According to the book, Huong Son Thien Tru Pha, Huong Tich temple was built during the reign of Le Chinh Hoa (1680-1705), by a monk who happened on the site on his way to search for enlightenment. Other shrines and temples were later built in this area to take advantage of the beautiful scenery in this area.
Perfume pagoda has a long history in Vietnamese literature.
This temple, its name, has been a theme of many songs, topic of poetry, used in literary works as well as backdrops for paintings. The uniqueness of Huong Son is that the mountains, river and forest appears like an oasis for buddhists in the middle of the great plains of northern Vietnam. This location truly incorporates all the elements of beauty that is often used in Eastern philosophy and arts.
Pick up at hotel at 08.30 am and depart for the Perfume Pagoda, which is not just one pagoda but many shrines and sanctuaries built into mountainsides.
After two and half hour drive through the rich farming land of the Red River Delta, we arrive at the Perfume Pagoda. Here we enjoy a leisurely boat excursion on the Yen River past the spectacular landscape of flooded rice fields and undulating mountains. After two hour river trip we embark on a rugged walk uphill to explore some of the many pagodas and the sacred grotto of Huong Tich.
The trip ends after arrival in Ha Noi around 17.00 pm.