One of the most enjoyable things to do with your significant other or friends, in my opinion, is to travel. Experiencing new things and places with your loved ones creates lasting memories and deepens bonds. There are many spiritual locations located all throughout the world for lovers and friends alike. Each week, I will introduce a spiritual destination that would make a perfect romantic getaway or a fun trip with your girl or guy friends.
This week’s featured travel destination is Bhutan.
Bhutan is a place of great spiritual significance. It houses one of the most sacred Buddhist temples in the entire world, and many other monasteries as well. Bhutan is a gorgeous landlocked country in Southeast Asia with deep valley ways and towering mountains.
Paro Taktsang is a prominent Buddhist temple and sacred site in Bhutan. It is a beautiful monastery built along a cliff-side approximately ten-thousand feet high.
“The temple was first built in 1692, around the Taktsang Senge Samdup cave where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours in the 8th century. Padmasambhava is credited with introducing Buddhism to Bhutan and is the tutelary deity of the country. Today, Paro Taktsang is the best known for the thirteen taktsang or “tiger lair” caves in which Padmasambhava meditated……..Near the beginning of the trail is a water-powered prayer wheel, set in motion by a flowing stream. The water that is touched by the wheel is said to become blessed and carries its purifying power into all life forms in the oceans and lakes that it feeds into.” –Wikipedia
Kurje Lhakhang is one of the most sacred sites in Bhutan. It is said that master Tibetan Buddhist Guru Rinpoche meditated at this very site, and his body imprints are still left here. The Kurje monastery is an important place for Buddhists from all over the world.
Himalayanglacier.com offers an all inclusive 10-Day Bhutan Spiritual and Cultural Tour in which you can “understand Bhutan’s alluring Buddhist culture with a special spiritual retreat in Bumdra”.
Day 01: Arrival and sightseeing in Paro (2,250m/7,382ft)
Day 02: Buddhist Teaching
Day 03: Paro to Bumdra
Day 04: Spiritual retreat in Bumdra (3500m/11482ft): 7km, 4 hours
Day 05: Bumdra to Paro via Tiger’s Nest Monastery (3180m/10433ft)
Day 06: Namseling village-walk, free time in Thimphu in the afternoon
Day 07: Thimphu to Punakha (1300m / 4265 ft): 76 km, 2 – 3 hours
Day 08: Day hike in Punakha
Day 09: Punakha to Paro (2,250m/7,382ft): 130 km, 4 hours
Day 10: Final departure
Bhutan is a place I truly hope to visit one day. It is enriched in spirit and culture and very welcoming to visitors. If you’re looking for a potential spiritual getaway destination, try checking out the beautiful country of Bhutan.