Boulder, Colorado. Jan 1970
Bhutan Festival (Sept, 2018) Hi Anand, We had a great trip with Tsering and Yamraj. The ceremony in the temple at Gangtey was special and
Miami Beach, Florida Jan 1970
Bhutan Festival Tour – Fall 2017 Dear Anand, First, I would like to thank you and the entire staff of Wind Horse for the effort spent to
Atlanta, Georgia, USA Apr 2019
Bhutan Festival Tour (April 1-9) 2017 Dear Anand — I am sorry that I am so slow in giving you a report on the trip to
Excellent Bhutan Festivals Tour! I have traveled with Windhorse Tours in April 2017 for Bhutan Festivals tour and was very happy with the quality
San Mateo, California Jan 1970
Bhutan Trip Hi all, I hope that your travels went well! I echo MJ and Charlie, it was a great Bhutan trip, I'm
Phoneix, Arizona, USA Jan 1970
Wonderful Holiday in Bhutan Bhutan Festival Tour with Wangdi and Thimphu Festival, 2015 Hello to all - Charlie and I had a fantastic time in Bhutan.
France Jan 1970
It was a dream for a long time and we realized. You have a wonderful country. Dear Sir, This small word to tell you that we are very very happy to have come to Bouthan. It was
Bloomington, Minnesota,55438, USA. Mar 2019
We stopped on the road to visit with schoolchildren. I enjoyed my trip with Wind horse Travel immensely. The guide & driver were excellent. I am still amazed at how
San Antonio,Texas Mar 2019
Wind Horse Tour is reliable, well organized. We felt well taken care of, we felt save. TID-621 (Bhutan Festival Tour (Talo & Paro Tsechu) 20th -28th March 2013 We just came back from Bhutan. We were there
San Antonio, TX Mar 2019
We felt safe and welcome. Just a wonderful country to go to ..with Wind Horse Tours of course !! TID 621 Bhutan Festival Tour Dear wind Horse team, we just came back from Bhutan's Festivals trip, March 20-28th, 2013. We
Rochedale South, Australia Jan 1970
Of most importance was the the fun and enjoyment we had exploring Bhutan in the company of our guides Amanda & Group Jambay Lhakhang Drup 2012 (Oct. 23-Nov 5th 2012) Dear Ugen and Jambay I would like to thank you and
Coleraine, Victoria, Australia Jan 1970
We will treasure the many memories we have gained here. Bhutan Festival tour for Karen & Anthony (25th Oct-04 Nov 2012) Hi Ugen and Jambay, We are on our final night in
Chichago, USA Jan 1970
The sights were spectacular as were the 2 festivals we attended. Bhutan Festival Tour with Paro Tshechu Festival 2012 (March 31-April 8, 2012) Our trip to Bhutan was interesting, informative, and fun.
Rho (Milano) - Italy Jan 1970
The hike to the Tiger’s Nest is very charming Last week I came back from a trip to Bhutan. But this story starts quite long ago ... In 2001 I
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We both found the country fascinating and the places we visited excellent Farrell & Su Bhutan Paro Festival Tour from 30 Mar-09 apr Dear Ugen We just wanted to send an email to say
San Rafael, California Nov 2019
Wanted to let you know that we had a wonderful journey to Bhutan TID196: Bhutan Tour from 15-21 Nov, 2008 Hello Ugen, Wanted to let you know that we had a wonderful journey to
Sidney, Australia Mar 2009
I found your country fascinating from many angles: the natural beauty, the people, the religion and history. Dear Kinga, You have beaten me to the email. We returned from Cambodia 6 days ago and I was planning
New City, USA Apr 2009
We had an absolutely wonderful trip Petchprapa Family Tour of 4 from US & Thailand April 2009 Dear Ugen, We had an absolutely wonderful trip. Your guide
Oak Harbor, Washington, US Oct 2008
Jacquie and I both agreed this trip to Bhutan was one of our all time favorites.Thank you for the all the new memories and experiences. TID 140: Private Bhutan Tour (Oct 6-21,2008) Hello Ugen, Jacquie and I both agreed this trip to Bhutan was one of
New York City, USA Oct 2008
Overall they were very good. Everyone was very caring and made our stay a pleasure. TID: 133: Hill X 3 - Bhutan Private Tour (Oct 9 - 21, 2008) Guide: Cencho Nidup & Driver: Passang 01.Were you
Handel Place, Boca Raton, Florida Jan 1970
Sonam was a wealth of knowledge and answered all of our questions about Bhutanese culture, traditions and Buddhism 01. Were you provided adequate information about your trip prior to coming here ? What did you need to know
Alexandria, Vermont, USA Jan 1970
Fabulous, superb, masterful!!! We had a marvellous journey! Kuzuzungpola!!!! Fabulous, superb, masterful!!! We had a marvellous journey! And after my third trip to the Royal Kingdom, Bhutan remains
Westfield, NJ, USA Jan 1970
Wanted to let you know that we had a great trip Bhutan Paro Festival Tour, Mar 2008 We are adjusting to the time difference and wanted to let you know that we
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I found the trip wonderful I found the trip wonderful, and hope to return in the Spring. I will fill in the form
Rome, Italy Jan 1970
May its fortresses defend and preserve its roots, traditions and real beauty. Dear Ugen, Dreams have been my reality during the past two weeks, the trip was excellent in every single detail, just
- Attend one or multiple colourful festivals
- Insights of age old tradition of festival.
- Pace of tour is easy, allowing you to enjoy and absorb the experience
- Ancient Monuments
- Arts, Architecture.
- History, Culture and Buddhism
- Local markets, farm houses, schools and opportunity to meet and interact with local folks.
Bhutan Festival & Cultural Tour
Bhutan Festival Tour is a nine-day leisurely-paced tour that takes on at least one or multiple colourful festivals in this magical Kingdom .
Bhutan Festival takes one or multiple of Bhutan’s most colourful and popular festivals. Bhutan’s festivals are joyous expressions of its Buddhist culture. It offers Bhutanese an opportunity to become immersed in the meaning of their religion, as well as being an occasions for seeing people and being seen. People wear their finest traditional clothes, put on their most beautiful jewellery, bring delicious picnic lunch and join in the festivities.
In addition to these festival, this tour covers highlights of Paro, Thimphu, Phobjikha, Wangdue & Punakha valleys, which are Bhutan’s most historic towns and districts. The pace of this tour allows you to fully absorb and appreciate the rich culture, and natural beauty of this peaceful kingdom without feeling that you are bused around.
In the early spring, we attend Punakha Tsechu and Punakha Dromchoe. Bit later into main spring, we attend attend Talo village festival, along with the famous Paro Tsechu festival, where we also see the unfurling of giant Thangka. In the autumn, you’ll see three festivals of Wangdiphodrang, Gangtey and Thimphu tsechu festival.
As these festival periods are extremely popular and therefore the flights and hotels tend to get booked out soon. So plan and book early if you wish to join this exciting tour with small group travelers like you from around the world.
Day 1 & 2 – In Thimphu:
Thimphu established as the capital of Bhutan in 1961. Its population in under hundred thousand. It has a youthful exuberance that constantly challenges the country’s conservatism and proud tradition. The ever-present juxtaposition of old and new is just one of its appealing qualities. Crimson-robed monks, Indian labourers, gho- and kira-clad professionals and camera-wielding tourists all strolling on; and nobody, it seems, is in a hurry. Thimphu is the world’s only capital without traffic lights. During your two nights stay here, we will visit many monuments and attractions of Thimphu, including Tashicho Dzong, the farmers market, Gaint Buddha Statue, Memorial Chorten, Traditional Art School, Indigenous Hospital, Textile museum, Handicraft workshops and more. Thimphu offers the best opportunity to do your own thing in the evening. It’s relaxed, friendly and pretty informal, and is most rewarding if you can be the same.
Day 3 & 4: Punakha—Wangdue Valley:
Three-hour-drive from Thimphu to Wangdue Phodorang – Punakha valley is across spectacular Dochula pass. On a clear day, you will see panoramic views of snow capped peaks of eastern Himalayan range, including Bhutan’s highest peaks. Punakha and Wangdue towns are located close to each other in one valley. Punakha was the former winter capital of Bhutan and was established in this location, in part because Punakha is a warmer at a relatively low altitude of 4,100 feet (1300m). The climate allows for the production of two rice crops each year, along with growth of subtropical fruits such as oranges, mangos, and bananas. During our stay here, we will visit the impressive Punakha Dzong fortress located at the confluence of Pho and Mo Chu Rivers. We’ll take an easy walk in the valley, visit some of its monasteries, villages, take short drives and enjoy this idyllic countryside dotted with farm houses and terraced hillsides.
Day 5: Gangtey – Phobjikha valley:
From Punakha valley, we’ll take a day trip to Gangtey, also called Phobjikha valley. The drive is though ever changing landscapes and vegetation, as we climb from sub-tropical to temperate and then to alpine vegetation. It takes about two and half hours each way, and including local stops and return, it is a full day excursion. We arrive in beautiful Phobjikha Valley, with its alpine setting on the western slope of the Black Mountains National Park. Visit ancient Gangtey Monastery, which sits on a prominent hilltop above the valley. The vegetation in this high-altitude glacial valley includes mixed forests of pine and rhododendron, with thick brushy bamboos on the valley floor. The valley is the winter home for endangered black-necked cranes that migrate in huge numbers from remote Tibetan plateau, to escape its harsh winter (late Oct till March). Bhutanese consider these cranes as harbingers of good luck.
(There are those who wish to have an extra for themselves to wander around and explore own their own. For those, this would be an idle day to skip the excursion and stay in the valley.)
Day 6, 7 & 8: Paro & Takstang:
Emerald green Paro Valley at 7,500ft, is one of Bhutan’s most beautiful and most fertile valley. Numerous shrines, fortresses and farm houses dot the landscape and graceful willow trees grow along the edge of Pachhu river, which passes through paddy fields and farmlands. During our time here, visit the ruins of Drugyal Dzong, a fortress which protected the valley against invaders from north. Visit beautiful 7th century Kichu Lhakhang temple, see many beautiful Buddhist wall paintings and iconography inside Dungtse Lhakhang, built in 1421. Among others you will also visit Bhutan National museum, housed in an ancient watchtower and visit Paro Rinphung Dzong, one of the most beautiful fortress /monastery in Bhutan. We also dedicate a full day for excursion to the iconic Taktsang (Tiger’s nest) monastery, an quintessential Bhutan travel experience. For this hike, you can also hire a riding horse to take you part of the way.
Day 9: Departure
Transfer to the airport according to your departure flight schedule.
Please note that the order of the itinerary is revised for each departures to incorporate local festivals and events. For more information submit Request Detailed itinerary form.
Group SizeMaximum 11
MealsAll meals including evening tea with snacks and also bottled water in the vehicles.
Trip Accommodation4 star hotels mostly, but good 3 star hotel in Punakha
RouteParo - Punakha - Phobjikha- Thimphu - Paro
Trip Type Festival & Culture Tour
Trip SeasonsThis group departure is placed to attend festival in Spring & Fall which also has great weather during the period. However for private tour it can be done throughput the year.
Best MonthsMarch, April, May, October, November
Good MonthsJanuary, February, September, December
Lean MonthsJune, July, August
Prices & Dates
Tier Pricing cost based on the total sign-ups.
Starting from $2190 Per Person plus airfares. Contact us for Detailed Tour Info & prices.
|Start date||End Date||Remarks||Status|
|12 Mar, 2019||20 Mar, 2019||Attending Talo,Dzongdrakha & Paro Festival|| Available
9-1 = 8 Seats left
|03 Oct, 2019||11 Oct, 2019||Attending Wangdue & Thimphu Festival||Available||Book now!|
- All meals, evening tea/coffee with snacks
- All land transfers and transportation
- English speaking Bhutanese Tour Guide/Leader
- Daily Tourist Fees & Taxes
- Bhutan Visa and all applicable permits
- Sightseeing with entrance fees to all monuments
- Flight booking assistance (flight costs listed separately)
- Bottled water in the vehicle
- Airfares as listed separately
- Optional personal expenses such as bars, beverages, tips/gratuities, gifts, laundry etc
- Travel & Medical Insurance
Hotels in Thimphu
Hotels in Paro
Hotels in Haa
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.
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.
Sometime, its the exuberance, spirit, conviction and no dearth of motivation but importantly an intent to learn and introspect, these traits can arguably overwhelm the experience and maturity, in the same league, Yeshi Dorji is one among many young guns, whose sense of inquisition, spirited motivation, zeal to make a difference rub off to entire team. He walked into this trade at fag end of 2014, right after he completed his graduation and half a dozen months of intensive guide course.
Yeshi Dorji did his schooling in Bhutan and in those early days, tourism left an indelible imprint in his young mind. it didn’t took much time to graduate from mere passion for tourism into his firm conviction. Armed with guiding certificate in 2014, he forayed first as freelancer and worked with top travel company in Bhutan. His second venture was as a in-house guide for Aman Resort Bhutan.
Since last 2 years, he has been associated with Wind Horse and leading tours with flair, dexterity and competence. Rather than me writing about him, check guests’s feedback and insights, which speaks volumes.