Bhutan Yoga Journey

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Bhutan is a very special destination offering peace, serenity and rich culture.  Beyond The Clouds has created this Yoga Journey for you to experience yoga in a variety of stunning locations across beautiful western Bhutan.  On this nine night journey you will discover the well-preserved unique traditions of a country where Gross National Happiness is more important than economic growth! Step into this magical land with us whilst furthering your yoga practice.

 Our carefully planned tours show you Bhutan’s stunning natural environment, ancient Buddhist temples and friendly and hospitable local people. Experience the mystical Land of the Thunder Dragon, where monasteries are part of the mainstream and traditional culture, and architecture and Buddhism thrive. A once in a lifetime journey not to be missed!

US$4,995*

9 NIGHT TOUR
DEPARTS: london, uk**

Trip dates: 15th October - 24th October 2018
Your teacher:  Chrissy Chelinski

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Chrissy Chelinski has been teaching yoga classes and retreats for the past 12 years and began to practice yoga over 25 years ago. She is trained in Dru Yoga, Gentle Somatic Yoga, the Yoga of Sound, and Yoga Nidra and she is also a Chakradance Facilitator.

Chrissy creates an experience for her students that is guided by her Buddhist practice of Metta, or compassionate loving kindness, so her classes can be both beautifully centering, and calming but also energising and fun! She is always encouraging - her teaching is full of light heartedness – and with her love of travel off the beaten track, you can be sure that Chrissy will be a wonderful yoga guide for your journey into one of the most awe inspiring, spiritual countries in the world.

 

* Price based on twin share accommodation. Single room supplement is US$45 per night, subject to availability

** This trip can also be joined from other countries.  Please contact us for prices.

Find out approximate trip price in your own currency here


TRIP EXCLUSIONS

  • Connecting flights/transport to London Heathrow
  • Stopover accommodation and expenses (in Kathmandu or Delhi, if required)
  • Transit visas (if required)
  • 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 from London, UK to Bhutan
  • Transport by luxury private bus in Bhutan
  • 9 nights' hotel accommodation in Bhutan (more luxurious in Paro and comfortable elsewhere)
  • All meals, mineral water, tea & coffee in Bhutan
  • 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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TRIP OVERVIEW

Your Yoga Journey begins in Paro, home to Bhutan’s only international airport. Spend your first night in the stunning Paro Valley at a Bhutanese-style resort on the edge of a forest just outside the town. Wake up to breath-taking views of Himalayan peaks in your rustic villa.  The spacious wood-clad yoga studio looks out on one of Bhutan’s highest mountains, inspiring daily yoga practice.

We travel onwards to Haa, a picturesque valley off the beaten track, and a favourite peaceful experience of life in the Himalayas. Effortlessly charming, Haa is an ideal base for a short day hike, daily yoga practice, and visits to small local temples. Stay in a charming family run converted farmhouse adorned with hand painted murals and an atmospheric shrine room.

From Haa we drive across to Thimpu, Bhutan’s capital city and the only capital in the world without traffic lights! Spend two nights exploring this fascinating little city and take a day hike to Cheri Monastery, a place of pilgrimage for many Bhutanese.

We continue our journey via the scenic Dochu La Pass to Punakha which served as Bhutan’s capital for 300 years, and stay in Wangdue Phodrang. Walk to Chimi Lhakhang Monastery, one of the most revered temples in Bhutan and visit Rinchengang village. Visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong, an ancient monastery built in 1637, and arguably the most beautiful dzong in Bhutan. Continue to the Nalanda Buddhist Institute and Sangchen Dorji Lhendrub Choling Nunnery.

Returning to Paro, we take some time to relax into our yoga practice and soak up the joyful Bhutanese lifestyle. On our final day, before leaving Bhutan, we hike up to the grand Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest Monastery), Bhutan’s most famous landmark. A hike up through blue pines, passing water-powered prayer wheels, leads you to this most holy site. This ancient 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. It’s the perfect end to a journey through the peaceful Dragon Kingdom. .

ITINERARY

 

DAY 1

15th October   PARO
You will be met at the airport by your guide and travel to your hotel just outside Paro. Visit Paro Dzong, the National Museum and the famous Nyamai Zam Bridge.  
Altitude: 2,250 m
Overnight: Paro

DAY 2

16th October   HAA
Drive to the beautiful valley of Haa and visit the black and white temples. Your accommodation is a rustic lodge where you can take hot stone baths (optional).
Driving time: 3 hrs
Altitude: 2,700 m
Overnight: Haa

DAY 3

17th October   HAA
Wake up to soft morning light on the picturesque valley around you, and go on a day hike through the forest.
Altitude: 2,700 m
Overnight: Haa

DAY 4

18th October   THIMPU 
Drive to Thimpu and visit the Memorial Chorten, Buddha Point, and Trashicho dzong.
Driving time: 4 hrs
Altitude: 2,350 m
Overnight: Thimpu

DAY 5 

19th October   THIMPU
Day hike to Cheri Monastery, followed by visits to the Textile Museum, Post Office and the school of Traditional Arts and Crafts. 
Driving time: 1 hr                   
Altitude: 2,350 m       
Overnight: Thimpu

DAY 6

20th October   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

21st October   WANGDUE PHODRANG
Visit Punakha Dzong, the Nalanda Buddhist Institute and Sangchen Dorji Lhendrub Choling Nunnery.
Altitude: 1,310 m
Overnight: Wangdue Phodrang 

DAY 8

 22nd October   PARO
Return to Paro. Relax and settle in to your charming hotel just outside the town.
Driving time: 4hrs
Altitude: 2,250 m
Overnight: Paro

DAY 9

23rd October PARO 
Day hike to Tiger’s Nest monastery.
Altitude: 2,250 m
Overnight: Paro 

DAY 10

24th October   DEPART PARO

NB:  Daily yoga sessions will be incorporated into this itinerary