BHUTAN / INDIA
15 - 27 November 2019
Does the vision of you meditating in an ancient Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in Bhutan excite and intrigue you?
Just imagine, waking up in the Himalayan foothills and experiencing the sun as it casts a golden glow over the snowcapped mountains at dawn. Moving into the day with gentle yoga, pranayama & meditation, balancing your mind, body and spirit.
We will travel a little each day to explore and discover the hidden treasures of this ancient culture. Meditate in sacred locations, trek through rice fields to Stupas and float downriver on a raft as you take in the natural beauty that is synonymous with Bhutan. From there you will fly to the sacred hidden jewel of Sikkim, India's window onto the Eastern Himalaya.
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Based on Twin Sharing
Single Supplement €375
Duration: 12 nights /13 days
Places visited: Delhi, Bhutan, Sikkim.
Dates: 15 – 27 November 2019
This is a wonderful opportunity to travel through Bhutan and into India with six nights in each country. Bhutan is no ordinary place, it is the last great Himalayan kingdom, shrouded in mystery and magic, with a traditional Buddhist culture.
From Delhi, taking a short flight to Paro International Airport this sacred pilgrimage through the Kingdom of Bhutan which is a landlocked country in South Asia begins. Located in the Eastern Himalayas, it is bordered by Tibet in the north, the Sikkim state of India and the Chumbi Valley of Tibet in the west, the Arunachal Pradesh state of India in the east, and the states of Assam and West Bengal in the south.
After exploring Bhutan, we fly to the North Eastern state of Sikkim in India. Often referred to as the Switzerland of India, to settle into a relaxing rejuvenating retreat to integrate your experiences while deepening your practice in the lush natural landscape at the Himalayan foothills.
Day 1 – Friday 15th November Delhi- Arrival in India, group meet and greet.
Our journey begins in Delhi. Please arrange your travel to arrive at Delhi International Airport on the 15th November 2019 ideally by 4pm. We arrange your transfer to our hotel giving you time to rest and recover after your journey to India. Later in the evening we’ll gather for a meet and greet reception followed by a delicious meal and early night.
Day 2 – Saturday 16th November, depart Delhi – fly to Paro, Bhutan (6 nights)
After breakfast, return to the airport for our flight to Paro International Airport. From there the group will travel onward to Thimphu the capital of Bhutan. (about an hour/ 63 km) We will spend the afternoon in Thimphu exploring and witness a game of Archery (national sport of Bhutan) and plenty of time to stroll and shop in town.
We will regroup in the early evening for a group meditation followed by dinner.
Day 3 – Sunday 17th November – Thimphu / Punakha / Wangdue.
We will begin our day with gentle yoga and morning meditation, before breakfast. Traveling on to Punakha / Wangdi valley. The drive will take us via the Dochula Pass (3150mt). At the Pass are the 108 Druk Wangyal Stupas and the Druk Wangyal Monastery with a stunning view of the surrounding Himalayas. In the afternoon En-route to Punakha Valley, we take a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang, a special Monastery for fertility. The hike trial will take you via village houses and rice fields. After checking in to our hotel you can treat yourself and end the day with a Hot Stone Bath and a luxurious massage. Delicious local fare will be served here at dinner after our evening group meditation. We stay here for 3 nights.
Day 4 – Monday 18th November – Punakha – Phobjikha Valley – Punakha.
After breakfast we depart early and drive to Phobjikha Valley for one of the highlights of our time in Bhutan (about 3 hrs. drive / 65km). Phobjikha Valley is the winter habitat of the rare and endangered Black-necked cranes which migrate from Tibet. The cranes habitat Phobjikha valley from around mid-October to February. We will walk the nature trial for crane sighting and visit the sacred Gangtey Monastery. Later drive back to Punakha.
Day 5 – Tuesday 19th November- Punakha.
Gentle start to our day with morning meditation followed by gentle yoga on the terrace. After breakfast we take a short drive north of Punakha Valley and hike (about an hour and half round-trip hike) to the beautiful Khamsum Yueley Namgyel Stupa, which was commissioned by the Queen- mother as a gift to the present Fifth King. As we return to the footbridge where we began our trail there is an option to climb aboard a dinghy and experience river-rafting down the river taking in the numerous species of birds and plants along the way (about 2 hrs). In the afternoon we visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong built in 1637. Evening meditation and optional massage treatment at the hotel.
Day 6 – Wednesday 20th November – Depart Punakha for Paro.
Welcoming the day with morning meditation and gentle yoga on the terrace. Check out and depart to travel on to Paro, arriving in time for lunch at Paro town. After lunch we take a short hike from the museum to the monastery with the opportunity to meditate at the monastery. Check into our hotel here for 2 nights and enjoy a delicious dinner.
Day 7 – Thursday 21st November – Paro.
A renowned highlight of Bhutan is the Trek to the Tigers Nest Monastery. You choose if you prefer to hike or take a horse to the spectacular, Tiger`s Nest Monastery, situated on a cliff 800mt. above Paro Valley. We will have time to meditate and meet some of the monks living there, light butter lamps and make offerings. We will have lunch at the halfway mark as we make our descent, this is such an unforgettable experience that you will cherish for years to come. In the afternoon we may visit a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse, here there is also an option to enjoy a traditional Bhutanese Hot Stone Bath and enjoy local butter tea and spirits. Evening group meditation will take place in their family shrine room which is a unique opportunity as you get to meet and chat to our host Thinley and her lovely family and discover more about Bhutanese culture and way of life.
Day 8 – Friday 22nd November fly from Paro to IXB (Bagdogra, India) Our journey back into India is by luxury transport vehicles so you can take in the scenery as we travel to our secluded location in West Sikkim at the foothills of the Himalayas. The Biksthang Heritage Farmhouse is an incredibly special venue where we return to every time we travel to Sikkim. The warm, genuine hospitality of the family who live and work here is truly unique. They welcome all of our guests to relax and truly unwind and retreat on the lush 100-acre organic farm with its serene and calming climate, perfect for nature lovers. We spend 5 glorious nights on retreat here.
Day 9 -Saturday 23rd November – Biksthang West Sikkim.
The farmhouse directly faces Ghangchhen-mZho-Nga (Khangchendzogna), the guardian deity of Sikkim, which is the repository of five treasures, symbolized by the five peaks of Mt Khangchendzogna, Mt. Gabur Gangtsen (Kabru), Mt. Pandim, Mt. Narsing and Mt. Simvo. There are Nine Suites nestled across the property, each has a spacious living room and a bedroom that opens to a private garden with it’s own unique features and views such as a generous cantilevered balcony and a private lawn. We find our guests can really take plenty of time here to retreat in nature and rejuvenate on a deep level surrounded by the mountains. It is an ideal location to deepen your meditation practice, explore the benefits of yoga, and contemplate your dharma or purpose in life with the support of our experienced Chopra certified teachers.
Day 10 – Sunday 24th November West Sikkim.
We like to keep the schedule flexible and find our groups settle easily into a simple daily routine beginning with sunrise meditation, gentle yoga and a delicious breakfast. We keep everyone’s options open and, in the afternoons, there are lots of opportunities to trek to Lheuntse Monastery and get a panoramic view of the mountain range. On a clear day you can enjoy a 360*view from the climb uphill. This hike may take you 2 hours or more. We also do alternative treks downhill from the farmhouse through the village of Tsochen / Chuchen to the intriguing and sacred Rahuney Cave where Guru Padmasambhava is known to have meditated in the 8th Century.
Day 11 – Monday 25th November West Sikkim.
Biksthang Heritage Farmhouse have a unique goal to preserve the acres of lush green farmlands still untouched by human habitation and to nurture you in this tiny haven away from the rest of the world. Often our guests simply choose to stay around the farm – exploring or simply relaxing, surrendering to nature, the breath-taking view, the serenity, solitude and learning that sometimes the most productive thing to do is relax. On these days you can take it easy and guests are free to use the gym, pool and traditional spa facilities available. There is an age old Traditional ‘Menchu’ Spa which is a hot stone bath created with local medicinal herbs gathered at dawn using a secret ancient recipe that is both healing and rejuvenating. The local “fire keeper” lights a bonfire to heat the stones that heat the water, this is a truly unique opportunity to experience this ancient tradition that comes highly recommended by our previous guests.
Day 12 – Tuesday 26th November West Sikkim.
Hosting our Wellness Retreats at Biksthang Heritage Farmhouse in the past has been a highlight for us. It is always a transformational experience for our guests who are immersed in yoga, meditation, wellness and other healing modalities. Fully supported by the remoteness and the pristine, natural environment – fresh air, water and wholesome food, coupled with the breath-taking view of Mt. Khangchendzogna and the Himalayan range as the picturesque backdrop – Biksthang is the ideal place for such a unique experience. On our last evening we have a special closing ceremony with a celebratory dinner of delicious local delicacies and a memorable fire ceremony around the pool under the moonlit sky.
Day 13 – Wednesday 27th November – Sikkim – Bagdogra to Delhi.
Early departure for the return flight to Delhi after our final sunrise meditation, we check out and transfer to Bagdogra Airport for the onward connection in Delhi. We can arrange an extra night’s accommodation as required in Delhi depending on your flight times and onward journey. Estimated arrival time to Delhi TBC.
This is an outline of our proposed itinerary and is subject to change, however it gives you a brief overview of what to expect on this wonderful adventure to Bhutan & India.
Daily meditation and the opportunity to dive deep within & connect with your inner truth
Gain clarity and understanding of your unique nature as you explore the Soul Questions
Let go of what no longer serves you, release old habits and limiting beliefs
Unleash your deepest driving desires and set clear intentions
Discover more meaning and purpose in life as you take time to rediscover your true nature
Private transfers to/from Delhi International Airport
Flights to Bhutan and India
All meals included
Private tours of all scheduled sights
Excellent hotel accommodation
Entrance fees to all temples, monuments and historic sites
Bottled water throughout the day
Instruction in Primordial Sound Meditation
Yoga with Chopra Certified Instructors
Experienced travel partners and group leaders
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