Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Bhutan.
This Bhutan yoga retreat weaves together the best of the country’s culture and nature as you explore ancient fortresses and temples, mingle with monks and hang prayer flags, ride the rapids, and discover the significance (and the crazy mishmash look) of the native takins. Bring your sense of wonderment and humor as you travel alongside the inspiring locals who measure their life and success by their Gross National Happiness and call the awe-inspiring Land of the Thunder Dragon home.
You will be accommodated in three-stars hotels certified by Tourism Council of Bhutan. The hotels are Gangtey Palace Hotel, Osel, Zhingkham Resort, and Dewachen Resort during the retreat.
After an unforgettable flight giving you an adrenaline rush as you see views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Jomolhari and Mount Jichu Drake, you will land at Paro Airport (PBH). The landing at Paro, considered one of the most challenging, will also be an enthralling experience. India Heritage & Culture Tours' company representatives will receive you at the airport and escort you.
You shall drive along the sweeping valley to land in Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu, just in time for a sunset yoga practice.
Thimphu is Bhutan's capital and the largest city which provides a glimpse into how the present day Bhutanese people have adapted to the 21st century. After a morning yoga session, you will visit the National Memorial Chorten, Changangkha Monastery, Takin Zoo, and Tashichho Dzong.
Start early morning with a yoga session and a two-hour trek into pine and rhododendron forests above the Thimphu valley to the 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.
You will return to Thimphu for lunch followed by a drive over the 10,300-foot pass with panoramic views of the Himalayas while driving en route to Punakha, arriving at the next stage of your journey.
Get ready to explore the Punakha Dzong. Architecturally and aesthetically, this is one of the most beautiful dzongs, Punakha Dzong was first constructed as a war fortress in the early 1600s and evolving over the years as Bhutan’s capital and today, as an administrative hub.
Enjoy the traverse scenic trails for an afternoon hike to Chimi Lhakhang also known as The Temple of the Divine Madman, built in 1499. Named after Lama Drukpa Kunley, also known as the “Divine Madam”, it is one of the most revered temples in Bhutan.
After your morning serenity walk and yoga practice, you will head out for a mid-day hike above Punakha to the Nalanda Monastery which is situated among the farming fields. Visit and meditate with the resident monks, partaking in their Buddhist teachings as India Heritage & Culture Tours assists you in English conversation.
Have yoga and meditation at Khuru Resort / Hotel Lobesa before departing for Thimphu to arrive in time for lunch. With a sense of the city’s geography, the afternoon and evening are all yours to indulge in your personal exploration of Thimphu. You should get a good night’s sleep or join your guides for a happening night on the town!
Enjoy a full day of sightseeing throughout the artistic venues of the capital. Visit the Buddha statue, school of the traditional arts, and studios of local artists. Glean insight into Bhutan’s history, rich with artistry, and appreciate how modern artists continue to express cultural histories. Continue with an afternoon yoga practice at a local venue, and return to the hotel for a final evening in Thimphu.
Get up to a final yoga, meditation, and breakfast in Thimphu, departing late morning for the beautiful mountain town of Paro. The afternoon is yours to define: explore Paro and the National Museum, relax with a massage at the hotel’s spa, or meditate at the serene tea house or temple.
After breakfast, you shall head for a short ten-minute drive to the base of the mountain home of the Taktsang Monastery. Also known as the Tiger’s Nest Monastery for its geography and history, the Taktsang Monastery is renowned for its cliffside location perched 2,700 feet above the valley floor where it is said that the Rimpoche first arrived on the back of a flying tiger in 746 CE and meditated in a mountain cave for three months. Even you can gain merit by making the three-hour ascent and visiting the monastery seemingly glued to the barest concavity of the cliff face.
After your descent, look forward to lunch at the hotel, followed by a nice siesta or other relaxation perhaps in the form of massage or Bhutanese hot stone bath. This evening will be your closing dinner together.
After breakfast, you will drive towards Dra Karpo Cave which is eight kilometers away from Paro main town. After breakfast, visit Dra Karpo “meaning white stone" which is 12 kilometers away from Paro Town. It will take one-hour hiking to reach the place from Shaba Village. The guru had been meditating in this cave in the eighth century and today is considered one of the most secret place.
Here you will be circumambulating an hour and then take meditation inside the cave. Visit the site for one to three hours and then take vegetarian lunch in and around the temple.
Later in the afternoon, drive back to Paro Town and have your last shopping from the Kingdom of Bhutan.
Transfer to the airport for your departure towards onward journey.
This retreat will take place in incredible Bhutan. By limiting the number of tourist visas issued each year, Bhutan is one of the few countries able to sustain their endemic culture while welcoming in the wider world. The result is a moving feast of culture, nature, and local infectious smiles.
You will have breakfast each morning at the hotels, lunches including local eateries and picnics, and dinners in a local restaurant or at the hotels.
Please book your flight to arrive at Paro Airport (PBH).
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