Bhutan Yoga Journey
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!
9 NIGHT TOUR
DEPARTS: Auckland, New Zealand
Trip dates: 9th April - 18th April 2019
Your teacher: Loris Mills
Loris Mills, From Loris’s very first yoga class back in the 1990’s she was hooked and yoga continues to be her abiding passion. Her enthusiasm and compassion both as a practitioner and a teacher continues to draw her to the mat on a daily basis and her greatest joy is helping her students access the life changing qualities of a yoga practice.
Loris Is also a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner and is looking forward to helping her students enrich their yoga and meditation practice in Bhutan; the spiritual homeland of her lineage and where these practices are part and parcel of daily life.
* Price based on twin share accommodation. Single room supplement is US$45 per night, subject to availability. This trip can be joined from other countries. Please contact us for details.
Find out approximate trip price in your own currency here
- Transit accommodation if required
- Transit visa
- Comprehensive travel insurance. Click here for an insurance quote
- Alcoholic or soft drinks
- Tips for guide and driver
- Any additional activities eg: hot stone massage
- International flights from Auckland, New Zealand to Bhutan
- Transport by luxury private bus
- 9 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
Your Yoga Journey begins in Paro, home to Bhutan’s only international airport. Spend your first night in the picturesque Paro Valley at a 5-star boutique hotel. Built in traditional Bhutanese-style this resort is located on the edge of a beautiful forest. Wake up to breath-taking views of Himalayan peaks in your deluxe villa. The spacious wood-clad yoga stu-dio looks out on one of Bhutan’s highest mountains, inspiring daily yoga practice. We travel onwards to Thimpu, the only capital city 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. Walk to Chimi Lhakhang Monas-tery, one of the most revered temples in Bhutan and visit Rinchengang village. We spend three nights at a nearby eco-hotel, Wangdue Eco Lodge, which is built upon the concept of green architecture. It has or-ganic food, rainwater harvesting and solar heating. The next day, visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong, an ancient monastery built in 1637. Situat-ed 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. Before leaving Punakha Valley, hike to the beautiful Khamsum Chorten and the old hilltop temple at Giligang. From here there are stunning views of the valleys on both the Mo Chhu and Po Chuu side.
Returning to Paro, we attend Paro Festival, one of Bhutan's most spectac-ular and important festivals. People travel from all over Bhutan and the world to witness the spectacle that is The Paro Festival.
Before leaving Bhutan, you will 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.
Arrive Paro: Visit the Paro Dzong, National Museum, and Nyamai Zam Bridge. Altitude: 2,250 m Overnight: Paro.
Drive to Thimpu: Visit the Memorial Chorten, Buddha Point and Trashichhoe Dzong. Driving time: 1 hr Altitude: 2,350 m
Thimpu: Short hike to Cheri Monastery, visit Textile Museum and School of Traditional Arts and Crafts.
Altitude: 2,350 m
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.
Wangdue Phodrang: Visit Punakha Dzong, the Nalanda Buddhist Institute, and Sangchen Dorji Lhendrub Choling Nunnery. Altitude: 1,310 m Overnight: Wangdue Phodrang.
Punakha: Day hike to Khamsum Yulley Temple
Walking time: 5-6 hrs
Altitude: 1,310 m Overnight: Wangdue Phodrang.
Paro: Return to Paro. Attend Paro Festival in the afternoon. Driving time: 4 hrs Altitude: 2,250 m Overnight: Paro.
Paro: Attend Paro Festival in the morning. Yoga and relaxing in the afternoon.
Altitude: 2,250 m
Paro: Day hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery.
Altitude: 2,250 m