Bhutan - im Königreich des Drachens Bhutan

Bhutan - im Königreich des Drachens

  • Märchenhafte Region Gangtey
  • Spektakulärer Blick auf die Gipfel des Himalaya
  • Besichtigung des Punakha Dzong
  • Malerisches Phobjikha Tal
  • Wanderung zum berühmten Taktsang Kloster im Paro-Tal (Tiger's Nest)
  • Architektonisch imposante Klosterfestungen
  • Die farbenfrohen Trachten von Paros Einwohnern
  • Thimphu, die friedliche Hauptstadt Bhutans
  • Punakha - "Palast der großen Glückseligkeit"
  • Tibetische Statuen im Tempel Kyichu Lakhang
  • Überblick
  • Leistungen
  • Reiseverlauf
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Das versteckte Königreich im Himalaya öffnet sich nur langsam und gilt als eines der letzten Paradiese. Oder kennen Sie ein anderes Land, in dessen Hauptstadt es keine Ampeln gibt - so wie in Thimpu - oder dessen oberstes Ziel das Bruttonationalglück ist? Begeben Sie sich auf Entdeckungsreise durch Bhutan, das Land des Donnerdrachens, bekannt für seine faszinierende Kultur und die Schönheit seiner Bergwelt. Lassen Sie sich begeistern von den kulturellen und landschaftlichen Höhepunkten des Königreichs Bhutan: Entdecken Sie die charmante Hauptstadt Thimphu, Paro mit dem großen Paro Dzong und den Kyichu Lakhang Tempel mit seinen uralten Statuen. Eine Wanderung führt Sie zum weltberühmten Kloster Taktshang (Tigernest), der heiligste Ort Bhutans. Buddhistische Tempel und mächtige Klosterburgen wie das imposante Punakha Dzong werden Sie ebenso begeistern wie das zauberhafte Phobjikha-Tal, ehe Ihre Rundreise durch das kleine Königreich im Herzen des südlichen Asien endet.

Tage 1-2: Thimphu
Die Klosterburg Tashichho Dzong ist administratives und religiöses Zentrum Bhutans und die einzige Hauptstadt der Welt ohne Verkehrsampeln. Sie können sich in der Nationalbibliothek die unbezahlbare Sammlung buddhistischer Schriften ansehen oder das Völkerkundemuseum besuchen.

Tag 3: Punakha
Besichtigen Sie Punakha Dzong, eines der größten Klöster Bhutans, und den Fruchtbarkeitstempel Chimi Lhakhang, bevor wir zum Khamsum Yueling Tempel wandern und dort ein Picknick machen.

Tag 4: Gangte
Der Pele Pass führt nach Gangte. Erkunden Sie das Phobjika Tal, ein wunderbares, entlegenes Gebiet ohne Telefone und reguläre Stromversorgung. Machen Sie eine Wanderung durch die reiche Flora und Fauna und besuchen Sie das 450 Jahre alte Gangte Goemba Kloster.

Tage 5-6: Bumthang Tal
Die Fahrt führt durch das Bumthang Tal und das Dorf Zugney. Wir unternehmen eine Wanderung durch das Tal, dem Ort, wo Padmasambhava, der Begründer des Buddhismus, Buddhas Nachricht an Bhutan überbracht haben soll. Danach besuchen wir mit einem Führer den Jambay Tempel, eine der heiligsten Stätten des Landes.

Tage 7-9: Paro
Mit der Rückkehr nach Paro schließt sich der Kreis der Reise. Paro, Heimat des ungewöhnlich roten bhutanischen Reis, ist Ausgangspunkt für Ausflüge zum imposanten Rinpung Dzong und den Ruinen von Drukgyel Dzon. Besuchen Sie das Nationalmuseum, untergebracht in einem original Wachturm, und die Tempelanlage Kyichu Lhakhang. Eine Wanderung zum Taktshang Goemba, dem berühmten, an eine Felswand gebauten Tigernest Kloster, ist zwar anstrengend, aber ein Muss auf Ihrer Bhutan Rundreise. Die Fotos, die Sie dort schießen, sind eine eindrucksvolle Erinnerung an Ihre Reise durch ein im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes königliches Land.

Leistungen enthalten

Bhutan Rundreise laut Programm, Transport, Unterkunft und Mahlzeiten gemäß Tourprogramm, Flughafentransfer bei Anreise, Besichtigungen, Ausflüge und Aktivitäten wie im Tourverlauf angegeben

Leistungen nicht enthalten

Internationale Flüge (gerne über uns buchbar), nicht genannte Mahlzeiten und Getränke, optionale Ausflüge und Aktivitäten, Visum, Reiseversicherung, Vor- und Nachübernachtungen zur Tour, persönliche Ausgaben, Trinkgeld, Flughafentransfer bei Abreise

Unterbringung

8x Mittelklasse-Hotel

Sie übernachten in Doppelzimmern. Alleinreisende werden zusammen mit einem/r Mitreisenden des gleichen Geschlechts untergebracht. Gegen Aufpreis ist auch die Buchung eines Einzelzimmers möglich. EZ-Zuschlag bitte anfragen.

Verpflegung

7x Frühstück
6x Mittagessen
7x Abendessen

Für nicht enthaltene Mahlzeiten und Getränke sollten Sie zusätzlich etwa US$100 einplanen.

Tourbegleitung

Englischsprachiger Reiseleiter

Transportart

Minibus

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Flughafentransfer

Flughafentransfer bei Anreise inklusive.
Days 1-2 Thimphu
Depending on your flight into Paro and also if the weather is clear, you may get a great view of the massive eastern Himalayan peaks on your way in, including Kanchenjunga (the world's third highest peak) and Chomolhari (Bhutan's holy mountain).
On arrival you are met at the airport and transferred to Thimphu - the capital of Bhutan. The winding road follows the Pa Chu as it winds downstream to its confluence with the Wang Chu, then up the valley to Thimphu.
After settling in, there is a briefing given by the tour leader in the late afternoon and any last-minute arrangements co-ordinated. Thimphu is a sprawling town that occupies both sides of the Thimphu Valley, bisected in the middle by the Thimphu Chu River.
Time permitting we visit the King Jigme Dorji Memorial Chorten (built in 1974 in memory of King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk) and take an orientation walk along the main street. If there is not enough time today we will do this on Day 2.
The evening is free and dinner is included at our hotel.

Included Activities

    Thimpu - National Library

Accommodation
Hotel (2 nts)

Day 3 Punakha
We retrace our journey over the Lawa La (Pass) to the junction of Lobesa before dropping down into Punakha Valley. The scenic Punakha Valley is drained by the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu (meaning 'Father' and 'Mother' Rivers) which enjoys a temperate climate which is ideal for farming.
We visit Punakha Dzong, the administrative and religious centre and also the winter retreat of His Holiness, the Je Khenpo - the chief abbot of Bhutan. This six-storey high monastery is one of the largest dzongs in Bhutan. Construction began in 1637, although sections of it have been restored after a recent fire. The dzong boasts intricately carved woodwork, prayer halls and beautiful religious paintings on walls and doorways. This huge fortress-monastery complex was also the capital of Bhutan until 1966. The reason the Je Khenpo and most of the monks from Thimphu occupy this dzong in winter is because the lower elevation of Punakha Valley provides for milder temperatures. In 1651 the former supreme leader, Zhabdrung, went into retreat and passed away soon after. For fear of civil unrest his death was kept a secret for over 50 years, whereby the court ruled on his behalf. To this day, Punakha Dzong remains the final resting place of Zhabdrung.

Included Activities

    Punakha - Punakha Dzong

Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)

Day 4 Gangte
Today we drive to Gangtey and the hidden valley of Phobjikha. En route we climb steadily, passing through semi-tropical vegetation with banana plantations and cactus and then on to pine forests before arriving at an alpine environment, which is home to rhododendron and dwarf bamboo.
As we near the Pele La (Pass), we take a road which leads to Phobjikha Valley. Considered one of the most beautiful valleys in Bhutan, it is encircled by pine-covered forests. In the centre of the valley and rising on a small ridge stands one of the oldest private monasteries in Bhutan - Gangtey Goemba.
The head lama of Gangtey Goemba is the ninth incarnation of the body of Pema Lingpa – the famous 14th century blacksmith from Bumthang who became one of Bhutan's most famous Buddhist saints and teachers. The monastery was founded in 1613 by Pema Thinley, the grandson of Pema Lingpa.
# • The area is also the winter home (late October to early March) of the rare and endangered black-necked cranes that come here from the highlands of Tibet. Experts estimate that fewer than 800 of these cranes still exist in the wild. A walk in the area also give us an insight into the rural lifestyle of Bhutan and we see the farmhouses, which are a typical traditional wooden houses surrounded by fields growing potato, buckwheat and rye.
Above the valley we can also see yaks grazing from the highland pastures and black-face langur monkeys playing in the surrounding trees. We also have the opportunity to visit the courtyard of the monastery, with its gilded rooftop and active school full of novice monks. Time permitting we will also make a brief stop to visit the Tadzong Museum, followed by Trongsa Dzong.

Included Activities

    Gangte - Gangtey Goemba Monastery

Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)

Days 5-6 Bumthang Valley
Day 5 - Bumthang Valley
We depart early this morning for our longest drive of the trip, crossing three Himalayan passes before reaching the sacred Bumthang Valley.
We begin our journey by climbing to Pele La (Pass) at 3300 metres, where we stop to stretch our legs.
We depart early this morning for our longest drive of the trip, crossing three Himalayan passes before reaching the sacred Bumthang Valley.
* • We begin our journey by climbing to Pele La (Pass) at 3300 metres, where we stop to stretch our legs. We also stop at Chendebji Chorten, a shrine of ancient lineage built on the old walking path across the country, for a tea break.
After travelling for around five hours we stop for lunch at Trongsa (2120m) - an ancient and current trading centre for merchants coming from India in the south as well as other traders from the east and west of the country. Tongsa Dzong dominates the centre like a 'giant dragon' resting on the ridge.
After lunch our journey continues for a further two-and-a-half hours to Bumthang, over Yuto La (Pass) (3400m) and Kiki La (Pass) (2900m). The route traverses highland pastures, full of yaks, near the passes with rolling hills and forests of pine and oak trees. The scenic drive takes us through the fertile Chumney Valley (the first of the four valleys which comprise the Bumthang Valley), which is famous for its yak wool fabric known as 'yathra', and we also stop to see some of the intricate handicrafts that are available in places where vendors lay out their colourful fabrics for sale. Produced by the local women, no two pieces of 'yathra' are the same.
We visit the village of Zugney - one of several centres of 'yathra' weaving. Distinctive patterns and bright, earthy colours enliven the fabric, which is used for a wide variety of purposes and widely sought after throughout Bhutan.
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Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6 - Bumthang Valley

* • This morning we start with a walking tour in the Bumthang Valley, noted as one of the most beautiful and sacred in Bhutan. This valley has a special history because of the frequent visits by Padmasambhawa when he was bringing the Buddha's message
This morning we start with a walking tour in the Bumthang Valley, noted as one of the most beautiful and sacred in Bhutan. This valley has a special history because of the frequent visits by Padmasambhawa when he was bringing the Buddha's message to Bhutan. The valley is wide and resplendent with fields of crops. Village folks can often be seen busy with at their day's work.
* • Jambay Lhakhang (Jambay Temple), along with Kyichu Lhakhang in the Paro Valley, is one of the two oldest temples in Bhutan. It was built around 750 AD by King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet as a part of his pledge to build 108 temples dedicated to the Buddha during his lifetime. This is one of the most holy of Bhutan's religious sites and we will apply for the special permission necessary to visit this sacred place.
We then continue to Kurje, a 17th century temple next to a spectacular new monastery that is being built in traditional style. From Kurje we begin our walk through the countryside, crossing a bridge over the rushing Chamkhar Chu (Chamkhar River) and through paddy fields to the Tamshing temple complex.
Tamshing was founded in 1501 by one of Bhutan’s most famous saints, Pema Lingpa - the treasure discoverer. It is a monastery with many young monks in training. We continue on and end our walk back at our hotel.

Accommodation
Hotel (2 nts)

Days 7-9 Paro
An early morning flight to Paro allows some time for sightseeing.
Once in Paro we visit the impressive Ta Dzong, a 17th century watchtower above the Paro Dzong that now houses the National Museum - an excellent collection of Bhutanese antiquities.
Located 18 kilometres from the city, this is also a spot where Bhutanese forces once overcame Tibetan invaders. The museum has an interesting assortment of costumes from the different regions of Bhutan along with a wonderful collection of painted and embroidered thangkas (religious pictures).
We also have the opportunity to take stroll in downtown Paro this afternoon before returning to our hotel.
Day 8 - Tiger's Nest Monastery - Paro
After an early breakfast we drive up to Satsam Chorten and prepare for our hike to the legendary Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) - a small monastery, clinging on a rock cliff 900 metres above the valley floor.
The legend dating back to 747 AD has it that
After an early breakfast we drive up to Satsam Chorten and prepare for our hike to the legendary Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) - a small monastery, clinging on a rock cliff 900 metres above the valley floor.
The legend dating back to 747 AD has it that the Great Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhawa) flew here from Tibet on the back of a tigress to subdue the demons of Paro Valley. The guru then meditated in the holy cave that is the site of the Pelphug Lhakhang today.
According to Tantric Buddhist mythology, the vanquished local deities became the protectors of the dharma and one of them, Singey Samdrup, is recognised today as the guardian deity of Taktsang. Guru Rinpoche is also believed to have concealed among the rocks of Taktsang various forms of Dharma treasures known as Ters, which were destined to be discovered later by Tertons (treasure discoverers) for the propagation of Dharma.
Taktsang was severely damaged by fire on Sunday 19th April 1998. The king commanded its immediate restoration soon after the fire. The royal command dictated that the original aura, authenticity and architectural splendour must be preserved at all costs. This project has been widely seen as an act of devotion involving all sections of Bhutanese society and as homage to the nation's cultural heritage.
It also proved to be an opportunity for Bhutan's traditional artists and craftsmen to hone the skills inherited from their forefathers down the ages. In order to facilitate the restoration work, a road was built to the base of the mountain facing the temple.
We drive to the end of this road and begin our hike up the mountain for a closer view of the temple. After approximately 45 minutes of walking, we reach a small teahouse that has a wonderful panoramic view of the temple.
For those interested, it is possible to get a closer view by hiking another 45 minutes to an hour (each direction) to reach the small chorten directly across from the temple. Anyone not interested in hiking any further can relax at the teahouse and enjoy the view.
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Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 9 - Paro
After breakfast we are transferred by our driver and tour leader to the airport for our onward flight. (Please note that your departure flight is not included as part of the trip and must be booked separately.)
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.

Included Activities

    Bumthang Valley - Kyichu Lhakhang
    Paro - Tadzong Museum & Trongsa Dzong
    Paro - Tiger's Nest Monastery

Accommodation
Hotel (2 nts)
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