Yoga retreat to Bhutan and Nepal
Bhutan, nestled in the Eastern Himalayas between China and India, the small Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan opened itself to the outside world only in 1960s. Hithertho, it had been largely mysterious even to its neighbours but abandoning its self-imposed policy of isolation had it grappling to find a precarious balance between modernization and the preservation of its culture and traditions.
Bhutan was inhabited 4000 years ago, there were archeological evident indicating settlements in Bhutan dating back to 2000-1500 BC. Bonism was the main religion in Bhutan before the arrival of Buddhism.
Bhutan has a rich culture that has remained intact because of its self-imposed isolation from the rest of the world until five decades ago. Dzongkha, meaning the language of the fort, is the national language of Bhutan.
Bhutan measures prosperity by taking into consideration the citizens’ happiness levels and not the gross domestic product.
Bhutan has banned the smoking and trade of tobacco in an act that went into effect in 2010, though bans on smoking tobacco date back as far as 1916.
There are penalties for anyone found with tobacco in any form.
Bhutan's strategy of "low volume, high quality" tourism has made it a highly regarded destination among discerning travelers.
It costs an official US$250 per day per person to sample the charms of this isolated Himalayan kingdom, an amount that includes land transport, accommodations, food and guide service.
While it's not quite an arm and a leg, the cost does seem restrictive for some. It's the government's way of keeping the country from being overrun by mass tourism, while at the same time ensuring its preferred visitors get the most value out of their trips.
Nepal is a country of breathtaking beauty and diversity of cultures like no other place on earth. Truly “the roof of the world”. It lies sandwiched between the two domineering land masses and national powers that are India and China, yet it still manages to retain a culture that is distinctly its own.
The weather and climate varies from hot summers to severe winters. Nepal has varieties of lands as it has weather and people. The land starts from 70m from sea level from Kanchan Kalan in Terai and passes though hilly region to the world's highest point Mount Everest at 8,850 m.
10 site or places of Nepal have got the recognition of the World Heritage Site in Nepal. The cultural heritage Kathmandu Durbar Squares, Patan Durbar Squares, Bhaktapur Durbar Squares, the Swayambhu Nath, Bouddhanath Nath, Pashupati Nath and Changu Narayan are consisting within the Kathmandu Valley.Two national parks of Nepal (The Sagarmatha National park and The Chitwan National Park) are included in the World Heritage Sites List as Natural Site.Nepal has been regarded as a sacred place for hundreds of years. The tranquility of the area will have a positive effect on anyone that is able to experience it. The people, the buildings, and the land are all symbols of serenity. In Nepal, you can truly escape.