Adventures in Bhutan

September  17 – September 27, 2022

C$5 825

Single supplement: C$765

Adventures

In
Bhutan

Adventures in Bhutan is the flagship tour, the reason why Yoga Travels was originally founded. When Janice Varuna (Founder of Yoga Travels) 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. We look forward to showing you the people, the mountains and the Gross National Happiness that is Bhutan.

Inclusions

  • All Yoga Travels Tours offer 1 yoga class daily and other yoga activities throughout the tour.
  • Airport arrival and departure transport
  • Air ticket Delhi-Paro-Delhi 
  • All Bhutan visa and tourist fees are included in this tour.
  • All meals are included (breakfast, lunch + dinner) for the entire tour in Bhutan
  • Hike to Taktsang Monastery (the famous Tiger’s Nest)
  • Practice yoga and meditate in Buddhist Monasteries
  • Visit a handmade paper factory
  • Observe Bhutanese weaving, carving and painting
  • See the rare national animal of Bhutan, the Takin
  • Partake in a home-cooked meal at a local farmhouse

Transport
A/C coach throughout tour

Hotels 

Radisson Blu Hotel
Paro Tenzinling Hotel or similar
Thimphu Phuntshopelri Hotel or similar
Punakka Kingaling Hotel or similar

Exclusions

  • International flights to and from India
  • Personal expenses ( such as phone calls , 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.
  • Services not specified, meals not specified

Itinerary

Arrival at Delhi and transfer to Radisson Blu Hotel or similar

After breakfast , full day tour of Delhi

9:30am – Depart from Radisson Blu Hotel
10am – Visit Greater Kalish 1 N Block (an upscale shopping area with a great book store and Fab India store for quality Indian clothing, household products and specialty food items along with a number of other stores for householders)
11am – Visit Dilli Haat Market (a cultural market with artisans representing different states of India. Some of the many items available include; pashminas and scarfs, indian clothing, jewellery, handmade paper products, wooden hand-carved items, hand-woven material, original paintings, handmade soaps, etc.)
1230pm – travel to Greater Kalish 1 M Block where we will enjoy an included LUNCH.
2 pm – After lunch we will have some time to enjoy the ambiance of M Block Market as we see locals doing their weekly shopping. And if you like you can enjoy a famous DePaul’s iced coffee while strolling the block where you will find a huge array of stores; from incredible diamond and emerald jewelry on display, to exquisite saris,
groceries, pots and pans and everything in between, M Block has it all.
3pm – Take a guided walk through the gated community of M Block and experience an Indian middle-class neighbourhood. From the central park to the ironing man (walla), the fruit walla and all other kinds of activities that make the life of the neighbourhood.
430pm – After a full day of activities we will slowly be making our way back to our Hotel Radisson Blu Hotel or similar for a free evening, before we venture out to Rishikesh for the beginning of the Yoga Travels Ashram Tour the next morning.

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

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