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Bhutan is one of most mystical places in the world, so what better place to travel to for spiritual enlightenment? This tour offers you the opportunity to escape the chaos of your daily life and immerse yourself in the Bhutanese culture of happiness and well-being. Your mind, body and soul will thank you for this restorative retreat.
The word ‘Yoga’ is derived from the Sanskrit root ‘yui’ which means ‘to merge’ or ‘to unite’, and yoga is based on the concept that the body and breath are intimately connected with the mind. By controlling breathing and holding the body in steady postures, stagnant energy centers open, contributing to better physical health, mental peace and well-being. Allow our travel specialists at Druk Experience to design the perfect tour aimed at relaxing your mind & body through yoga and meditation. The itineraries on each day can be tailored to fit independent solo travelers, groups and/or families. A wondrous adventure awaits you around every corner, with opportunities for spiritual discovery at each destination. This tour focuses on towns in central and western Bhutan – Thimphu, Punakha and Paro.
This tour offers you the opportunity to escape the chaos of your daily life and immerse yourself in the Bhutanese culture of happiness and well-being.
Arrival– Paro - Thimphu Distance: 55km (1 hrs) Elevation: 2,300m/7,382ftAfter arrival at Paro international airport you will be greeted by company representatives and drive to Thimphu for an hour. Make a short stop and visit oldest iron bridge at Tamchogang. Upon arrival in Thimphu before check in to hotel visit sites such as Memorial Stupa, Tashochodzong and centenary farmers market.
ThimphuBefore breakfast you will drive to Buddha statue to do yoga practise with Sunrise and after breakfast visit to various sites including Bhutan post office to make your own stamp ($ 7-10 per sheet). Later visit Institute of Zorig Chusum (School of 13 Arts & Crafts), Motithang Takin Zoo Centre. Lunch will be served in Simply Bhutan. After lunch visit Changangkha temple, Changlimithang stadium and archery ground and Authentic Bhutanese Crafts Bazaar and Authentic Bhutanese Crafts Bazaar to buy Bhutanese handicraft items. The day will end with a nightly yoga practice to calm and center the mind for a restful night's sleep.
Thimphu – Punakha Distance: 74km (3hrss) Elevation: 1,200m/3,900ftMorning enjoy short yogo class in hotel and proceed to Punakha across Dochula pass (3,100m). Before descending to Punakha valley catch glimpse of eastern horizon and do an hour yoga discourse at Dochula Pass. En route make short excursion about an hour to the temple of divine madman, also well known as the temple of fertility. Evening attend yoga class.
Punakha Distance: N/A Elevation: 1,200m/3,900ftIn the morning, you’ll take a more vigorous yoga routine designed with the advanced yoga practitioner in mind. Later drive north of Punakha and make beautiful white water rafting for an hour ($ 200-250 per board-Per board can carry 6 people). Lunch will be served in river bank. Later visit Punakha Dzong and suspension bridge. Evening do in deep yogo practice as temperature is most favorable.
Punakha – Paro Distance: 139km (4-5hrs) Elevation: 1,200m/3,900ftMorning enjoy short discourse of yoga and later drive to Thimphu, explore the botanical park and nearby surrounding for birds for diverse flora. Lunch could be planned on the way. After descending into Thimphu, continue short drive to Paro. The popular attractions within Paro include visiting Rinphung Dzong, National Museum, temples of Kichu. Today we will have a nightly yoga class that isn’t too strenuous because of the nature of the day’s activities
ParoSince the day has a full schedule of hiking, a shortened yoga wakeup is scheduled for this morning.Later drive to the trail head and hike to famous Taktsang (tiger’s nest) monastery (3120m/10,200ft). Visible from afar, this magical monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff 1,000 feet above the valley floor. It is one of the most amazing and important pieces of architecture in Bhutan. If for some reason, you are not able to hike, your Guide can arrange other interesting alternatives. You can also hire pony for the uphill part, till the first view point & cafeteria but you must be able to walk back downhill. Inside temple you can do mindful self practice for short period before return to Paro and enjoy hot stone bath. Today you’ll have the option of just relaxing or joining a yoga class, which is all about slower breathing and simpler movements.
DepartureAfter breakfast, transfer to Paro airport for Departure
All meals, evening tea/coffee with snacks
All land transfers and transportation
English speaking Bhutanese Tour Guide/Leader
Daily Tourist Fees & Taxes
Dedicated Yoga Instructor
Bhutan Visa and all applicable permits
Sightseeing with entrance fees to all monuments
Bottled water in the vehicle
Flights into and out of Bhutan
Optional Travel/Medical Insurance
Personal expenses such as bars, beverages in the hotel, telephone, laundry, trips, and others
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