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14 Day All-Level Yoga Holiday in the Himalayas, Bhutan

The Tawana Hotel, 80 Thanon Surawong, Si Phraya, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand

Bhutan Yoga Holiday

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Bhutan.

The formerly little known Kingdom of Bhutan is changing rapidly, though it remains a unique destination in terms of what one can see and experience. Isolated from the world until 1960, with no roads, electricity, running water, schools, hospitals, postal service, or currency, Bhutan has made the transition from the Middle Ages to the 21st century in just 50 years. A visit to Bhutan has the feel of a trip back in time, though with every bit of comfort the 21st century has to offer. In today’s increasingly homogeneous world, Bhutan offers something unique and beautiful.

*Instruction will be offered in English and/or Spanish

Meet the instructors

Federico & John
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Various activities daily
  • Licensed Bhutanese guide and driver and a USA-based trip leader
  • All ground transportation and entrance fees are included
  • Daily food and beverages will be provided
  • Bilingual organizer (English/Spanish)
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • 13 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


13 days with instruction in Spanish
The organizer also speaks: English
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Accommodation

During this holiday, you will be staying in shared or private single and double rooms at various hotels. Most participants come on their own and share a room. The hotel has single and double rooms; sharing a room is an excellent opportunity to live with wonderful people.

  • August 10 - 11: The Tawana Hotel
  • August 12 - 13: Gangtey Palace Hotel
  • August 14 - 15: Druk Hotel
  • August 16 - 18: Drubchhu Resort
  • August 19 - 20: Druk Hotel
  • August 21 - 22: Zhiwa Ling Hotel

Program

The program includes daily yoga/meditation sessions.

Reasons to Go to Bhutan

  • Unique Culture

They manage spiritual and material happiness equally. Development is measured by an official government statistic known as Gross National Happiness (GNH) which measures such things as psychological wellbeing.

  • Wild

70% of the country is protected as a national park. The environment is an important thing for the Bhutan people, caring that much for the planet makes people feel happy.

August 10: Bangkok Arrivals

  • Arrival day.
  • Meeting at The Tawana Hotel.

August 11: Bangkok

Enjoy Bangkok, have a massage, eat amazing Thai food, and get ready for tomorrow.

  • Overnight at The Tawana Hotel.

August 12: Bangkok to Bhutan

  • Depart from Bangkok (flight not included) at 5 a.m.to arrive at Paro, Bhutan at 7 a.m.
  • Upon arrival, you will be met by the guide and driver and transferred to Gangtey Palace Hotel, the former home of a Bhutanese noble family.
  • Explore downtown Paro, have lunch in a local restaurant, and have the afternoon to relax.
  • Welcome dinner at Gangtey Palace Hotel.

August 13: Explore Paro

  • Today, visit Paro town and explore its impressive four-century-old Dzong (fortified monastery), the museum, and the Paro Valley, including the ancient Kyichu Monastery.
  • The late afternoon will be free.
  • Overnight at Gangtey Palace Hotel.

August 14: Paro to Thimphu

  • Have your breakfast at the hotel and then prepare for a 90-minute drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.
  • You'll have the afternoon to walk to get acquainted with some of the sights of Thimphu.
  • Friday evening is a great night to observe Thimphu’s fun nightlife and your Bhutanese friends will join you for the evening.
  • Overnight at Druk Hotel.

August 15: Explore Thimphu

  • Today you'll visit several interesting sights in Thimphu, National Memorial Chorten, the Folk Heritage Museum, a traditional paper making factory, and Buddha Point Statue.
  • The late afternoon is free for you to wander or relax.
  • Have dinner with Bhutanese friends.
  • Overnight at Druk Hotel.

August 16: Hike to an Ancient Monastery - Afternoon Drive to Punakha

  • This morning, take an hour hike to the impressive Cheri Monastery in the hills above Thimphu.
  • After lunch in Thimphu, drive three hours, crossing the 10,300-foot pass at Dochu-La and then descend into sub-tropical Punakha.
  • Overnight at Drubchhu Resort.

August 17: Punakha Exploration

  • Punakha is home to Bhutan’s most beautiful Dzong and you'll spend the morning exploring this four-century-old fortified monastery, visiting the seldom-seen chambers and temples inside the dzong.
  • Following lunch, have an optional 1-hour hike across rice fields to Chimi Lhakang, also known as the Temple of the Divine Madman, a beloved historical figure in Bhutan.
  • Overnight at Drubchhu Resort.

August 18: River Rafting

  • After breakfast, drive for 20 minutes to go to the site of river rafting. You will float along the gentle and safe Mother River. The trip takes about 90 minutes, passing small villages, the Dzong, and the confluence of the Mother and Father Rivers, shortly after which, you will disembark, return to the hotel for a change of clothes, and lunch.
  • The afternoon will be free.
  • Overnight at Drubchhu Resort.

August 19: Punakha to Thimphu

  • Morning drive to Nalanda Monastery, meet with monks who make this their home, then have a gentle downhill walk to Punakha town, lunch in town, and then drive back to Thimphu.
  • Overnight at Druk Hotel.

August 20: Further Exploration of Thimphu

  • The School of the 13 Traditional Arts and the National Textile Museum are on the agenda today.
  • You will also have time to wander around Thimphu on your own or with the guides.
  • As it’s Friday night, for those looking for nightlife, your Bhutanese friends will be happy to join you.
  • Overnight at Druk Hotel.

August 21: Thimphu to Paro

  • Have a late morning departure from Thimphu to Paro.
  • Have lunch in Paro and then an afternoon arrival at your hotel, the Zhiwa Ling Hotel, chosen by National Geographic Society as one of the unique lodges of the world, this exquisite hotel makes a lovely venue for the final two days of your Bhutan journey. Relax on the beautiful grounds, the tea house, meditation room, or spa.

August 22: Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery

  • After breakfast, drive for 20 minutes to the base of the mountain where Taksang Monastery is located. Also known as Tiger’s Nest Monastery, this most iconic of all buildings in Bhutan is perched on a cliff 2,700 feet above the valley floor. Guru Rimpoche arrived here on the back of a flying tiger in the year 746 and meditated in a mountain cave for three months. The site has since been sacred and a monastery has been constructed to commemorate this visit. It is a pilgrimage site for all Bhutanese who gain merit by making the ascent. You too can gain merit by making the three-hour ascent and visiting the monastery seemingly glued to the barest concavity of the cliff face.
  • After descending, have lunch and you may opt for a Bhutanese traditional hot stone bath or massage in the hotel.
  • Enjoy farewell dinner at the hotel, the Zhiwa Ling Hotel.

August 23: Farewell

  • Have breakfast at the hotel and enjoy your free time at the hotel or visit Paro town
  • You will then be transported to the airport for a 1:50 p.m. p.m. flight to Bangkok, arriving at 6 p.m. (flight not included).

Instructors

Federico Orozco

John Leupold

Retreat location

Food

All meals and drinks are included in the price of this retreat.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Daily food and beverages
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • Roundtrip ground transportation
  • Entrance fees
  • Services of licensed Bhutanese guide and driver
  • USA-based trip leader
  • Bhutanese visa and airport taxes

What's not included

  • International airfare to and from Bangkok
  • Bangkok-Bhutan-Bangkok airfare (950 - 1000 USD)
  • Alcoholic beverages other than local beer with meals
  • Spa and treatments
  • Travel insurance
  • All meals in Thailand
  • Tips

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK). Transfers are included in the package, Omm Retreats will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the hotel in Bangkok.

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 30 days before arrival.
14 days / 13 nights
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Availability

Arrival: Tuesday August 10, 2021
Departure: Monday August 23, 2021

Special discount

Special discount for the first six people who book their spot.

Descuento especial

Descuento especial para las primeras 6 personas que se inscriban.

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