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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After breakfast, depart from hotel to Paro Airport for your onward flight to Kathmandu.
(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.
Departure to airport.
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.
Please book your flight to arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). Please do not book your tickets until Samyama Yoga gives a go signal.