TID-692 Drukyul Walking Tour (12Nov – 25 Nov,2013)
The trip went wonderfully, I couldn’t have asked for a better tour! I want to thank Wind Horse for setting us up with a fantastic guide Sonam and driver Barlemon.
I liked how the tour incorporated walks and hikes, yet gave us enough time to relax at the hotel in the evening.
Time management was efficient, our days were packed with enough activities.
Excellent tour guide, driver, and tour mates.
Small group, 4 people seemed like the perfect size. I saw some other groups with 10 plus people and I thought that was too many.
I enjoyed Hotel YT and it’s staff. The staff and the owner YT were very friendly. I also liked Dochula Resort because it had the warmest rooms! The heater in the room, bathroom, and electric blankets were a nice touch.
Not many, just little things. Hotels did not have constant stream of hot water. It may have been just me as my other tour mates did not have as many problems with the hot water as I have. Mountain Lodge is a beautiful hotel, but where I experienced the most problems with hot showers, I couldn’t only take a hot shower for a few minutes before the water ran ice cold. After an hour or so the hot water would start again but still only a few minutes.
Food was plenty and very good, but became redundant, all hotels and restaurants pretty much served the same food.
Altitude was a factor for some people. Maybe the final document should emphasize this more, or have the tour leader have some extra diamox or altitude medication as an emergency as the pharmacies there will not administer it without a prescription. But this was only around Dochula. Once we went back to Paro everything was ok.
A suggestion that was brought up by another person on the tour: Water bottles. I brought my own diamox and was drinking a lot of water, I ended up buying large water bottles in the hotels and general stores because the small water bottles provided daily were not enough for me. Although the free tea at the hotels were sufficient, I needed more fresh water. The small water bottles I thought added to waste. Maybe Windhorse can provide large water bottles (like a nalgene or camelback) with the Windhorse logo for sale , and can just refill that from filtered water or large bottles.
Overall, it was a trip of a lifetime and I will always cherish my time in Bhutan.
Downey, California, USA
TID 698 Central Bhutan Tour (Oct 26 – Nov 06, 2013)
Namgay had given me a form to complete evaluating our experience with Wind Horse Tours. I seem to have misplaced it although I do recall some of the questions. I hope that the evaluation which follows is of benefit and apologize for the different format.
Bhutan trip from October 26 to November 6
Namgay is an excellent guide and we thank you for pairing us with him. He is extremely knowledgeable about the country, its culture and way of life, its religion, its topography and plant life. In fact I don't think that we managed to stump him in the twelve days we were together.
He balanced the amount of information he shared with our interest levels, and was very patient in explaining things that were likely obvious to him but foreign to us.
We left Bhutan knowing so much more about Buddhism and especially the way in which the religion (or some would say way of life) impacted the country. We felt that we had learned a lot about life in the countryside as well and especially enjoyed our time visiting the farmhouse. Namgay's support in preparing and encouraging me for the Tiger's Nest climb was especially appreciated. Namgay's resourcefulness was apparent as well, particularly when the car broke down far from a sizeable town. He was able to obtain a ride for the three of us (and our luggage) to our lunch spot and by the time we had finished eating, a new car and driver had arrived. Excellent!
We had two drivers, both of whom were very good. They kept us safe, treated us with courtesy and were greatly appreciated.
As you said in one of our earlier emails, a person doesn't go to Bhutan for the food. Overall the places where we ate were clean and the service satisfactory. However the food did leave a lot to be desired, especially by North American standards. I think that the biggest deficiency was satisfactory meat, chicken or fish.
All of the hotels were clean and the personnel were polite.
The hotel in Gangtey was more basic than the others - the rooms didn't seem to be heated, there was no water in the room nor was there soap. However the staff was extremely friendly and kind and kept a woodstove going most of the time in the main dining hall so we could always find a place to warm up.
TID 718 Bhutan Tour (24.11.13 – 30.11.13)
Dear Mr. Tshering, Dechen, Jamtsho, Dorji and Wind Horse Travel Staff:
Happy Tuesday! We hope this email finds you all doing well.
My husband (Juan Ochoa) and I just came back from the beautiful and breathtaking Kingdom of Bhutan. We spent 6 amazing days (Nov. 24 - 30) and the trip was beyond our expectations! Our unforgettable travel experience started here in the US working with Jambay Dorji and Ugen Tshering. They provided us with timely and detailed responses about the trip and the alternatives we had while visiting Bhutan.
In Bhutan, we were lucky to have both Kinley Tenzin (KT) as our tour guide and Jam Rosh as our driver. KT was extremely professional, knowledgeable and was always willing to answer our questions. Jam Rosh was a very skillful driver and navigated the curvy roads with excellence. They both were very attentive to our needs.
Overall, our trip was well-organized, educational, comfortable, inspiring and filled with unique and unforgettable memories. We will always have Bhutan, its landscapes, spectacular mountains, monasteries, history and people in our hearts.Thank you for your professionalism and for making this trip an unforgettable and enriching experience.
San Francisco, California, USA
TID 681 Bhutan Tour (12.11.13 - 23.11.13)
1 means "far under our expectations"
2 means "under our expectations"
3 means "responding to our expectations"
4 : "above our expectation"
5 : "far above our expectations"
General rating of the trip : 4
Guide Yeshi : 4. Commentaires intéressants. Très prévenant et attentif.
Driver Sonam: 4: excellent conducteur, très prudent. Sur les routes du Bhoutan un vrai plus que nous avons tout particulièrement apprécié. Également prévenant et attentif.
Programme bien organisé et intéressant: 4
Hôtels: 2/3. The level of comfort is good, but almost all of them have some problem of mainetance, isolation or electricity. Food is basic, even in 4* hotels. On n'attendait pas des hôtels de type européen mais dans l'ensemble ils avaient presque tous un ou deux défauts portant sur des éléments de confort essentiel. Problème général de gestion de la chaleur: isolation, portes ouvertes...ou eau chaude.
Restauration: globalement nous ne nous attendions pas à une cuisine très raffinée mais tout de même à mieux que ce qui nous été servi: 2
J1: Voyage aller avec le transfert et l'hôtel Uppal à Delhi :3: accueil et prestations parfaits 4
J2: voyage de Delhi à Paro: l'avion avait une heure de retard. Sur place pour le transfert à l'hôtel Druk à Thimphu notre guide Yeshi et notre chauffeur Sonam nous ont pris immédiatement en charge avec beaucoup de gentillesse. L'hôtel Druk offre des chambres + salon+ dressing particulièrement spacieuses et confortables. Seul bémol l'eau chaude est "capricieuse". Service attentif et agréable. En synthèse : 2 ( uniquement à cause de l'eau chaude, le reste était bien). Dîner: 3
J3: visite de Thimphu très intéressante. Les 9 points de visites étaient parfaitement agencés pour rendre cette journée aussi passionnante qu'agréable.
J4: de Thimphu à Punakha. Temps clair pour un trajet magnifique. Balade et visites merveilleuses. Hôtel Meri Puensum Resort, magnifique vue mais juste correct :2 mais il semble que la région n'offre pas d'autres choix. Repas corrects: 2
J5: merveilleuse ballade au temple de Chimé. Route longue mais grandiose vers Trongsa. Déjeuner médiocre : 1,( plats souvent froids comme la salle à manger). Visite du Dzong superbe. L'hôtel Yangkhil est bien, vue superbe:3. Dîner correct: 3
J6: Trongsa-Jakar. Très belle journée. Programme intéressant et varié. Déjeuner 3 ( le 2ème meilleur du séjour ). Hôtel Yugharling est bien, avec une vue superbe: 3. Dîner: 2. Avec le recul, le meilleur hôtel de notre séjour au Bhoutan.
J7: Vallée de l'Ura. Très agréable ballade dans deux villages typiques intéressants. Sympathique pique-nique avec de vrais plats dans cadre grandiose. Dîner: 2
J8: Nord de Jakar. Magnifiques visites. Déjeuner: 1 mêmes remarques qu'au jour 5 (même restaurant) . Les grues noires sont au rendez-vous. Hôtel Dewachen : 2: rustique et amusant , magnifiquement situé, mais plutôt plus spartiate que sur le descriptif ( par exemple: ni tapis de bain , ni verres dans la salle bain, chauffage "modeste" 18° dans la chambre,16,5° dans la salle bain (14° le matin car nous avions fermé la porte) , coupures de courant fréquentes. Dîner : 2
J9: retour vers Paro. Déjeuner sur la route:3. Hôtel Nak Sel: apparence plutôt luxueuse, une vue magnifique. Jolie chambre, mais très "fraîche" 17°, baignoire sale, La présence d'une souris doit sans doute être comprise comme accidentelle ? Très bonne réaction de notre guide qui a exigé une autre chambre pour nous, très bien. Abstraction faite de l'incident ci-dessus: 3. Repas:2 pour ma femme, 3 pour moi.
J10: visite de Paro, de ses temples, Dzong et musée très intéressante. Encore une excellente journée. Déjeuner bon: 3 ( le meilleur du séjour )
J11: randonnée au Tiger Nest: magique! Nous profitons du massage et Spa de l'hôtel: 4
Oliver D L