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6 Days

Taktsang Spiritual Sojourn

Buddhism’s Influence on Economic and Social Development

Buddhism, a philosophy rooted in the teachings of Lord Buddha, significantly impacts civilization’s progress, particularly in economic growth, social advancement, and cultural evolution. This spiritual framework, when embraced authentically, propels societies towards holistic development.

Buddhism’s Role in Bhutan’s Spiritual Heritage

At its core, Buddhism focuses on the refinement of the human mind, addressing the root causes of unrest, conflict, and suffering. It emphasizes right conduct, knowledge, and understanding, augmented by universal compassion and love. This approach is crucial in fostering a peaceful and progressive society.

Economic Growth and Buddhism

Buddhism directly contributes to economic development, which involves not only increased production and improved living standards but also the provision of welfare and social justice. Buddhist principles, advocating for the well-being of others and ethical conduct, naturally align with sustainable development goals. Notably, Buddhist teachings oppose corruption, a major obstacle in economic progress and social stability, thereby promoting honesty and accountability.

Buddhism and Social Harmony in Modern Society

In a world grappling with modernization’s challenges, Buddhism offers a path to peace and harmony. It transcends barriers of caste and race, promoting universal understanding and love. This inclusive approach is vital in mitigating social conflicts and fostering economic development hindered by discrimination and unrest.

Cultural Development through Buddhism in Bhutan

Buddhism is integral to Bhutanese culture, guiding principles of right behavior and conduct. It teaches reciprocity and respect, essential for a harmonious and culturally rich society.

Addressing Criticisms of Buddhism in Development

While some critique Buddhism for fostering a dependent monk and nun community, this view overlooks their role in promoting social harmony and moral guidance. These religious figures are crucial in disseminating Buddhist values, contributing indirectly but significantly to societal progress and unity.

Buddhism’s Essential Role in Development

In summary, Buddhism plays a crucial role in the development process, offering a balanced approach to economic growth, social progress, and cultural enrichment. While acknowledging its potential pitfalls when interpreted dogmatically, Buddhism, understood and practiced correctly, is a powerful catalyst for positive change and development.

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The flight into Paro is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of our country. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks, give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land.

Your Bhutanese escort from Truly Bhutan will greet you on arrival, and then drive you to the Paro National Museum. Lunch in the town. After lunch, we will visit Paro Rimpung Dzong, the center of civil and religious authority in this region.

Dinner and overnight stay in hotel, Paro

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After breakfast, we will go to Taktshang (Tiger’s Nest) monastery. We have to walk about 3 hours up steep from the road end. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags.

Lunch pack lunch. After lunch, mediate in pursuing one’s own spiritual goal.

Dinner and overnight stay in camp, Taktshang.

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Till lunchtime, we will mediate and after lunch, we will walk back to Paro. On our way back to the hotel, we will visit one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, Kyichu Lhakhang. Evening stroll around the Paro town.

Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel, Paro.

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Till lunchtime, we will do sightseeing in Thimphu. We will visit Changangkha Lhakhang, Dupthob Lhakhang, Folk Heritage Museum, and the weaving center.

Lunch in the hotel, Thimphu. After lunch, we will drive to Paro.

Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel, Paro.

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Today we will drive to Paro international Airport to catch the flight to your next destination. Our Team will bid you farewell and we wish you a safe and pleasant journey back home and hope to see you again in Bhutan.

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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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