In a world that is changing rapidly, where relevance can fade swiftly, the Eastern Bhutan Tour emerges as a captivating contradiction. It imparts a deep sense of serene vitality. The enduring allure of its quaint charms evokes a feeling of time slowing to a gentle standstill, a realm far removed from the frantic pace of modern life’s drama.
Over time, Eastern Bhutan has remained a relatively untouched gem, attracting only a select few visitors. Its secluded nature has played a pivotal role in this, safeguarding its traditions, cultural wealth, and untouched natural beauty.
This expedition uncovers not only the natural splendor of the regions but also delves into their social, cultural, and traditional dimensions. It provides a glimpse into some of the country’s oldest spiritual practices. Furthermore, it offers the chance to venture into remote villages and unique communities, including the highland Merak’s Brokpa community.
The journey begins with a pickup in Guwahati, India, guiding you through Samdrup Jongkhar, a quaint border town. Right from the start, you’ll be enveloped in the world of remote villages, where simplicity reigns, and convenience is minimal. Yet, what truly shines are the sincere and kindred spirits you’ll encounter along your path.
As you embark on this adventure, you’ll explore weaving centers where skilled artisans practice their craft. You’ll immerse yourself in significant spiritual and cultural sites, peruse small yet lively markets, and step into local homes and villages, providing ample opportunities to engage with the warm communities.
Throughout this journey, short hikes across diverse landscapes will lead you to villages and local landmarks. The accommodations along the route offer comfort in their simplicity, featuring clean and cozy rooms. In places like Wamrong and Merak, you’ll find lodging in guesthouses and homestays run by local families. This unpretentiousness adds a distinctive charm to the overall experience.
Undoubtedly distinct from our conventional offerings, this tour emerged from the aspirations of our past contented guests, yearning to immerse themselves in the timeless essence of Bhutan through its quaint villages and lush landscapes. It’s a tribute to all those who have journeyed with us before, inspiring us to curate this exceptional and enriching adventure.
Day 1: Arrive in Guwahati (Assam) & travel overland to Samdrup Jongkhar, Bhutan
Day 2: S/Jongkhar to – Wamrong/Trashigang
Day 3: Wamrong- Trashigang
Day 4: Drive to Highland village of Merak and explore
Day 5: Return and explore Radhi village
Day 6: Ranjung – Trashiyangtse (exploring villages of Bidung, Ramjar etc)
Day 7: Explore Trashiyangte
Day 8: Drive back to Trashigang
Day 9: Fly to Paro (Flights operate only two times per week)
Day10: In Paro
Day 11: Hike to Takstang
Day 12: Departure
Cost can vary from $2800 to $4000 per person, excluding the SDF of $1100 per person, depending on the travel dates and the number of travelers. Please contact for details.
- Accommodations in mix of village Guest Houses/Home stay and 3 star hotels
- All meals
- All land transfers by private vehicle including pick-up at Guwahati
- Internal flight Yongphula to Paro
- Sightseeing with entrance fees
- English speaking Bhutanese Guide
- Bhutan Visa & visa fees
- Daily SDF
- Bottled water in the vehicle and other comp. services.
- Flights into Guwahati and out of Bhutan
- India Visa and all other India arrangements
- Optional Travel/Medical Insurance
- Personal expenses such as bars, beverages in the hotel, telephone, laundry, trips, and others.
As world travelers, my wife and I have taken several organized l tours around the world. Most of them are with a big group of people. The itinerary is usually packed with touristy spots.
However, with Wind Horse, it is totally a different level of traveling. It was the experience and culture learning that makes this trip so memorable.
We loved both Assam & Eastern Bhutan. The locals were so welcoming and very friendly everywhere we go.This would not be possible without the excellent service from the Wind Horse team.
The entire trip was so well planned and organised from A to Z. Anand, our Upper Assam tour guide, took all the worries away from us.
Majuli is such a beauty with white sand, marshland and peaceful bamboo bungalow combined with friendly people make Majuli island inviting for a remote retreat. Whereas Kazaranga is a wild life game sanctuary especially the great one-horned rhino.
In Bhutan, our two most memorable experiences are the horse back riding, trotting with Sonam in Bumthang and climbing the Tiger Nest Monastery in Paro with Pema.
There are not many tourists in the East. The road is bad but continue to be improved. Life is simpler and people are friendlier. In addition, the Wind Horse team were so flexible and accommodating.
On the last day in Paro of Bhutan, we forgot to bring our trekking walking sticks. Pema was so nice. He managed to get us 4 walking sticks from the office within a short time of notice.
The team has gone extra miles to WOW their customers. This tour has made an impact on our traveling experience. We will definitely recommend Wind Horse to others. Hope that we will have Wind Horse again on our future tours.
Nhut Tran6 - 20 March, 2018
I visited Eastern Bhutan with 3 other friends and family on a custom tour with WindHorse. It was my 2nd time going with WindHorse. The first time I joined the 13-day Drukyul Walking tour and I was mesmerized by the landscape and pristine beauty of Bhutan. So I decided to come back to see Eastern Bhutan which is known to be less touristy.
Going on a tour with WindHorse one was assured the top quality of service. WindHorse prepared everything from how-to-prepare, what-to-pack, visa to greeting and touring without a hiccup. I enjoyed very much emailing with Jambay, preparing for the Bhutan trips.
We entered Eastern Bhutan from Guwahati, India. We got transferred by car from Guwahati to the border town of Bhutan, then we were handed over to the Bhutan tour guide. Due to a strike at the border of India, the WindHorse van could not reach Samdrup Jongkha on time to pick us up. The tour guide Sonam had to go by taxi all the way to Samdrup Jongkha to meet us at the time we reached the border. We were so happy to see Sonam although the van did not arrive on time. Thanks to Sonam for arriving Samdrup Jongkha on time for us.
Sonam took care of our visa at the border. Since the Windhorse van had not arrived, Sonam got us a taxi to get to the hotel. The Windhorse van arrived the hotel just a little bit after us. What a relief !
Eastern Bhutan is very low key and so much quieter with very few foreign tourists at the time we were there. Easter Bhutan is at a lower elevation thus has a subtropical weather and warmer. What stood out of Eastern Bhutan are those small villages, like Wamrong where we stopped for lunch on the day we drove from Samdrup Jongkha to Trashigang. Life was simple at those small towns
We visitied Trashigang, Trashigangtse, Rhadi, Yongkola then drove to Jakar. We visited monestaries and schools. We watched a football game at an elementary school. What a lovely experience in Bhutan.
Yongkola is a paradise for birding. I chose to stop in Yongkola not because I am a serious birder (in fact I know nothing about birds) but because I wanted to stay deep in the forest. Due to our choice to stay in Yongkola we were mistaken for serious birders and got laughed a lot on how well we were prepared for bird watching (with no bicular :-)). Yongkola is very remote, beautiful and quiet. It was exactly as I imagined. We took a long walk in the very early morning to spot birds. The air was very cold, crisp and fresh. The walk was actually on the National Highway, passing through a deep forest. Only bird chirping sounds broke through the silence of the forest. Our tour guide Sonam was very serious in spotting birds to show us but we were just happy walking on such a peaceful morning.
I was most excited when we drove from Yongkola to Jakar, on the zigzagging highway. That part of the highway was my favorite section. The scenery was outstanding. I was so excited seeing snow as we approached Thrumpsingla pass which is the 2nd highest mountain pass of Bhutan. As I love cold weather and high elevation, the snow in Thrumsingla pass really excited me. We stopped and walked out in the snow. Our tour guide Sonam and our driver Dawa hung prayer flags. It was a memorable moment.
Since I liked Jakar so much from my 1rst trip, I chose to come back to Jakar again in my 2nd trip. After the 2nd trip, I still vote Jakar my favorite destination in Bhutan due to its high attitude, beautiful and pristine scenery. As Jakar is far from Paro, it is still not yet inundated by tourist as in Western Bhutan.
Our original itinerary for Jakar was to do sightseeing and visit monasteries. However Sonam came up with a brilliant idea of giving us an introduction to horse riding in Tang valley instead. At first no one seemed to be excited about the suggestion. But the horse riding adventure turned out to be the highlight of the entire trip. Although I had some difficulties with my stubborn horse, I had to admit that horse riding was the greatest adventure. Despite the challenge of being a newbie, the ride was wonderful across beautiful meadows. The scenery up high was gorgeous. Thanks to Sonam for such a wonderful recommendation and making the effort selecting the right horse for each of us. To me, the horse riding adventure was the best event of the trip.
After Jakar, we flew to Paro, and met with another WindHorse tour guide, Tampas,, who gave us a short tour of Paro. The following morning Tampas took us up to the Tiger Nest. Learning from my prior experience, I recommended to start the climb early to avoid the heat and crowd. It was the best decision to start at 6:30am.The cold air in the morning made the walk up to the Tiger Nest so much easier. We completed the round trip in 6.5 hours at almost 2:00pm.
We concluded our private tour of Bhutan in Paro.
Sonam was very funny, knowledgeable and did not miss anything from the smallest facial reaction to hints of complaint from the customers. Sonam was an experienced horse rider and a good birder.
Tampas was also great. He carried our bottles of water and clothing in his backpack, going up and down the Tiger Nest. Thanks so much, Tampas.
I want to leave the best for last: our driver, Mr Dawa, always with a smile on his face, was the most gentle person who helped us a lot with our luggage and food on picnic days.
WindHorse service is always outstanding. One cannot expect less.
Trang Chhu10 -20,March, 2018
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The most memorial moment in Assam for me is the magnificent early morning of elephant ride, getting close to the animals under the fogging sunrise . The landscape of Assam looks like Asian countries with the tea plantations and rice fields. Amand, thank you again for your service, you’re really a good guide who had taken care of us in the detail things.
After the passage of border from Assam to Bhutan, the first contact of Bhutan is the smiling and helpful service of another good guide of Windhorse Sonam and of course without forgetting our best driver Dawa.
The Eastern part of Bhutan is still very authentic . The Bhutanese live simply with happiness.The most memorial thing in Bhoutan was climbing the Tiger’s nest, 6h30 of hiking ! We did it ?
One commun thing for both Assam and Bhutan trips is the kindness of the people.
I had had a cultural and fun trip.
Thank you for everything
Linh Duong Auberger6-20 March, 2018
Beal DavidApril 18-26,201
OF course the driver Sonam needs to be honored for his very safe driving. We enjoyed his quiet yet interested disposition. We felt safe the entire time and as Yeshi said if you feel safe then the happiness will follow and so it did. We had such a good time with both of these fine people. Darmindra was our driver for a dåay. We missed his delightfull cheeriness when he left.
I could not imagine a richer, more complete experience than that which we had with Windhorse. I miss your country, your people, your culture. The experiences will be revisited for a very long time.
So much gratitude to whomever paired us with Yeshi and Sonam.