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11 Days Tour, Meditation, and Yoga Retreat in Bhutan

Wonderful Yoga Retreat 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.

Retreat highlights

  • Yoga practices
  • Meditation sessions
  • Up close and personal with the Buddha Dodernma
  • Hike to the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery and Cheri Goempa Monastery
  • Nature encounter with Bhutan’s national animal at the Motithang Takin Preserve
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 10 nights' accommodation

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10 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

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.

India Heritage & Culture Tours Bhutan Yoga Retreat Itinerary

Day 1

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.

Day 2

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.

Day 3

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.

Day 4

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.

Day 5

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.

Day 6

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!

Day 7

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.

Day 8

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.

Day 9

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.

Day 10

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.

Day 11

Transfer to the airport for your departure towards onward journey.

Included excursions

  • A visit to Lhakhang Karpo (the White Temple) and Lhakhang Nagpo (the Black Chapel)
  • Day trip to Haa
  • Drive through and time to explore the Chelala Pass’s vibrant flora and views of Mount Jomolhari
  • Exploring Chimi Lhakhang, the temple of the “Divine Madman”
  • Exploring Pangri Zampa Monastery
  • Exploring Punakha Dzong
  • Full day excursion and hike to the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery
  • Hike to the Cheri Goempa Monastery
  • Mid-day hike to Nalanda Monastery
  • National Memorial Chorten, Changangkha Monastery, and Tashi Chodzong visit
  • Nature encounter with Bhutan’s national animal, the takin, at the Motithang Takin Preserve
  • School of the traditional arts and studios of local artists tour
  • Up close and personal with one of the world’s largest Buddha statue, the Buddha Dodernma
  • Venturing Dra Karpo Cave

Retreat location

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.

Food

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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

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

Things to do (optional)

  • Bhutanese hot stone bath
  • Exploring Thimphu
  • Massage at the hotel’s spa
  • Paro and the National Museum tour
  • Shopping in Paro Town
  • Spa services

What's included

  • 5 meditation sessions
  • 7 yoga sessions
  • 10 nights’ accommodation
  • A visit to Lhakhang Karpo (the White Temple) and Lhakhang Nagpo (the Black Chapel)
  • Bhutan visa and permit management
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Day trip to Haa
  • Drive through and time to explore the Chelala Pass’s vibrant flora and views of Mount Jomolhari
  • Entry fees for the sights and additional activities
  • Exploring Chimi Lhakhang, the temple of the “Divine Madman”
  • Exploring Pangri Zampa Monastery
  • Exploring Punakha Dzong
  • Full day excursion and hike to the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery
  • Hike to the Cheri Goempa Monastery
  • Mid-day hike to Nalanda Monastery
  • Morning serenity walk
  • National Memorial Chorten, Changangkha Monastery, and Tashi Chodzong visit
  • Nature encounter with Bhutan’s national animal, the takin, at the Motithang Takin Preserve
  • Opportunity to hang your own prayer flag
  • School of the traditional arts and studios of local artists tour
  • Service of an expert local English speaking guide
  • Up close and personal with one of the world’s largest Buddha statue, the Buddha Dodernma
  • Venturing Dra Karpo Cave
  • Visit with Buddhist monks and individual blessing (if desired)

What's not included

  • Alcohol
  • Any video or still camera fees assessed by the monuments or places of interest
  • Flight tickets both international and domestic
  • Gratuities for your Bhutanese guide (all other gratuities are covered)
  • Items of a personal nature (phone calls, souvenirs, spa services, etc.)
  • Travel insurance (required)

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Paro Airport (PBH).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 60% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 21 days before arrival.
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