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Bhutan

The Happiness Nation!

Prepare yourself for something entirely different. . . located high in the Himalayan mountains between India and Tibet, Bhutan is the only country in the world that measures it’s progress by Gross National Happiness! On this 11-day luxury Bhutan Yoga Retreat, we journey through mystical mountains, sacred temples and this richly preserved culture, exploring Bhutan alongside the local people, discovering their unique perspectives and enjoying the light of their inspiring spirits!

Tours, Temples & Treks

PARO • HOT STONE BATH & PARO VILLAGE

Arrive to the small city of Paro and settle into a charming former Bhutanese royal retreat. Enjoy a gentle unwinding yoga practice outside under prayer flags and with a view to the Paro Valley below. Meet your fellow yogis at our welcome dinner at the lovely Gangtey Palace, tasting Bhutanese food in its finest traditional expression! Dig into history and culture at the National Museum and Paro’s massive 17th-century dzong (monastery-fortress), wander Paro or take a siesta and a hot stone bath or massage. We end our days with a rejuvenating restorative yoga and pranayama practice followed by a healthy dinner family style.

THIMPHU • CITY & TRADITIONAL LIFE

Settle into the Terma Linca Spa Resort a few miles outside of Thimphu. Receive a glimpse into present day Bhutanese culture and view how people have adapted to the 21st-century: Visit artisans making traditional crafts. Meditate with monks. Make an exciting two-hour trek into pine and rhododendron forests to reach a hilltop monastery where we join the monks in their chants and meditation. In the evening, enjoy great Bhutanese cuisine and an optional night out at one of Thimphu’s dance clubs renown for great electronic beats! Before leaving Thimphu, pay homage to the world’s largest golden Buddha, Dordenma – 169 feet tall and filled with 125,000 small Buddha statues.

PUNAKHA • WILD TEMPLE OF THE DIVINE MADMAN

Cross the 10,300-foot pass to the lush green Punakha Valley, famous for rice cultivation and the unusual “Temple of the Divine Madman”. Stay at a family resort set among the green rice paddies, with beautiful views from our yoga shala. Trek to Chimi Lhakhang, built in 1499. It is one of Bhutan’s most sacred temples—and, as you will see, also a bit funny! Explore the dazzling Punakha Dzong on day 7, a massive complex that is one of Bhutan’s architectural treasures.

the 5-Star ZHIWALING • TREK TO TIGER'S NEST

If skies are clear, we trade our usual morning yoga for an adventurous surprise! Next, we will travel back to Paro town where we spend our final three nights at a stunning 5-star hotel, Zhiwaling Spa & Resort, set on 11 acres of meadows and mountains. Luxuriate at the hotel spa, practice yoga in the fully equipped studio, meditate in the temple, or pick any beautiful spot, indoors or out, to relax and enjoy your retreat time as you wish!  Weather permitting, we will trek up to the famous Paro Taktsang, aka the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, clinging to a mountain-side 2,700 feet above the valley floor. On our last evening, we will have our closing yoga practice and farewell group dinner, celebrating our new friends and new perspectives from this sacred time together.

August 1 – 11, 2019

Paro • Thimphu • Punakha

11–Day Retreat Package

  • All-inclusive 10-night/11-day yoga tour package (accommodation at 4 unique hotels, all meals, a wide variety of excursions and all transport in Bhutan)
  • Luxury tour guided by our beloved Dorji and private driver, Tenzin
  • Meditate with monks
  • Temple treks
  • City & countryside adventures
  • 1-2 Yoga classes with our EYR instructor and trip leader
  • Sleep in culture and comfort at a variety of hotels that blend Bhutanese craftsmanship and modern amenities
  • A surprise event!

Book Bhutan!

“We visited amazingly beautiful Buddhist temples reached by climbing up the mountain side – and even got to meditate with the monks! Bhutan is an unspoiled country with friendly people, stunning architecture, and I loved the food!” —TRUDI, SWITZERLAND

ITINERARY & PRICING

Itinerary

 

August 1–3  |  Arrive to an ancient palace in Paro

After an early morning flight from Bangkok to Bhutan, settle into our guides’ favorite hotel, a former Bhutanese royal retreat. Enjoy a gentle unwinding yoga practice outside under prayer flags and with a view to the Paro Valley below. Meet your fellow yogis at our welcome dinner at the lovely Gangtey Palace, tasting Bhutanese food in its finest traditional expression! Dig into history and culture at the National Museum and Paro’s massive 17th-century dzong (monastery-fortress), wander Paro or take a siesta and a hot stone bath or massage. We end our days with a rejuvenating restorative yoga and pranayama practice followed by a healthy dinner family style.  

 

August 3–5  |  Thimpu, Capital of Bhutan

Drive to Bhutan’s capital city, Thimphu, and settle into the Terma Linca Spa Resort a few miles outside of town. Receive a glimpse into present day Bhutanese culture and view how people have adapted to the 21st-century: Visit artisans making traditional crafts. meditate with monks. Make an exciting two-hour trek into pine and rhododendron forests to reach a hilltop monastery where we join the monks in their chants and meditation. In the evening, enjoy great Bhutanese cuisine and an optional night out at one of Thimphu’s dance clubs renown for great electronic beats! Before leaving Thimphu, pay homage to the world’s largest golden Buddha, Dordenma - 169 feet tall and filled with 125,000 small Buddha statues.  

 

August 5–8  |  Punakha, rice paddies & the divine madman

Cross the 10,300-foot pass to the lush green Punakha Valley, famous for rice cultivation and the unusual “Temple of the Divine Madman”. Stay at a family resort set among the green rice paddies, with beautiful views from our yoga shala. Trek to Chimi Lhakhang, built in 1499. It is one of Bhutan’s most sacred temples—and, as you will see, also a bit funny! Explore the dazzling Punakha Dzong on day 7, a massive complex that is one of Bhutan’s architectural treasures.

 

August 8–11  |  Tigers nest & a stunning 5-star spa hotel

If skies are clear, we trade our usual morning yoga for an adventurous surprise...! Next, we will travel back to Paro town where we spend our final three nights at a stunning 5-star hotel, Zhiwaling Spa & Resort, set on 11 acres of meadows and mountains. Luxuriate at the hotel spa, practice yoga in the fully equipped studio, meditate in the temple, or pick any beautiful spot, indoors or out, to relax and enjoy your retreat time as you wish!  Weather permitting, we will trek up to the famous Paro Taktsang, aka the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, clinging to a mountainside 2,700 feet above the valley floor. On our last evening, we will have our closing yoga practice and farewell group dinner, celebrating our new friends and new perspectives from this sacred time together.

 

August 11  |  Farewell to Bhutan & new friends

Breakfast and a leisurely transport to the airport for your flight back to Bangkok. With joy and gratitude, we bid farewell to Bhutan!

 

Travel & Dates

 

DATE 

August 1 - 11, 2019

 

LOCATION 

Bhutan — Paro, Punakha, Thimphu

 

ARRIVING TO BHUTAN

Fly to Bangkok (BKK ) on July 31, spend the night near the airport and meet your EYR group morning of August 1st to fly together to Paro, Bhutan.

 

VISA & AIRFARE

We handle your visa. You are responsible for your airfare. Once you book your retreat, our Bhutan guide will contact you to arrange visa and flight to Bhutan.

 

INQUIRE

We are delighted to send your our beautiful Bhutan Yoga Brochure!

 

Retreat Participants

 

NATIONALITY

Our mission is to Open Your World with culturally rich, life-changing holidays in exotic locations. We market worldwide to attract a diverse and interesting profile of clients. 

 

NUMBER OF PEOPLE

8 - 15 people

 

GENDER

All

 

SOLO TRAVELERS, FRIENDS

More than half of our guests are solo travelers – so you will never feel alone on an EYR retreat!  We also attract couples, friends, mother-daughter duos and even the occasional father and son!

 

FAMILIES

EYR is delighted to welcome families with teen kids who are well behaved and mature enough to participate in adult conversation. 

 

Inquire for more information.

 

Price

RESERVE WITH A DEPOSIT
A $1,000 deposit will reserve your spot on this Bhutan Yoga Retreat!
 
 
$5,500  SHARED ROOM  (pp)  
All shared rooms have two King/Queen bed and an en-suite bath. You may book one or two spots in the shared room.
 
 
$6,500  SINGLE ROOM  (pp)
Single rooms have one King/Queen bed and an en-suite bath.
 
 

What Is Included?

BHUTAN YOGA RETREAT INCLUDES:

  • 11–days luxury yoga package with 3-5 star or boutique hotels
  • Visa to Bhutan
  • Airport pick-up in Paro, Bhutan
  • Stay at 4 hotels in 4 regions: ancient characteristic palace, family-owned guesthouse & 5-star spa
  • All meals: vegetarian, pescatarian and meat options
  • Private Exotic Yoga
  • Retreat guide, Dorji, who joins us every retreat
  • All transport throughout Bhutan with our private driver
  • Gratuities for guide and driver
  • All entrance fees to museums, parks, etc.
  • 1–2 yoga classes daily, depending on travel schedule and excursions
    Mindfulness meditation sessions

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Airfare to Bangkok
  • Airfare from Bangkok to Bhutan ($900 ticket you book directly with our guide)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Spa services

Cancellation Policy

DEPOSIT – $1,000

Reserve your spot with a $1,000 deposit. The deposit is non-refundable, however should you cancel your reservation 90 days or more in advance of the start of the retreat, you may apply your deposit toward another Exotic Yoga Retreat occurring within 12 months from the date of the initial retreat that you registered for.

FULL PAYMENT DUE 90 DAYS IN ADVANCE
Full payment is due 90 days prior to the start date of the yoga retreat.

CANCELLATION POLICY
Please note that there will be no refunds or discounts for arriving late, leaving early, flight cancellations, travel delays or illness. If you cancel your participation in a retreat for any reason, the cancellation policy below will apply, with no exceptions. We wish we could compensate people for unforeseen circumstances (injury, family emergency, etc), but we have costs already incurred when reserving retreat centers and hotels. We have designed our cancellation policy to be as compassionate as possible in the case that your plans change. But to protect yourself further, we strongly encourage you to purchase travel insurance.

IF YOU CANCEL YOUR RETREAT

–90 days or more prior to the start of the yoga retreat, you receive: 100% credit of the cost of the full retreat toward another Exotic Yoga Retreat within 12 months.

–31-90 days prior to the start of the yoga retreat, you receive: 50% credit of the cost of the full retreat toward another Exotic Yoga Retreat within 12 months, and will forfeit the remainder.

–0-30 days prior to the start of the yoga retreat, you receive: no refunds or credits will be given.

To officially cancel, you must send an email TO EYR stating that you wish to cancel to.

IF WE CANCEL THE RETREAT

We have never had to cancel a retreat, however, if we do cancel a trip due too few participants, we will refund to you all deposits and payments you have paid. We cannot however compensate you for airfare or travel costs incurred. In the unlikely event that Exotic Yoga Retreats must cancel a yoga retreat due to weather, natural disaster or political upheaval, we cannot guarantee a refund – it will be depending on receiving a refund from the venue / tour operator we work with. To cover these risks, we highly recommend you purchase travel insurance.

TRAVEL INSURANCE
The best way to protect yourself from any unforeseen circumstance is to purchase trip insurance. Depending on the type of Travel Insurance, it can protect you in case of:

–you cancel your participation in the yoga retreat
—the retreat is cancelled due to weather, natural disaster, or not enough participants to run the trip
–lost luggage
–medical expenses and the cost of repatriation should you become ill or injured

BHUTAN INQUIRY