Adventures in Bhutan

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020 – Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Who is it for?

BHUTAN is the flagship tour, the reason why Yoga Travels was founded. When Janice Varuna (founder) first visited this country in 2008, she was absolutely captivated by the people and culture of Bhutan. Amazed by their ability to keep their culture intact while still allowing a VERY limited number of people to tour the country.

"Bhutan still holds that mystery, that excitement and joy every time we step off the plane in Paro. I look forward to showing you the people, the mountains and the Gross National Happiness that is Bhutan."
- Janice Varuna, Founder of Yoga Travels

There is ONLY 1 trip in 2020 and only 12 spots available. Reserve your spot now, for you can travel with many companies to Bhutan, however we have been going there for 10 years and we were one of the first to offer yoga in Bhutan. What are you waiting for?
CLOSING DATE for this tour is June 30, 2020 - please note that the tour may fill up prior to this time as such we suggest you put down your deposit as soon as possible to be sure you have a place on this tour.

Price

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A 20% non-refundable deposit (unless the tour is cancelled by us) is required to reserve your place on this tour. Full payment is due 90 days before departure.

Highlights

  • Hike to Taktsang Monastery (the famous Tiger’s Nest)
  • Practice yoga and meditate in Buddhist Monasteries
  • Visit a handmade paper factory
  • Partake in a home-cooked meal at a local farmhouse

Program

During the flight, on a clear day, you can see breathtaking views of the Himalaya
Mountains, including Everest, and the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan.
In the afternoon we will visit the National Museum which provides an excellent overview of Bhutanese history and culture. Shaped like a conch shell, it was completed in 1656. The museum holds the largest collection of artifacts, textiles and antiques in Bhutan.
Overnight stay in Paro.

Morning Yoga at Hotel. After breakfast you will drive to the North of Paro to see the view of Drugyel Dzong, which was built in 17 century. You will visit the Paro Dzong: Standing high over the Paro valley, this fortress is a landmark in Bhutan. In 1644 Zhabdrung initiated construction of this massive temple-fortress on the foundation of a monastery earlier built by Guru Rinpoche. We will then visit Kyichu Lhakhang, this temple was built in 659 by the king of Tibet. It holds down the left foot of an ogress whose body covers Bhutan and most of eastern Tibet.

In the afternoon drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. The drive is along scenic paved road following the Paro and Thimphu rivers.
Overnight stay in Thimphu.

Morning Yoga at Hotel.  After breakfast we will visit the following places:
-King’s Memorial chorten (Built in memory of the third king of Bhutan)
-Chang Gangkha Monastery (Purchase of prayer flags)
-Buddha Point (for a great view of Thimphu valley)
-Taken Reserve (where we can see the Taken, the national animal of Bhutan)
-Paper factory
-Painting school (Thirteen arts and craft)
In the evening leisure time in town for handicraft and other shopping (bookstore, etc.)…
Overnight stay in Thimphu.

After breakfast we will drive 12km north of Thimphu. We will then hike up to the Cheri Monastery and practice yoga and meditate in the centuries old monastery. As we walk down through the forest we have the incredible view of the Thimphu valley. By the riverside we will dine al fresco enjoying a picnic lunch. In the early evening we will visit Tashichho Dzong.
Overnight stay in Thimphu.

After breakfast you will drive to Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan. The drive takes us across the Dochula Pass (10,230ft) which is marked by a large Bhutanese chorten (Buddhist monument) and prayer flags. We will stop on the pass for tea and if the weather is clear, we will take in beautiful views of the high peaks of the eastern Himalayas. The road to Punakha winds down from the pass meandering through magnificent pine and rhododendron forests, giving a glimpse of some of the most picturesque countryside in Bhutan. After lunch, we will walk through Metshina Village during our 40-minute walk through the rice fields to Chimi Lakhang, which is a fertility temple.
Overnight in Wangdue.

After breakfast you will hike to KhamsumYulephelma chorten (approximately 2 hours) and then in the afternoon you will visit Punakha Dzong, Which is noteworthy both for being one of the most beautiful dzong in Bhutan and also for having been built by the Zhabdrung in 1637.
Overnight in Wangdue.

After breakfast you will drive to Thimphu. In the afternoon we can visit a vegetable market and late afternoon drive back to Paro.
Overnight stay in Paro.

After early breakfast we will drive to Paro and will hike to Bhutan’s most famous
monastery, Taktsang. It is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900m above Paro valley. The hike to reach the viewpoint to the monastery makes for a nice half day excursion. In the evening if you want you can enjoy a traditional hot stone bath at the farm house along with dinner.
Overnight stay in Paro.

Paro to Delhi
Reporting time to the airport 2 hours before departure

Included

  • yoga class daily and other yoga activities throughout the tour
  • All Bhutan visa and tourist fees
  • Airport arrival and departure transport
  • A/C coach throughout tour
  • All meals are included (breakfast, lunch + dinner) for the entire tour

Not included

  • International flights & any airport tax
  • Personal expenses like, communication, laundry, bar bills, internet. Tips for guide and drivers etc.
  • Client’s medical and travel insurance
  • Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/rescue due to any unforeseen causes.
  • Any other tours and transfers other than those mentioned above.
  • Any extra nights at a hotel due to any reason, services not specified, meals not specified

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