Secrets of Sacred Geometry Tour to Bhutan
June 24th – July 5th, 2019
Join Dominique, Karen, and Anne in exploring the geometry and energetic qualities of the temples and stupas of Bhutan where the Gross National Product is Happiness.
Fall in love with the cultural diversity and charm of Bhutan’s people and countryside.
During our journey together we will see prayer wheels, stupas, temples, Dzongs, markets full of exotic items such as beautifully painted mandalas and exquisitely woven cloth, and of course, breathless scenery…
- Explore the sacred geometry and energetic healing points of the temples, stupas, and sacred places.
- Raise your vibration and balance your energy system.
- Learn about the connection between your chakra system and energy vortexes found at sacred sites.
- Discover how to body dowse
- Explore points of high vibration and where to find them in sacred sites.
The capital of Bhutan: Thimphu, the home of the Kingdom’s royal family.
During our stay in Thimphu, we will enjoy visiting the Tashicho Dzong, a fortress, and monastery. We will also explore the Institute of Arts and Crafts to observe different classes including mandala painting. Then visit the largest sitting statue of Lord Buddha, a textile weaving center, the vibrant market of Thimphu, and an incense manufacturing unit. There will be time to stroll along the main street and, of course, do some shopping. An evening lecture with an expert local architect will increase your appreciation of the rich architectural constructions and traditions of Bhutan.
The medieval capital of Punakha.
During our scenic drive to Punakha, we stop at the summit to admire both the view and the 108 stupas built to honor his Majesty the King for peace and for the benefit of all of living beings. Next is a stop to see Chimmi Ihakang, a temple dedicated to the Divine Madman/God of Fertility, most childless couples come here to seek blessings for conception. We will also be visiting other old temples and sacred sites during our visit to the Punakha Valley.
Gangtey the valley of the cranes.
Our journey takes us through roadside villages, markets, and panoramic landscapes. We will have plenty of time for shopping and photo opportunities through the beautiful countryside. Perhaps we may even see a Yak along the way! In Gangtey, we will visit the Gangtey Monastery, the Crane information Center and will be able to offer butter lamps to appease the deities of Gangtey and usher in blessings of good fortune. Enjoy some optional free time hiking on scenic nature trails.
Haa, the Mythic Valley of the Guardian Spirit.
The beautiful valley of Haa has only recently opened to tourists, we will drive through the Mythic Valley of the Guardian Spirit, enjoying the unique architecture in this off the beaten track experience. There will be time to visit the iconic temples of Lhakhang Karpo – white temple, and Nakpo – the black temple.
Then we join a local family for a traditional Bhutanese lunch at a farmhouse. After lunch, we will explore the scenic villages and old temples in this mythic valley.
Paro and the famous Tiger’s Nest
In Paro, we will visit the sacred hill of Dra Karpo, a temple, and cave associated with spiritual luminaries. This hill is considered one of the holiest sites associated with Guru Rimpoche.
Our final day we hike to the Takshang Monastery or commonly called the Tiger’s Nest, Bhutan’s most recognizable cultural icon perched on a seemingly sheer cliff. It is recognized as the most spiritual site of Bhutan and is visited by the Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime. For those who are not inclined to do the hike, there is an option of doing more sightseeing of temples and villages in the area.
We end our last night with a cultural extravaganza consisting of centuries-old folk and festival mask dances with traditional music.
This is an 11 nights – 12 days all-inclusive trip to Bhutan.
The dates are June 24th – July 5th, 2019.
The price covers your flight into and out of Bhutan from Kathmandu, Nepal, plus all your meals and hotel stays.
The total price is $5500; a non-refundable deposit of $550 secures your place on this small intimate journey.
If you are a couple, you are eligible for a $500 discount ($250 per person), when signing up together.
The single room supplement is an additional $660 USD for 11 Nights.
The above prices are inclusive of the following services:
- Economy class airfares on Druk Air as listed above. (Bhutan’s official flag carrier)
- Government mandated sustainable development fee (which is $65/Person/Night) – This goes to the country’s health care, environmental & education efforts.
- Bhutan visa fees and visa processing service
- Charges of accommodation on twin sharing basis at 3 & 3.5-star government approved and certified hotels.
- All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and light beverages (Tea & Coffee only).
- Teaching and guidance fees of Dominique, Karen, and Anne
- Service of the tour guide (experienced professional, English speaking & licensed).
The cost is exclusive of the following :
- Travel Insurance
- Items of a personal nature such as bar bills, laundry, telephone calls, shopping, etc.
- Tipping for guide and driver.
- Any other expenses which are not mentioned in the price included section.
Meet your guides:
Dominique Susani, a European Master Builder is a co-author of the Secrets of Sacred Geometry; Solar Geometry for Health and Life, Earth Alchemy, and An Exploration of Sacred Geometry of Stupas in Bhutan. He brings his vast knowledge and experience of how solar and sacred geometry is used in building sacred sites around the world to Bhutan. Explore with him the world of the unseen energies that make up the healing qualities of the temples and stupas in Bhutan. He will help guide tour group in experiencing high vibrational points in many of the different sacred sites we visit during the tour. Read more about Dominique here.
Karen Crowley-Susani, a former Air Force Pilot, is now a Master Builder and co-author of the Secrets of Sacred Geometry. She travels and writes about the energies the master builders used to create their temples and churches. She is very knowledgeable in solar and sacred geometry and how it relates to the chakra system at sacred sites and will help the group discover how their chakra system works with the energies at each sacred site we are able to explore. Read more about Karen here.
Anne Zonne Parker, a co-author of the Secrets of Sacred Geometry, Earth Alchemy, and An Exploration of Sacred Geometry of Stupas in Bhutan is our local expert on Bhutan’s history, customs, and people. She is knowledgeable about solar and sacred geometry and will also be assisting our tour group with the energetic journey of our tour. Anne is a Professor of Environmental Studies at Naropa University where she teaches about geography, new science, environmental leadership, pilgrimage, sacred landscape, and related subjects. Read more about Anne here.
Daily Itinerary of the Secrets of Sacred Geometry Bhutan Tour – 24th June to 5th July 2019
|Day 1||Inbound ~ Thimphu|
|Day 3||Thimphu ~ Punakha|
|Day 5||Punakha ~ Gangtey|
|Day 7||Gangtey ~ Haa|
|Day 9||Haa ~ Paro|
|Day 12||Paro – Onward destination|
Day 1 / 24th June 2019 / Monday / Paro – Thimphu
Kathmandu, Nepal to Paro, Bhutan / The flight offers panoramic views of the eastern Himalayas on approach to the Bhutanese airspace. The drive to the capital city Thimphu takes just an hour, the drive takes us past agricultural lands, wayside villages and pristine forests. We will also be making stops along the way to stretch out, photo opportunities and restroom. Thimphu is the home to the Kingdom’s Royal family and also the headquarters of the second youngest democratic government in the World. Thimphu was just a rural agricultural community until it became the capital in 1961, now Thimphu has undergone rapid metamorphosis and is now a bustling town with government offices, houses/homes and businesses. This is also the only capital city in the world without traffic lights. The afternoon will be left aside to acquire SIM cards, exchange money and also a moment in the vibrant Thimphu market to get a sense of the capital city. In the evening we will discuss the route and also answer any questions that the group may have on the country.
Day 2 / 25th June 2019 / Tuesday / Thimphu
We will begin the day with a visit to the Institute of arts and crafts to observe classes in mandala painting and others, also a look at the national library and archives, next we visit the national memorial stupa, the Buddha point (largest statue of lord Buddha in the sitting position), textile weaving center, the Tashicho Dzong (fortress/monastery/administrative center) and an Incense manufacturing unit. In the afternoon we will enjoy a stroll along the main street of the city. In the evening we will meet an expert local architect to learn about the rich architectural traditions and construction methods.
Day 3 / 26th June 2019 / Wednesday / Punakha
In the morning we start the scenic ride to the medieval capital, Punakha. We will be driving over the Dochula pass (3050m). This pass offers a panoramic view of the eastern Himalayan ranges weather permitting. We will be stopping here to take in the view and admire the 108 stupas built to honor His Majesty the King, world peace and for the benefit of all living beings. After the stop here at the pass, we will drive the descent into the alluvial and subtropical Punakha Valley.
Enroute, we will enjoy a short walk (rating: easy with no gradient / 30 minutes round trip with sightseeing) to Chimmi Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to the divine madman/god of fertility. We will be walking past villages, rice fields and mustard fields to Chimi Lhakhang – a temple of the Divine Madman who is popularly known as Drukpa Kuenly. The saint is referred to as the Divine madman title since he revolted against the orthodox Buddhism in his time and for his strange ways to teach Buddhism. The saint is revered as a symbol of fertility and most childless couples visit this temple to seek its blessing’s.
Evening at leisure or we will visit a nunnery to listen to the evening prayer chanting at the prayer hall.
Day 4 / 27th June 2019 / Thursday/ Punakha
The day will be left aside for visiting some old temples and sacred sites in the Punakha valley including an ancient subterranean temple. We will also be enjoying a picnic lunch by the riverside.
Day 5 / 28th June 2019 / Friday / Gangtey
Today we travel to Gangtey, the Valley of the Cranes. We travel onward to the black mountain’s which is the traditional boundary between east and west. There is an abrupt change in vegetation at this point, with mountain forest replaced by high altitude dwarf bamboo. The journey passes through farmhouses and roadside villages. This area is a favored habitat of the Yaks. We will be stopping by wayside markets and panoramic landscapes to stretch out and for photo opportunities. We arrive at the tranquil and enchanting valley of Sha Phobjikha in the early afternoon.
Day 6 / 29th June 2019 / Saturday / Gangtey
We begin the tour in Gangtey with a visit to the magnificent Gangtey Monastery, a 16th-century monastery which exemplifies traditional craftsmanship at its best. We also visit the Crane Information Center in Phobjikha Valley to learn more about the black-necked cranes. The cranes flock to this valley during the months of November and stay until April before flying back to the Tibetan plateau.
After enjoying a picnic spread in the alpine meadows, we explore a village and a 15thcentury temple (Khewa Lhakhang) before returning to the hotel in the evening. At Khewa Lhakhang we will be offering butter lamps to appease the deities of Gangtey and to usher in blessings of good fortune and health to the group members.
Later in the afternoon, there will also be options available to enjoy a walk around the enchanting valley in the afternoon. Gangtey Valley is famed for its scenic walking trails and upon consulting your guide you may choose any of the easy or moderate nature trails. Some of the trails traverse through the ecologically diverse roosting grounds of the highly endangered black-necked cranes’ magnificent birds
Day 7/ 30th June 2019 / Sunday / Haa
We retrace the route back to Paro and then drive to Haa, the drive is expected to take about 5 to 6 hours including stops for rest and enjoying the scenery. The drive takes us via the Chelai la Pass (3998m) which will be colorful with alpine trees and some seasonal flowers. This pass is one of the highest motorable roads in Bhutan. After enjoying the beauty of mother nature and also taking in the panorama of the mountainscape including majestic views of the mount Jumolhari (7314m) we descend one hour into the serene Haa valley(2670m).
This beautiful valley only opened to tourists in 2002 and remains a seldom visited destination. The winding road descends through pastureland dotted with yaks, to Haa itself where fields of millet, barley, potatoes, and wheat cover the valley floor. The unique architecture is reflected in the large farmhouses beautifully adorned with intricately painted cornices, frames, and three-tiered windows. The valley is truly off the beaten track experiences of Haa, the Mythic Valley of the Guardian Spirit. The valley shares its border with the autonomous region of Tibet, China in the north where for centuries the Haaps enjoyed good trading links. Located at an elevation between 1000-5600 meters, the valley is an ancestral home of the Royal grandmother of Bhutan. The Haaps are set aside from the rest of the Bhutanese population by their unique customs and traditions. The valley is also a cultural hub with numerous temples and sacred places dating back to the 7th century.
Day 8 / 1st July 2019 / Monday / Haa
Today we visit the iconic temples of Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple) and Nakpo (Black Temple). Both these were built during the seventh century and continues to play a significant part in the lives of the Haaps.
For lunch we will be joining a local family for a traditional Bhutanese lunch at a farmhouse, the visit offers useful insight into the traditional way of life in a Bhutanese village.
Later in the afternoon, we will be visiting some villages and old temples in the valley.
Day 9 / 2nd July 2019 / Tuesday / Paro
We return to Paro via the Chelai la Pass, upon arrival in Paro we will enjoy some sightseeing around the valley including a visit to the Ta Dzong Museum which exhibits numerous relics offering a good orientation into Bhutan’s historical, cultural, spiritual and natural history. Next, we visit the 16thcentury Rimpong Dzong the most visible landmark of the valley followed by a visit to the 14thcentury Dungtse Lhakhang Temple which is famed for its unusual design and its ancient murals.
Depending on the availability of time and if the group is not too tired we can also visit some of the other sacred sites in the valley or spend the evening at leisure in Paro town.
Day 10 / 3rd July 2019 / Wednesday / Paro
Soon after breakfast, we drive for 30 minutes to reach the sacred hill of Dra Karpo. The hill is then accessed by a 10-minute walk, the site offers panoramic views of the south Paro valley. The Dra Karpo complex consists of a temple, a cave and numerous relics connected with celestial beings and spiritual luminaries. The hill is considered one of the holiest sites as its history connected to the visit of Guru Rimpoche in the eighth century. Guru Rimpoche, the patron saint of the country had removed some rocks from the cliff so that he could meditate in a cave.
The removed rocks are kept attached to some parts of the rocks forming a sort of a wall. The area derived its name as Dra Karpo or the split rock. The hill is also a popular place for pilgrims and seekers from across the country who come to circumambulate the hill 108 times as it is a popular belief here that this act removes sins/defilements and accumulates good merit. Pilgrims are usually able to complete the 108 koras (rounds) in 4 days. It takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete 1 kora. In case you like there will be adequate time to do 3 koras which is an equally auspicious number.
The afternoon will be leisure or you may choose to visit some more temples in the locality or enjoy a timeout in the Paro town.
Day 11 / 4th July 2019 / Thursday / Paro
Today we embark on a hike to the Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), Bhutan’s most recognizable cultural icon perched 800m (2640ft) up a seemingly sheer cliff. Although it was tragically and mysteriously consumed by fire in April 1998 it has now been restored to its former glory. In the eighth century Guru Rinpoche, the patron saint of Bhutan arrived at the spot on a back of a tigress and meditated here in a cave and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. This site has been recognized as the most spiritual of sites in Bhutan and many eminent saints have meditated in this area. Now it is visited by the Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime.
Before heading back to the valley, we will be enjoying lunch and tea/coffee at the cafeteria, the vantage here also offers an imposing view of the cultural landmark. For those not inclined to do the hike, we will do some sightseeing at some temples and villages in the periphery of the valley.
After returning back to the hotel and some freshening up the group will gather to enjoy a cultural extravaganza (a mini cultural festival program), consisting of centuries-old folk dances, ethnic dances, traditional music and festival mask dances, this will be performed exclusively for the group.
Day 12 / 5th July 2019/ Friday / Paro to Onward Destination
We check in two hours prior to flight departure to ensure the best seats on board, best suited to take in the panoramic view of the Himalayas. We bid you goodbye and happy travels.