11 Days Bhutan and Nepal Yoga Retreat and Cultural Tour

  • Bhutan - Nepal

Yoga Retreat 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. If this isn't enough, then you will also see a glimpse of Nepal through a tour of Kathmandu.

Highlights

  • Yoga sessions
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Cultural tours in Kathmandu and Bhutan
  • Roundtrip airfare from Kathmandu - Paro - Kathmandu
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals in Bhutan
  • Private land transfers
  • 9 days with instruction
  • English
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In Nepal, you will be staying in a 3-star hotel. In Bhutan, you will be staying in the best tourist standard hotels.

Various styles of yoga styles will be offered throughout - either a flowing Vinyasa sequence to wake you up before breakfast, or a gentle or Yin yoga at sunset to cap the day. Guided pranayama and meditation will complement your practice. All levels and abilities are welcome. You can do as little and as much as you like.

Day 1

Prior to landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you could have some excellent views of snow-capped mountains, after custom clearance meet with the tour coordinator and transfer to hotel.

Day 2

Explore Kathmandu.

Day 3

Early morning fly with Druk Air over the panoramic Himalayan ranges from Kathmandu to Paro, arrive at Paro airport and drive for 2.5 hours to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Check into hotel. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.

Day 4

Start sightseeing in Thimphu, which includes a visit to Tashichhodzong, the beautiful medieval fortress / monastery, which houses most of the government's offices and the king's throne room. It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the chief Abobot of Bhutan Institute of Zorig Chusum where students undertake a course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. The National Library, which holds an extensive collection of Buddhist texts and manuscripts, some dating back to several hundred years back, as well as modern academic books, mainly on Himalayan culture and religion; the post office; The Institute of Tibetology; National Memorial Chorten. The Handicrafts Emporium, which displays a wide assortment of beautiful handwoven and crafted products. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.

Day 5

After breakfast, a drive from Thimphu to Punkha with a short stop at Dochula pass (3050 meters) that heralds the most enchanting views of Bhutan.

Visit to Punakha Dzong, the 17th century fortress that has played an important role in building up of modern Bhutan, followed by a visit to local market. Then, you will visit Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten, the newly built Stupa. After that, you will drive to Wangduephodrang to see Dzong and the local market. The district of Wangduephodrang is also famous for its bamboo products, slate and stone carvings. Overnight at hotel in Punakha.

Day 6

After breakfast, drive from Punakha to Paro en route visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom built in 1627. It now houses the school for religious studies.

Afternoon in Paro, you will visit Ta Dzong, the National Museum of the Kingdom. Originally built as a watch tower since 1967, it serves as the National Museum of the country and holds a fascinating collection of art, thankgkha paintings, and Bhutan's exquisite postage stamps. Then, walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, which has a long and fascinating history. Overnight at hotel in Paro.

Day 7

After breakfast, drive north of Paro valley to ruins of Drukgyel Dozng. From this fort, Bhutanese repelled several invasions by Tibetan armies. Nearby, you will visit a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse which offers good insight into the lifestyle of local people. Then, take an excursion to Taktsang Monastery, the most famous of Bhutanese monasteries. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of tigers and meditated at this monastery, hence it is called "Tiger's Nest". The excursion to the monastery's viewpoint takes about 5 hours round trip. On the return to Paro town, a visit en route Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the kingdom. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 8

After breakfast, depart from hotel to Paro Airport for your onward flight to Kathmandu.

Days 9-10

(Cultural tour) Explore ancient and historical cities including Kathmandu's Durbar Square with its stone-paved lanes and colorful market, virgin goddess, temples of different kinds of architecture. Pasupatinath, Bouddhanath Stupa, Swoyambhunath Stupa, Bhaktapur, and Patan. Overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 11

Departure to airport.

  • Patricia Olabre

    Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Yoga)

    Patricia has been a full-time yoga teacher since she completed her 500-hour teacher training course with the Krishnamacharya Healing Yoga Foundation under Marc Beuvain in London. She is also a certified British Wheel of Yoga teacher. She finished the perinatal yoga foundation course with Birthlight in 2010 and a year later, the mother and baby yoga integrated course with Yogacampus and Sitaram Partnership. She is qualified as a children's yoga teacher through YogaBugs and Yoga'd Up when she first started teaching in 2008. She has recently been certified to share the benefits of Yin yoga.

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. If Bhutan isn't enough, you will also get a glimpse of Nepal through a tour of Kathmandu.

Daily meals will be served while you're in Bhutan.

  • 10 nights accommodation (5 nights each in three-star hotels in Nepal and Bhutan)
  • All arrival and departure transfers
  • All currently applicable taxes on hotel and transport
  • All overland transport by tourist vehicle
  • Bhutan visa fee
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • Daily yoga session (except on first and last days)
  • Economy flight from Kathmandu to Paro
  • Entire Bhutan tour escorted by English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees for the monuments
  • Government service taxes
  • Lunch and dinner in Bhutan
  • Airfare to Kathmandu
  • Airport tax
  • Any expenses of personal nature
  • Beverage
  • Meals in Kathmandu
  • Nepal visa fee (25 USD)
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance
  • Yoga session on arrival and departure day

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). Please do not book your tickets until Samyama Yoga gives a go signal.

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.

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    Review by Liza Waller from United Kingdom

    Perfect weekend retreat for healing and renewal

    CONS Cons: Nothing not to like!!

    PROS Pros: Patricia led the weekend sensitively and skilfully. I enjoyed her gentle presence and light touches of humour aswell as clarity in instructions. The weekend was full of variety and catered for all levels of experience. Felt very nourishing and the food was wonderful and wholesome.

    10 Value for money
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    Review by Dana Stroh from United States

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    CONS Cons: Wished for one more day in Cayo Santa Maria....heaven on earth!

    PROS Pros: The cultural retreat provided a wonderful overview of the country, and I chance to really experience the culture, due to staying at the Casa Particulars. The yoga practice was perfect. I am a beginner's beginner, and the level was perfect. Patricia Olabre was an absolutely awesome instructor.

    10 Value for money
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    7.5 Food
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    2017-Jun-12 18:36:15

  • Review by Sue Arndt
    9 out of 10

    "The Samyama Yoga tour of Burma (Myanmar) was quite simply, extraordinary."

    "Patricia Olabre, our lovely, gentle leader, ensured we were well cared for and also ran regular yoga sessions of different styles. I can’t speak highly enough of Patricia – she was always 100% organised, always there to offer support and ran classes to suit every age and ability."

    "There were no hitches during the trip at all and the group got on like old friends."

    "Burma is amazing – there was so much to do and see; we flopped into bed happily exhausted at the end of each day. If you are keen to see interesting places and keep up with your yoga practice – this is the perfect solution. Look out for more tours with Patricia during 2017."

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  • Review by Sue from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Yoga and meditation were excellent. Pitched at the right level."

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  • Review by Judith from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "The yoga was as usual very good, demanding but with the option to take an easier option. I found the meditation was not too long except when I was sitting on the chair. I liked the structure of the weekend and generally the ethos of quiet, ease and silence."

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  • Review by Margarita from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "That was my best yoga practice ever, great experience, love your calming voice. "

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  • Review by Alex from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Yoga was brilliant, tailored to our individual level. Patricia is so accommodating and always happy to help achieve your aims. It was a perfect balance of meditation, yoga and free time. Would recommend a silent retreat to anyone."

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  • Review by Irene from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Two weeks of yoga holiday with Patricia in Philippines was one of my best yoga holidays so far. The three days of island hopping was full of fun with lots of swimming and kayaking in the clear blue South China Sea. We were on the go all the time watching sunset one evening and having dinner on the beach front. Never a dull moment .Patricia is a wonderful and a very caring yoga teacher and a tour organizer. Patricia always made sure we have plenty of food and she had brought us to some fantastic restaurants. This is a holiday whereby yoga is not the main focus compared to a yoga retreat. Thanks Patricia for inviting me to your beautiful country with such beautiful people that serve us with an open heart and smile."

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  • Review by Harpal from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Overall, I found Philippines to be an absolutely an amazing and wonderful experience. Beautiful country and beautiful people. I believe it was a well balanced trip. Very action packed! Island hopping was so much fun. Exquisite beaches. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for organising such an amazing trip. You worked so hard to make it a successful and memorable trip. I will always be in gratitude to you and carry forward fond memories of this trip."

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  • Review by Dave from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "From my general tourist perspective, I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and gained a lot from it. I am very grateful to you for the experience in adding the Philippines to my collection of countries visited that I would probably not have done otherwise."

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Testimonials

  • Review by Janine from London, United Kingdom

    "Cuba for me was an amazing experience. An eye opener to a dignified, hospitable and generous people despite the lack of resources they/ we at times had to manage without like soap, light bulbs, toilet seats. It is not a real problem for us to manage with less services than you might expect; its part of an authentic introduction to a country that is so locked into its socio - economic /political reality. Yoga with Pat I always find to be a special experience, translated onto the rooftop of Havana, the surreal beauty of the beach at Cayo Levisa, I'm speechless. The wonderful fresh food and yoga provided the grounding for what was at times a pressing travel schedule. The outstanding highlights were the visit to Che Memorial and Buena Vista Social Club, not to mention the rickshaw ride there - i will remember that as long as I live. The salsa classes were brilliant fun/ learning, a new passion in the making. I cannot thank you enough Pat for your guidance and commitment into this beautiful eclectic world of yoga and travel."

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  • Review by Wendy from London, United Kingdom

    "I had a fantastic time in Cuba. It was well organised. There was no hiccup. The guides are good and well informed. The warm and balmy night at the Hotel Nacional was not to be missed. The last night at Buena Vista was a good wrap up altogether with the classic Cuban salsa music. Oh the salsa classes were enjoyable. It was lovely. Patricia is a very good teacher and she corrects our pose when it is incorrect and she has the patience to teach. I really loved the yoga session by the beach at Cayo Levisa when the sun was about to set. Of places of interest, they were all nice and memorable, each has it own charm. Vinales has beautiful views of mountains and fields, Cayo Levisa has beautiful and warm waters and clean beaches and Trinidad has lovely live music everywhere and not forgetting Havana, the beautiful old vintage American cars. On the whole, I would really love to go back again."

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  • Review by Irene from London, United Kingdom

    "Another great holiday with Patricia and Cuba is one of the best with live music in every corner. Thanks a million for organizing this Cuban trip."

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  • Review by Jennie
    10 out of 10

    "I love coming to Patricia's class. She always gives you opportunities to grow within a posture by setting different levels and to grow within a class by building up to challenging positions."

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  • Review by Alison Goldie from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Patricia is an excellent yoga teacher who strikes the right balance between exercise and spirituality. She gauges the needs of her class very well, and is a warm, sympathetic, and highly skilled facilitator."

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Arrival: Saturday May 19, 2018
Departure: Tuesday May 29, 2018

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