Journey To Nepal And Bhutan - Oct 26, 2024 • Dallas Yoga Center

Journey To Nepal And Bhutan

Embark on a transformational journey of a lifetime!

Oct 26, 2024

Age-old shrines, holy temples, meditation caves, and sacred mountains! Come on a transformational journey of a lifetime!

This journey of a lifetime offers a transformative experience, which enables the traveler to explore ancient Nepal and Bhutan to ‘see’ the wisdom inherent inside of themselves by connecting with the sacred symbolism that permeates sacred power places. By visiting historical temples, caves, and monasteries, you will have the opportunity to conect with the site’s energy, which in turn will help unravel your own inherent wisdom nature. Stepping outside of the confines of the intellectual mind, you can explore your inner world and find deep personal growth.

For centuries, the Kathmandu Valley, originally designed as a mandala, has attracted spiritual seekers and adventurers. Both Hinduism and Buddhism and a plethora of Tantric power places still continue to draw scholars, practitioners, and curious explorers alike.

After Nepal, visit Bhutan the land of the Thunder Dragon referred to as the happy nation in the Himalayas. Take a transformational trip of a lifetime to the Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge known for its beautiful monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and pristine valleys. Explore the vibrant rich culture, the vast lands and visit sacred sites including Paro Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Nest) which clings to cliffs above the forested Paro Valley. This remote and spiritual land nestled between Nepal, Bangladesh, and Burma has been protected from mass tourism, and from the outside world, for centuries.

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Oct 26 - Nov 7, 2024

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Sacred Nepal and Bhutan

Embark on a path of self-discovery and exploration, forging lasting memories and meaningful connections along the way.

Join us for a transformative journey that transcends ordinary travel experiences. Join us on a journey of discovery and personal transformation, where culture, cuisine, and spirituality converge to create an unforgettable adventure of the body, mind, and spirit. Rooted in the rich tapestry of the sacred, our tours are designed to awaken the senses, nourish the soul, and forge deep connections with the sacred sites, ancient energies and timeless landscapes we explore. 

Discover unlimited beauty as you journey into the magical kingdoms of the Nepal and Bhutan – a world that will fill you with awe and wonder. 

Your guide on this journey

Your guide on this journey have years in the class room.


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Your Itinerary

October 25 
Guests Arrive.

October 26
Day 1: Welcome lunch and Boudhanath Stupa
Boudhanath, or Jarung Khashor in Tibetan, is the heart of Tibetan Buddhism in Kathmandu. This region will also be where we would stay and immerse in the Tibetan Buddhist practices, such as doing circumambulation (kora) of the stupa, paying homage to the Matrika Pukkasiddhi shrine, offering Sang at the stupa, visiting Guru Rinpoche park, and meditating at a thankga art centre. 

October 27
Day 2: Syamabhunath Stupa
Along with Boudhanath, Swayambhunath is the oldest Buddhist stupa in the Kathmandu Valley. It’s a Tantric Buddhist stupa par excellence with shrines dedicated to the Five Dhyani Buddhas and their consorts. In addition to the main stupa, there also exist myriad esoteric shrines, statues, and temples, which we would visit and I would give in-depth explanations about them. I'd also lead Buddhist chanting, butter lamp offerings, and kora (circumambulations) of the stupa. 
October 28
Day 3: Patan 
Also known as Lalitpur, Patan is home to the Kathmandu Valley’s finest craftsmen who have persevered to preserve ancient Newar art and architectural styles. While most tourist groups only visit Patan Durbar Square, some of the most significant temples, shrines, and monasteries lie beyond the royal area. I would lead the group to the most important Buddhist and Hindu pilgrimage sites such as the Golden Temple, the Yempi Mahavihara, Ashoka Stupa, Mahabouddha Temple, Kumbheshvar Mahadeva temple, Chamunda Temple etc.

October 29
Day 4: Pharping 
Located around 20 km from the city, Pharping is an important pilgrimage site for Vajrayana Buddhists, especially followers of Guru Padmasambhava, the 8th-century Indian tantric master who established the dharma in Tibet. We would visit two caves where the master is said to have meditated and accomplished siddhis. We would also visit the massive statue of the master and meditate there. After that, we would also visit and pay homage to Dakshinkali, one of the most powerful Kali temples in the Kathmandu Valley.

October 30
Day 5: Namo Buddha
Along with Boudhanath and Swayambhunath, Namo Buddha is said to be the third most important Buddhist pilgrimage site in the Kathmandu Valley. It’s believed to be the site where Shakyamuni Buddha offered his flesh to a hungry tigress in his past life as Mahasattva. Located far away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Namo Buddha is a peaceful site offering majestic mountain views. We would visit the Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery monastic complex, observe the rituals of the monastery, offer butter lamps, and meditate.

October  31
Day 6: Tara
First half of the day: Meditate at the sacred ‘Talking Tara’ shrine in the Kathmandu region. Break during the afternoon. 
Evening: We will visit Pashupatinath, revered as one of the holiest Shaivite temples in the region. Although entrance to the main shrine is only allowed to Hindus, we would explore the sprawling complex within which the temple is located. We will visit the burning ghats, witness the spellbinding evening aarti, pay homage to the caves of Mahasiddha Naropa and Tilopa, and meditate. This is an ideal spot to impart teachings on yoga and Buddhism. 

November 1
Day 7: Integration Play Day
Guests can enjoy a relaxing day at Thamel, Kathmandu’s main touristic spot for spas, massage, shopping, good food and drinks. Potential spontaneous visit with Terton Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche

November 2
Day 8: Arrive in Bhutan
Upon your arrival at Paro International Airport, a warm reception awaits from one of our delightful local guides. As you step into Paro, the effects of high altitudes may catch your attention, prompting us to allow time for acclimatization during the short drive to your hotel in Thimphu, the captivating capital of Bhutan.

Here, you’ll have the chance to immerse yourself in local customs, from witnessing monks draped in traditional robes to observing men and women adorned in vibrant attire. Accompanied by our experienced tour guide, delve into significant landmarks such as the National Memorial Chorten and the majestic Thimphu Tashichho Dzong, a fortress-like Buddhist monastery.

Concluding the day tour with a picturesque drive to Buddha Point in Kuenselphodrang Nature Park, marvel at one of the world’s largest sitting Buddha statues. Following a return to town for dinner, meander through the charming streets lined with shops, bars, and cafes, soaking in the essence of Thimphu.

November 3
Day 9: Thimphu
Embark on a day of exploration from your hotel in Thimphu as your guide leads you on a scenic drive to Sangaygang, offering stunning panoramic views of the city.

Along the way, keep watch for the Takin, Bhutan’s national animal, which may grace your journey with its presence. Continuing on, arrive at Dechen Phodrang to witness the captivating sight of monks in procession between the state monastic school and the dzong. For a unique cultural experience, venture to Simply Bhutan, a living museum and photo studio celebrating Bhutanese tradition and diversity.

Finally, we will visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest dzong in Bhutan built in 1627, where you can marvel at the intricate slate carvings adorning the courtyard behind the prayer wheels.

November 4
Day 10: Punakha
On the third day of our journey, we’ll venture to Punakha, Bhutan’s former capital until 1955. Our route will take us through the breathtaking Dochula Pass, renowned for the 108 Druk Wangyal Chortens and its stunning panoramic views of the Himalayas.

During our excursion, we’ll visit the Druk Wangyal Lhakhang temple, a tribute to 100 years of monarchy and His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the fourth king, known for leading the operation that quelled Indian rebels.

Next, we’ll explore Punakha Dzong, an architectural marvel and the administrative hub of the region, nestled at the confluence of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers. Finally, we’ll stroll across the Pho Chhu Suspension Bridge, Bhutan’s longest suspension bridge, offering captivating vistas of the valley and Punakha Dzong.

November 5
Day 11: Paro
Nestled in the picturesque Paro Valley lies a treasure trove of ancient monasteries and temples, alongside Bhutan’s sole airport. Among these historical gems is the seventh-century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest temples and part of the 108 temples commissioned by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo. Adjacent to the temple stands a converted house, now transformed into a museum honoring the revered Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, showcasing his photographs and personal artifacts.

Dumtse Lhakhang, erected in 1433 by the legendary iron bridge builder Thangton Gyalpo, holds a fascinating legend. According to lore, it was constructed to quell a malevolent demoness and is securely chained to the earth. Symbolizing the realms of hell, earth, and heaven across its three floors, Dumtse Lhakhang demands a special permit for entry, offering a glimpse into Bhutan’s rich spiritual heritage.

November 6
Day 12: Tiger's Nest
Prepare for an unforgettable adventure as we embark on a hike to one of Bhutan’s most iconic landmarks – Tiger’s Nest, also known as Taktsang Monastery.

Perched dramatically on the cliffside of Paro Valley, Taktsang Monastery is a revered Himalayan Buddhist site steeped in legend. According to ancient tales, Guru Rinpoche, the Precious Master, soared to this sacred spot from Tibet on the back of a tigress and engaged in profound meditation within its caverns. The monastery stands as a testament to both spiritual devotion and architectural splendor, drawing visitors seeking both a physical and spiritual challenge.

The ascent to Tiger’s Nest spans over two thousand feet from the valley floor, promising a journey filled with awe-inspiring vistas and a sense of profound spiritual fulfillment. Prepare to be captivated by the breathtaking beauty and spiritual resonance of this revered pilgrimage site.

November 7
Day 13: Departure from Bhutan to Nepal and fly home
As our journey through this enchanting Himalayan country comes to a close, we bid you a heartfelt farewell. May you depart with cherished memories and perhaps newfound friendships, along with a trove of captivating photographs capturing the essence of Nepal Bhutan. Until we meet again in this land of timeless enchantment, Tashi Delek!

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You'll need to get yourself to and from Kathmandu. Arriving on October 25 and departing on November 7. But once in Nepal, all transportation is included - even the flight from Kathmandu to Bhutan.

Nope. All activities are optional.

All food is included in Bhutan however lunches and dinners won't be included in the Nepal. 

Airfare to and from Kathmandu, travel insurance, any incidentals such as massages or shopping, and the visa fee for Nepal are not included in the price. The visa and entry fee for Bhutan is included. Lunches and dinners in Nepal are not included however in Bhutan they are. 

This retreat is suitable for all abilities. The hike to the top of the Tiger's Nest can be considered moderate to strenuous. If you choose not to participate there will be other activity options recommended. All yoga classes and meditations are all-levels and can be modified.  Options will be provided.

When you sign up you will receive a packing list. 

Refunds and Cancellations

Before May 1, 2023 if you cancel you will receive the price of the tour less $1500. From May 1 to July 1, if you cancel you will receive the price of the tour less 50%. After July 1, no refunds will be given. Trip insurance is mandatory for this trip and provides essential coverage for medical emergencies, trip cancellations, lost luggage, and other unforeseen circumstances. It offers peace of mind and protection, allowing us to enjoy our travels with confidence. Due to arrangements made with our vacation hosts, there can be no exceptions to this policy. Deposits are non-refundable. Please read the following information carefully All participants are advised to check with their health insurance carrier as to coverage abroad and for precautionary medical treatment for travel in India. Dallas Yoga Center requires that all participants have both health coverage and emergency evacuation insurance for the duration of the trip. Travel insurance is also required. Please see World Nomads below for purchasing travel and emergency health insurance. The activity level for these retreats is light to moderate. Participants should expect moderate walking, some inclines and stair-climbing at temples and at Arunachala mountain. There will be rests between attractions. Although this program is designed to accommodate people of varying ages, please note that there will be short periods of aerobic walking and stair climbing due to the design of some temples and the steep topography of certain areas. All participants are advised to see their health care provider well in advance to ensure that they are in good health at the onset of the trip. We also require that you inform Dallas Yoga Center of any chronic or acute health problems that might impact your travel. Dallas Yoga Center and the program leaders will take the utmost care and precaution in all stages of the planning and executing this program, but there is always the potential for physical harm and risk to life and limb. Please see the disclaimer for more information and please be advised that we cannot always guarantee your safety, but we can assure you that your safety, comfort, and the quality of your experience are of paramount importance to us. Dallas Yoga Center can not be held accountable for any unforeseen occurrence or changes to the schedule that should happen while the tour is underway in India. This includes the repercussion of having to adjust the schedule due to one or more members getting sick due to Covid-19 or other illnesses. In the unlikely case of cancellation by Dallas Yoga Center due to insufficient enrollment or logistical problems (acts of God, war, strikes, etc.) that may impede trip operations, please refer to the policies outlined in the liability waiver provided upon reservation.

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