Bhutan Yoga Holiday
Dates: 16-25 May 2020
Price: £2000 twin sharing
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to our hotel. The evening is free to relax.
Day 2 Arrival Paro/Transfer to Thimphu Valley (1½ hrs)
On arrival at Paro airport and completion of airport formalities, our Bhutan representative will meet us. Drive from Paro to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan and an exciting blend of tradition and modernity.
Today’s full day of sightseeing in Thimphu valley includes visits to:
*National Memorial Chorten
* Big Buddha Statue
Day 3 Thimphu – Punakha (3hrs)
After an early breakfast, set off for Punakha; driving up to Dochu-la pass (3100m/10130ft) stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the chortens, Mani walls, and prayer flags which decorate the high pass.
*Chimi Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to the "Divine Madman"
*Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, has played a prominent role in civil and religious life of the kingdom.
Day 4 Punakha
Today, we begin the day with hike up through fields of rice along the banks of the Mo Chhu to the upper end of the valley to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, a stunning monument recently built by the Queens and consecrated in 1999. Later walk back to the bus and enjoy a picnic lunch by a riverside. Afterwards visit Nalanda Buddhist Institute, a truly spiritual place. It is a Buddhist monastic school (shedra).
Day 5 Punakha – Gangtey Valley (3hrs)
After an early breakfast, set off for Gangtey valley. We follow the scenic Dang Chhu before climbing through forests of bamboo and oak. Crossing the Pele La pass, enroute to Radak Shang Temple we finally reach the hidden Gangtey Valley. It is considered one of the most beautiful glacial valleys in Bhutan (3000m/9800ft). The area is best known as the home of the rare black-necked cranes that migrate to Bhutan from Tibet in November and leave by March.
On arrival visit Gangtey Gompa Monastery, the only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan. Gangtey Natural Trail: while the shortest, it is the most beautiful of the existing nature trails in Bhutan. Visit the Black-Necked Crane Information Center to know more about these endangered species.
Day 6 Gangtey – Paro (7hrs)
Drive to Paro. On the way visit Simtokha Dzong (first Dzong built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1629). It is the home of the institute for language and culture studies. After lunch visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo. The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. From this very special old temple we will get a blessing from the head monk for our peace, happiness, safe travel and good health.
Day 7 Paro
We start our day early to drive to Chele-la pass. We will hang our colorful prayer flags on the top of the pass for our good health and safe travel. We will also make mountain smoke offerings (Riwo Sangcho) with the help of monks with the chanting of the prayers.
Afterwards we visit a painting place to learn about Bhutanese paintings. Art is of high importance in the small kingdom of Bhutan, which was isolated for a long time. Traditional painting is one of those arts, where religious and mystical motives are painted according to strict specifications regarding shapes and colours. We will do some painting ourselves and take it home as a souvenir from Bhutan.
Day 8 Tiger’s Nest Monastery
Tiger’s Nest monastery, most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, is spectacularly located on the side of a cliff 900m above the valley floor. It is said that in the 8th century Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress from eastern Bhutan to this place and meditated in a cave here for three months, hence its name. Taktsang is a place of pilgrimage, which the Bhutanese try to visit at least once in their lifetime.
In the evening visit one of the finest farm houses in Paro Valley to spend some quality time interacting with Bhutanese family about their daily chores, to experience cooking a local dish and to enjoy archery (national sport). Dinner is served at the farmhouse with a cultural show. Experience the colourful and lively performances of young people in a private cultural show giving us a glimpse of the various dances and songs of Bhutan.
Day 9 Paro- Kathmandu
Transfer to airport for our departure flight back to Kathmandu. The rest of the day is free for individual sightseeing or shopping.
Day 10 Kathmandu
Our trip ends in Kathmandu after breakfast.
7 nights government-approved accommodation based on twin sharing at 3* hotels in Bhutan
2 nights in single occupancy rooms in Kathmandu
Daily breakfast in Kathmandu
Accommodation in Bhutan with lunch & dinner
Airport transfers (only on arrival in Kathmandu & both ways in Bhutan)
Cultural show and various activities
Overland transport by tourist vehicle
Entire tour escorted by English speaking guide
Entrance fees for the monuments in Bhutan
Six yoga sessions
Meditation session with a monk
35% royalty to the government & all taxes
What's not included?
Meals in Kathmandu
Any beverages, airport tax (where applicable), tips
Any expenses of personal nature
Anything not mentioned in "What's Included?"
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