Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA April 3 -19,2017
Bhutan Festival & Sikkim Tour Hello Anand, I'm writing at the end of a very busy week at my hospital; let's see how far I get
Mill Valley, CA, USA April 05 - 16, 2015
I would like to thank everyone for their help in such a splendid trip. Dear Anand - Thank you so much for your email. I was planning on writing and giving my thoughts, but you
Santa Barbara ,California USA Oct 03 - 19, 2014
I am so pleased that we chose a tour group that is not only run by Bhutanese but also has a strong track record and an office presence in the United States TID 781 (Oct 03 - 19, 2014) My partner and I recently participated in the Windhorse Tour to Bhutan, Sikkim and
24th road, Bandra, (W) Mumbai. Oct 27 -Nov 12, 2014
My wife and I would like to thank Wind Horse for organizing an awesome trip through Nepal, Bhutan, n Sikkim and Darjeeling Bhutan Festival & Sikkim -Extension tour in Nepal (27th Oct- 12th Nov 2014) TID My wife and I would like to
Sonora Drive, Santa Barbara, California Oct. 03 - 19, 2014.
We had an excellent experience not only in Bhutan, but also in Sikkim and Darjeeling. Bhutan Festival Sikkim Tour TID 781 Oct. 03 - 19, 2014. My partner and I recently participated in the Wind horse
Sonoma. Ft. Myers Florida 33908 USA 3 to 14 Oct, 2014
I was provided with an abundance of information from the company Bhutan Festival & Sikkim Tour ( 3 to 14 Oct, 2014) TID 781 Dear Wind Horse and future Wind Horse travelers, I
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I had great confidence in Arun’s ability to get us safely through any potential dangerous situations. TID 781 Bhutan Festival & Sikkim Tour (3 to 14 Oct,2014) Dear Anand: Thanks for your email looking for comments about my
Vienna, Austria April 10 -24, 2014
Thank you to Windhorse travel and all persons involved for the perfect planning, realization and finish of your trip. TID 693 From 10.04.14 to 24.04.14 Dear Anand! We are very sorry for our delay for writing comments and feedback. Time now is
United Kingdom Mar. 22-Apr. 07, 13
It was a great experience to spend time in your wonderful country. Bhutan Festival & Sikkim Tour TID 598 (Mar. 22-Apr. 07, 13) Ugen/Jambey.Hello Have returned home from the above trip which was enjoyed
United States Of America Mar 22-Apr 07 2013
It was truly a journey of discovery!!!! Bhutan Festival & Sikkim Tour:TID 598 (Mar 22-Apr 07 2013) Dear Ugen,Jim and I have traveled to 106 countries. The Bhutan
USA Mar 22-Apr 07, 13
I found the guides to be satisfactory, and the drivers to be wonderful. Bhutan Festival & Sikkim Tour TID 598 (Mar. 22-Apr. 07, 13) Ugen, Jambay:It was a pleasure meeting you too. I enjoyed
Tucson, Arizona, USA Oct 16 - Nov 01,2013
We really liked Bhutan, the sights and the people TID 630 Bhutan Festivals & Sikkim (Jambay Lhakhang) Hi Ugen Just wanted to give you some feedback now that we are back
915 Talbot Avenue March 22 -April 7 2013
It was truly a journey of discovery TID 598 Bhutan Festival & Sikkim Tour (March 22nd to April 7th 2013) Dear Ugen, Jim and I have traveled to 106
Texas, USA March 22 -April 7, 2013
Bhutan is a beautiful country and I would certainly consider another visit with other family members. TID598 Bhutan Festival & Sikkim Tour (March 22nd to April 7th 2013) Ugen: Bhutan, Sikkim and Darjeeling Tour. As my daughter Laura
Chapel Hill, North Carolina Oct 12,2012
Bhutan is a country to be seen now, not in ten years. Bhutan is a country to be seen now, not in ten years. And Windhorse has a wonderful itinerary to explore
Feldafing, Germany Nov 7 - 23,2011
My husband and I were very pleased with the tour. Bhutan Festival & Sikkim Nov.7,2011- Nov. 23,2011 Dear Ugen, Jambay and team, I prefer to give a personal comment (the links were
Atlanta, GA, USA. Sept 28-Oct 14, 2011
The trip was very well organised and we liked the guides as well as the hotels. Bhutan Festival & Sikkim Tour Sept 28-0ct 14, 2011 Hi Ugen,We are still digesting our trip - we had a great
Lindsay Holgrem & John Anderson March10,2009
A good guide can make such a difference in one’s enjoyment of a tour Dear Amit, We were very happy with the Complete Bhutan tour. A good guide can make such a difference in one’s
Wells Road, Beaumaris March22-April 07,2013
I did manage to sneak a morning or two to just soak the ambience on my own Bhutan Festival & Sikkim Tour:TID 598 (Start Mar 22-Apr 07 2013) Like the Canadian person before me, after a month of
Jacksonville, Oregon March26 - April 08,2009
Thank you for arranging a great trip and we are grateful for the wonderful experience of seeing a beautyful country and meeting interesting people Fleming & Zabala Tour of Sikkim & Bhutan 26 Mar till 08 April 2009 Ugen, Just wanted to let you know
West Hartford, Connecticut Nov 07-23,2008
Beth and Joe have returned from their trip and everything was wonderful. They had a marvellous time. TID 163: Bhutan Festival & Sikkim 17 days - Nov 7-23,2008 Dear Ugen, Beth and Joe have returned from their trip
- Famous hill stations of Sikkim and Darjeeling
- Tea plantations
- Absorb diverse Buddhist traditions
- A journey between India and Bhutan to appreciate the natural and cultural diversities
- Wander in bazaars, villages, and towns
- Meet monks, nuns, farmers, and children and interact with them
- Join in the celebration of a colorful festival or two
- Try out local foods
- Hike to famous Tiger’s Nest Monastery
- Enjoy spectacular views of snow-capped Himalayas from several locations on this trip
Bhutan Festival and Sikkim is a journey of Geographical and cultural contrasts, as you travel from a rich mixture of ecosystems ranging from sub-tropical to the high mountain ranges, and across unique culture and traditions. Join us on this life-changing journey that begins in the Indian state of Sikkim, where you’ll explore mountain monasteries, sip tea beneath the Himalayan peaks at the Raj-era hill hotel in Darjeeling, then cross the vast plains of Dooars to the magical Kingdom of Bhutan.
Amid verdant valleys dotted with historic fortresses and shrines, delve into Bhutan’s rich culture, discovering how happiness is woven into the fabric of everyday life. As you travel into the heart of the Kingdom’s Bumthang district, meet with monks, nuns, farmers, children, and artisans. Explore villages, historic monuments, and sacred sights. On this trip, we also join in the celebration of one or more than one Tsechu, an extremely colorful local festival where the local community comes together to witness religious mask dances, receive blessings and socialize.
Wind Horse has been operating this tour for the last 10 years with a small modification each year. In the past, we used to start the tour in Bhutan, but this year, we are starting the tour from Sikkim. We have also have added a flight from Bumthang to Paro, to cope with changing road conditions.
Day 1: Arrive in Delhi
Meet and transfer to the hotel in Aero city. Free to pursue your own interests.
Day 2 & 3: Gangtok, Sikkim
Meet the group during breakfast. Transfer to the airport in time for the morning flight to Bagdogra airport, near Siliguri. Meet our local guide and drive to Gangtok, where you spend two nights. Visit monasteries, viewpoints, Flower Exhibits, the local market, and other attractions (some places will be covered on foot). Overnights in a hotel.
Day 4 & 5: In Darjeeling
Explore the queen of the hills, spread over the ridges, surrounded by emerald-green tea plantations and towered over by majestic Khangchendzonga. Spend two nights in a comfortable Raj-era hotel.
Day 6: Phuentsholing, Bhutan
En-route to Phuentsholing, we have an opportunity to meet the natives of Dooars working in Tea Estates. Immigration formalities and enter the Bhutanese frontier town.
Day 7 & 8: Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan
Journey up the hills, through changing vegetation, past villages and waterfalls to the bucolic capital of Bhutan.
Day 9 & 10: In Punakha /Wangdue valley
Cross the spectacular Dochula pass with the panorama of Bhutanese peaks and descend into a semi-tropical valley, covered by terraced rice-fields.
Day 11: Gangtey, Phobjikha valley
Climb up to the alpine setting of Phobjikha valley (2900m), the highest night halt on your journey. For some departures, we visit Gangtey and stay in Trongsa.
Day 12 & 13: In Bumthang
Visit Trongsa Dzong, perhaps the most spectacularly sited Dzong (fortress cum monastery) in Bhutan. Then cross into Bumthang, the spiritual and cultural heartland of the Kingdom. Spend two nights in the valley of buckwheat fields, apple orchards, and chalet-like houses, surrounded by pine-forested hills.
Day 14, 15 & 16: In Paro valley and hike to Taktsang
This 20-min scenic flight whisks you to Paro, avoiding the long winding road back. You have one and a half-day to explore serene Paro valley and a day dedicated to hiking to the iconic Taktsang (tigers nest) monastery.
Day 17: Departure
Transfer to the airport in time for your departure flight. You could return to Delhi or go to Kathmandu, Kolkata, Bangkok, and some days even to Singapore.
Group Size Max. 9
MealsAll meals (except in Delhi, where only breakfast is included)
Trip Accommodation3-4 star hotels, boutique lodges and best available lodges
RouteDelhi, Bagdogra, Gangtok, Darjeeling, Phuntsholing, Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang and Paro
Trip Type Cultural Tour
Trip SeasonsWe align this group departure with prominent festivals that fall during Spring and Fall. As for private trip this can be taken throughout the year.
Best MonthsMarch, April, October, November
Good MonthsJanuary, February, May, September, December
Lean MonthsJune, July, August
Prices & Dates
Small Group Journeys
Tier Pricing cost based on the total sign-ups.
Starting at $3295 Per person.
|Start date||End Date||Remarks||Status|
|13 Feb, 2021||01 Mar, 2021||Attend Punakha Dromche & Punakha Festival||Open||Book now!|
|15 Mar, 2021||31 Mar, 2021||Attend Talo, Paro & Dzongdrakha Festivals||Open||Book now!|
|09 Sep, 2021||25 Sep, 2021||Attend Thimphu Festival & Thangbi Mani ( Bumthang) Festivals.||Open||Book now!|
|10 Oct, 2021||26 Oct, 2021||Attend Prakhar & Jambay Lhakhang Festivals.||Open||Book now!|
- All transfers
- Sightseeing with entrance fees
- English speaking local tour guides
- Accommodations in listed hotels or similar (3 & 4 star type mix, with good location, local character, and good, if not best reviews)
- All meals throughout the trip (except in Delhi, where only breakfast is included).
- Bottled water in the vehicle (during the day)
- Bhutan Visa and all required permits.
- Bhutan’s daily tourists’ fees
- Flight Delhi to Bagdogra
- Flight Bumthang-Paro
- Indian Visa.
- Flight into Delhi
- Flight out of Paro
- Medical Insurance
- Bar/Beverages, Laundry, Gifts, Gratuities and other personal expenses not listed in included section
Hotels in Thimphu
Hotels in Paro
Hotels in Punakha
Hotels in Phobjikha
Hotels in Jakar
Hotels in Phuentsholing
Hotels in Darjeeling
Hotels in Gangtok
Anand Thapa who hail from Jaigoan – one horse town that border with south west commercial hub, Phuentsholing, Bhutan. He had his schooling in Bhutan. Later he went to Darjeeling to pursue further education. With the lush green tea garden, colonial churches and looming Mt Kanchenjunga captured his imagination, this is how travelling struck him deep.
After his studies, he went to Kathmandu and to different cities in India, making a living doing odds jobs. Finally, he joined Wind Horse tours overlooking the affairs of guests relations, marketing in 2013. Meeting and interaction with guests from different walk of life have fuelled his passion to a new height and claims to be a huge influence as a learning experience.
Kezang is a graduate from Gedu Business School college in Bhutan, but he was always interested in the Buddhist Philosophy, which made him alter his ambition to being a tour Guide.
He is super polite and Buddhist to the core, because his parents and their parents were all affliliated to a monastery as a Lama etc. He comes from Dramtse region, between Mongaer and Trashigang.
Growth in Tourism in Bhutan has also its share of impact on young minds. With tourists freely moving around, the curiosities to know them, talk to them holds ground firmly on young minds . Namgay is one among many youth whose imagination was captured by razzmatazz of tourism.
He has his career goal cut out, he could have easily opted for some comfortable desk jobs, after passing out in flying colours from prestigious St Joseph college Darjeeling in 2010 but he chose to pursue his dream, he loved to be in field, among the guests, so it was only matter of time to enroll for guiding course.
His first foray into job was in 2013 at Wind Horse Tours and still he is going great guns. Feed Backs from guests that he led are great testimonial to his dedication.
He prodigiously read books that open up new frontiers and interaction with guests coupled with sound command of English takes his outlook towards learning and experiences altogether to different height.
Pankaj Pradhan hails from Kuersong in India but his upbringing was in Thimphu. He has seen from close quarter the growing stature of tourism in Bhutan. While kid, he says that he could see a a handful of tourist in Thimphu during festival, but now it has grown substantially . Schooling was natural to him as his mother was a teacher.
He did his school in Thimphu. After trying few hand in business, he finally settled for his inner call – to be in travel trade. He joined Wind Horse Tours in 2011 in sale and support office in Phuentsholing. His works profile speaks versatility as he lend support in marketing, sales, promotion and formulation of new products.