Bhutan Yoga Journey
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 ten day 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.
9 NIGHT TOUR
DEPARTS: AUCKLAND, New Zealand**
Trip dates: 24th March - 2nd April 2018
Your teacher: Tessa Meek
Tessa Meek has been practising yoga for 25 years and teaching continuously for the past 20 years. She is the founder and director of the Iyengar Yoga Centre of Wellington. Tessa believes that yoga is accessible to everyone regardless of age, fitness or flexibility and her enthusiasm for the subject is infectious. With a practical and friendly approach, Tessa teaches weekly classes as well as workshops and overseas retreats. Tessa says “I love teaching international retreats as students are away from the usual stresses of their daily lives while being immersed in a culture that is very different from their own. These conditions are conducive to mindful practice and help promote personal insight and transformation."
* Price based on twin share accommodation. Single room supplement is US$45 per night, subject to availability
** Trip can be joined from other locations. Please contact us for information.
Find out approximate trip price in your own currency here
- Transit accommodation if required
- Transit visa if required
- 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 excellent hotel accommodation (luxury in Paro, comfortable elsewhere)
- 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 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 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 Monastery, 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 organic food, rainwater harvesting and solar heating. 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 Sangchen 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 spectacular and most 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 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.
Arrive 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
Thimpu: Drive to Thimpu and visit the Memorial Chorten, Buddha Point, weekend market and Trashicho dzong. Driving time: 1 hr Altitude: 2,350 m Overnight: Thimpu.
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 Walking time: 1.5 hrs Altitude: 2,350 m Overnight: Thimpu
Wangdue Phodrang: Spend the morning in Thimpu and after lunch 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. Overnight: Wangdue Phodrang
Punakha: Nizergang day hike. Walking time: 5-6 hrs 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 in the afternoon. Overnight: Paro.
Paro: Day hike to Tiger's Nest monastery. Overnight: Paro.
NB: Daily yoga sessions will be incorporated in this itinerary.