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7 Day Tiger Nest Monastery Yoga and Cultural Holiday in Bhutan

Paro, Bhutan

Bhutan Yoga Holiday Tour

Experience yoga in Bhutan where happiness meets peace. Soak yourself into the spiritual culture of Bhutan. The retreat is going to be a complete transformation of your vacation experience as you blend the concepts of happiness with peace. This retreat will surely make an intoxicating experience that will be a set of richness mirroring Bhutan, yoga, meditation, adventure, and fun-filled activities. You will have a wide range of yoga teachers starting from common people to monks to spiritual masters to teach you in different ways and means in the spiritual land of Thunder Dragon. Welcome to the Land of Gross National Happiness!

Meet the instructors

Khenpo Sedhar
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga practice
  • Trekking and hiking in Bhutan
  • Explore a unique place in Bhutan
  • Visit sacred and beautiful temples
  • Entrance fee and visa fee included
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Luxury transportation
  • Daily healthy meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Chinese (mandarin), German, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Russian, Vietnamese
Airport transfer included: Paro Airport
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Accommodation

You will stay at several accommodations in Bhutan.

Program

Detailed Itinerary

Spiritual Bhutan has great attributes for yoga. Bhutan is the perfect place to begin your journey to wellness and enlightenment. With a steady practice of yoga during your stay, you are bound to go home refreshed and relaxed with all the worries of your regular life thousands of miles away. Give yourself over to the experience of a seven-day yoga trip to Bhutan.

The itineraries on each day can be tailored to fit independent solo travelers, groups or families, and even yoga clubs. A wondrous trip awaits you around every corner, with discoveries of delight to explore for a destination you’ll never forget. Bhutan is one of the oldest and most mystical places in the world in the eastern Himalayas. Come experience all that Bhutan and yoga have to offer your mind, body, and soul with this restorative retreat.

Day 01: Arrive Paro and drive to Thimphu (65 km, 1 hr drive)

During the flight, you will experience breathtaking views of Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga and other Himalayan peaks like the sacred Mt. Jhumolhari & Jichu Drake in Bhutan. You can check early in the morning from any other destinations and request a ticket counter to issue the flight tickets at the left side at the window side of the flight.

On arrival at Paro International Airport, our representative from 7 Brothers Tours and Travels will be happily waiting for you at exit point to welcome you and transfer to Thimphu. After check in to hotel Buddha point to see the world largest statue: visit the largest and newly built statue of Buddha offering a magnificent view of entire Thimphu valley, Memorable stupa – built in the memory of late 3rd King

Visit the fortress of Thimphu- witness Flag ceremony and Tashichho Dzong, which houses the throne of the king. Yoga from 6 pm to 7 pm which will be trained by expert yoga lady from Thimphu.

Overnight: Thimphu | Altitude: 2300m.

DAY 2: MEDITATION CHERI RETREAT CENTER

Today, you will drive about 45 minutes north to Thimphu to hike to Cheri monastery. It is located at the northern end of the Thimphu valley.

Cheri Monastery is also called Chagri Dorjiden, it was established in 1620 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel who unified Bhutan. The monastery sits on the hill above the end of the road at Dodeyna and it takes about an hour to walk up the steep hill to reach the monastery. The place was first visited by Guru Padmasambhava in the 8th century. Later in the 13th century, it was visited by Phajo Drugom Zhigpo the Tibetan Lama who established the Drukpa Kagyu tradition in Bhutan. Lunch at Simple Bhutan museum with Bhutanese cultural show. After lunch visit weaving center and national library. Evening yoga at Neru Wangchuck center at Thimphu.

Overnight stay in a hotel, Thimphu.

Day 03: Thimphu -Punakha Sightseeing

  • Distance: 71 km
  • Estimated driving time: 2 1/2 hrs

After breakfast, travel to Punakha & Wangdue through Dochula Pass (3140 m). In the clear sky; enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayan Mountain ranges. Then pass by the beautiful 108 chortens built on the hill by Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck (Queen Mother of Bhutan) for the security and well being of His Majesty, the King of Bhutan. You will have short meditation at the 3159m- Dochula pass.

Then drive onto Punakha. Punakha has been inextricably linked to some of the most momentous events in Bhutanese history. Punakha had served as the capital of Bhutan from 1637 till 1907 and the 1st National Assembly was held there.

On the way, stop at Metsina village and take a 20-minute walk through the paddy fields to visit the Devine Madman’s Monastery-Chhimi Lhakhang, famously known for its fertility shrine, where one can receive a special fertility blessing.

After lunch visit the Punakha Dzong- World largest Monastery, located on the island of the Pho - Chu (Male River) and the Mochu (Female River). The dzong was built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal (the person who unified Bhutan) to serve as the religious and administrative seat of the region. It was here that the dual system of government was introduced in the 17th century and in 1907, enthroned the first King Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuck. Damaged over the centuries by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the dzong has been fully restored in recent years by the 4th King Jigme Singye Wangchuck. At the dzong, you can see the highest standards in woodwork.

Visit suspension bridge - longest suspension bridge in Bhutan.

Good time to do Yoga - self yoga practice

Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Punakha. (3* hotel).

Day 4: Punakha- Phobjikha Valley

  • Distance: 70 km, estimated travel time: 3 1/2 hrs

After breakfast, drive to Phobjikha valley. Driving through the dense forests of the Phobjikha Valley you arrive at Gantey village where you see the Gangtey Monastery and visit the monastery. Phobjikha valley is part of the beautiful Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park (formerly known as Black Mountains National Park), one of Bhutan’s most important nature sanctuaries. Each winter it is home to a flock of 300 rare and endangered black-necked cranes. The surrounding hills and mountains are home to nomadic shepherds and yak-herders. This is one of the most remote and untouched regions in Bhutan and is only just opening its doors to the outside world.

Primary meditation teaching by a monk at Gangtey Monastery

After lunch at Phobjikha valley and explore the valley and also visit the Black Necked Crane Center.

Gangtey Nature trail- you will see Black Necked Crane migrated from Tibet during November and fly back to Tibet in mid-March.

En-route do Yoga with the sound of birds during the time of small walk through Gangtey Nature Trail- 15 minutes is enough for Yoga. Gangtey is the remote Phobjikha valley is an excellent place for day hikes.

Hike around Phobjikha valley you can start your walk at the Dewachen hotel and walk from here to the Black-Necked Crane Information Centre, which has lots of information on the valley and its famous migrating birds. From here you can walk to Beta Village where there is a small school which you are welcome to visit if you are interested in. Then continue your walk to Gangtey Gompa (one of Bhutan’s oldest monasteries and recently extensively renovated).

From here you can walk along the Gangtey Nature Trail, past Semchubara village, through forests of blue pine trees covered with lichen (known as old man’s beard) and where you can hopefully see some birds. Continue on from the end of the nature trail to Kingathang village where you can visit a temple built by the Queen Mother.

Dinner & overnight at Gangtay. Hotel or Farmhouse.

Day 5: Phobjikha- Thimphu- Paro:

En-route visit to the site of Paro river. Visit viewpoint to see the world's dangerous airport- Do Practical Yoga Exercise facing towards Airport. Visit Kyichu temple - built in 7th century by Tibetan King in one night-Meditation at Kichu temple.

Paro Rinpung Dzong (fortress) built-in 1645 to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The Dzong is now being used as an administration center and school for monks. From the Dzong you will walk down to Rimpung Bridge (Traditional Cantilever Bridge), the oldest bridge in Bhutan.

Ta Dzong (National museum). Overnight at Paro- dinner at local farmhouse.

Day 6: A Day Hike to Taksang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest Monastery)

After breakfast, drive for about 20 minutes to the base camp of Taktsang Monastery and hike up to Taktsang Monastery, also known as ‘Tiger’s Nest’. The climb up to the viewpoint will take around 1 ½ hour and from there you will enjoy a spectacular view of the monastery clinging to the side of the cliff. Stop for refreshment at the View Point Cafeteria. Then walk further up to the monastery which will take about 1 hour. It is said that in the 8th century Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress from eastern Bhutan to this place and meditated in a cave here for 3 months. The principal Lhakhang (monastery) of the present monastic complex dates from 1692. Taktsang was damaged severely by fire in 1998 but has now been fully restored to its former glory. After visiting the monastery, walk back down to the road on the way stop for lunch at the viewpoint cafeteria and then walk further down to the road point. Do meditation at Tiger nest Temple. Then drive back to the hotel.

On reaching Tiger Nest – The monk will teach you mode of Meditation

Dinner and Overnight at Paro.

Day 7: Departure from Paro

Morning transfer to the airport for your departure flight, our tour staff will bid you farewell at the airport.

Included excursions

Our Guide will arrange more sightseeing if you are interested according to your time and energy.

Instructors

Khenpo Sedhar Dendrup

Retreat location

This yoga holiday tour takes place in Bhutan.

Food

All the meals are included in the packages. You will be serve Bhutanese dish,western dish,Indian dish etc.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Whole food
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Spa treatments

We have traditional hot stone bath available in Bhutan. Its cost around USD 20 per person.

What's included

  • Bhutan Visa and permits arrangements
  • Accommodation in the 3-star category
  • All meals, breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Luxury transportation within Bhutan
  • English speaking guide along with yoga teachers
  • Entrance fees
  • Mineral water and tea
  • Visa fee

What's not included

  • Flight cost- We have flight from Kathmandu,Singapore,Bangkok,Delhi and Kolkata.
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Bhutan visa is pre-process by our company we need to have your passport copy by scan on our e-mail.

We will send you electronic visa on your mail. You need to print and carry to fly to Bhutan at immigration authorities will stamp on your passport.

Your passport must be valid more than 6 months at the time of travel in Bhutan

Airport: Paro Airport Airport transfer included: Paro Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 10 days before arrival.
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They are flexible with tour dates, should there be any problem you can always change or postpond your travel dates. 

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