Tour of the Dragon

If you are planning for a trip to Bhutan for your holidays do not miss out the tour of the dragon and the famous Bhutan Tiger’s Nest. Here is a list of awesome places you will visit and explore during this tour with TourGenie.

The first day is the day of your arrival in Bhutan at Paro International Airport where you will be received by TourGenie’s Bhutan representative who will escort you to Thimphu.

For the second day of the tour you will visit Punakha Dzong in Punakha – the ancient winter capital of Bhutan; the second oldest and largest Dzong in Bhutan. En-route, you will stop at Dochu-La pass and also visit Lobesa.

Third day of your tour will lead you towards Phobjikha valley over Lawala Pass at 3200m and Gangtey Monastery sitting on the small ridge in the center of the valley. You will also visit villages and get insight into rural life of Bhutan.

On Day 4 you will travel to Bumthang by climbing Lawala Pass at 3200m and then Pele La Pass at 3300m through Trongsa. Later head to Yotong La Pass at 3400m and then again wind down to Kiki La Pass at 2860m through pine forests and farming valleys.

On the fifth day of your tour you will attend pre-race briefing, walk around the town and visit few cultural landmarks in Bumthang.

On sixth day you will participate in mountain bike race held annually in Bhutan. Tour of the Dragon is an international event considered as one of the toughest 1-Day mountain races in the world.

On the seventh day of your tour you will be able to enjoy sightseeing in Thimphu including King’s Memorial Chorten, School of Arts and Crafts, National Institute of Traditional Medicine, Buddha Point and more and drive to Paro.

Day 8 you will conclude your stay in Bhutan with a hike to Taktsang monastery aka Tiger’s Nest in Upper Paro valley in Bhutan. It takes around 2-3 hours through beautiful shady pine forests. What is spectacular about the location of Tiger’s Nest is that it literally clings to the rock at 900m above Paro Valley.

On ninth day you will be drove to Paro Airport for your departure from Bhutan in the hope that you will take back happy memories of Bhutan. And we will wait for your return for another exciting trip in Bhutan with us. 

Read full article at: https://www.tourgenie.com/bhutan-tour-packages/tour-of-the-dragon

Bhutan Tigers Nest

Traveling to Bhutan and not visiting the iconic Tiger’s Nest in Paro is a cardinal sin. For those who do not know, let this be your introduction to the fascinating Paro Taktsang perched precariously at a height of , 10,000 feet above sea level  in the cliffs in upper Paro Valley, Bhutan. This iconic tourist attraction was once engulfed by a mysterious fire but has been completely restored to its former glory and is by far, the most visited in Bhutan. This place is sacred to the Buddhists housing a monastery, and is so particularly to the Vajrayana sect.

There is an interesting tale revolving around its origins. It is believed that Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche, who was an 8th-century Buddhist master from India and also believed to be a re-incarnation of Buddha himself, landed at Tiger’s Nest, Bhutan, on a flying tigress. He then began meditating in a cave for 4 months. It is believed that he subdued the local ‘demons’ and began the conversion of the people of Bhutan to Buddhism.

To reach the main complex, one has to undertake an arduous trek of about 2-3 hours, from the valley floor to reach the entrance of the monastery. That is why it is referred to as a ‘nest’. Mid way up, one reaches the iconic spot from where people take the customary picture with the monastery in the background. There is also a canteen there where one can have lunch. Till here, a horse can be hired, but here onwards, the journey has to be completed on foot. From the entrance, there are 700 stone steps carved into the cliff face that lead up to the monastery. Inside the monastic complex are several caves, lhakhangs, sacred objects, drubchus (holy water), and Tshogyal Pangchung (the lawn of Khandro Yeshe Tshogyal). There is also a cold cave where Padmasambabva is said to have meditated. Besides the captivating monastery, the view of the valley from up there is surreal.

There is more to know about this mystical place. Read more here: https://www.tourgenie.com/travel-diaries/travel-blogs/bhutan-tigers-nest