Wellness & Spiritual Retreat

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Duration

9Days/8Nights

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Season

Jan - June & Sept - Dec

Mar-June & Sept-Nov

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Group Size

4-10 People

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Region

West Bhutan

Mar-June & Sept-Nov

This tour offers a gentle and tranquil experience, with a special emphasis on exploring your inner self. Our approach prioritizes the well-being of both mind and body, aiming to cultivate a harmonious balance. We achieve this through thoughtfully crafted methods designed to enrich your overall journey. In addition to the spiritual aspect, our sightseeing tours provide opportunities to discover the beauty and culture of the country.

SDF

US $100

per day

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Outline of the Journey

Flying from Kathmandu to Paro promises one of the most awe-inspiring aerial journeys amidst the Himalayas. Departing from Kathmandu unveils a breathtaking panorama, encompassing iconic peaks like Mount Everest, Makalu, and Lhotse, as well as the majestic Kanchenjongga in Sikkim, and the stunning Jumolhari and Jichu Drake Mountains in Bhutan.

Upon touchdown in Paro, your guide will extend a warm welcome and embark with you on a captivating sightseeing adventure. The itinerary includes visits to notable landmarks such as Kichu Lhakhang, Rinpung Dzong, the National Museum, and Paro Drukgyal Dzong, strategically placed along the ancient caravan route to Tibet in the northern region. Conclude your day with a well-deserved relaxation at your hotel in Paro.

Today, we’ll start with a tranquil morning at your hotel, delving into the concept of the Bodhichitta mind through some introductory learning sessions. Following this, there will be a brief practice session to cultivate the Bodhichitta mind-set. Later, you have the option to indulge in a spa therapy for physical relaxation. In the afternoon, consider taking part in the Zuri Dzong Hike, an easy and enjoyable trek in the Paro valley. Feel free to explore Paro town at your leisure. Finally, return to your hotel for an overnight stay.

We embark on our journey towards Thimphu, approximately an hour away. Thimphu, the capital city, harmoniously blends modernity with tradition. Along the way, we pause to visit a private temple originally established by the revered Mahasiddha Thangthong Gyalpo. Continuing our route, we venture to the Wangsisina Nunnery, situated away from the bustling river confluence. Here, we engage with the nuns, gaining insights into their spiritual practices and way of life.

Upon reaching Thimphu, we check into our hotel for a brief respite before noon. In the afternoon, we explore the vibrant Centenary Farmer’s Market, immersing ourselves in the local culture and flavours. If lucky, we may also catch an archery match at the Stadium ground during evening. We then retire for the night at our hotel in Thimphu, ready to embrace further the following day’s activities.

The morning will feature sessions discussing the concept of ‘merit’ and strategies for attaining it. Additionally, participants will be introduced to the ‘Mandala Offering’ and the principles of ‘Tonglen’, followed by practical exercises. 

Following these sessions, the remainder of the day will be spent immersed in the scenic beauty of Thimphu Valley, indulging in sightseeing activities, perhaps venturing to places like Simtokha Dzong, where we’ll have the opportunity to offer butter lamps to the revered Mighty Avaloketeshvara, a deity known for bestowing compassion. The evening will be left free for individuals to explore the city at their own pace.

Our next destination is Punakha, another stunning valley in Bhutan, known for its warmer climate at 1200 meters compared to Thimphu. Our two-hour journey begins with an ascent to Dochula Pass at 3100 meters, offering breathtaking views of the Himalayas on clear days. From there, we descend into the valley. Along the way, after passing through the small township of Lobesa, we embark on a 20-minute hike through rice fields and local houses to reach the Chime Lhakhang Temple, founded by the Divine Madman. After exploring the temple, we return to the road and continue our journey to Punakha, where we’ll check into our hotel for an overnight stay.

In the tranquil setting of our hotel, the morning activities will focus on mindfulness meditation, taking advantage of the serene atmosphere to facilitate your practice. Participants will receive an introduction to mindfulness meditation followed by guided practice sessions.

After a nourishing lunch, we will commence our sightseeing tour with a visit to the renowned Punakha Dzong Fortress, immersing ourselves in its historical significance and architectural grandeur. Following this, we’ll take a leisurely stroll along the mesmerizing suspension bridge, which happens to be the longest in Bhutan, before embarking on a village tour to visit some traditional farmhouses and experience rural life first-hand. As the evening descends, we’ll return to our hotel for a peaceful overnight stay, reflecting on the day’s experiences and rejuvenating for the adventures that await us tomorrow.

Our return journey to Paro will take us back through the enchanting Dochula Pass. Along the way, we’ll veer off towards the intriguing and distinctive village of Rinchengang, inhabited by descendants of Indian settlers. After exploring this unique village, we’ll return to Lobesa and continue our drive to Paro. We’ll pause in Thimphu for a leisurely lunch, providing an opportunity for any last-minute exploration or souvenir shopping in the city. Once refreshed, we’ll resume our journey to Paro and check into the hotel for an overnight stay, concluding our memorable adventure through the heart of Bhutan.

Our journey takes us on a pilgrimage hike to the renowned Tiger’s Nest Monastery, perched at an altitude of 3120 meters. This sacred site holds profound spiritual significance, having been blessed by Padmasambhava in the 8th century, a revered figure in Vajrayana Buddhism. Setting off from Paro, we begin our ascent of approximately 900 meters, winding our way through enchanting forests adorned with pine, fir, and rhododendron trees. Upon reaching the Cafeteria, nestled amidst the mountainside, we pause for a moment to savour a refreshing cup of tea, all while marvelling at the monastery’s awe-inspiring cliffside location.

Continuing our journey, we ascend further, reaching the first lookout point before descending into the gorge below. Along the way, we pass by a serene waterfall, adding to the tranquillity of our surroundings, until we finally arrive at the majestic temple complex. Here, take your time to explore the intricate details of the monastery and immerse yourself in its serene ambiance. After our exploration, we retreat to the Cafeteria for a well-deserved lunch, replenishing our energy for the descent. Descending back to the base of the temple, our awaiting car will transport us back to Paro. Once in town, feel free to explore the local shops and perhaps engage in some souvenir shopping before retiring for the night at our hotel in Paro.

We’ll drive to the airport for departure. We trust that your spiritual journey has been enlightening and enriching. Our guide will accompany you to bid farewell, wishing you safe travels.

Q: Who should consider booking this tour, or for whom is it suitable?

This journey caters to those who value the balance of both physical and mental wellness. It is deliberately paced for individuals seeking a slow, immersive experience, focusing on inner exploration rather than high-adrenaline activities. It may not be suitable for those who prefer fast- paced, action-packed itineraries. In addition to this contemplative approach, participants will also gain insights into Bhutanese culture, its people, and their unique way of life.

Q: How will the retreat be structured?

This retreat is structured around a journey, combining sightseeing with the retreat experience. We will utilize high-end accommodations as our retreat bases, where treatments, teachings, and meditation sessions will be conducted. Additionally, we have identified several temples and monasteries where you can engage in practices during the sightseeing tour.

Q: Is this package designed for experienced practitioners or beginners?

It's tailored for beginners who possess some inclination towards spirituality, as well as for intermediates who already have some understanding of spiritual practices. However, it's not meant for advanced practitioners.

Q: Will the Company coordinate our visa and flight arrangements?

Yes! Your visa and flight arrangements are seamlessly included in your package, with no extra charges. We'll take care of your internal flights, and if you require assistance with external flights, we can make special arrangements upon your request.