The gift of a name
Visit the monastic school of Sey Lhakhang, where a lama will perform a name-giving ceremony for you based on your birthday, year and exact time of birth. This ceremony will bless you with a Bhutanese name of your own, which the lama will then write down for you in Dzongkha in beautiful calligraphy.
108-butter lamp offering
Take part in a lighting ceremony, an experience involving the lighting of 108 butter lamps to represent the dispelling of the darkness of ignorance at Jambay or Kurjey Lhakhangs. The former is an ancient temple home to the early-winter festivals that draw thousands of Bhutanese for their annual blessings, while the latter was once the resting place of Guru Rinpoche and is considered one of the country’s most auspicious monuments.
Shugdrak hike and lunch
Shugdrak is one of four holy cliffs in Bhutan. Follow the steps imprinted on the mountain side that lead up above the rooftop of the temple to a farmhouse surrounded by prayer flags where hermits reside. This is the perfect spot for a picnic lunch offering the chance to appreciate the mountain scenery and absorb the peace of this sacred setting, before hiking back to the lodge.
Journey through Tang Valley
Explore Tang Valley, a seldom-visited area of temples and monasteries that are truly off the beaten track. Enroute, stop off at the Burning Lake, where famous Buddhist saint, Pema Lingpa, dreamt he dived into the water carrying a burning butter lamp and returned with treasures and the lamp still burning. Visit the nunnery, as well as Ta Rimochen Lhakhang, built by Pema Lingpa in the 14th century, its temple dominated by an enormous rock at which Guru Rinpoche meditated.