Category Archives: Pilgrimages

Bhutan Pilgrimage—Day 13

Day 13 | Monday, April 4 | DEPARTURE On Monday, April 4th, the weary but upbeat group of pilgrims gathered at the Paro Airport for the flight to Delhi. Heartfelt goodbyes were exchanged with all those who had made the pilgrimage possible—Rinpoche, Jetsunla and the entire Mindrolling Family, the Bhutanese tour operator Tenpa Choepel, the  […]

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Bhutan Pilgrimage—Day 1

DAY 1 | Wednesday, March 23 | DELHI TO PARO / THIMPHU Early the following morning, the group flew from New Delhi, India to Paro, Bhutan. After a spectacular sun-rise flight along the Himalayan mountain range, the pilot negotiated the challenging landing at Paro Airport with great precision and received applause from his passengers. Once […]

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Bhutan Pilgrimage—Day 2

DAY 2 | Thursday, March 24 | THIMPHU TO TRONGSA After breakfast the next morning the pilgrimage caravan of 15 vehicles began the long drive to Trongsa. The road which is under massive reconstruction by the Bhutanese government climbed steeply through forests of pine, cedar, dwarf bamboo and hanging lichen. At the Dochula Pass (3,050 […]

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Bhutan Pilgrimage—Day 3

DAY 3 | Friday, March 25 | TRONGSA TO BHUMTHANG On this day the group boarded the buses for a day-long journey to Bhumthang, making a much-anticipated visit to the Tharpaling Monastery. Tharpaling, which means Land of Liberation, is the sacred site and retreat cave of the great master Longchen Rabjam (1308-1363). Longchenpa established the […]

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Bhutan Pilgrimage—Day 4

DAY 4 | Saturday, March 26 | BHUMTHANG Rinpoche led the group to several sacred sites in the Chökhor valley. The first stop of the day was at Jampa’i Lhakhang built by King Songsten Gonpo in the 7th century – one of the Tadrol temples which were constructed during his reign. Following a hike across […]

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