California, USA Oct 05 - 18,2019
Marlene Hom [gallery order="DESC" ids="16729,16730,16731,16732,16733"] Hi Ugen, I’m so glad that you were in Bhutan while we were there. Everyone was happy to meet
Acton, Massachusetts USA 10 -21 Sept,2018
Robert (Dragon Festival, Fall, 2018) TID 9184 I just returned from a 12 day trip to Bhutan organized by Wind Horse Tours. I cannot recommend them
USA March 28 to April 7,2015
Definitely recommend Windhorse team to any of my friend who is planning to go to Bhutan. Dear Yonten, We've had the most memorable trip in Bhutan. Please send our thanks to the Windhorse team behind the scene
Fairway Garden, Homantin, Kowloong Oct 4 - 15, 2014
I wouldn’t have made it to the Tiger’s nest without his support along the hike. TID 8538 Bhutan Dragon Festival (4 Oct - 15 Oct,2014) Dear Anand, Thanks for your email below. I do like to write
Schertz, Texas, USA Oct 4 - 15,2014
I’m happy that we were able to visit a country than is so unique TID 8538 Bhutan Dragon Festival (4 Oct - 15 Oct,2014) Overall, the trip was quite nice. We didn't like the change
United States Of America,Connecticut Oct. 10-21,2013
Tiger’s Nest monastery is an amazing sight. Dragon Festival Tour with Jakar:TID 641(Oct. 10-21,2013) Dear WindHorse Tours, We just finished our Dragon Festival Tour and we want to thank
New York Sept24,2010
The trip was majestic and the introduction to the culture of Bhutan amazing. Dear Windhorse - I traveled with you in Bhutan in Sept 2010 for the festival tour. I\'ve just recently returned to
Hudson, Ohio, USA Oct 16,2008
We especially enjoyed interacting with the children – they were a delight. Dragon Festival Tour (Oct 2008) Thanks Ugen, We thoroughly enjoyed our trip. Everything went very smoothly. Sonam was a wonderful guide
Burlingame, CA, USA March,19,2008
Bhutan is an amazing country, with beautiful, loving people. I delighted in the serenity, beauty and color everywhere. A belated thank you for all of your assistance in arranging my trip to Bhutan! The trip exceeded all of
974 Leatherleaf Loop April, 26, 2006
The staff at Windhorse are proud of their country and company, and it shows with their personal care for each clients needs. There can not be enough said in regards to the professional commitment displayed by Ugyen and the staff selected during
The guide, demonstrated excellent service, insight, and knowledge of tantric Buddhism. Except for the hotel in Thimphu, I was satisfied. Pelton, the guide, demonstrated excellent service, insight, and knowledge of tantric
New York, NY September,30, 2006
Bhutan was such a amazing country – the scenery, culture, and nicest people! Bhutan Sept 30-Oct 9, 2006 The trip was wonderful! Sorry I hadn't written sooner - I recently got back to the
New York City, USA Oct,13,2004
I did, indeed, have a fabulous time in Bhutan. It’s a wonderful country. Thanks for your follow-up call. I did, indeed, have a fabulous time in Bhutan. It's a wonderful country and both
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Oct,14,2004
I truly enjoyed Bhutan – what wonderful people and great scenery. Dear Ugen, Thanks for your concern. Luckily it wasn't until the end of the trip (Sunday) that I was not doing
My time in Bhutan was made comfortable by the wonderful guide he arranged, an easy-going, affable gentleman who spoke fluent English. Travel to Bhutan was a dream I had waited to fulfill all my life. When I finally had the chance
- Visit to one or more festivals.
- Colorful local markets .
- Dzongs (monastery/fort), temples
- Arts & Architecture
- Optional hike to Taktsang (tigers nest) Monastery and Chimi lhakhang.
- Opportunity to meet locals, visit local villages, homes. etc
- Escorted locally by expert and friendly Bhutanese Tour Leader.
The Kingdom of Bhutan is one of the world’s little known treasures. Here in the “Land of the Thunder Dragon,” quality of life is measured in terms of Gross National Happiness, instead of material success – though Bhutanese live comfortable, serene lives. Until quite recently this tiny country remained in splendid isolation, dedicated to preserving its rich Buddhist traditions and pristine landscapes. Small number of guests each year, visit to discover Bhutan’s natural and cultural wonders.
On this Dragon festival trip, you will attend at least one or multiple colourful festivals, and get insight into Bhutanese culture and tradition, while visiting its unique fortresses, monasteries and ancient temples. On few occasions, your dinners will be hosted by local families. We’ll visit local farms, villages, schools and have an opportunity to meet and learn from locales.
First introduced in 2001, Dragon Festival Tour has be modified slightly each year, to keep up with changing conditions. As the Road Widening Project has somewhat slowed the driving, this year, we added one internal flight and one extra day to allow good pace of the tour, without feeling that too much time is spent on the road.
Join us on this definitive Cultural immersion Journey, among ancient monasteries and temples, Himalayan peaks and glacial rivers, rare flora and fauna and extraordinary people. We assure you that this will be one of your most memorable trip.
Day 1 & 2: Arrive and stay in Paro, Bhutan
Upon arrival by flight into Paro airport, meet/ greet and transfer to the hotel, where we spend two nights. Serene Paro at 7,500ft is one of Bhutan’s most fertile and most beautiful valley.
Day 3 & 4: Jakar (Bumthang)
A short, and scenic flight whisks into Bumthang, the spiritual and cultural heartland of the Kingdom.
Day 5: Chumey & Trongsa
A short drive takes us over to Chumey valley. Continuing on across Youtongla pass, arrive at Trongsa, a small town, perched above a gorge, high above the Mangdechu river with a most spectacularly sited Dzong. Normally a 3hr journey, the current road condition is likely to take more, and hence it is also a necessary stop.
Day 6 : Gangtey, Phobjikha Valley
Phobjikha or Gangtey is a wide glacial valley with a central stream meandering through the open grassland and thickets of dwarf bamboo. Farmlands occupy the peripheral slopes where potatoes and turnips are grown. The central area is a marsh land protected as habitat for wildlife. At 2900m, this is the highest night halt on your journey. The valley is a protected (Conservation) area and is both scenically and culturally worthwhile.
Day 7 & 8: In Punakha & Wangdue
Punakha and Wangdue Phodrang two separate towns, but they are located nearby like twin towns. The valley is at a lower elevation of about 1250m above sea level and therefore it enjoys subtropical climate; with warm summers and pleasant winters. Cactuses, Mandarin, and Bananas, Guava, grow alongside rice crops, in terraced fields, gently slopping down the hillsides; one of the most delightful sight to see.
Day 9 & 10: Thimphu Valley
En-route, enjoy the panorama of snow capped peaks, including the highest mountain in Bhutan from Dochula pass, over a cuppa. Then spend the next two nights in a comfortable hotel, and visit Thimpu, which is still the most relaxed capital in the world, without any traffic lights ! In addition to its many attractions, you will have time for shopping, to go the post-office to send off Postcards, see an archery match and colorful farmer's market.
Day 11: Thimphu - Paro (Hike to Takstang)
Our journey in Kingdom culminates into a hike to iconic Taktsang (tiger’s nest) monastery, the most famous site in Bhutan. Drive short distance to Paro and begin this famous hike, for which you can also hire a riding horses.
Day 12: Departure
After breakfast transfer to Paro airport according to your flight times.
Please note that the schedules are revised for each trips to incorporate the festivals and events.
Group SizeMaximum 9 members
MealsAll meals included
Trip AccommodationHotel are tourist standard 3 to 4* category.
Trip Type Cultural Tour
Best MonthsMarch, April, October, November
Good MonthsJanuary, February, May, September, December
Lean MonthsJune, July, August
Prices & Dates
It is tiered priced , ranging from USD$ 2700-3550 based on number of participant. Contact us for details.
|Start date||End Date||Remarks||Status|
|29 Oct, 2020||09 Nov, 2020||Attending Jambay & Prakar Festivals (Bumthang)||Available||Book now!|
|16 Feb, 2021||27 Feb, 2021||Attending Punakha Festival||Open||Book now!|
|15 Mar, 2021||26 Mar, 2021||Attending Talo, Dzongdrakha & Paro Festivals||Open||Book now!|
|19 Apr, 2021||30 Apr, 2021||Attending Domkhar Festival ( Bumthang)||Open||Book now!|
|09 Sep, 2021||20 Sep, 2021||Attending Wangdue & Thimphu Festivals||Open||Book now!|
|18 Oct, 2021||29 Oct, 2021||Attending Jambay Lhakhang & Prakhar Festivals.||Open||Book now!|
- All daily tourists fees
- Bhutan Visa fees.
- Travel permits
- Accommodations in listed or similar (3-4star hotels
- All meals and evening tea
- All transfers
- Sightseeing with entrance fees.
- Local English Speaking Tour leader/Guide.
- Bottled water and other complimentary services
- Flights into and out of Bhutan (listed separately).
- Travel & Medical Insurance ( Recommended).
- All optional expenses such gifts, tips (optional), laundry, bars and beverages and other personal expenses not listed in the included section.
Hotels in Thimphu
Hotels in Paro
Hotels in Punakha
Hotels in Phobjikha
Hotels in Trongsa
Hotels in Jakar
For Dechen Duba, nothing is much more fulfilling than being in tour with guests. He comes a long way from quaint village of Mongar to the capital city of Thimphu. It wasn’t a easy journey, nothing was served on a platter. He earned every bit of rave review from guests through his hard work and dedication. His favourite line “Hard works beats talent”.
To be part of tourism fraternity was what he desired most, he made a splash headlong after class 12 by enrolling for Tourism and management course. After its completion, he joined Wind Horse in 2013 and has been leading groups umpteen times.
You may find him in basketball court playing hard, when he is not leading the group.
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.
Sonam Palden is smitten by games most notably national sports of Bhutan- Archery.While growing up in beautiful Ura valley in Bumthang, unlike other kid, he played with traditional traditional bows and arrows. He completed his class 12 from Punakha in 2003. Subsequently he pursued his passion for five years that took him to national limelight. But he missed by whisker to qualify for international.
Slightly disheartened, he refocussed with same intensity and passion to make a mark as a travel guide. In 2008, brandishing his guide license and dream in his eyes he joined Wind Horse , the rest as they is history…
One of the guest said, ” If not a travel guide, Sonam could be Buddhist scholar and his command over english concedes to be an Oxford educated”.
There is hardly any prize for guessing for what he does during his free time, 145 m (476 ft) between 2 wooden targets in archery ground still rules his passion with frenzy.
Love for sport is inherent in him, when Wind Horse started specialised tour like mountain Biking, he jumped into bandwagon happily, although he was doing mountain biking before but in bits and pieces, an opportunity was served on platter, it largely assisted him to hone his skill as well to live to his sporting adrenaline rushes. Whenever free he does a recce of region lying in Thimphu and leads the tour across country. The most audacious biking trip till date along with Sonam Loday, Sonam Palden was from Haa to Phuentsholing via narrow trail, through untamed vegetation and uncharted territory.
A good sense of humour is the currency that prevail everywhere regardless of the time or circumstances. An asset that that has potential to make even the ordinary trip into extraordinary. Sonam Loday has this traits in abundance. This is intrinsic and come as naturally as bees to the flower. He wears it in his sleeve in every tours that he conducts and this is one aspects that steal the limelight when we receive the feedbacks from the guests.
He finished his higher secondary school in 2005. Subsequently, he was at loose end trying to find meaning to his life and career, a chance meeting with a group of tourists resurrected his passion for the trade. He did his cultural guide course in 2005 and trekking in 2007. He burn the midnight oils to complete his senior guide course in 2008. He joined Wind Horse Tours in 2009 and has led countless tours with flair and his brand of humour.
Along with great sense of humour, he is well versed on both aspects cultural as well as trek. The Horse riding course refuelled his passion for horses to a new height in 2010. He is the coordinator and manager of Wind Horse Ranch and Riding Club – a low carbon footprint product.
When it comes to giving air to his interests and passion, he has varied propensities, it ranges from being cultural and trek guide to horse manager to his new found passion – mountain biking, his new best friend. On weekend, perhaps he will be one among the many guys to come across in Thimphu biking zone. And also among the few to volunteer first for audacious Haa to Phuentsholing Trip.