PAST YOGA RETREATS

YIN YOGA RETREAT IN BHUTAN
29 MAY – 5 JUN 2016

Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge, is a land of monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic topography ranging from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys. In the High Himalayas, peaks such as 7,326m Jomolhari are a destination for serious trekkers. Taktsang Palphug (Tiger’s Nest) monastery, a sacred site, clings to cliffs above the forested Paro Valley. This is a country where 70% of the land is covered by forest. People are wearing traditional cloths, practicing traditional craft works and farming as a way of life.

This year, we have created a spiritual retreat programme to bring about a heighten experience in your yoga and meditation. We have chosen some of the best sights in the Himalayan snow mountains and also powerful holy sites to bring transformation to your yoga practice. Your journey begins in Paro, where the flight will land in the country of the Thunder Dragon; Bhutan. You will experience a splendid landing scene in-between the high range of the Himalayas (above 7000 meters). We will then proceed to Punaka Valley via Dochula Pass and go to the capital city - Thimphu before heading back to Paro for departure.

Each day, you will begin with yoga and meditation before going for your sumptuous breakfast and then head out for sight-seeing and blessing ceremonies by high spiritual masters. For more details of daily itinerary, please visit www.yinyogainasia.com .

Price : SGD 4850
Early Bird (by 1 Mar 2016) : SGD 4650

**SGD : Singapore Dollar

Price do not include :
international flight from home country to Bangkok; 
Travel insurance is not included.

Price Include:
One night stay in Bangkok and 4-star Hotel (Free & Easy)
Two-way ticket from Bangkok to Paro, Bhutan
all hotels accommodation (only 4 & 5 stars hotels are used in Bhutan); 
all 3 meals are included (except stay in Bangkok); 
all local transports & domestic flights (except stay in Bangkok) are included;
all sight-seeing and tips for tour guides are included; 
daily yoga & meditation teachings are included.

Contact: 
Victor Chng; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Yammie Wong; +60 123222018; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tentative Itinerary

29 May
Arrival at Bangkok and check-in to hotel in Bangkok. Free & Easy.

Day 1, 30 May

Gather at the lobby at 3.30am in the morning and depart for airport. (Time subject to change at this moment.

Depart from Bangkok to Paro, Bhutan.
Your introduction to our enchanting kingdom begins on a flight over the Himalayas into the lush green valley of Paro; truly one of the world’s most spectacular sights.

Flying into Paro, Bhutan is a unique experience altogether. You will view the world’s highest, most majestic peaks and enjoy the view of the approaching valley with its primeval alpine forest, monasteries, temples and farmhouse nestled in splendid mountain isolation.

Nak-Sel Boutique Hotel Located thirty minutes from Paro International Airport, Nak-Sel Hotel & Spa is a community development & eco-friendly luxury retreat where the comforts of man and the presence of nature combine for a peaceful escape in the hills of Bhutan.

Lunch and rest for the day.

By 4:30 Yin Yoga A Journey of Inner Reflections

Overnight: Naksel Boutique Hotel and Spa

Day 2, 31/05/2016, Paro

7am - 9am Tao Yoga Practice

9 Am 11 Am breakfast

Free till lunch

1 - 2 pm lunch and Free Time

- 4:30 - 6:30 PM Yin Yoga Practice

Dinner and overnight : Nak-Sel Boutique Hotel and Spa

Day 3, 01/06/2016, Paro
Morning: Yoga practice as per usual timing.

After breakfast - Sightseeing in Paro valley:

Visit the Dilgo Khysentse Memorial House.

Visit Paro Rinpung Dzong. Built in 1645, this massive building now houses the District Administration Office and the Monk Body. A flagstone path leads to the dzong, rising gradually from the bridge that is abutted by two guard houses.

Visit Kychu Lhakhang (temple). This is one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of Bhutan. The inner temple was built by a Buddhist Tibetan King, Srongtsen Goempo in the 7th century.

Visit the Dungtse Lhakhang. This temple was built in the 15th century by Thangthong Gyalpo a Tibetan saint. This temple has some of the most beautiful wall paintings dating back to the 15th century.

Lunch at the hotel.

by 4 30 PM Yoga Session.

Dinner and overnight: Naksel Boutique Hotel and Spa

Day 4, 02/06/2014 (Tue), Paro To Punakha Via Thimphu
After a very early breakfast drive to Thimphu the Capital town of Bhutan.

On reaching Thimphu, drive upto Kuenselphodrang to see the 130 foot statue of Lord Buddha.

From Kuenselphodrang, drive for half an hour till the base of Tango Hill through Dechenchholing where the Palace of the Queen Mother is situated. The road also passes through the Royal Body Guard camp and a row of shops. It is 45 minute hike to Tango Monastery. This is a renowned Buddhist College and is also the residence of the Gyaltsen Tenzin Rabgye, who is the reincarnate of the 16th-century monk who built Tango. Call on Tulku Tenzin Rabgye and get his blessings.

“ Tango” means horse-head named after the horse-head-like rock formation on the side of the temple. You can photograph distant monasteries through a forest of colourful prayer flags and the interior courtyard of the monastery.

Descend from Tango and contiue drive to Punakha 7 Km/ 3 hours. En route stop at 3150 m. Dochula Pass to enjoy a view of the eastern Himalayan mountains. Here you can spend some time photographing the Druk Wangyal Chortens. Built in 2004 to “celebrate the stability and progress that His Majesty has brought to the nation,” this hill of 108 religious buildings in the middle of the pass reflects  Bhutan’s spiritualand artistic traditions.

Lunch at Dochula Pass at Dochula Cafetaria.

As you descend from the pass, you will observe dramatic changes in vegetation. 
At the lower elevations in Punakha and Wangdue, cacti, banana plants, poinsettias, and other semi-tropical plants dominate the exotic landscape.

En route to Punakha in Lobesa Valley, take a short hike to Chhi-Med Lhakhang the temple of one of Bhutan’s foremost saints, the Buddha Drukpa Kunley, affectionately known as the Divine Madman. The phallic paintings on the exterior walls of Bhutanese houses are attributed to the Divine Madman for his skill in warding off evil deities using ribald sexuality and outrageous behavior. Opportunities for photographing these paintings are abundant throughout Bhutan,  and signs of the Divine Madman's popularity are everywhere, especially around  new construction sites where phallic carvings keep away

Check into Damchen Resort of equivalent for dinner and overnight.

Day 5, 03/06/2016, Punakha To Paro Via Thimphu

Visit the Punakha Dzong. Built in 1637 between the confluence of the Po Chu (male river) and Mo Chu (female river,) this fortress monastery is the  winter residence of Bhutan’s spiritual leader, the Je Khenpo or Head Abbot, and  the central Monk Body comprising of over 500 monks.

If possible, a special audience will be arranged with Lama Serpo.

Drive to Thimphu, recrossing the Dochula Pass. En route after descending from  Dochula Pass. visit the Semtokha Dzong built by Shabdrung Nawang Namgyal in 1629.

Lunch at Thimphu and tour of Thimphu town to buy souvenirs.

Continue to Paro with a stop 20 Km from Paro to visit the Ta Chhog Lhakhang, a  temple built by Thangthong Gyalpo, the iron bridge builder, in teh 15 Century.

Check into Naksel Boutique Hotel and Spa.

Evening: Yin Yoga Practice

Dinner and overnight : Nak-Sel Boutique Hotel and Spa

Day 6, 04/06/2016, Paro
Morning Yoga Session and breakfast as per usual timing.

After breakfast, drive to Satsam Chorten 10 Km from town and take take a hike to Taktshang Monastery. The hike will take about 5 to 6 hrs round trip. Taktsang Goemba (Tiger’s Nest Monastery) which is perched on a steep rock  face at 2927 mt. or 9,678 ft. This is one of the most important pilgrimage place  inBhutan. Legend says that the great saint Padma Sambhava, known as the second Buddha in Bhutan, came here in the 8th century on a flying tigress who was actually his favorite consort, Yeshe Tsogyel. The great Saint came to Bhutan to  subdue demons that were trying to stop the spread of Bhudhism. The cave where  Guru meditated in 8th century can be still seen under the main Temple.

Lunch at the Taktshang Cafeteria overlooking the resplendent Paro valley.

On descent from Taktsang Monastery, drive up the valley to visit the Drugyel  Dzong, a ruined fortress. The dzong, although in ruins, holds great historical  significance. It was from this fortress that the Bhutanese repelled many Tibetan  invasions. On a clear day this spot offers a magnificent vista of Mount Jumolhari, "Mountain of Goddess" (Alt. 7329 m).

Return to the hotel for rest.

by 4 30 PM rounding up Yoga Session.

Dinner and overnight: Naksel Boutique Hotel and Spa

Day 7, 05/06/2014 (Fri), Paro To Bangkok
Departure for Bangkok by Druk Air flight ( Flight Scheduled to be confirmed once Schedule is published ).

Date Price Early Bird (15 Feb, 2016) Description
29 May – 5 June SGD 4850 SGD 4650 Arrival at Bangkok on 29 May and depart to Bhutan on 30 May.

Note:

**SGD : Singapore Dollar

Price do not include :
international flight from home country to Bangkok; 
Travel insurance is not included.

Price Include:
One night stay in Bangkok and 4-star Hotel
Two-way ticket from Bangkok to Paro, Bhutan
all hotels accommodation (only 4 & 5 stars hotels are used in Bhutan); 
all 3 meals are included (except stay in Bangkok); 
all local transports & domestic flights (except stay in Bangkok) are included;
all sight-seeing and tips for tour guides are included; 
daily yoga & meditation teachings are included.

Arrival date
All participants must arrive on 29 May at Bangkok. Check-in time for hotel in Bangkok will be at 2pm. Prior time check-in will be subjected to room availability.

Departure for Bhutan
All participants will gather at hotel lobby on 30 May at 3.30am. Transport will be provided for departure to airport.

Contact: 
Victor Chng
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Yammie Wong 
+60 123222018; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Please click here to download a pdf copy of Bhutan.