Australia 04 -13, Oct,2018
Bhutan Tour, Oct 2018 Wow! I had the very best holiday. Thank you enormously. There were pleasant surprises in there and plenty of support. It took
France 30 - 09 April, 2018
Grand Cultural Tour of Bhutan – April 2018. Thanks for your email below. I'm now back in Luxembourg :-) I've had a great time in Bhutan. As a general
USA 08 - 16 May,2018
Grand Cultural Tour of Bhutan – May, 2018 We returned just yesterday as we stopped by Darjeeling on our way back. Our trip was very nice and provided a
Milan, Italy Aug 6-16, 2017
Fantastic Bhutan Tour – august 6-16 2017 Hi Yonten and Sonam; happy to get in touch with you again. We came back to Italy few weeks ago, after
Sao Paulo March, 2-11, 2017
Grand Cultural Tour for Nilza Visiting Bhutan was the trip of a lifetime. I loved the Bhutanese people, always kind and smiling, the atmosphere at the
Brazil Feb 17-26,2017
Grand Cultural Tours of Bhutan for Julia Dear Ugen, Jambay and the whole Windhorse Team, This is a quick note to thank you all for the support and
UK Oct 25 -Nov 07,2016
Bhutan Tour for Peter and Sue Dear Kinga, We do hope that you had a successful trip to the UK in October. Sue and I were very
New York, USA 08-18,Oct,2016
Grand Cultural Tour of Bhutan For Cheryl and Wil Dear Anand, Sorry for our delay. Life has been very busy since we returned. We loved our trip. Bhutan is beautiful, the
Bethesda, Maryland, USA 12 -22 Oct, 2016
Cultural Tour Dear Jambay, We enjoyed our dinner with you and I am sure that I speak in behalf of my travel companions
Miami, Florida, USA. Oct 12 -22,2016
Grand Cultural Tour of Bhutan. Bhutan is a fascinating country and visiting it was easily one of the most memorable trips I have ever taken.
USA Sept 5-15, 2016
Grand Cultural Tours of Bhutan Dear Anand Apologies for not replying sooner. Thank you for setting everything up. We were very happy with the whole experience of
Ohio, USA June 11- 20, 2016
Bhutan Festival Tour Grand Cultural Tour with festival Dear Anand, Thank you so much for the photos! I love them!! Jambay is obviously a great
Arkansas, USA May 21- June 06,2016
Bhutan Tour and Nepal Trek Bhutan Tour and Nepal Trek (Spring 2016) Ugen and Jambey, Michel and I want to thank you for the amazing job your
North Yorkshire, UK Feb 7 - 16, 2016
Highly Flexible Bhutan Tour for Martin Flexible Bhutan Tour This trip was honestly so much more amazing in real life, and far exceeded my original (high)expectations. Thanks
Duvall, Washington, USA. Oct 31- 09 Nov, 2015
Grand Cultural Tour Grand Cultural Tour ( Penjor Lhendup) guide Hello Anand, Thank you for your interest in hearing about the experiences we enjoyed and
London, England. Oct15 -25, 2015
Trip to Bhutan Dear Anand and Jambay, Sorry it took me some time to get back to you with feedback - the end of
Ross, California, United States of America June 7 -17, 2015
The hikes and the temples for me were the greatest parts by far. TID -8775, June 7 - 17, 2015. Guide - Penjore Lhendup Sorry for the long delay, I have just returned home
USA May 11 -20, 2015
I had a simply stunningly wonderful horse trek – there is little I can say that is better than that. Tashi Delek Ugen, I write from Kathmandu - just returned yesterday and I leave for USA tonight. I had a simply
Sacramento, California, USA March 23 - April 02, 2015
Our trip to Bhutan was FABULOUS Dear Anand - Our trip to Bhutan was FABULOUS. We can't stop talking about it with all of our family
Park Row, New York, USA March 24 - Apri l3, 2015
Huge appreciation towards Wind Horse and your staff. - TID-8675, March 24 to April3, 2015. Guide Sonam Loday Jambay - Several weeks have passed since the group I participated with in
Arrigoni 4,Locatello,Italy Sept 28 - Oct 07, 2014
The hotels were above expectation almost in all cases, and food was equally very good. TID - 8572 from 28 Sept to Oct 7 Dear WH team, Warm greetings! A few months after returning to Italy from our
Brooklyn, New York,USA Oct 23 - Nov 14, 2014
The guides were excellent and the drivers were especially careful TID - 8564 (Oct 23 - Nov 14, 2014) Dear Ugen and Jambay, Just wanted to let you know that the
Chico, California,USA Oct 23 - Nov14, 2014
Seeing villages and mountaintops on foot was truly a highlight. TID -8594 (Oct 23 - Nov14, 2014) Hello... We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Bhutan -- except for the condition of
Kanata,Ontario, Canada. Oct. 27 - 05, 2014
Tashi could switch to an equally excellent experience when circumstances required a change TID 756: Grand Gultural tour for Gregoire & Party Oct. 27 - 05, 2014 Dear Ugen and Jambay, I wanted to write
Richmond Road, Ottawa Ontario, Canada Oct 27 to Nov 05,2014
He was completely profession at all times, with a delightful sense of humor at moments Grand Cultural Tour of Bhutan- 27th October 2014- 5th November 2014. TID 756 Greetings: Please forward this to the President of
Encino, California, USA Jul. 31 - Aug. 09, 14
You did a phenomenal job organizing the whole trip and everything ran incredibly smoothly. Grand Culture Tour with Extension Druk Path for Jordan x 3 TID: 8569 Jul. 31, 14 - Aug. 09, 14 Dear Anand, The
Woodman Way, Newburyport Massachusetts, USA June 06-18,2014
We had a lovely trip and hope to return to Bhutan at some point in the future. TID 775 Grand Cultural Tour with Bumthang Owl Trek ( June 06-18,2014) Hello Jambay, Sorry for this tardy email. We've been busy
Cameo court, Hongkong May 09-18,2014
We were very happy with the service and the arrangement of the tour Bhutan tour for Alyssa & her friend TID: 8544 Hi, Anand. Thank you for the following-up email.My sister and I had
New York, USA March 26 - April 06, 2014
He was warm, caring, and attentive to our needs, extremely knowledgeable and his spirituality made Bhutan come alive for us TID 691 (March 26-April 06,2014 Dear Ugen and Jambay - I am writing to thank you for the fantastic tour we just
Princeton, New Jersey,USA March 16 - 26,2014
The country and culture and people were every bit as welcoming and fascinating and beautiful. Grand Cultural Tour for Lemonick TID: 786 (March 16 - 26,2014) The trip was amazing--ideal in every way. We're planning to
Tanjung Tokong, Penang, Malaysia Feb 17,2014
This was an amazing experience that Dan and I will always treasure. Dan and I enjoyed our time in Bhutan. It is a beautiful and unique country. Sonam was a wonderful guide
Minneapolis, MN USA Dec 09-20,2013
They ‘go the extra mile’ offerring their excellent skills and experience with guiding tours TID - 687, Dec 09-20,2013 Grand Cultural Tour We are so grateful and inspirted by our trip to the amazing country
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Dec 09 - 20,2013
What a marvelous trip! TID 687 Grand Cultural Tour (Dec 09th to Dec 20th) 2013 Well, Patrice and I have been back from Bhutan for
San Diego, California, USA Oct 14 - 23, 2013
We had a wonderful time during our tour thanks to the very capable Kinley and Chimmi our guide and driver. TID 707 Grand Cultural Tour of Bhutan (14.10.13 - 23.10.13) Hello! Well we're finally back into our routines and feel like
Edmonton, Canada Oct 3 - 12, 2013
Overall, it was an excellent trip, which left us with unforgettable memories and a longing to do it again. TID 676 Mr.& Mrs Szymanski Grand Cultural Tour Bhutan ( 3.10.13 - 12.10.13) I just returned from a trip to Bhutan.
Lincoln road, Singapore Oct 10 -19,2013
I particular we found the guiding services of Namgay and the driving service of Rinzin of very high quality. TID 700 John Stirk family Grand Cultural Tour (10.10.13- 19.10.13) We enjoyed our trip very much. I particular we found the
Ioannina,Greece Oct 6 - 15, 2015
Your country is very beautiful, with great landscapes and nice monuments. People are very friendly, everywhere we felt safe and warm TID 689 Bhutan Tour for Christos and friends (6.10.13-15.10.13). The trip over all was very nice. Your country is very beautiful,
Israel Sept 10 -22, 2013
It was a legendary journey TID 671 Culture Scapes Bhutan Tour from Sept 10 to 22 Sept 2013 11 Days of Journey in Bhutan were organized
637 Valley Drive,Vista,USA June10–19, 2013
From beginning to end our trip was well-organized, comfortable, educational, relaxed, fun, inspiring, filled with joy and laughter and we will always have nothing but incredible memories. TID 642 Wendy & Family Grand Cultural Tour (June 10th – June 19th, 2013) My family and I just returned from
Duluth, MN, USA Dec. 21-30, 2012
I liked knowing I had someone in the US I could call with questions TID 607-Grand Cultural Tour of Christian & Wife (Dec. 21-30, 2012) My wife and I had a great time in Bhutan,
Working in Kathmandu, Nepal Dec. 28, 2012-Jan 6, 2013
Thanks for putting together a great itinerary and for doing all the upfront work in getting our visas and plane tickets, etc. TID 626 Grand Cultural tour of Chris and Charles (Dec. 28, 2012-Jan 6, 2013) Jambay and Ugen, We had a great trip
Israel - Lower Galilee - Sharona Sep 20 -Oct 01, 2012.
I still can’t find the right words and the proper way to express my deep feelings. TID 559: Culture Escapes Bhutan Tour Sep 20 till 01 Oct , 2012. Dear Pelden & Sonam, Only now, after coming back
Kaula Lumpur, Malaysia. Nov 9-19,2012
It is a very beautiful country & we enjoyed the walks, especially to Tigers Nest. TID 592-Merete & Kristian Bhutan Tour (9-19, Nov. 2012) Hi Ugen and Jambay We had a nice trip to Bhutan. It is a
Plymouth, MN, USA Oct. 25-Nov. 5, 2012
A thank you to your team, our guide and driver for a wonderful time in Bhutan. Grand Cultural tour Bhutan Tour for Mr. & Mrs. Scott (Oct. 25-Nov. 5, 2012)Team Wind Horse, A thank you to your
Limerick, Ireland Sept 21-Oct. 01, 2012.
Thanks for a great trip we really enjoyed ourselves. TID 564 Bhutan Tour with Owl Trek (Sept 21-Oct. 01, 2012) Jambay Thanks for a great trip we really enjoyed ourselves. Pima
Vorden, The Netherlands. Sept 30 - Oct 20,2011
We appreciated very much his professional way of guiding us through your wonderful country Dear Windhorse team, From 30 September - 20 October we were in Bhutan with the SNP-group. Sonam Loday was our guide
Portland, Ohio, USA May19,2011
Thank you for a great tour in Bhutan. Sharon and I had a wonderful experience. Ugen and company, Thank you for a great tour in Bhutan. Sharon and I had a wonderful experience. We so much
Bay Area, SF, USA Nov 01-08,2010
I also hope that Bhutan will continue to succeed in its fine balance of development/modernization and preservation of its culture and heritage. Miriam R x 02 : 01-08 November 2010 Hi Ugen, I have now been back for a few days from my
Washington, DC Nov-27, 2009
We had the rare privilege of being guided around Bhutan by Kinga Dechen In late November, 2009, as members of a group of seven visitors on a ten-day tour, we had the rare
Coupeville, Washington, USA Oct 06 -21,2008
Sharlene and I are home after our fabulous trip to Bhutan. We loved every minute! TID 140: Bhutan Tour for Pearson & Vincent Oct 6-21 Hi Ugen; Sharlene and I are home after our fabulous trip
Bhutan Grand cultural tour is the best 10 day tour option for Bhutan. Grand Cultural is a step back in time for a glimpse of traditions and customs fast disappearing from the rest of the Himalayan world. The small kingdom of Bhutan is so traditional, so ancient, and so completely- culturally intact that it can seem almost unreal. Here you’ll find an independent people who have not rejected their spiritual heritage for modern ways. They live in a gentle land of winding country roads, forests of juniper, whitewashed farmhouses, and verdant valleys dominated by thriving fortress-monasteries.
In order to cover this extensive itinerary, we take advantage domestic flights between Paro and Bumthang, just started recently.As this domestic flight do not operate daily, we have to adjust the schedule accordingly. Due to weight restrictions rules of Civil Aviation, only between 25-35 passengers may fly at a time and therefore to adjust with the availability, it may be that you travel overland to Bumthang first and fly back to Paro at the end, instead of flying to Bumthang first.
Day 1: Arrive in Paro
Arrive by flight into Paro.Upon arrival at the airport, clear immigration & Customs. Meet your Bhutanese Guide and driver outside the terminal, and after introduction, transfer to your hotel.
This afternoon or evening as per your arrival time, transfer short distance to Rinphung Dzong, built in early 17th century. Like most dzongs, Rinphung Dzong houses both the monastic body and district government offices, including the local courts. Rinpung Dzong (meaning fortress on a heap of Jewels) is one of the finest example of Bhutanese architecture you’ll see. The massive buttressed walls tower over the town and are visible throughout the valley. Scenes from Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1995 film Little Buddha were filmed here. After visiting the Dzong, walk downhill, across a traditional wooden covered bridge that spans the Paro Chhu River, past Ugyen Pelri Palace and arrive in town area. Stroll around the charming small town of Paro, lined with colorfully painted wooden shop fronts and restaurants. As per available and interests, our guide will plan other visits accordingly. Overnight in hotel.
Day 2: Paro Valley
In the morning, we visit Dumtse Lhakhang temple built in 1433 by the iron bridge builder Thangtong Gyalpo. It is shaped like a chorten (stupa) with three floors and the murals inside are said to be some of the finest in Bhutan. Then visit National museum of Bhutan, housed in an ancient Watchtower. Visit beautiful 7th century Kichu Lhakhang temple complex, one of the most sacred and revered places in Bhutan.
In the afternoon, head short distance south to Bondey village and then take a short walk to visit a cliff-side temple complex of Dzongdrakha. Then visit local village and farm houses and return to your hotel.
Days 3 & 4: Fly to Jakar, Bumthang
Transfer to the airport in time for your early morning flight to Jakar, Bumthang. Upon arrival, meet and transfer to the hotel.
Bumthang is justifiably regarded as the cultural heartland of the kingdom with its many temples, holy sites, languages and traditions. We spend nearly two full days in and around Jakar visiting its monuments and cultural sights. Most places can be covered by drive but some places are easier and more interesting by walk. Among others, visit Kurjey Temple complex, the 7th century Jampay Lhakhang temple, Chakar Temple and Tamshing Monastery. Stop at the Swiss farm to sample local produce of cheese and beers. Visit local home, villages, and we may also have an opportunity to visit a school. We will also visit Kharchu Dratsang monastery, during their active evening debate or communion prayers. Visit Jakar Dzong and walk downhill through village and seeing some hidden shrines. See the giant water turned prayer wheels near Wangducholing Palace and if time permits, we can also visit Membartsho (‘burning lake’), a holy site where Pema Lingpa, one of Bhutan patron saint is said to have discovered religious treasures.Overnights in the hotel.
You can also sample some local buckwheat dishes during your stay in Bumthang.
Alternatively, one full day can be used for excursion Tang Valley and Orgyencholing Manor Museum, which you can decide while you are in Bhutan.
Day 5: Drive to Punakha
From Jakar, start early for a long drive to Punakha (210KM/7hrs). From Jakar, cross Youtongla pass and arrive in Trongsa. Along the way, we stop briefly to see the Yathra weavers in Chumey. In Trongsa, visits Trongsa Dzong, one of the most aesthetic and magnificent works of traditional Bhutanese architecture. It is a rambling collection of buildings trailing down the ridge with succession of beautiful courtyards, overlooking Mangde Chu river. Continue our scenic drive, passing many small villages, waterfalls with spectacular landscape, and cross Black mountains at Pele La pass (3420m). Mt. Jumolhari and adjoining peaks can be seen from here on a clear day. Lunch will be served along the way. After the pass, the road descends, passing through ever-changing vegetation and arrives in warm subtropical valley of Punakha and Wangdue. Overnight in hotel.
Day 6: In Punakha & Wangdue
Punakha and Wangdue Phodrang are administrative centers of their respective district. Located close to each other and being in the same valley, they are often described together. Compared to Thimphu, Paro or valleys of Central Bhutan, Punakha-Wangdue valley is at a lower elevation of about 1250m above-sea-level. Therefore it enjoys subtropical climate with warm summers and pleasant winters. The valley boasts two crops a year, along with growth of oranges, bananas and other subtropical fruits.
Punakha was also the former winter capital of Bhutan, the tradition that is still followed by central monastic body. The head of the clergy of Bhutan with his entourage of monks spend the winter in Punakha Dzong and summer in Thimphu.
Visit Punakha Dzong, located at the confluence of the Pho Chhu (father) and Mo Chhu (mother) rivers. Drive short distance north of Punakha, through idyllic countryside, from where you can hike uphill through rice fields for about 40 minutes to beautiful Khamsum Yuelley Chorten, which stands out on a ridge with great view of Punakha valley. Later visit Wangduephodrang town and if time is available, you can take a short and easy walk to visit Chimi Lhakhang temple. Chimi Lhakhang is dedicated to popular saint Drukpa Kuenley, also popularly known as divine madman, famous because of the outrageous nature of his teachings which he administered in the most unexpected ways, often with strong sexual overtones and inclinations. Overnight in hotel.
Day 7: Drive to Thimphu
Our destination today is the Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, about 3.5hrs west across Dochu-La pass (3100m). This spectacular pass is heavily adorned with countless prayer flags and a series 108 chortens. Panoramic views of eastern Himalayan peaks, (most of Bhutan’s snowcapped peaks) along the border with Tibet, can be seen from here. We stop to enjoy the view over cup of tea or coffee at the cafeteria. After lunch at your hotel, begin a familiarization tour of Thimphu visiting Tashicho Dzong, a revamped fortress that is the main seat of Government and central monastic body. Stroll through the town area and down to vegetable market. During weekends (Fri-Sun), the vegetable market is more active. Depending on available time, we may visit or incorporate some of tomorrow’s sights. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 8: In Thimphu
Thimphu being the capital has number of sights to visit and depending on which may be of more interest to you, the Guide will cover them first and visit rest as per available time. The main sightseeing tour of Thimphu valley include visiting Memorial Chorten, Changangkha Lakhang, Takin (national animal) Sanctuary, Sangaygang View point, Zilukha Nunnery, Traditional Art School (Painting School), Indigenous Hospital, National Library and Handicraft workshops. Later you can visit Textile Museum, Handmade Paper factory, National Smiths, drive up the valley north, towards Dechencholing palace area for general view of the area. In the evening there will be time for stroll on your own. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 9: Paro (Taktsang Hike)
Drive to Paro (1.5hrs) and transfer directly to the trailhead for hike to famous Takstang (tiger’s nest) monastery, a quintessential Bhutan experience. Riding ponies can be arranged for uphill portion of the hike till the view point. The hike uphill to the first view point takes about 1hour and another hour to the monastery itself, but the whole excursion including the stops is expected to take all day. Return to Paro for final stroll around the town. Farwell dinner! Overnight in the hotel.
Day 10: Departure
Departure transfer to the airport in time for your flight.
Group SizePrivate with any group
Trip AccommodationBest available standard hotels in Bhutan. Options available for upgrade.
RouteThimphu - Gangtey - Jakar- Punakha / Wangdue - Paro.
Trip Type Cultural Tour
Trip SeasonsPossible through-out the year. Best from Feb till May & from Sept till Nov.
Best MonthsJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Prices & Dates
Cost is based on number of participants and travel dates.
Contact us for details.
From $2370 In Peak season.Cost is based on group size, dates of travel and types of accommodation chosen.
Plus: Internal flight $185 Per Person for Paro-Bumthang(estimated)
• Single room supplement $320.
From $ 1930 .If travels are within 1st Dec till 25 Feb and from 1st June till 25 August, following discounted rates apply.
Plus: Internal flight $180 for Paro-Bumthang(estimated)
Single traveller cost includes single supplement
• Single room supplement $290.
Please request cost after deciding on the choice of hotels.
Private Journeys for independent travel with your own dates.
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- All meals, including some high tea/snacks
- All land transfer and transportation by good quality private vehicle
- Sightseeing with entrance fees
- English speaking Guide.
- Bhutan Visa, Tourist fees and all taxes
- Travel permits
- Flights into and out of Bhutan. (Visit Druk Air website).
- Internal flight cost from Paro to Bumthang (estimated around $150-250 Per Person) depending on the airline and date of travel. Contact us with dates.
- Travel/Medical Insurance (Recommended).
- All personal expenses including optional tips/gratuities to the local staffs, drinks, beverages, laundry and other personal expenses.
Hotels in Thimphu
Hotels in Paro
Hotels in Punakha
Hotels in Jakar
Yonten Phuntsho may give way to being shy guy bordering with man of a few words. But he is man who loves to be in thick of action . He leads from the front whilst on the tour. Behind his facade lies the guide whose knowledge and passion runs deep for the love of his works. His aptly quote Barbara Kingsolver “I do my best work if I think about what it is I have to offer”.
From the outset, he knew what he wants to do in his life. Right after finishing his Class 12, he enrolled for guide course for culture initially then extended few more month to complete course on Trekking as well in 2008. After doing free lancing for a while, he joined Wind Horse Tours in 2010.
For most Bhutanese, appeals that mountainous terrains throw in for an out door adventures are native. In the case of Yonten, it was no exception. He easily gave in to the temptation of Mountain biking with its advent. He explored and lead tours in his bike but his allegiance is more inclined to off road biking trips that leads to quaint villages. To explore the unknown and love for nature, these attributes that he cultivated while trekking the alpine highlands and wilderness in remote corner of country was what prompt him to readily agree to embark on audacious Haa to Phuentsholing on mountain bike, overcoming challenges of carrying bike in tough terrains, untamed vegetations and unexplored areas.
For over a decade, Penjor Lhendup has been guiding. He is senior guide at Wind Horse Tour. He chose to work as free lancer, for he has to divide his time to pursue his passion as a guide in the process also make a living and to devote time to look after his old parent and his farm land in eastern Bhutan- Mongar.
He comes from modest background and clearly reflected in his grace, perception and countenance.But the way he conducts while on tours speaks volume for his experience and his forte as a linguistic, for he can easily speak most of the local dialect that prevail in different districts and this stand in good stead when visiting remote villages and farm houses in different region with the guests.
One of the guest fondly remarked ” Yeshey Penjor may be short in stature but he walks real tall in term of dedication, knowledge and the way he carries and does his work” Except perhaps during the nightmare at night, he wear his smile almost all the time. His soft spokenness and demeanour make him most sought after guide for guests travelling with kids. He gel with kids like as any good adhesive and impress the adults with his profound knowledge on subjects and his conduct.
For over 5 years he has been leading guests with panache and authority both culture and trekking. But he jumped gleefully into when he is assigned to do the trek. For his love for lush natural amphitheatre of vegetation and wildlife date back to growing days in far flung village in Mongar ( Eastern Bhutan).
He make up his lack of interest for sport with serious hiking. The best place to find him over weekend or free time is at camping hotspot within the vicinity of Thimphu.
From the outset, Pema Namgyal knew what he wanted to do in life. He love to keep things simple. Right after finishing his Class 12 from school in Thimphu in 2004, he joined guiding course to aspire to be a guide. Initially he started as cultural guide but with time, he felt more connected with wilderness, he did course for trek in 2008.
After a fruitful experiences with other companies, he joined Wind Horse Tours in 2010. He has led many treks, and I seriously doubt, if there are any tourist trails that he hasn’t tread upon. One trek that stand out is challenging Snowman Trek, he comes highly recommended for this. In October, 2014 he successfully completed Snowman trek with 4 guests.