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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Traditional Medicine Group

Name of tour : Traditional Medicines of the Himalaya tour itinerary 2015-16

Best season : June, July and August
Duration : 12 days /11 nights


Bhutan is traditionally referred to as “Lhojong Menjong,” meaning the land of medicinal plants because of its richness in bio-diversity and extent. Today as many as 300 species of plants and animals are used for medicinal purposes in forming nearly 200 different traditional medicines. Recognizing its benefits and the importance, the Government has accorded top priority in the development of traditional medicines as an alternative choice for treatment.  All treatment and therapy services aim at promoting balance of the five elements of Sa (earth), Chu (water), Me (fire), rlung (air) and Namkha (sky) in the universe and neutralizing the three mental poisons known as Dod-chag (desire, attachment), Zhel-dang (hatred, aggressiveness), and Timug (delusion, mental darkness) respectively.

Tour brief:

Day 1   - Arrive in Paro. Transfer to hotel in Paro for check in and refreshments
- Lunch at 1200 hrs.
- Drive to Tadzong, the national museum (12 km) and Paro Rinpung Dzong
- Orientation on Bhutan for the following day

Day 2    - Receive Medicine Buddha empowerment in the morning  (Fees US$15 per head for empowerment).
- Continue discussion on the topic “monastery’s role” in Bhutan
- Traditional farm-cooked lunch served at 1200 hrs
- Leave for Thimphu (2300 m) to visit the Thimphu crematorium followed by a short talk on death rituals in Bhutan

Day 3   - Visit Zorig chusum or 13 Bhutanese traditional Arts and Crafts School.
- Visit the ITM to observe treatments of patients at the clinic
- Learn about how pulses are read in traditional medicines.
- Attend to an introductory lecture on history & developments of traditional medicine in Bhutan, its setup and how doctors/staff are trained
- Visit the traditional paper making factory
- Entertain yourself to a complimentary cultural show of mask and folk dances held in your honor

Day 4   - Attend to a lecture by an astrologer on the role of astrology in Buddhism and traditional medicines.
-Leave Thimphu for Punakha– 1100 hrs.)
-Enroute, visit Horticultural Research Centre at Yusipang where about 40 species of medicinal plants are being raised in greenhouse.
- Further 10 km up, visit the 108 stupas at Dochola (10,000 ft.) besides enjoying beautiful views of mountain peaks as high as 22,000 feet.
-Continue journey to Punakha. Enroute, visit the Botanical garden at Lam Pelri.

Day 5    - Visit Punakha High School and Punakha Dzong, a fortress built in 1637 AD. It was one time the capital of Bhutan in the 1950s.
- Drive to Phobjikha (2800 m) - 3 hrs.

Day 6   -Spend day in Phobjikha where you can find atleast 10 medicinal plant species in an area predominantly occupied with coniferous and dwarf bamboo vegetations.
- Drive Phobjikha to Trongsa (2000 m) - 3 hrs.

Day7    - Visit the Royal Heritage museum
- Drive Trongsa to Langthel (2 hrs.) along the highway towards south.
- Walking 2 to 3 hrs. from the road head, observe several of those low altitude medicinal plant species.
- Pack lunch served as no restaurants exist in the vicinity.
-Visit the medicinal plant collection center at Langthel

Day 8   - Drive Trongsa to Wangdue (1300 m) - 5 hrs.
- Drive Wangdue to Thimphu (2300 m) - 3 hrs

Day 9-10- Trek Thimphu to Phajudhing (3000 m) - 3 hrs. walk. Look for among several
others, the blue poppy species.
-In camp.

Day 11  - Day excursion to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest monastery) at 2900 m), our national icon. A trip to Bhutan is incomplete without a visit to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest monastery).
- Lunch at Taktsang Cafeteria.

Day 12  - Departure from Paro for Bangkok/Kathmandu/Delhi or Kolkatta

Package Costs:

-3 stars accommodation (All-inclusive)          - US$2475

-4 stars accommodation (All-inclusive)             - US$2750

-5 star (Luxury) accommodation (All-inclusive)      - US$6582

Note:

-Additional US$30 surcharge per pax per night for smaller groups with one to two pax.

-Covers 3 meals plus 2 refreshments per day, lodge in hotels on twin-sharing basis for 3 and 4 star

hotels, a resourceful licensed guide, all entry fees, local transport in suv cars/coaches, flight reservation

and all taxes.

-Exclude: Air tickets, visa fee (US$40), expenses on medical emergencies and evacuations, liabilities

due to cancellation of flights, roadblock, etc.; personal expenses, or any supplemental costs.