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It is one thing to toot your own horn, but something else when some speaks for you. Following are unedited testimonials of some of our past clients, many of whom will vouch for us.

I enjoyed my trip with Wind horse Travel immensely.

The guide & driver were excellent.  I am still amazed at how Rajeem(sp.) was able to provide safe & secure travel in spite of bumpy roads, traffic, construction delays, animals on the road, people on the road, etc. Penjour was outstanding as a guide. Whenever there was the smallest problem he seemed to appear out of nowhere to resolve it.
 My favorite memories are of the interactions with the Bhutanese people - we stopped on the road to visit with schoolchildren, we met a young woman weaving at the Takin Sanctuary, watching the students work at the Art School, & watching the monks 'bless' your offices. This was unexpected & felt as if we had just 'stepped' into a part of your day.
 My favorite hotel was the Tashi Namgay Resort.  It had the best location, the best food & an excellent staff. I had a soothing hot stone bath here that I recommend to anyone.
 The National Museum, Paro festival & the Tatshang walk were highlights.  Penjour was very helpful in guiding us through these experiences.
 If I were to visit again, I would add a small trek in the beginning to see a little more of the countryside.

Posted on Apr. 23, 14
Pam B
Bloomington, Minnesota,55438, USA.

 Hi Anand,      Thank you for your email. There isn't much to improve on- the trip was wonderful. 

Jam bay may have told you I found the wait for confirmations of hotels and visas stressful. I am not used to travelling in packages, and more regular communication would have alleviated some of my stress, along with an initial email explaining the process and usual timelines. 

As you know, we were travelling with three children, and our guide was really great. If Windhorse has experience in dealing with families, I think you could capitalize on this more when advertising and when communicating with the families - kids don't like to do the same things as adults, and parents will be happy to know your company has this experience and can make itinerary suggestions based on this experience. Like taking horses up the mountain, going fishing or rafting - things that are available that will be of more interest to children. 

Posted on Apr. 23, 14
Meagan, Micheal & Kids
Gatineau, Quebec, J8X3L7, Canada

Dear Anand,     It’s very nice to hear from you, and, yes, the Queen was the icing on the cake!  You are most welcome to use pictures from the album, though I’m not sure they can be downloaded at decent quality from the site.  Tim can send you whichever ones you’d like directly.  Just let him know.  I’ve copied him here, so you have his email address.

Some feedback:

The trip and itinerary were amazing!  Leky and Chimi were excellent.  We’ve been to many places where we’ve had guides and drivers, and I have to say, these two men were by far the best we’ve had to date.  Chimi always drove safely and carefully along the crazy roads—both on the way to other towns and on the way to other unplanned destinations.  As a mother, I cannot ask for anything more!

Leky took us to a farmhouse outside of Wangdue where the girls enjoyed playing with a baby calf and watching the cows be milked.  His “auntie’ invited us to lunch.  All around an enjoyable experience.  I told Leky that we would have really enjoyed a farmhouse stay at her place, so maybe this is something you would want to consider in the future.  Her place was extremely clean and welcoming.  I mentioned a farmhouse stay to Jambay, but he didn’t think it would be a good idea with the kids.  Certainly, they would have complained, but I think they would have gotten something out of it as well.  Just a thought for the future.

Hotels:  Hotel Druk was superb!  Highly recommend.  As for the Tenzingling, a few things:  Beautiful buildings, beds were fine, but the pillows were very hard.  Bathrooms were cold and shower curtains were moldy.  Our last morning in the hotel, all of us woke up with many small bug bites on our legs, arms, neck and feet.  I cannot say for sure if there was a bed bug issue, but it’s something worth mentioning to you.  I came home and washed everything on very high temperatures and steamed our luggage just in case.  I think you need to know in case others find an issue.

We also did not enjoy/sleep well at the Punatsangchhu Cottages.  Both beds and pillows were very hard.  The breakfast options were very limited.  Knowing this, Leky took us around the corner to a family place for dinner which was superb.

Some of the highlights for us were not actually on the itinerary but arranged by request with Leky: the whitewater rafting, the visit to the primary school in Wangdue, the farmhouse visit and the archery practice.  On the itinerary, we loved Punakha Dzong and the National Arts and Crafts school, and of course, our favorite: Tiger’s Nest.  We found it an easy climb but were very grateful to have the horses for the younger two and to have left early.

So, honestly, everything else was top notch.  We knew going into the trip that the hotel options would be sketchy, and having the Hotel Druk break up the other two was lovely.  Communication with Jambay was always quick and clear.  I appreciate that.  Please clarify your wording on the children’s ages.  According to the tourism council of Bhutan, it’s "if a child is  5 plus and not 6 she/he  will not have to  pay the tariff, but have to pay the Visa Fee of USD 40 one time.”

I hope this helps.  I’ve already had friends who would like our tour and itinerary information, and I will certainly pass them along and highly recommend Wind horse.  I saw on Google+ that you followed HK Sprint.  I actually don’t run the program anymore as I’m working at the school  

Wind horse should consider yoga/meditative retreats.  I would definitely sign up for that, or better yet, you arrange it and I’ll lead it! ;) Let us know if you need anything else.

Posted on Apr. 23, 14
Heather, Tim & Family
Repulse Bay, USA

 It was terrific.Karma was an awesome guide and very knowledgeable

Posted on Apr. 23, 14
Barbara K
Ontario, Canadian.

 I am still traveling so this will be brief. Karma was a fantastic guide his knowledge was encyclopedic! He should be paid more as he is an asset to your company. Also Baliman was excellent as well. Could not have been happier with driver and guide. A few suggestions the Dochula restaurant was not the best and we ate there four times! Same menu served two and half of the times. The communication with Minneapolis could have been much quicker, clearer and more responsive. The other women on the trip almost cancelled due to this. I received a tourist questionnaire at Paro airport asking if I got a discount for staying more than five nights! I did not why?

Posted on Apr. 23, 14
Brad D.B
Albuquerque, New Mexico

 Dear Ugen and Jambay

I am writing to thank you for the fantastic tour we just completed and especially to let you know what a superb guide Sonam is. He was warm, caring, and attentive to our needs, extremely knowledgeable and his spirituality made Bhutan come alive for us. He truly is an excellent representative for both your company as well as for Bhutan.

In addition, the driver assigned to us was equally superb

Thank you

Posted on Apr. 10, 14
Richard V & Family & Mark & Family
New York 10011, USA

Dear Jambay, Namgyal, Djimmy and the others off the team of Windhorse,

Thank you so much for a great and memorable holiday in beautiful Bhutan.  Our trip was above expectations regarding Windhorse. From the moment we were picked up from the airport we felt special. Namgyal (Guide) and Djimny (Driver) gave us from the start a very warm welcome. But also the email correspondence upfront with Jambay or one of the other teammembers was very nice, quick responses and everything was very clear.  Namgyal is a very friendly and kind guide who speaks very well English. He knows everything about Bhutan and he can tell it in a nice way. Djimny is a very calm, friendly and safe driver and knows all the places in Bhutan.  


The guide and the driver were very patient and helpfull with us (also with our 3 and 5 year old kids). Everything we could discusss with them, they lowered the tempo if needed. They did everything to give us a pleasant stay. In our opion they did this in a very natural way. We think that they were enjoying the trip as well.   Because of Namgyal and Djimmy we had a great holiday and we could enjoy the nature, beauty and culture of Bhutan, so again for them, a BIG thanks!    Because of them we could climb up to the Tiger's nest with the kids. 

We gave Namgyal already our feedback regarding the hotels, some were great, some were beyond expectations, some hotels were good regarding the room, but disappointed in the food.  But overall we had a great stay in Bhutan. We would like to give you the suggestion, to tell the next travellers, that they will do some excercise, to make the sure they are in good condition, before the will come to Bhutan, so they will have it easier on the hiking.   It will be easier for them to climb the Tiger's nest.And we are not sure, if the food in Bhutan is not that diverse, but we would like to suggest to have some more variety in the food. After 6 days eating rice, noodles, chicken and chilli's &cheese and some vegetables for lunch and diner, you're done with it. We changed our plan for the last evening to have diner somewhere else.

For sure we will recommend Windhorse with our friends here in Chennai or back home in the Netherlands. And if we will make an other trip in the future we will sure think of Windhorse.

Posted on Apr. 23, 14
Marlous & Family

 Dear Anand,

I have nothing but the highest praise for Windhorse; the recent tour I did of Bhutan and Nepal were first-rate and, in my opinion, could not have been better.
Regarding Bhutan, Sonam, my guide was just the best.  Informative, helpful, solicitous, friendly incredibly good at getting me "into" the inside of what makes Bhutan tick, Sonam was everything you could possibly want a guide to be. He made the whole trip so much fun.
Sonam our driver was, in exactly the same way, also everything you could possibly want.  Abel to negotiate the twistiest Road, I never felt once that Sonam did not know exactly what he was doing and I felt complete confidence in his ability to get us where we needed to go.
Pem (spelling?) in Nepal was equally terrific, informative, helpful, and courteous; I can't say enough good things about him.
I short, I had a terrific time, and if I hadn't caught a horrible bug on the Jet Airways flight home (which I'm only just getting over now), I would have been in touch earlier.
I will post all these views on Trip Advisor, you can be sure.
Many thanks for a wonderful experience, which I am still processing.

Posted on Apr. 23, 14
Andrea G P
Toronto, Ontario, M5P1E3 Canada

Dear Anand,

Many thanks for your e-mail and request for feedback. Our guided tour to Bhutan was a great experience overall. The quality of the guide, driver and trek assistants was outstanding and the itinerary planned very well. Our guide was very professional, always on time and very attentive to our needs. His English was proficient! The driver was very competent: he was driving safely and we felt secure during the entire journey. The trek assistants (horse man, cook and assistant) were also very professional. We are very pleased to have selected your company for this trip to magnificent Bhutan: we feel we could not have found a better one. Since Bhutan is known for is rich flora, the only improvement (if any!) suggested to our guide was to provide a bit more information on the plants observable during the trek.
Once again, much kudos to your team!
Best wishes,

Posted on Apr. 23, 14
Roger & Lyne P

 Dear Anand  -     First and foremost all four of us wished to thank you all at Wind Horse for a most enjoyable and well run trip. We had a wonderful time and the care and kindness shown to us by Penjor and Sonam could not be improved upon. The hotels that you chose for us were excellent too, very comfortable and the food good. However, you asked me if there any things we could think of to improve your service in the future. Obviously you would not want to repeat our experience of the mini bus breaking down, so perhaps your drivers should check oil water tires etc. every morning before starting? On Bhutan’s bumpy roads 2 or 3 small cushions on each bench seat would help protect the boney bits and possibly seat belts or grab handles to help one from sliding around on the many sharp bends? Better still if you are buying new vehicles  at any stage, if you could have ones with individual seats with folding arms such as the white ones that (?) Bhutan Travel Bureau have, it would solve all those problems and be far more comfortable and secure. One problem we did have was being able to hear what our guide was saying over the noise of the engine so perhaps the guides could sit in the back of the vehicles....... amongst the guests to overcome this? Lastly, Penjor was very helpful and patient in explaining the finer points of the Buddhist faith to us but we were still confused with all the different saints and stories. If we could have had an 'idiots guide' to Bhutanese Buddhism to print out and study before we came and be able to refer to while we were looking at all the Temples and Stupas it would have been a great help! I hope these points are helpful, and thank you all again for your excellent service.

We will not hesitate to recommend you to our friends should any of them be lucky enough to be able to visit your beautiful country.

Posted on Apr. 23, 14
Anna D H
Blandford, Dorset, UK

Dan and I enjoyed our time in Bhutan. It is a beautiful and unique country. Sonam was a wonderful guide who introduced us to the stories of Guru Rinpoche (the Second Buddha), Pema Lingpa (the treasure finder), Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgal (the founder of Bhutan), the five kings of Bhutan, subduing the demons, and fulfilling prophesies. We learned more about Buddhism through Sonam’s patient explanations, too. Our driver, Dawa, safely transported us through Bhutan with great skill on difficult roads. We enjoyed stopping at the different arts and crafts shops. The hotels were good, we liked the food very much, and tea time became a favorite stop.

We appreciate that you are taking the rat incident seriously. Other than the furry little guy, the hotel was very nice and clean. The only other incident that I didn’t mention at the time due to becoming accustomed to seeing dogs running around in Asia was when we were at the Mountain Lodge in Jakar. There were some large dogs running loose on the property whose role seemed to be guarding their domain. At one point when Dan and I were coming from our room to the dining room we found one of the barking dogs between us and the dining area. Not knowing if we were perceived as intruders and the staff was not present at the time, we were not sure what to do. Afterwards, when we found that the dogs were okay with strangers walking around then we felt more comfortable. Since some people are afraid of dogs, the staff should make sure their guests and the dogs are okay with each other.

Again, this was an amazing experience that Dan and I will always treasure.

Posted on Feb. 17, 14
Karen K
Tanjung Tokong, Penang, Malaysia

TID 692 Drukyul Walking Tours (12.11.13 – 25.11.13)

When people ask me what my favorite part of Bhutan was, I have to say that it was seeing Bhutan through our guide Sonam's eyes. Being in the presence of a devout Buddhist and hearing stories of his life and the people of Bhutan was remarkable. His enthusiasm made me feel like we were his first personal guests in Bhutan! While most people seem to really like their guides, I am convinced that Sonam is the best la! I felt I truly entered another world, so different from my life in the USA and my earlier travels in Scandinavia. Every day of our tour was an adventure and we were blessed with blue skies and sunny weather the entire 2 weeks. Potential travelers should not take lightly the altitude and the nature of the roads. I really hadn't anticipated that they would be so challenging; be prepared with altitude sickness medication and patches for car sickness. Our driver, Barleman was the best. It was a little scary at first on the left side of these narrow roads but we soon found we could put our full faith in his driving skills, sit back and enjoy the view. There were 4 travelers in our tour and this seemed perfect. We definitely saw tons of temples and I felt like I was visually drunk on their beauty.  I loved the walk through the valley farms where we saw the harvesting of rice taking place. As other travelers have noted, the accommodations were adequate, but even with space heaters, I wore warm clothes at night at times. The food; yes, much is written about the food. We had very good food at the YT Hotel and at the restaurant near the Wind Horse office in Thimphu. Otherwise, the food was monotonous and I have to say after two weeks, it was hard to face another "buffet". For a couple of foodies, we learned to" eat to live" instead of "living to eat", which is a valuable experience in and of itself,  and part of immersing yourself in a culture void of the fancy restaurants and emphasis on food elsewhere in the world. There were two things I would have enjoyed which we did not do; visit a school and have an opportunity to spend time with some local families. Since we were never at a loss for things to do, I didn't specifically request this, but in retrospect I think we could have sacrificed a few temples for this. This tour was more than I could have envisioned and will live long and vividly in my memory.  Thank you Wind Horse!

Posted on Jan. 29, 14
Nancy O
Seattle, Washington, USA
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