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10 Days Bhutan Yoga Holiday

Bhutan - Nepal

Yoga Holiday Bhutan

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

Come and visit the World's Happiest Country, The Land of the Thunder Dragon and The Last Shangri-la (Paradise). The kingdom of Bhutan only allows a certain number of foreigners into the country each year, and you will be one of the lucky few to have the opportunity to explore this fascinating and mysterious land.

Meet the instructors

Patricia
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Highlights

  • Yoga sessions
  • Cultural tours in Bhutan
  • English speaking tour guide
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals in Bhutan
  • Private land transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 12
Airport transfer included: Tribhuvan International Airport
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Accommodation

The Kathmandu Guest House, a converted Rana dynasty mansion with fragrant gardens and airy corridors, is considered an institution in Kathmandu. It is a 15-minute drive from Tribhuvan Airport and Patan Durbar Square. Numerous dining options and the Durbar Square are within walking distance of the hotel. Rooms are surrounded by greenery and are fitted with large windows. They come with an en suite bathroom that has hot/cold shower facilities.

Most hotels in Bhutan are in the two-three star level and are referred to as Standard Hotels. A few luxury four and five-star accommodations are also available in Paro, Thimphu, Punakha. The standard accommodations all offer the necessary facilities and are properly maintained. Generally speaking, hotels in western Bhutan (Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdue) are better appointed than the rest of the country.

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel. The evening is free to relax.

Day 2: Arrival Paro and transfer to Thimphu Valley (one and a half hours)

On arrival at Paro airport and completion of airport formalities, the Bhutan representative will meet us. Drive from Paro to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan and an exciting blend of tradition and modernity.

Today’s full day of sightseeing in Thimphu valley includes visits to:

  • National Memorial Chorten
  • Traditional Hospital
  • Big Buddha Statue

Day 3: Thimphu - Punakha (3 hours)

After an early breakfast, set off for Punakha, driving up to Dochu-La pass (3100 meters or 10130 feet) stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the chortens, Mani walls, and prayer flags which decorate the high pass.

  • Chimi Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to the "Divine Madman"
  • Punakha Dzong

Built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, has played a prominent role in the civil and religious life of the kingdom.

Day 4: Punakha

Today, you will begin the day with a hike up through fields of rice along with the banks of the Mo Chhu to the upper end of the valley to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, a stunning monument recently built by the queens and consecrated in 1999.

Later walk back to the bus and enjoy a picnic lunch by a riverside. Afterward, a visit to the Nalanda Buddhist Institute, a truly spiritual place. It is a Buddhist monastic school (shedra).

Day 5: Punakha - Gangtey Valley (3 hours)

After an early breakfast, set off for Gangtey Valley. You will follow the scenic Dang Chhu before climbing through forests of bamboo and oak. Crossing the Pele La pass, en route to Radak Shang Temple, you will finally reach the hidden Gangtey Valley. It is considered one of the most beautiful glacial valleys in Bhutan (3000 meters or 9800 feet).

The area is best known as the home of the rare black-necked cranes that migrate to Bhutan from Tibet in November and leave by March. On arrival, you will visit the Gangtey Gompa Monastery, the only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan. Gangtey Natural Trail: while the shortest, it is the most beautiful of the existing nature trails in Bhutan.

Visit the Black-Necked Crane information center to know more about these endangered species.

Day 6: Gangtey - Paro (7 hours)

Drive to Paro. On the way, visit Simtokha Dzong (first Dzong built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1629). It is the home of the Institute for language and culture studies. After lunch, you will visit the seventh-century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo.

The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. From this very special old temple, you will get a blessing from the head monk for the peace, happiness, safe travel, and good health.

Day 7: Paro

You will start the day early to drive to Chele-la pass. You will hang the colorful prayer flags on the top of the pass for good health and safe travel. You will also make mountain smoke offerings (Riwo Sangcho) with the help of monks with the chanting of the prayers.

Afterwards, you will visit a painting place to learn about Bhutanese paintings. Art is of high importance in the small kingdom of Bhutan, which was isolated for a long time. Traditional painting is one of those arts, where religious and mystical motives are painted according to strict specifications regarding shapes and colors. You will do some painting and take it home as a souvenir from Bhutan.

Day 8: Tiger’s Nest Monastery

Tiger’s Nest monastery, most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, is spectacularly located on the side of a cliff 900 meters above the valley floor. It is said that in the eighth century Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress from eastern Bhutan to this place and meditated in a cave here for three months, hence its name. Taktsang is a place of pilgrimage, which the Bhutanese try to visit at least once in their lifetime.

In the evening, you will visit one of the finest farmhouses in Paro Valley to spend some quality time interacting with Bhutanese family about their daily chores, to experience cooking a local dish and to enjoy archery (the national sport). Dinner is served at the farmhouse with a cultural show. Experience the colorful and lively performances of young people in a private cultural show giving you a glimpse of the various dances and songs of Bhutan.

Day 9: Paro - Kathmandu

  • Transfer to the airport for our departure flight back to Kathmandu. The rest of the day is free for individual sightseeing or shopping.

Day 10: Kathmandu

The trip ends in Kathmandu after breakfast.

Included excursions

  • Sightseeing in Thimphu valley includes visits to National Memorial Chorten, Traditional Hospital and Big Buddha Statue
  • Visits Chimi Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to the "Divine Madman" and Punakha Dzong
  • A visit to the Nalanda Buddhist Institute
  • A visit to the Gangtey Gompa Monastery, the only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan.
  • Visit the Black-Necked Crane information center to know more about these endangered species.
  • A visit to the seventh-century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo.
  • Visits the Tiger’s Nest Monastery.

Instructors

Patricia Olabre

Retreat location

Bhutan is a beautiful Buddhist Kingdom which is situated between Tibet in the north and India in the south. It is the most adventurous destination in terms of biodiversity, untouched by modernization, with stunning views of the Himalayas.

Unique features

Activities

  • Art classes
  • Hiking
  • Shopping

Food

Daily meals will be served while you're in Bhutan. Please be advised that food in Nepal is mostly vegetarian and vegan options are available. While in Bhutan, organic vegetarian options are widely available, however, we cannot guarantee vegan meals due to limited food supply in the country.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

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

What's included

  • 2 nights in single occupancy rooms in Kathmandu
  • 6 yoga sessions
  • 35% royalty to the government and all taxes
  • 7 nights government-approved accommodation based on twin sharing at 3 hotels in Bhutan
  • Accommodation in Bhutan with lunch and dinner
  • Airport transfers (except on Day 10)
  • Cultural show and various activities
  • Daily breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Entire tour escorted by English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees for the monuments in Bhutan
  • Meditation session with a monk
  • Overland transport by tourist vehicle

What's not included

  • International flights
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Any beverages, airport tax (where applicable), tips
  • Any expenses of personal nature
  • Anything not mentioned in "What's Included?"

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Please wait until Samyama Yoga to confirm the dates before you book your tickets to Kathmandu. They will also assist you with the booking Kathmandu-Paro return flight.

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

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 70 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Saturday May 16, 2020
Departure: Monday May 25, 2020

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