Always Bhutan Bhutan

Always Bhutan Bhutan

Always Bhutan Travel is a full service private touring company, The company was inspired by a thirst to share renowned and hidden corners of Bhutan. The vision of Sonam, Always Bhutan Tours was built upon a foundation of creativity and passion for travel and adventure, culinary delights, and discovering the sophistication and the pleasures of Bhutan. Always Bhutan Travel offers a range of carefully crafted itineraries and also provides guests with the opportunity to fully customise their experience to suit their individual needs. Tours are suitable for individuals, families and groups. At Always Bhutan Travel, its our aspiration & endeavor to provide the best possible travel suggestions & prices to our clients with no hidden costs. Our travel experts are avid travelers and they keep themselves updated with the latest information and developments regarding tourism in Bhutan.

BHUTAN YOGA RETREATS
  • THE HAPPINESS NATION “When I think of Bhutan 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.” A LIVELY & AUTHENTIC 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 journey through mystical mountains, sacred temples and this richly preserved culture, we will explore Bhutan alongside the local people, discovering their unique perspectives and enjoying the light of their inspiring spirits!

Tour Information

Duration
11 Days
Departure
Price per Participant
2,790.00+ USD
Languages
Group size
2 - 20 people
Transportation
Airplane
Car
Bus
Includes
Private guided tour A sustainable tourism Royalty of $65. This Royalty goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure. Guaranteed Bhutan visa Airport transfers Daily 3 meals (B/L/D) at designated restaurants or hotels Accommodation at 3 star hotel (Our partner hotels) A qualified & licensed English-speaking guide An experienced driver An imported SUV tour vehicle Entry fees & road permits Mineral bottled water Full service & assistance before, during and after your Bhutan trip
Excludes
Hotel stay outside of Bhutan Meals at 5 stars restaurants Tips for the guide and driver Alcoholic drink Expenditure of personal nature Flights into Bhutan with Druk Air or Bhutan Airlines
Cancellation
Tour Booking cancellation & refund policy For payed trips, full refund will be made for the tour cancelled 45 days or more prior to arrival date. 30% penalty on total tour cost for tours cancelled less than 30 days prior to arrival date for both payed and un-payed trips. 50% penalty on the total tour cost for the tour cancelled less than 21 days prior to arrival date. This is because by this time hotels would be already booked and company is subject to cancellation charges for rooms cancelled in less than 21 days for both payed and un-payed trips. 50% cancellation charge for the tour canceled before 21 days of arrival date for both payed and unpayed trips. Duration lost or trip shortened due to unforeseen reasons after arrival in Bhutan, no refund will be made – because we will already have had paid for the hotels and other logistics. Drukair/Bhutan Airlines Flight Booking cancellation & refund policy 100% refund permitted for tickets cancelled more than 40 days from the date of travel. 50% refund permitted for tickets cancelled between 30 days – last 15 days from the date of travel. No refund will be made for missed connections or “no show” at the airports. Additional fee of US $25 is levied for every date change once the tickets have been issued. For every cancelled ticket, an administrative fee of US $50 is levied.

About the creator
Always Bhutan Bhutan

Always Bhutan Bhutan

THE HAPPINESS NATION

“When I think of Bhutan 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.”

A LIVELY & AUTHENTIC 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 journey through mystical mountains, sacred temples and this richly preserved culture, we will explore Bhutan alongside the local people, discovering their unique perspectives and enjoying the light of their inspiring spirits!

PARO

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!

PARO

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.

THIMPHU

After morning yoga and breakfast, we depart Paro and drive 90-minutes along a sweeping valley to Bhutan’s capital, Thumphu. Our base for these next three nights is the modern and beautiful 5-star hotel located in the center of  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. 

THIMPHU

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.

THIMPHU-PUNAKHA

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. 

PUNAKHA

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!

PUNAKHA

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.

PUNAKHA_PARO

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 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,

PARO

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.



PARO


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!


DEPARTURE

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

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