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Join Yak Holidays International in a spiritual journey in Bhutan, the kingdom of the Thunder Dragon. Take part in the Bhutanese way of life, centuries old, and experience for yourself the country's culture and tradition as you deepen your understanding of yourself. Attain permanent peace as you take part in physical, mental, and spiritual practices.
Accommodations will be in twin rooms in various hotels in Bhutan.
Tashi Namgay Resort is set amidst five acres of lush foliage and green lawns. Located conveniently in the heart of Paro valley but away from the distractions of the main town, Tashi Namgay Resort offers you a calm and peaceful environment within a five-acre compound.
Hotel Migmar is an international tourist hotel. It is a popular venue for conference, seminars and meeting place in Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. The rooms are designed with high comfort and provides you with a great stay experience in Bhutan.
Hotel Lobesa offers nice and comfortable accommodations for travelers who are exploring the wonders of Punakha. The rooms are spacious, reminiscent of the unique charm of boutique hotels. Most rooms have balconies overlooking the lush and verdant fields and valleys of the region.
Meditation is a practice in which an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or as an end in itself. Meditation has been linked to a variety of health benefits. Yoga is a generic term for the physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India with a view to attain a state of permanent peace.
Arrive at Paro. Your guide from Yak Holidays International will receive you at Paro Airport (PBH) and drive you to the hotel. After lunch, visit Ta Dzong National Museum, which was built in 1656 and renovated in 1968.
You will also visit Rimpung Dzong, literally meaning “heap of jewels,” which was built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan. In the evening, you will have your first yoga practice and meditation in Bhutan, in Tashi Namgay Resort, after which you shall have dinner. Dinner and overnight in Tashi Namgay Resort or similar.
In the morning enjoy a serene walk and yoga practice in gardens or open space. After breakfast, visit the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang, and Dungtse Lhakhang. After lunch, drive to Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu, just in time for a sunset yoga practice. On the way, view Tamchog Lhakhang, dedicated in the 13th century to Thangthong Gyalpo, the bridge builder. Dinner and overnight in Hotel Migmar or similar.
After a morning yoga session, you will visit the National Textile Museum, a paper-making factory, the Folk Heritage Museum, and Buddha Point. After lunch, visit Takin Preserve Centre. There will be leisure time in the evening. Dinner and overnight in Hotel Migmar or similar.
Start early morning with a yoga session. Hike to Cheri Monastery. It was built in 1750. The monastery till today maintains spectacular views of the cascading mountain ranges. Retreat inward with a guided meditation led by resident monks. After lunch in Thimphu, drive to Punakha.
In Dochula, you can see the higher Himalayas, if the weather permits. Visit the Royal Botanical Park at Lam Pelri. Dinner and overnight in Hotel Lobesa, Meri Puensum Resort, or similar.
After breakfast, visit Punakha Dzong, built in 1637, by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. After lunch, hike to Chhimi Lhakhang, dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley also known as “Divine Madman.” Dinner and overnight in Hotel Lobesa, Meri Puensum Resort, or similar.
Morning serenity walk and yoga practice. Hike to the Nalanda Monastery which is situated among the farming fields. Visit and meditate with the resident monks, partaking in their Buddhist teachings. Dinner and overnight in Hotel Lobesa, Meri Puensum Resort, or similar.
Yoga and meditation at Meri Puensum. Drive to Thimphu and have lunch. You can have your personal exploration of Thimphu. You can join the guide for a happening night on the town. Dinner and overnight in Hotel Migmar or similar.
Visit School of the Traditional Arts and studios of local artists. Gleam insight into Bhutan’s history, rich with artistry, and appreciate how modern artists continue to express cultural histories. In the afternoon, continue yoga practice at a local venue. Dinner and overnight in Hotel Migmar or similar.
Early morning yoga and meditation followed by breakfast in the hotel. Then drive to Paro. In the afternoon, relax with a massage at the hotel’s spa or meditate at the serene tea house or temple. Dinner and overnight in Tashi Namgay Resort or similar.
After breakfast, hike to Taktsang Monastery. After lunch, relaxation perhaps in the form of massage or Bhutanese Hot Stone bath. Closing dinner and overnight in Tashi Namgay Resort or similar.
Early morning drive to Paro Airport (PBH) and farewell.
This program includes hikes and excursions to various museums and historical landmarks in Bhutan.
This program will be held in Bhutan, nestled on the lap of the Eastern Himalayas. Bhutan has never been colonized, and the Bhutanese are fiercely protective of their independence.
Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan since 1960, lies at an elevation of over 7,600 feet. The Tashichhodzong is the center of administration and also the summer residence of the monastic order. The annual Thimphu Tshechu is held in its courtyard.
The other significant structure is the SAARC Secretariat, which houses Assembly. Thimphu town, although small, is nonetheless a vibrant place. The Handicrafts Emporium Emoporium, displaying the best of Bhutanese textiles and souvenirs, and the Memorial Chorten, dedicated to the late king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, are worthy of a visit.
One of the biggest and most fertile valleys, Paro is the location of Bhutan’s only airport. One can fly here from Kathmandu, Delhi, Calcutta, and Bangkok. Shortly new destinations like Singapore, Hong Kong, Yangyon and Bangalore in India will also be linked. People here are mainly farmers, working terraced fields against the backdrop of the imposing Rinpung Dzong.
It also boasts the National Museum wherein is preserved much of the rich history of the nation. Overlooking the valley from the north is the Taksang Monastery, or the Tigers Nest, built on a sheer rock face. Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche flew here on the back of a tigress. At the far end of the valley stand the ruins of the Drugyel Dzong, the fortress from which many Tibetan invasions were repulsed.
Punakha valley lies below the 10,500-foot Dochula Pass where one can get the most spectacular view of the Black Mountain range. Punakha Dzong, astride two rivers, is the winter to the monk body. Despite ravages by several fires through the years, the Dzong houses many artifacts and the embalmed body of Shabdrung Nawang Namgyal. Some distance from the Dzong, on a promontory stands the Chime Lhakhang, or the temple of fertility.
Nestled in the undulating folds of the Himalayas, the Kingdom of Bhutan is special to people who want to see centuries-old culture thriving with modernity. We are proud to tell the world that Bhutan could perhaps be one of the happiest countries, not simply because the country has adopted the philosophy of Gross National Happiness, but because of its ecological richness, thriving cultural heritage, and strong family values.
Bhutan is one of the last bastions of Tantric Mahayana Buddhism. And yet it’s also the newest democracy in the world. The fourth King His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck told his people that if Bhutan is to prosper and flourish, they must accept the new polity. Thus, in March 2008, Bhutan went to the polls to elect the first batch of parliamentarians under the new political structure.
Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided for the duration of the program. Bhutanese delicacies are limited with spicy chilis and cheese. However, you will be served a buffet of continental food with some local dishes too. On treks, trained cooks prepare dishes suitable to western tastes, ranging from continental to Chinese and Bhutanese to Indian.
Please book your flight to arrive at Paro Airport (PBH). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Yak Holidays International will pick you up from the airport.