche will continue with the Buddhist values in Business leadership at the Monastery.
We will also have time to interact with the followers of Rinpoche.
You will dive into the following sessions:
We will make our way to Gangtey.
You will learn about applying compassion in business management from Rinpoche.
Today’s Practice: Mindfulness meditation
This retreat will enable you to explore the nature of the mind, transform your consciousness and enhance happiness and true joy through simple yet powerful techniques.
Today we will move to Punakha.
Morning mindfulness meditation.
After breakfast we will make our way to Thimphu and then drive to Paro for the night.
Today will be free and easy with a bit of local sight-seeing.
We will pass Dochula Pass - At 3,100 meters, this beautiful pass offers stunning 350-degree panoramas of the Himalayan mountain range. You will also see 108 chortens built by Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck.
Buddha Point - Located at Kuensel Phodrang Nature Park, the 51.5 meter tall bronze statue of Buddha Dordenma, Vajra Throne Buddha is one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world.
Walk around Thimphu Town - Shop and walk around Thimphu town.
Then we will make our way to Paro.
Are you ready? You will be making the hike up to one of the key highlights in Bhutan today! Tiger's Nest aka Taktsang Monastery.
Taktsang Monastery - Often called the Tiger’s Nest, is a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and temple complex perched on the cliff side of Paro Valley. “Trip to Bhutan is never complete without climbing to Taktsang”, says one tourist. Indeed, it’s true as the journey there fills you with spiritual bliss. For those who are non-spiritual, it is the dramatic, artistically built monument that becomes a hiker’s delight.
At the monastery, Rinpoche will lead a visualization meditation.
Upon descending from Tiger’s Nest, you will freshen up and have free and easy time.
In the evening, you will enjoy your dinner with Rinopche (Session Ends)
Today, you will bid fond farewell to this beautiful Himalayan country. We hope by now you would have made some friends and also kept many photos and beautiful memories of Bhutan! And we look forward to seeing you again in this beautiful land of endless enchantments!
"My Neykor experience has been very enlightening and overly exceeding my expectation. I didn't expect the trip to be so fruitful and meaningful and not just visiting so many sacred sites and also learning so many wisdoms from Rinpoche and the mindfulness meditation is something new."
Dato Darren Kee
"This Neykor trip is very meaningful and I feel that everybody should come to Bhutan and experience this Neykor trip once in a lifetime."
Datin Kate Ooi
"Just by going all these spiritual and sacred sites and having the Rinpoche there to actually guide us through all of that has just given such a much deeper and meaning full journey. It's not a holiday, it is really a spiritual journey."