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!

US$5,310*

14 NIGHT TOUR
DEPARTS: united kingdom**

Trip dates: 27th September - 11th October 2017
Your teacher:  Rosemary Booker

 
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Rosemary Booker has been guiding students in the art of yoga and lifestyle now for almost a decade. Her host of knowledge shines though in her teachings blending seamlessly the spiritual and physical practices encompassing an array of different yoga techniques. Be prepared to be inspired, there most certainly won’t be a dull day. Her passion for life, travel and all things Yoga makes her the ideal guide to guide you on this yoga journey to one of the most spiritual countries in the world.

 

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

** United Kingdom departures are from major airports only.  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

  • Transit country stopovers if required
  • Nepal tourist visa
  • Comprehensive travel insurance.  Click here for an insurance quote
  • Alcoholic or soft drinks
  • Lunch and dinner in Nepal
  • Laundry
  • Tips for guide and driver
  • Any additional activities eg: hot stone massage

 

Trip Inclusions

  • International flights from major United Kingdom airports to Bhutan via Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Transport by luxury private bus in Bhutan
  • Airport transfers in Nepal
  • 10 nights' excellent hotel accommodation in Bhutan (luxury in Paro and comfortable elsewhere)
  • 3 nights' accommodation in a hotel in Kathmandu, Nepal
  • All meals, mineral water, tea & coffee in Bhutan & breakfasts in Nepal
  • 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

TRIP OVERVIEW

Your Yoga Journey begins in Kathmandu, Nepal.  We visit the ancient stupa at Bouddhanath where Tibetans in exile circumnavigate each morning spinning their prayer wheels through incense-laden clouds.  Spend two nights in Kathmandu before continuing to Bhutan.

We journey on to Paro, 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 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.  We travel onward to Thimpu, the only capital city in the world without traffic lights!  Spend two nights in our hand-picked hotel with excellent spa facilities and explore this fascinating little city.  Attend the colourful and dramatic Thimpu Festival. 

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 Monastery, one of the most revered temples in Bhutan, before reaching 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.  A short distance from Punakha, we spend two nights at a relaxing resort. After crossing the Cheli La Pass at 3,810 metres, explore the wonderful countryside, relax, and attend your yoga sessions at this stunning off the beaten track location.  Spend two nights in a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse in the picturesque Haa Valley.

Returning to Paro, watch a traditional Bhutanese archery match, and visit Paro Market.  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 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.  We return to Kathmandu for a final night in this vibrant city.  There will be time for sightseeing and shopping before departure.

ITINERARY

 

DAY 1

Depart your home country and fly to Kathmandu.

DAY 2

Arrive Kathmandu.                                                                                                       Overnight: Kathmandu.

DAY 3

Kathmandu: Visit Boudnath Stupa.                                                                                           Overnight: Kathmandu.

DAY 4

Arrive Paro, Bhutan:    Fly to Paro where you will be met by your guide. Visit Kyichu Lhakang temple and Drugyal Dzong.                                                                                       Altitude: 2,250 m                                                                                                                     Overnight: Paro.

DAY 5 

Thimpu: Drive to Thimpu and attend Thimpu Festival.                                                           Driving time: 1 hr                                                                                                             Altitude: 2,350 m                                                                                                           Overnight: Thimpu.

DAY 6

Thimpu: Visit the School of Arts and Crafts, the memorial Chorten and the Buddha statue.                                                                                                                             Overnight: Thimpu.

DAY 7

Drive to Punakha and visit Punakha Dzong and Chimi Lhakhang Temple.                         Driving time: 3 hrs                                                                                                             Altitude: 1,310 m                                                                                                           Overnight: Wangdue Phodrang.

DAY 8

Wangdue Phodrang:  Day hike and yoga.                                                                               Overnight: Wangdue Phodrang. 

DAY 9

Haa: Drive to the Haa Valley.                                                                                                       Driving time: 6 hrs                                                                                                                       Altitude: 2,700 m                                                                                                           Overnight: Haa.

DAY 10

Haa:  Day hike.  Explore the picturesque Haa Valley.                                                             Overnight: Haa.

DAY 11

Return to Paro:  Watch an archery match, and take part in yoga practise.                         Driving time: 2 hrs                                                                                                           Altitude: 2,250 m                                                                                                           Overnight: Paro.

DAY 12

Paro: Tiger's Nest excursion.                                                                                                 Overnight: Paro.

DAY 13

Paro:  Visit the dzong and museum.                                                                                       Overnight: Paro.

DAY 14

Fly from Paro to Kathmandu, Nepal.  Sightseeing and final day for shopping.                Overnight: Kathmandu.

DAY 15

Depart Kathmandu.