Bhutan Yoga Journey

Bring your own group of yoga students to enjoy daily yoga sessions while exploring the ancient Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon

Bhutan is undoubtedly one of the world’s most fascinating travel destinations. Our carefully planned 10-night journey incorporates Bhutan’s stunning scenery, ancient temples and lets you discover friendly and hospitable local people, while furthering your yoga practice. This is a once-in-a-lifetime journey not to be missed!

Visit the ancient capital at Punakha, and stay in comfortable lodges set among peaceful forested valleys. Finally, hike up to the famous Tiger’s Nest Monastery—the iconic retreat that clings to the cliffs near Paro. You will be accompanied by a highly experienced English-speaking guide, ensuring you are in capable hands every step of the way.  

We are currently seeking yoga teachers to lead yoga tours in bhutan in 2020/2021

Please email us at: info@beyondtheclouds.org.nz for more information

About this trip

Your Yoga Journey begins in Paro, home to Bhutan’s only international airport. Spend your first night in the picturesque Paro Valley at a boutique hotel. Built in traditional Bhutanese style, this resort is located on the edge of a beautiful forest. Wake up to breathtaking views of Himalayan peaks in your deluxe villa. The spacious wood-clad yoga studio looks out on one of Bhutan’s highest mountains, inspiring daily yoga practice.

Travel from Paro into the lush hidden valley of Haa, where a rustic and spiritual village waits for you. Spend two nights soaking up the serene and soul-cleansing atmosphere of this remote valley before travelling onwards to Thimpu. Bhutan’s capital city, if it can be called that, is the only capital in the world without traffic lights! Spend two nights exploring this fascinating town and take a day hike to Cheri Monastery, a place of pilgrimage for many Bhutanese.

Continue your journey via the scenic Dochu La Pass to Punakha, which served as Bhutan’s capital for 300 years. Walk to Chimi Lhakhang Monastery, one of the most revered temples in Bhutan, and visit Rinchengang village. The next day, visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong, an ancient monastery built in 1637. Situated on the confluence of two rivers, this is arguably the most beautiful dzong in Bhutan. Continue to the Nalanda Buddhist Institute and Sang-chen Dorji Lhendrub Choling Nunnery.

Return to Paro for a couple more nights to explore more of the valley, and deepen your yoga practice.

Before leaving Bhutan, visit Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), Bhutan’s most famous landmark. A hike up through blue pines, passing water-powered prayer wheels, leads you to this most holy site. This an-cient monastery clings miraculously to a sheer cliff, rising 1,000 metres from the valley floor. The views are magnificent over the Paro Valley and the only sounds to be heard are prayer flags blowing in the wind.

“I loved absolutely EVERYTHING about the tour! It was more than I could have imagined and worth every penny. It was all I expected and much, much more! I count my blessings that I had the opportunity and I am so grateful that your organisation made it possible - Thank you.” —Sandra, UK

TRIP EXCLUSIONS

  • Transit accommodation if required

  • Transit visa

  • Comprehensive travel insurance. Click here for an insurance quote

  • Alcoholic or soft drinks

  • Laundry

  • Tips for guide and driver

  • Any additional activities (eg: hot stone massage)

 

Trip Inclusions

  • International flights

  • Transport by luxury private bus

  • 10 nights accommodation in charming hotels

  • All meals, mineral water, tea & coffee

  • All entrance fees at monasteries and museums in Bhutan

  • Bhutan visa, Bhutan government tourism royalties and local taxes

  • English-speaking Bhutanese guide

  • Internationally qualified yoga instructor

  • Use of yoga mats

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DAY 1

Arrive Paro:  Arrive in Bhutan, and drive to your hotel on the outskirts of Paro where you can relax and settle in.           
Altitude: 2,250 m                                                                                                           Overnight: Paro.

DAY 2

Haa:  Drive to the remote Haa valley, a serene and spiritual place.   
Driving time: 2 hrs                                                                                                            Altitude: 2,350 m                                                                                                        
Overnight: Haa.  

DAY 3

Haa:  Take a day hike and explore the valley of Haa.                                               
Altitude: 2,350 m
Overnight: Haa.   

DAY 4

Thimpu: Drive to Thimpu and visit the Memorial Chorten, Buddha Point, and Trashichhoe Dzong.
Driving time: 5 hrs
Altitude: 2,350 m
Overnight: Thimpu

DAY 5

Thimpu: Day hike to Cheri Monastery. Also visit the Textile Museum, post office, and School of Traditional Arts and Crafts. 
Driving time: 1 hr
Altitude: 2,350 m
Overnight: Thimpu

DAY 6 

Wangdue Phodrang: Drive to Wangdue Phodrang  via the Dochula Pass. Visit Chimi Lhakhang Temple and Rinchengang Village.                                                                              Driving time: 3 hrs                                                                                                           Altitude: 1,310 m                                                                                                           Overnight: Wangdue Phodrang.

DAY 7

Wangdue Phodrang: Visit Punakha Dzong, the Nalanda Buddhist Institute, and Sangchen Dorji Lhendrub Choling Nunnery.                                                                             Altitude: 1,310 m                                                                                                          
Overnight: Wangdue Phodrang.

DAY 8

Paro: Return to Paro. Settle back into your hotel and practice yoga.                           
Driving time: 4 hrs                                                                                                                   Altitude: 2,250 m                                                                                                                       Overnight: Paro.

DAY 9

Paro:  Visit the Paro Dzong, National Museum, and Nyamai Zam Bridge.
Altitude: 2,250 m
Overnight: Paro. 

DAY 10

Paro:  Day hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery.
Altitude: 2,250 m
Overnight: Paro.

DAY 11

Depart Bhutan.