Bhutan Cultural Experiences
Soul and spirit
Buddhist philosophy touches every corner of the Kingdom of Bhutan, infusing each day with a profound sense of the spiritual and the serene. Bhutan Namzang gives guests opportunities to tap into Bhutan’s soulful character, through immersive cultural experiences and personal encounters at Dzong (fortress), monasteries and other sacred sites.
Discover ancient wisdom
Bhutan Namzang travellers have unparalleled access to the Buddhist heritage of Bhutan via monastery visits and guided hikes to ancient temples. Clinging to a near-sheer rock face 900 metres above the valley floor, and reached from all around Paro, the most celebrated of these is the legendary 7th-century Tiger’s Nest monastery, but each moment acts as a gateway to its own spiritual treasures. Explore Punakha Dzong, one of the country’s oldest and most beautiful; the colourful,17th-century Gangtey Goemba; and, near Thimphu, Pangri Zampa, the 16th-century astrology school, and nearby Cheri Goemba.
Explore the Buddha Dordenma, one of the world’s tallest Buddha statues
Not far from the life style lodges at Thimphu, the towering golden monument was completed in 2015, fulfilling an ancient prophecy. Other eye-opening structures on the pilgrimage trial include Wangdicholing – summer palace of Bhutan’s earliest kings – beside the beautiful valleys of Bumthang; and, attached to Paro's imposing Rinpung Dzong, the traditional cantilever bridge, Nyamai Zampa.
Learn mindfulness and mediation from visiting monks
Bhutan Namzang is closely interwoven with the everyday life of the neighbouring monasteries, and opportunities abound for monks and guests to interact and learn from each other. In Haa vally and Bumthang, even in all corners our travelers are invited to join young acolytes of monasteries at prayer. Visiting monks frequently lead events, including lectures on Buddhism from the lamas, and intimate meditation classes from some of most revered spiritual leaders in Bhutan.
Each year, thousands of endangered black-necked cranes touch down in the Phobjikha Valley for the winter
In November, the return of Bhutan’s beloved bird is celebrated with an exuberant festival of song and dance at Gangtey Goemba. Life in the kingdom infields to the rhythm of such celebrations, with every monastery and temple holding at least one festival, or tsechu, every year. The biggest and most memorable include the events in Paro in between March - April and Bumthang Jambay Lhakhang Drup in between October - November, which attract thousands of costumed revelers.