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Gasa Hot Spring

The hot springs are a fun and relaxing trek. Bhutanese people also believe that the springs have great medicinal value. You’ll see that many of the Bhutanese people will be at the springs enjoying themselves.

Enjoy amazing views, local interaction, and tours of our most magnificent cultural sites.

Discover the Healing Power of Gasa Tsachu Hot Springs in Bhutan: A Blend of History, Myth, and Natural Therapy

The Gasa Tsachu Hot Springs, nestled in Bhutan’s Gasa Dzongkhag near the Mo River, stand as a testament to natural healing and cultural heritage. At an elevation of 2100 meters, these hot springs are not only a scenic retreat but also a center of historical and spiritual significance for the Bhutanese. But what makes the Gasa Tsachu so revered? Let’s dive into its mystical origins and therapeutic benefits.

Historical Roots and Myths:

  • A Confluence of Legends: Two captivating oral traditions narrate the origins of Gasa Tsachu. One traces back to Drupthop Terkhungpa in the 13th century, who is believed to have infused the land with medicinal properties, resulting in 128 therapeutic hot and medicinal springs. The other legend links the hot springs to Zhapdrung Ngakwang Namgyel’s visit in 1616, attributing their healing powers to his blessings.
  • Spiritual Guardian: The Local Deity Dendup Norzang, Amidst a dense forest across the river, Dendup Norzang, a transformed dharma protector once a wrathful demon, watches over Gasa Tsachu. Visitors often make offerings to appease this deity, a practice deeply ingrained in local customs.
  • Therapeutic Wonders: A Natural Remedy, The hot springs, renowned for their curative properties, attract thousands annually, especially during the winter months. Four distinct pools offer relief from various ailments, from joint pain to dermatological conditions, each with specific guidelines for use to maximize their healing potential.

Cultural and Natural Splendor

The location of Gasa Tsachu, a two-hour drive from Punakha, offers a serene and picturesque setting. The hot springs, reconstructed after a 2009 flood, now boast improved facilities, including lodging and pools with varying temperatures, ensuring a comfortable and rejuvenating experience for visitors.

When to Visit: Best Seasons for a Healing Dip
The optimal time to experience the therapeutic benefits of Gasa Tsachu is from mid-October to late January. The changing colors of autumn and the blooming beauty of spring add to the allure of this natural wonder.

Why Visit Gasa Tsachu?

Gasa Tsachu is more than just a hot spring; it’s a journey into Bhutan’s rich cultural tapestry, steeped in legend and natural healing. Whether seeking relief from ailments or a tranquil escape, Gasa Tsachu offers a unique blend of history, spirituality, and natural therapy.

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You will be received by our Host at the Paro International Airport and escorted to your hotel for refreshments. After lunch, visit Paro National Museum and Dzong. Overnight in Paro.

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Your journey into the Thunder Dragon Kingdom will truly begin with a drive in the morning to the ruins of the Drukgyel Dzong 10 miles end of Paro Valley. Hike one hour to Taktshang (Tiger’s Nest).

Overnight at hotel.

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After early breakfast, drive to Thimphu. Morning visit to the National Library, Paper Factory, and animal reserve to see Bhutan’s national animal (Takin). Also, visit the memorial Chorten (Stupa built in memory of the Third King of Bhutan) and the Zulikha Nunnery. After lunch, visit the Pangrizampa Monastery at Dechenchholing.

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After an early breakfast, drive to Punakha On the way; stop at Dochu-la Pass for a hot cup of tea or coffee. On a clear day, see the most spectacular view of the Eastern Himalayas. After lunch, visit the Punakha Dzong, the former winter capital and present administrative seat of the district.

It is also the winter residence of the central monastic body. The Dzong lies between two rivers, the Pochu and Mochu, meaning male and female rivers. It was built in 1637 AD. Evening hike to Chimi Lhakhang, 20mins.

Overnight at hotel.

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Early breakfast drive to Gasa Hot Spring. The trail begins by winding through rolling hills and passing through the pine and oak forest, villages, and wheat fields. A bamboo walking stick will come in handy for this section of the trek, for those ups that always go down.

In the distance, you will get a view of the Gasa Dzong glued to the valley wall. You will say, “We are going there?” It is off in the distance and yes we are going there! Picnic lunch along the way, perhaps by the swinging bridge over the river or by a gorgeous waterfall.

Camp at Gasa Hot Springs.

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Spend relaxing time in the Tsachu (hot springs) or pack lunch and climb about 2 hours to Gasa Village and the Dzong.

Overnight camp.

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Back to Damji, where our car and driver will be waiting for us. Say goodbye to our trekking staff and Damji and drive to Punakha.

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Drive back to Paro, about 5 hours. Evening stroll around the Paro town. Overnight at hotel.

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Early morning drive to Paro international airport after breakfast.

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  • Insurance
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle.
  • 3-star accommodation (4 & 5 stars may require an additional premium update).
  • Bhutan visa fee – including all necessary processing
  • Route Permit
  • Three meals per day during your stay in Bhutan
  • A licensed Bhutanese tour guide
  • All land transportation by private vehicle
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Monuments entrance fees where applicable
  • Drinking water
  • All internal taxes and charges
  • A sustainable development fee of $200. (This sustainable development fee goes towards free education, free healthcare, and poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.)
  • Airfare & Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of personal nature, Tips to guides and drivers
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.

Package does not include insurance of any kinds, and that you are required to obtain separate coverage from your home country before your trip begins.

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