Luxury Retreats
by Gayle Olson
Our personal brand of luxury retreats blend yoga and inner discovery with sensory experiences of visual beauty, healthy sumptuous cuisine, cultural enrichment and outdoor adventure.

BHUTAN YOGA TOUR • AUGUST 2017

I wanted to let you know how extraordinary Bhutan was. I had so many fears about the trip and my physical capacity – our guide and teachers balanced it so well and made it possible for me to fulfill the experience. For me it is not an exaggeration to say that this was life changing and personally very important and I feel grateful. The special nature of Bhutan shone through and made this truly amazing!

—Julie, USA

EXPERIENCE BHUTAN

THE HAPPINESS NATION!

AUGUST 1—11, 2017

“When I think of our Bhutan Yoga Tour, I remember bursts of color against the soothing serenity of Buddhist chants; I remember the stories that make their culture so everlasting; I remember the graciousness, kindness and beauty of the Bhutanese; and I remember the quiet joy I felt just being there. I know I’ll be back.”

EXOTIC CULTURAL IMMERSION

Prepare yourself for something entirely different from what you may have seen in Asia, or elsewhere. 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 Bhutan Yoga Tour, we willjourney 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!

BHUTAN YOGA TOUR ITINERARY


DAY 1

We meet at the Bangkok airport in the morning for our 2-hour morning flight to Bhutan. Upon arrival in the beautiful mountain town of Paro, we’ll settle into our guides’ favorite family hotel that overlooks the town of Paro… a historic and characteristic old palace constructed over 100 years ago by the Bhutanese royal family. We will have a gentle unwinding yoga practice and opening circle outside under prayer flags with a view to the valley below. Dinner is at the lovely Gangtey Palace restaurant… you are in for a treat of Bhutanese food in it’s finest traditional expression!

DAY 2 
After our invigorating morning yoga practice and a delicious breakfast, we will delve into the history and culture of Bhutan with a visit to the National Museum and the historic monastery of Paro Dzong. You will have the opportunity to wander the small town of Paro, getting a feel for the local culture, looking in shops, etc. Or return to the hotel for a good siesta and a traditional Bhutanese hot stone bath or massage. Late afternoon there will be a restorative yoga and pranayama practice followed by a lovely and healthy dinner at our hotel.

DAY 3 
After morning yoga and breakfast, we depart Paro and drive 90-minutes along a sweeping valley to Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu. Our base for these next two nights at a beautiful 5-star spa resort located a few miles outside Bhutans’ largest city (with a population of less than 100,000!) Here you will have a glimpse into how present day Bhutanese people have adapted to the 21st-century.  Our guide will take you to some of his favorite local sights and experiences. In the evening, enjoy great Bhutanese cuisine and an optional night out at one of Thumphu’s dance clubs renown for great electronic beats!  Note that all activities are optional and you can choose to do your own thing, or just lounge and relax.

DAY 4
Following yoga and breakfast, we embark on an exciting and challenging 2-hour trek into pine and rhododendron forests above the Thimphu valley to a monastery with sweeping views of cascading mountain ranges. Observe how resident monks live, and join in meditation and prayer.

DAY 5
Following yoga and breakfast we will walk the hill to visit the world’s largest Bhudda, which overlooks the town of Thimphu. Great yoga photo opportunity under this magnificent golden Bhudda!  We’ll then travel 4-hours along the scenic 10,300 ft pass to a small village called Punakha, arriving to our next lovely family resort, a peaceful haven amidst gardens and rice paddies.

DAY 6 
After yoga and breakfast, we’ll trek through the rice fields to arrive at Chimi Lhakhang, also known as The Temple of the Divine Madman. Built in 1499 and named after Lama Drukpa Kunley, this fertility temple is one of Bhutan’s most sacred… and funny temples, as you will see!  We’ll lunch in a wonderful local restaurant, then return to our hotel for a siesta and afternoon restorative yoga and pranayama practice – enjoying full use of the lovely yoga space overlooking rice paddies and green hills!

DAY 7  
After yoga and breakfast, we’ll drive about 30 minutes to explore the most important and beautiful buildings in Bhutan: The Punakha Dzong. It was first constructed as a war fortress in the 1600’s, evolving over the years as Bhutan’s central administrative hub… but this does not begin to express the awesomeness of this architectural wonder. Next we’ll visit a small hilltop temple situated among farming fields and meditate with the resident monks. Weather-depending, we’ll have a lovely hike down a hill through forests.

DAY 8 
No yoga this morning, as we have a surprise for you… weather depending!  After an adventurous morning, we’ll relax into the long ride back to Paro town, where we’ll spend our final three nights at a stunning 5-star hotel that is a model of Bhutanese art and architecture. Just to wander the hotel and grounds is an experience of pure luxury and beauty,

DAY 9 & 10 
Luxuriate at the hotel spa, an iconic blend of Bhutanese craftsmanship and modern amenities set on 11-acres of meadows and mountains! We choose this lovely haven for the last three nights of our retreat because it offers an exquisite atmosphere to relax, restore and delve more deeply into yoga. There is a lovely full-service spa, yoga studio with props, a temple to meditate, and beautiful spots, indoors and out, to relax and enjoy your retreat time exactly as you wish!  You will also have a chance to shop in Paro for souvenirs and gifts.

During the last few days, after we have acclimated to the altitude of Bhutan, we will attempt (weather-depending) to hike to the famous Taksang Monastery.  Nicknamed the Tiger’s Nest Monastery for its geography and history, the Taksang Monastery is renown for its cliff-side location perched 2,700 feet above the valley floor where it is said that the Rimpoche first arrived on the back of a flying tiger and meditated in a mountain cave for three months. You too can gain merit by making the 3-hour ascent and visiting the monastery seemingly glued to the barest concavity of the cliff face.

Our closing circle and yoga practice will carry us into our final dinner together, celebrating our new friends and new perspectives from this sacred time together in Bhutan!

DAY 11
Breakfast and a leisurely transport to the airport for your flight home. With joy and gratitude, we bid farewell to Bhutan!

Bhutan Yoga Tour - Alexandra

 

“Bhutan touched my sole, awakened my inspiration, brought harmony to my spirit. Experiencing yoga and meditation in this exotic location country is one of the highlights of my life. I felt like I was a part of a magical fairy tale walking on street of hand painted homes, meeting locals who wear traditional costumes every day and hiking up to monasteries energized by sounds of chanting monks. Exotic Yoga Retreats in Bhutan is one of the highlights of my life!”

 

—Aleksandra Efimova, Russia

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We offer you the services or our wonderful travel agent, Justin Harrison. He will meet or beat any airfare you see online, be available to help if your travel is delayed, book hotels with upgrades, arrange transport, offer trip insurance., and can even suggest day tours for your stay prior to or following the retreat!  

+1. 917.2168136  |  justin@sojourn.nyc

Retreat Dates

August 1—11, 2017

 

Arrival Schedule

July 31st  – Arrive to Bangkok, Thailand no later than July 31st in order to board the flight to Bhutan early on August 1st.

 

Departure Schedule

August 11  –  You arrive back to Bangkok Airport by early evening.

Help With Travel

We offer you the services or our wonderful travel agent, Justin Harrison. He will meet or beat any airfare you see online, be available to help if your travel is delayed, book hotels with upgrades, arrange transport, offer trip insurance., and can even suggest day tours for your stay prior to or following the retreat!    {+1. 917.2168136  |  justin@sojourn.nyc}

 

Arriving to Bhutan

We will meet at the Bangkok Int’l Airport early morning on August 1st and fly as a group to Bhutan. Our flight leaves Bangkok at 6:30 am but the process of boarding can be lengthy, as all documents are scrutinized and seats are allocated only at check-in. Participants should arrive in Bangkok at least 24 hours in advance to allow for any flight delays; more than 24 hours is even better to explore Bangkok, experience a few thai massages and recover from jet lag!

 

Departing Bhutan

August 11, 2017… Return flight from Bhutan to Bangkok departs Bhutan in the afternoon, arriving to Bangkok early evening. (Most return flights to the USA depart in the early morning, so chances are good that participants will need to spend a night in Bangkok.)

 

Travel Details

Upon registration you will receive detailed information on reserving the group flight to Bhutan and all pertinent information.

General Information & FAQ’s

 

1. What is the weather in Bhutan?

August temperatures will be in 70’s to low 80’s during the day, and 60’s at night. See Bhutan-Weather.com for an up-to-date forecast.

 

2. Do I need a VISA to enter Bhutan?

Yes, but we will organize everything for you. All we need is your passport number. *Please note that your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after date of departure from Bhutan.

 

3. Do I need any shots before my visit?

No immunizations are suggested or required and there is no risk of malaria.

 

4. Will I need money and how do I get it converted?

The currency is Bhutanese Ngultrum, $1 = 60 Ngultrum. One can use credit cards in some stores and hotels (though they add 3-5% fee). The easiest way is to either bring US dollars to change (crisp $100 bills are best (except 1996 series bills are not accepted). You can also withdraw Bhutanese money from an ATM / Bankomat.

 

5.  Will there be cell service and/ or WIFI?

All hotels have free wifi. Smart phones work, but will likely incur roaming charges, check with your carrier to ascertain. There is cell service everywhere, and one can use Bhutanese SIM card for an unlocked phone.

 

6. Is there laundry service?

Laundry service is available at all hotels at reasonable prices, with same day or next day return.

 

7. What is tipping etiquette in Bhutan?

We will cover the gratuities for our guide and driver (about $15-20 per day per person). Tipping hotel staff is suggested at $2-3 per person per day, can be left in room, though some hotels have tip box where tips can be left. Every little bit is greatly appreciated in this country!

 

8. What kind of power adapter is needed?

Standard European two-prong socket… “C adapter”.

 

10. Are alcoholic beverages included or available?

Most restaurants will serve beer and wine. On this retreat we do not serve wine with dinner. All alcoholic beverages will go on your room bill or be paid directly by you.

 

9. Will I need to bring my own yoga mat?

Yes, you will need to bring your own mat.

Price per Person

USD $5,595 – Shared Room for (2) friends or (2) solo travelers in an en-suite room with two beds
USD $5,595 – Shared Room for a couple in an en-suite room with one King bed
USD $6,595 – Single Room for 1 person in an en-suite room with 1 double or king bed

 
Included
  • 11-days yoga tour including accommodation at 4 boutique hotels
  • All meals (vegetarian, vegan, seafood and meat options)
  • 1-2 yoga classes daily, depending on excursions
  • All transport and entrance fees
  • All excursions and cultural events
  • Highly experienced and lovely private guide
  • Private driver
  • Gratuities
Not included
  • Airfare to Bangkok
  • Airfare from Bangkok to Bhutan ($700 available to purchase on our web site)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Spa services
Delighted you will join our Exotic Yoga Retreat!

 

  1. First review our Payment & Cancellation Policy.
  2. Click here to book online with credit card.  Inquire to pay by check or bank transfer.
  3. Book travel right away to get best fares – contact our travel agent, Justin Harrison.
  4. Questions?   (+1) 415-361-3396  |  info@exoticyogaretreats.com.

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