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We have tailor-made our tours for discerning travellers wishing to explore the hidden corners of Bhutan’s unique and colourful culture and catch a true glimpse of its authentic Buddhist roots. Our Niche Tours allow you to travel in Bhutan unobtrusively, gaining access to sacred places unavailable to other tours, enjoying the flexibility and the stress-free benefits of guided travel, while sharing your journey with interesting,like-minded fellow travellers.
The Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang), the most iconic landmark and holy site in the Kingdom, clings impossibly to a sheer cliff face 900 meters above the Paro Valley. It was first built in 1692 at a cave where Guru Rinpoche meditated in the seventh century. Legend says that Guru Rinpoche flew there on a tigress and meditated in the cave for three years in order to subdue evil demons residing within it. The cave has been considered a sacred site ever since and many famous saints have made pilgrimage there. Located approximately 10 km north of Paro town at 3,100 meters altitude, Taktsang is reached after an approximately two and a half hour hike through beautiful, shady pine forests.
Buddha Dordenma (Buddha Point) in Kuenselphodrang Nature Park, overlooking Thimphu City. Its’ awesome focal point, one of the largest statues of Buddha Shakyamuni in the world (completed in 2015) and 125,000 smaller Buddha statues have been placed within the Buddha Dordenma statue; 100,000 statues of which are 8-inches-tall and 25,000 statues of which are 12 inches tall. It was built to emanate an aura of peace and happiness to the entire world.
The majestic and beautiful Punakha Dzong. Strategically located at the confluence of the rivers Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu, this stunning example of ancient Bhutanese architecture is the second oldest and second largest of Bhutan’s Dzongs. Completed in 1637, it served as the country’s capital from 1637 to 1907 and continues to serve as the winter residence of Bhutan’s Monastic Body and home to some of the country’s most sacred ancient relics.
KHAMSUM YULLEY NAMGYAL CHORTEN
Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten (stupa), majestically situated on a ridge above Punakha Valley This 30 meter high stupa was a gift from Bhutan’s third Queen Mother, Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck, and was built to ward off evil and bring peace and harmony for all living beings.
Gangtey valley, famous as the winter home of the endangered Black-Necked Crane (Grus Nigricollis), is located in Phobjikha Valley, considered one of Bhutan’s most beautiful wilderness areas, with many nature trails to enjoy. In Gangtey Village, we visit Gangtey Goempa (monastery), founded by Gyalse Rinzin Pema Thinley (first Gangtey Tulku) in 1613, it is one of the most important sites of the Nyingmapa School and the main seat of the Pema Lingpa tradition.
Bumthang is Considered to be the spiritual heartland of Bhutan, with many religious relics and histories found here, Bumthang is home to some of our oldest Buddhist temples and monasteries, such as Jambay Lhakhang, and many Guru Rinpoche sacred sites which remain undisturbed in pristine nature. It was Bumthang where Buddhism was first introduced in the 8th century by the Indian Tantric master, Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) and later many important Tibetan masters and Tertons (treasure-discoverers) lived and practiced in this sacred region.
Kurje (body print), considered one of the most sacred sites in Bhutan as Guru Rinpoche meditated here and left a body print on rock. Legend tells that here, in the eighth century, Sendhu Raja, the king of Bumthang, fell ill and asked Guru Rinpoche to cure him. Finding the illness was caused by Shelging Karpo, a powerful local deity hidden inside a cave; Guru Rinpoche meditated for three months inside the cave, subdued the deity and left his body imprint as a significant symbol of the first introduction of Buddhism to Bhutan. Later the monastery was built to preserve this important holy site and behind it is a tall cypress tree, believed to have sprouted from the walking stick of Guru Rinpoche. Today the Kurje site consists of three big temples displaying majestic statues, paintings, antique ornaments and unique architecture.
Tharpaling Monastery, located at 3600m, is composed of a series of buildings overlooking Chumey Valley in Bumthang. The main part of the monastery was founded by Longchenpa (1308-1363), the great philosopher and practitioner of Dzongchen (Nyingmapa teaching). It was used as a place of meditation by Jigme Lingpa, Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Above Tharpaling Monastery to the north is Chodrak Monastery, where Guru Rinpoche is said to have meditated, and above Chodrak Monastery is Dzambala Lhakhang, built to house the memorial chorten (Kudung) of the late Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche. Above this, is Longchenpa's Seat, a rock throne where Longchenpa wrote part of the Seven Treasure texts (the highest Dzongchen text).
Trashigang, "The Jewel of the East", spans the easternmost corners of the kingdom,It is the country’s largest district, with an altitude ranging from 600m to over 4000m. The town lies to the east side of the valley above the Dangme Chhu, the largest river in the country.It is a main market for the semi-nomad people from Merak and Sakteng who wear unique attire from ordinary Bhutanese Gho and Kira. It is the home to the Sakteng and Khaling wildlife sanctuary, the top ten protected areas of Bhutan and also to “Migoi” (Yeti) in whose existence most Bhutanese believe. It also has one of the most reputed colleges in the country and also the new domestic airport at Yonphula. Trashigang is known for her beauty and elegance, covered by verdant vegetation, amazing landscapes and a simple lifestyle with joyful people. It’s a perfect place to experience the true ancient traditions and culture. It contains many scenic trekking routes and unique adventure sites which many tourists do not normally have access to.