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  • Bhutan Yoga Holiday

    £2,000.00Price

    Dates: 16-25 May 2020

    Price: £2000 twin sharing

     

    THE ITINERARY

    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

    *Traditional Hospital

    * 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.


    What's included?

    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?

    International flights

    Visa fees

    Meals in Kathmandu

    Travel insurance

    Any beverages, airport tax (where applicable), tips

    Any expenses of personal nature

    Anything not mentioned in "What's Included?"

     

    Please email contact@samyama-yoga.com for a detailed itinerary. 

    • PRODUCT INFO

      The World's Happiest Country. The Land of the Thunder Dragon. The Last Shangri-la (Paradise).

      Bhutan is a beautiful Buddhist Kingdom, which is situated between Tibet in the north and India in the South. It is the most adventurous destination in terms of biodiversity, untouched by modernization, with stunning views of the Himalayas. We will visit in autumn, when the clear and crisp blue skies provide a grand view of some of the tallest unclimbed mountains in the world. It is the best time for trekking and traveling. The climate is cool and temperate and you can get lovely photography opportunities of willows shedding their golden brown leaves, the solitude of parks and somber views of dzongs and monasteries.

      The kingdom only allows a certain number of foreigners into the country each year and we will be one of the lucky few to have the opportunity to explore this fascinating and mysterious land.

       

      *Please be advised that this trip starts and ends in Kathmandu.

      We will take the same flight to Paro and flight information will be sent once deposit has been made.

    • REFUND POLICY

      £500 non-refundable deposit

      Balance payable 60 days before departure

    • DEPOSIT

      £500 deposit to reserve your space

    • SOLO TRAVELERS

      For solo/single traveler, kindly be informed that sharing price is for 2 people traveling together. We do not guarantee to get someone to share with the solo traveler. If we get some other interested guest then both can share otherwise please opt and book for single occupancy.