TID 781 Bhutan Festival & Sikkim Tour (3 to 14 Oct,2014)
Thanks for your email looking for comments about my trip recently to Bhutan.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable trip and made doubly so by Sonam's (Pelden) professional ability to guide us. He paid attention to all members and I was amazed at his knowledge of Buddhism and the life of the Bhutanese. Despite the road conditions as well I had great confidence in Arun's ability to get us safely through any potential dangerous situations.
At some point in the tour I, and the other members, felt overwhelmed with visiting monasteries so our request to visit a farmhouse was arranged by Sonam the next day. Speaking for myself, I certainly felt it was a good addition to the tour. While I am travelling I do enjoy visiting local people so often a school or a hospital is on my agenda. Perhaps that could be considered in the future.
As a vegetarian, I was certainly able to find sufficient on the buffet table, although perhaps it was very carbohydrate-laden with rice, potatoes and noodles together. As a rule, western tourists would eat only one of those at a sitting.
In addition, our guide in Sikkim and West Bengal, Nima, was equally knowledgeable and professional in his care of the group. He was able to help me connect with a Darjeeling hospital through his niece so that I could visit the newborns and their mums.
I chose Wind Horse, partly on the recommendation of friends who had previously taken one of your tours, but price was certainly a factor. However, I certainly didn't feel that, because yours were cheaper than other companies, I received inferior service. So, thanks to all concerned at Wind Horse and I wish you success in the future.
Posted on Nov. 21, 14 Rosemary J