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Drubchen Location Details


Bodhgaya, India: 6-17th July
Tashi Ding, Sikkim: 19th July-2nd August
Bumthang, Bhutan: 3-16th August
Boudha, Nepal: 27th August-5th September

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Bodhgaya is a religious site and place of pilgrimage associated with the Mahabodhi Temple Complex in the Gaya district of the Indian state of Bihar. It is famous because it is where Gautama Buddha is said to have obtained Enlightenment under what became known as the Bodhi Tree.


  • Individual tour date: 6-17th July
  • Actual Drubchen date: 6-14th July
  • Pilgrimage date: 15-16th July
  • Drubchen site: Shechen Gompa
  • Weather: Monsoon season average temp 24-32 °C
  • Documents needed: Indian visa
  • Nearest airport(s): Gaya, India
  • Train: Delhi to Gaya
  • Travel time from airport/train station to drubchen site: N/A
  • Lodging conditions (Economy): Budget Hotel
  • Lodging conditions (Premier): Deluxe Hotel
  • Things to bring:
    1. Fan
    2. Torchlight
    3. Brolly/raingear
  • Cost per student:
    • Budget – US$465 (without pilgrimage) US$560 (with pilgrimage)
    • Deluxe – US$775 (without pilgrimage) US$955 (with pilgrimage)
  • Tour cost includes the following:
    • Hotels (9 nights – without pilgrimage; 11 nights with pilgrimage)
    • Meals starting with lunch on 6th July until breakfast on 15th July (without pilgrimage)/ 17th July (with pilgrimage)
    • Airport transfer

Tashi Ding

Tashi Ding Monastery is a Buddhist monastery of the Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism in Western Sikkim, northeastern India. It is located on top of the hill rising between the Rathong Chu and the Rangeet River, 40 kilometres (25 mi) from Gyalshing and 19 kilometres (12 mi) to the south east of Yuksam. Tashi Ding is the nearest town to the Tashi Ding Monastery (Gompa), which is the most sacred and holy monastery in Sikkim.


  • Individual tour date: 19th July – 2nd August
  • Actual Drubchen date: 21-29th July
  • Pilgrimage date: 30-31st July
  • Drubchen site: Tashi Ding
  • Weather: Rainy season average temp 8.5 °C
  • Documents needed:
    1. Indian visa
    2. Sikkim permit. Apply for permit online (
  • Nearest airport(s): Bagdogra, India
  • Lodging conditions (Economy): Guesthouses with triple sharing, communal toilet
  • Lodging conditions (Premier): N/A
  • Things to bring:
    1. Sleeping bag
    2. Insect/leech repellent
    3. Brolly/raingear
    4. Car sickness medication
  • Schedule
    • 19th Jul – Arrive at Bagdogra airport
    • 20th Jul – Travel to Tashi Ding
    • 21-29th Jul – Drubchen
    • 30th -31st Jul – Pilgrimage
    • 1st Aug – Travel back to Siliguri
    • 2nd Aug – Fly out
  • Cost per student:
    • US$950
  • Tour cost includes the following:
    • Hotels (14 nights)
    • Meals starting from lunch on 19th July to breakfast on 2nd August
    • Airport transfer
  • Other:
    • For any side trips to Sikkim, extra charges will be applied


Bumthang is a sacred place of Padmasambhava, mentioned many times in his life story, Pema Kathang. Tharpaling Monastery was founded by the Great Longchen Rabjam. To the north of Tharpaling Monastery is a place where Padmasambhava meditated and a temple that contains the kudung of Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche, Phakchok Rinpoche’s root guru. There is a meditation cave of Guru Rinpoche, a meditation cave of Longchenpa, and a rock throne where Longchenpa wrote part of his masterpiece Seven Treasures.


  • Individual tour date: 3-16th August
  • Actual Drubchen date: 5-13th August
  • Pilgrimage date: 13th & 15th August
  • Drubchen site: Tharpaling Monastery
  • Weather: Rainy season average temp 8.9-13 °C
  • Documents needed:
    1. Bhutan visa (apply through agency. Please prepare a scan of your passport and completed visa application form)
  • Nearest airport(s): Paro, Bhutan
  • Lodging conditions (Economy): 3 star hotel
  • Lodging conditions (Premier): 5 star (upon request), additional fees apply
  • Things to bring:
    1. Car sickness medication
    2. Brolly/raingear
    3. Sleeping bag
    4. Hiking pole
  • Cost per student:
    • US$4380
  • Tour cost includes the following:
    • Hotels (minimum 3 star hotels)
    • Food (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
    • Land transportation within Bhutan
    • English-speaking tour guide
    • Airport transfer
    • Entry fees
    • Royalty to the government
    • Mineral water
    • Visa fees
  • Other:
    • 3rd Aug – Arrive at Paro
    • 4th Aug – Travel to Bumthang
    • 5th-13th Aug – Drubchen
    • 13th Aug – Pilgrimage around Bumthang
    • 14th Aug – Travel back to Paro
    • 15th Aug – Pilgrimage to Paro Takshang & Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s house
    • 16th Aug – Fly out


Boudha is where the great Jarung Kashor Stupa, also known as Boudhanath Stupa, is found. It is here that in his previous life, Padmasambhava made the powerful aspiration to remove all obstacles of the Buddhadharma.


  • Individual tour date: 27th August-5th September
  • Actual Drubhen date: 27th August-4th September
  • Drubchen site: Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery
  • Weather: Rainy season average temp 20-30 °C
  • Documents needed: Nepal visa
  • Nearest airport(s): Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Lodging conditions (Economy): Budget hotel (without a/c)
  • Lodging conditions (Premier): Deluxe hotel (with a/c)
    • 5 star (upon request), additional fees apply
  • Things to bring:
    1. Fan
    2. Torchlight
    3. Brolly/raingear
  • Cost per student:
    • US$210 (Budget)
    • US$320 (Deluxe)
  • Tour cost includes the following:
    • Hotels (9 nights)
    • Airport transfer


  • Upon acceptance, a 30% payment is due as a non-refundable reservation deposit.
  • The balance payment is due 60 days before the event start date.
  • No refunds for cancellations.


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