Tour to Bhutan
Mastering yoga practices in places of power
April 5-18, 2023, 14 days
In places where great yogis of the past practiced (Padmasambhava, Milarepa, Yeshe Tsogyal and others), the surrounding atmosphere will help to understand oneself more easily.
Tour to the relict country. A kingdom that has kept yoga and self-improvement as an important part of life. Untouched nature, spiritual people, a rare opportunity to get acquainted with an alternative form of life. In these and other amazing places, lectures and self-development practices with Andrey Verba are also waiting for us.
Practice meditation and hatha yoga in one of the most peaceful places on the planet. The trip will last ten days. Pleasant impressions will last a lifetime.
- Taktsang Lakhang monastery – “Tigress’s Nest” – the place that Padmasambhava visited with his wife Yeshe Tsogyal in the form of a tigress; also the place of Milarepa’s meditation.
- Thimphu – the capital of Bhutan.
- Chimi Lakhang – a monastery built with the blessing of the yogi Drukpa Kunley, who installed a stupa on the hill.
- Punaka Dzong – which means “Palace of Great Happiness”.
- Kyichu Lakhang monastery, which was built to defeat the terrible demoness.
- Stupa Bodnath – the greatest Buddhist stupa in the world
- Swayambhunath stupa – flower of primordial light
- Parping – the place where Padmasambhava’s cave is located, as well as the Vajrayogini temple.
Note: along the entire route of the trip, lectures and talks about yoga and self-improvement, the practice of the OM mantra will be organized. The practice of hatha yoga asanas will be carried out wherever possible and relevant.
1 day – Meeting at the airport. Departure from Moscow.
2 day – Morning flight Delhi – Paro. Arrival to Paro. Meeting with the guide. Transfer to Thimphu (capital of Bhutan) (about 2 hours). Visit to the significant memorial stupa Thimphu Chorten. Dinner. Hotel accommodation. After a short rest – meeting with all the participants, acquaintance, discussion of the goals of the trip. Overnight at the Thimphu hotel.
Day 3 – Morning practice of meditation and hatha yoga. In the afternoon, visit one of the main attractions of Thimphu – the Dordenma Buddha statue – a giant statue of Shakyamuni Buddha, the name of which translates as “Diamond Lightning Strike”. The height of Buddha Dordenma is 51.5 meters. The monument is located on a hill with stunning views of the capital and its surroundings. Lecture on the topics of self-development and yoga. Evening mantra OM at the hotel. Overnight at the Thimphu hotel.
Day 4 – Transfer Thimphu – Punaka (about 3 hours). Stop at the Dochu La pass, where 108 stupas are installed. Lecture on self-development. Accommodation at the hotel in Punak. The practical part of knowing yourself. Mastering Pratyahara (distraction of attention from external objects). Free time in the city. Overnight at Punak.
Day 5 – Day in Punak. Visit to Chimi Lhakhang and Punakha Dzong. Chimi Lhakhang is a monastery built by the blessing of the yogi Drukpa Kunley, who installed a stupa on the hill. Punakha Dzong – which means “Palace of Great Happiness.” Evening practice of the mantra Om.
6th day. Transfer from Punaka to Paro (approximately 4 hours). Visit to the ancient monastery of the 7th century Kichu Lakhang. Tucked away in the garden, the exquisite Kyichu Monastery, together with the Jampey Monastery in Bumthang Province, as well as the Jokhang from Lhasa and one monastery from the Shigatse neighborhood of Tibet, form a rectangle. In the 7th century, even before Padmasambhava, the king of Tibet, Songtsen Gampo, saw these monasteries in meditation. To defeat the terrible demoness of Tibet, where her heart was located, the Jokhang monastery was erected (Lhasa 638). Her left leg in 659 has Kyichu, Lakhang in Paro, and her left knee has Jampay Lakhang in Bumtang. In total, 108 temples were built according to the plan of King Songsten Gampo. In 1968, Queen Mother Ashi Kesang built a second temple, which is an exact replica of the first. Practical part: combining the practices learned in the previous days for a better understanding of oneself. Return to the hotel. Evening mantra Om. Overnight at the Paro hotel.
7 day – Morning practice of meditation and hatha yoga. Breakfast in the hotel. Visit to the famous Taksang Lakhang monastery. The one way climb takes about 3 hours. Maybe half the way up on mules.
Taktsang Lkhang is the most famous monastery in Bhutan. It hangs on a cliff 3120 m high, 700 m above the level of the Paro Valley. The name of the monastery is translated as “The nest of the tigress”, according to legends, Padmasambhava was transported to this cave, sitting on a tigress, into which his wife Yeshe Tsogyal turned into. The great yogi Milarepa also meditated in the cave.
Practical part: samadhi, consideration of this technique. Return to the hotel. Evening mantra Om. Overnight at the Paro hotel.
Day 8 – Morning practice of meditation and hatha yoga. Breakfast in the hotel. Flight to Kathmandu. Obtaining a Nepalese visa. Accommodation at the hotel in Kathmandu. Evening mantra OM.
Day 9 – Morning practice of meditation and hatha yoga. Visit to Bodnath stupa.
Day 10 – Morning practice of meditation and hatha yoga. Visit to Swayambhunath stupa.
Day 11 – Morning practice of meditation and hatha yoga. Visit Parping, where Padmasambhava’s cave and Vajrayogini temple are located.
12 day – Morning practice of meditation and hatha yoga. Free time in Kathmandu.
Day 13 – Morning practice of meditation and hatha yoga. Airport transfer. Flight Kathmandu – Delhi.
Day 14 – Flight Delhi – Moscow
We will be glad to set off on the Path together! Join us!
Audio feedback from the participants of the past tours
- Audio feedback from participants about their trip to Bhutan-Nepal in April 2018
3000 $, for those who participated in tours with the oum.ru club 2700 $
An individual discount is provided for yoga teachers who have completed training courses at the oum.ru club.
included in the price:
- transfers along the route in Bhutan on a comfortable bus;
- hotel accommodation in Bhutan (double occupancy, with shower and toilet in the room);
- Bhutanese visa;
- food in Bhutan (breakfast, lunch and dinner);
- entrance tickets along the route;
- excursion program and support of an English-speaking guide in Bhutan;
- lectures and practices in yoga with Andrey Verba.
the price does NOT include:
- 4 flights (cost from $ 1200, depending on the date of purchase):
- Moscow-Delhi-Moscow (20-30 thousand rubles),
- Delhi-Paro (~ 370 USD),
- Paro-Kathmandu (~ 250 USD),
- Kathmandu-Delhi (~ 100 USD)
- Indian single entry visa (50 USD) is issued in advance;
- Nepalese visa (25 USD): payable at the airport upon arrival;
- food in Nepal (100 USD).