Bhutan Karma Trails

The Madman Tour

Day 1 (Paro2280 m – Thimphu2300m)
Arrive at Paro international airport and depart to Thimphu(1hr) After reaching the capital we first began our divine tour with ‘Takin’, the national animal believed to be created by the Lama Drukpa kuenley, popularly known to the westerners as ‘the divine madman’ who is well known for his crazy wisdom and great humors and folk song.
Visit the largest statue of 55m tall Buddha Doderma overlooking Thimphu valley. Which houses one hundred thousand 12inch statue and twenty five 8inch statue of buddha of compassion placed inside the massive structure as an activation key.
Overnight at Khang, Peaceful resort or similar.

Day 2 (Thimphu 2300m – Tango/Chagri 2600m, 45min)
Drive north of Thimphu city to Tango (horse head) where Lam Drukpa Kuenley meditated. Visit Pangri Zampa whereby the monks here are specially trained to be future Bhutanese astrologer. National textile museum and National Institute of Traditional Medicine are few places to be visited on your interest. Royal academy of performing arts, Drubthob Goenba and the Blue stone dzong from the 12th century.
Overnight at Peaceful, Namgay heritage or similar.

Day 3 (Thimphu 2300m – Punakha 1250m, 3hrs)
Drive to 3-4hrs to Punakha, the winter capital for the monastic body. En-route stop over where we’ll hoist the blessed prayer flags for good health, fortune and good vibes for those in-need in the same place where during the 15th century ‘Lama Drukpa kuenley’ tamed this carnivorous demoness. Complete the blessing by become a part of the ceremony by gathering pine leaves and burning them as typical Bhutanese would normally do.
Overnight at Punatshangchhu, Meri Puensum or similar.

Day 4 (Punakha1250m – Paro2280m)
Visit the ‘Palace of Great Happiness’ located right in between Mo (female) and Pho (male) Chhu. Believed to be built on a hill similar to the trunk of an elephant following one of the few prophecies of Guru Rinpochhe, the saint who have planted the seed of Buddhism in Bhutan. Afternoon visit Chimi (no-dog) Lhakang (temple), the fertility temple dedicated to the divine madman. Legend has it that the temple itself was built on a hill that looks like a women’s breast, as Druukpa kuenley was saint obsessed by woman, wine and crazy wisdom. Offering yourself a chance to be blessed with Drukpa Kuenley’s phallus. Retrace your way back to Paro and visiting Simtokha dzong on the way.
Overnight at Tenziling, Tashi Namgay or similar.

Day 5: Hike Taktshang
After breakfast hike to Taktshang and beyond Ugyen Tsemo, Zangto Pelri and Monastic School for young monks. Evening stroll around down town Paro sopping in one most smallest town in the world. After the fatigued hike to tigers nest, if you may an Herbal Hot Stone Bath can be arranged at a local farm house.

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