Devine Madman Footsteps 6 Night 7 Days

Tour Summary

Devine Madman Footsteps 6 night 7 days is a Unique Tour dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley popularly known as Devine Madman. Devine Madman Footsteps 6 night 7 days with Devine Madman is a great Buddhist saint but extraordinarily different with his teaching as he is referred as Madman.

He is famous in Western Bhutan and Lobesa Village in Particular is Devine Madman’s  “Temple of Fertility” or Chhimi Lhakhang remains in the area. Come check out the suspense and experience the unexpected! You can catch Drukair, Royal Bhutan Airlines, National Flag Carrier flight from Bangkok, Kathmandu, New Delhi, Kolkata, Dhaka and Singapore.

 

Tour Facts

Duration: 6 Night 7 Days

Level: Easy

Attractions: Western Bhutan with Taste of Devine Madman’s History
Season: Through Out The Year


Outlined Itinerary

Day Trip Schedule
Day 1 Arrive Paro Transfer to Thimphu Hotel
Day 2 Thimphu Hotel
Day 3 Punakha Hotel
Day 4 Punakha Hotel
Day 5 Paro Hotel
Day 6 Paro Hotel
Day 7 Depart Bhutan

Travel during Off Season: Jan-Feb-Jun-Jul-Aug-Dec

Single Traveller – Free Independent Traveller (FIT) : US$ 1360
Couple or Two Person Traveler – Free Independent Traveler (FIT) : US$ 1300 per person
Group of 3 & More : US$ 1120 per person

Travel during Peak Season: Mar-Apr-May-Sept-Oct-Nov

Single Traveler – Free Independent Traveller (FIT) : US$ 1630
Couple or Two Person – Free Independent Traveller (FIT): US$ 1570 per person
Group of 3 or More: US$ 1390

The Above Price includes following services;

  • Bhutan Visa
  • All Permits – Museum Fees
  • Standard Room in 3 Star Hotels – Upgrade to 4 & 5 Star can be arranged on Additional Cost.
  • Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner with Evening Tea
  • Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB)  Licensed Professional Driver
  • SUV for FIT & Toyota Van from 3 – 8 Pax & Toyota Coaster Coach from 8 – 20 Pax
  • Decade old TCB Licensed Tour Guide
  • All Sightseeing with Walks and Hikes
  • Bottled Mineral Water

Not included:

  • Round Trip Air Tickets
  • International Travel Insurance
  • Alcohol & Beverages
  • Entertainment Cost – Pub & Nightclubs
  • Tips for Tour Guide, Driver and Hotel Staffs
  • Donations to Monasteries and Temples
  • Payment Wiring Fee of USD 50

Day 1: Arrival Paro International Airport.

During the journey to Paro, one will experience the breath taking view of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other popular Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Jhomolhari and Mount Jitchu Drake in Bhutan but you have to be seated on the left hand side of the aircraft. On the arrival at Paro International Airport, The representative of Bhutan Majestic Travel, your tour guide will receive you and escort you to the local restaurant to briefly discuss the day’s program and followed by lunch. After lunch rive to the National Museum (Ta-Dzong). This was actually the Watch Tower of Paro Rinpung Dzong. It was converted to the National Museum in 1968. Visit the Paro Rinpung Dzong. This massive fortress is located on a hilltop above the Pachu (Paro River) of Paro Valley. You have to walk about 15 minutes by crossing an ancient wooden bridge built in typical Bhutanese architect. The Dzong houses the District Administration Office headed by the District Governor or Dasho Dzongdag and the District Monk Body headed by The District Abbot or Lam Naten.  It was built in 1646 A.D. Overnight Hotel in Paro

Day 2: Thimphu Sightseeing

After breakfast drive to the base of Famous Tiger’s Nest Monastery (Taktsang) which will take maximum of Three Hours and then hike to the monastery. The round trip will take Five Hours. After an hour you will reach the Monastery’s Tea House/ Cafeteria where you will be served tea/coffee for refreshments. Then we will hike up for another One Hour where you get the best close up picture point of the monastery. Guru Rimpoche or Second Buddha visited Bhutan in the 8th Century couple of times both from Nepal, India and Tibet and one time he stayed in far Eastern Bhutan in a place called Singye Dzong and meditated, people from Paro valley went there to welcome Guru firstly to flourish Buddhism and secondly to subdue the demons, obstacles and evil spirits. Gurus was flying on a Flaming Tigress from eastern Bhutan and choose to live and meditate in Taktsang for Three months, from that on people are Paro enjoyed happiness, good harvest away from all evil harms. Later in the 17th century there were many other renowned Buddhist Scholars both from Tibet and Bhutan meditated and enlarged the monastery.

Walk down to Tea House for Vegetarian Lunch

After Lunch further walks down till the road and Drive to Kyichu Lhakhang (Lhakhang means Monastery). King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet built Kyichu Lhakhang in 659 A.D. It is considered one of the holiest places in Bhutan as it marks the advent of Buddhism in the country. It is one of the 108 such temples built by him for spreading Buddhism in this region.  Overnight: Hotel in Paro.

Thimphu is the Capital City of Bhutan but for the Buddhist Monk body moves to Punakha in winter and their Summer Capital  is Thimphu but Winter is Punakha because it is cold in Thimphu during winter and Punakha is just perfect at 1300mts.

Day – 3 Paro – Thimphu:
After breakfast drive to Thimphu, Capital city of Bhutan with population of 80,000 people and Capital without any Traffic Lights. The drive will take 2 hours 65kms.
After lunch visit the Memorial Stupa built in 1974 by Her Majesty the Royal Queen Mother and dedicated to His Late Majesty the Third King of Bhutan or the Father of Modern Bhutan, who reigned the Kingdom from 1952-1972. Visit Thimphu Dzong, The Throne Room of His Majesty the Fourth King of Bhutan and also the summer capital and residence of Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot) Buddhist Head who shares same power to King. Overnight Hotel in Thimphu  Altitude of Thimphu is 2260m

Day 4:
Thimphu – Thimphu
After breakfast visit The Painting school where traditional art is still kept alive through instruction in the art of painting Thankas (Sacred Buddhist scroll). The Handicrafts Emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts are displayed and can be purchased. Visit the Thimphu’s Mini Zoo where you can see the TAKIN, the National Animal of Bhutan, which has head of a Goat and Body of a Cow and as per the legend it is been created by a Saint from Tibet who visited Bhutan and popularly known as Lama Drukpa Kuenley or Devine Madman. Drive to BBS Radio Tower (Bhutan Broadcasting Service) to get the magnificent view of Thimphu and also known as Lovers’ point. Lunch will be served in Down Town. After Lunch visit the School of Thirteen Arts and Crafts. Traditional Medicine Hospital
Overnight Hotel in Thimphu

Day 5: Thimphu – Punakha Distance: 77 Kms 3 Hours Drive

After breakfast head to Punakha, the Winter Capital of the Monastic Body and former National Capital. After hour drive you reach Dochula Pass at 3150mts. One clear day one can see the Eastern Himalayas in a Panoramic View and great Picture of newly built 108 Stupa by Her Majesty the Queen of Bhutan and dedicated to His Majesty and also to the people of Bhutan and well being of the Nation. Tea & Coffee will be served at the Dochula 3150m Mountain Pass Tea House (Cafeteria).

Crossing the Pass it is all down hill until you reach Lobesa Village. The actual Lama Drukpa Kuenley or Devine Madman’s exploration begins from here to the Village where the Farm Houses are decorated or painted with colorful Phallus symbolizing the strong existence of Lama Drukpa Kuenley. Locals believe if you paint or hang wooden phallus on the four corners of the house fertilizes the family and results in prosperity. It’s a fascinating village with rich influence of modern and ancient culture and tradition. Walking up the ridge reaches you to the Temple of fertility, which plays a significance role in the History of Bhutan. Be it Nationals or Foreigners who are married for long years but doesn’t result to pregnancy, the couple comes to this monastery and get blessed from the Wooden Phallus and the Bow and Arrow belonging to Lama. After blessing the Chief Monk reads out a name from a small piece of paper and as a result she gives birth. It might sound bizarre but the fact remains true after asking the locals or checking out the Photo Album, which contains the real photos of the Couples with their new babies. As a token or appreciation and respect all couples who received baby after the blessings comes here annually to get blessings for the family and the new born in particular. By the way its all about Belief and Karma.

After lunch drive through the downtown Punakha and visit the Historic and one of the most beautiful Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Great Zhabdrung Rimpoche who unified Bhutan in 17th Century. The Dzong is built on the confluence of Pho (Male) and Mo (Female) Rivers.  Overnight: Hotel in Punakha

Day 6: Punakha – Paro

After early breakfast drive to Thimphu and lunch and shopping in Thimphu.

After lunch drive to Paro. Overnight: Hotel in Paro

Day 7: Paro – Depart

Early morning drive to Airport and board flight to your destination.

Wishing you safe journey and thanks for visiting Bhutan with us