France Nov 12 - 23, 2013
randonnée au Tiger Nest: magique! TID 681 Bhutan Tour (12.11.13 - 23.11.13) Rating of the Trip Below: 1 means "far under our expectations" 2 means "under our
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We had a wonderful time in Bhutan, and experienced Wind Horse as a very reliable and no fuss company TID 639 Engehaugen & Party from March 27-April 07,2013 Dear Ugen, We are very satisfied with our Bhutan-tour, and we hope we
Portugal April 17 -30,2013
2 weeks seemed enough, but at the end we would gladly spend another 2, there’s so much to see and experience TID 647 Mario & Families 17.04. 2013 to 30.04. 2013 Hi there Wind Horse. Portugal’s calling. Me and family, we've spent last
Madrid, Spain Sept 21 -Oct 02,2009
Bhutan is a wonderful country and the people is really kind Bhutan Tour Sep 21 -Oct 02, 2009 Hi Ugen, We are back in Spain from our trip, and we just wanted
New York City, USA Oct 23,2008
we both found the trip to be “very satisfying”. This was our first trip to Bhutan, and one day it would be lovely to return to explore the country more. Dear Kinga & Chimi, We hope that you are both well and it was a pleasure to meet you. Thanks
Queanbeyan, NSW, Australia Nov-27,2007
The trip was great and met all our expectations, the guide & driver were also very good Hi Ugen, The trip was great and met all our expectations, the guide & driver were also very good and went
Portland Oregon Sept,27,2006
All the Wind horse staff were knowledgeable, professional, and helpful. Steve and I had a fantastic time in Bhutan. It was the highlight of our 5 week Asia Trip. All
New York, Oct, 26,2006
Thank you for all you did to arrange our trip! I had the most wonderful time in Bhutan. Bhutan Oct 2006 Thank you for all you did to arrange our trip! I had the most wonderful time in Bhutan.
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The guide and all accommodations were excellent The guide and all accommodations were excellent; the sights were among the best I've ever experienced--in over 40 years of
U.S Dipolmat, Cambodia May, 06, 2005
The visit renewed my faith in humanity that a place as special as Bhutan can exist in this world. Private Tour of Bhutan in May 2005 Both Joyce and I LOVED Bhutan, and our guide and driver. There were a
New York, USA Feb,08,2004
We enjoyed the whole experience very much. Just wanted to let you know that our trip was fabulous. We enjoyed the whole experience very much. The guides
we formed an appreciation for the Bhutanese way of life TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN This is to inform you that our trip to Bhutan met all our expectations, particularly due
I have found all the employees at Wind Horse to be very professional and helpful I have found all the employees at Wind Horse to be very professional and helpful. Very quick service. Highly recommended!
This trip commemorates the spirit of Bhutan, the magnificence of its old ways, where you go back in time on a comprehensive cultural odyssey, for a glimpse of traditions and customs fast disappearing from the rest of the Himalayan world. Gigantic mountains covered with thick primeval forests, the generous and welcoming attitude of its unassuming people who have not rejected their spiritual heritage for modern ways; all makes for a unique cultural experience.
As you visit the country’s impressive whitewashed Dzongs (fortress-monasteries) that are thriving centers of worship and culture, and meet the people as you travel through the countryside, you’ll see how the past remains an integral part of the very vibrant present. One of the highlight is the Tsechu, a religious festival, an exuberant and earthy affair featuring fancifully costumed dancers performing masked dance-dramas before hundreds of onlookers. Mingling with the locals in this joyous celebration, a highlight of their social calendar – is a unique honor, bestowed to only a limited number of visitors each year.
Day 1: Arrive in Paro.
Arrive by flight into Paro. Upon arrival you are met by Bhutanese Guide and driver and transferred to the hotel. Depending on your arrival time, we should be able to cover some sightseeing such as the National Museum, Rinphung Dzong and have time to stroll in the charming small town of Paro.
Overnight hotel in Paro.
Day 2 & 3: Punakha & Wangdue Valley.
Three-four hours journey to Wangdue/Punakha valley via 10,000ft Dochula pass. From the pass you can see panorama view of snow capped peaks of eastern Himalayan range (weather permitting). We descend through changing vegetations and landscape into semi-tropical Punakha valley. During our stay 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.
Overnight hotel in Punakha.
Day 4 & 5: Jakar (Bumthang).
We have a long drive (7hrs) traversing Pele la pass into Mangde/Trongsa region and then across Youtongla pass to arrive in Bumthang district. We will make occasional stops along the way to ease the long journey. We have a full day to explore by easy walks and short drives. Among others visit Kurjey Temple complex, the 7th century Jampay Lhakhang and Tamshing Lhakhang monastery. We also have visit Jakar Dzong, local village, and visit Kharchu Dratsang monastery, during their active evening debate or communion prayers. You can also sample some local buckwheat dishes during your stay in Bumthang.
Overnight hotel in Jakar.
Day 6: Jakar – Trongsa.
Retrace short drive back to Trongsa. En-route, stop in Bumthang’s chumey valley, where we check-out Yathra weavers. Then crossing Youtongla pass, descend into Trongsa. Visit Trongsa’s dzong. Set above the dzong is the Ta Dzong, the watchtower, a lovely old building which has been recently renovated to houses an excellent museum with several floors of royal memorabilia and sacred artifacts. The views from the roof are well worth the climb. In the evening stroll around the town.
Overnight hotel in Trongsa.
Day 7: Gangtey, Phobjikha Valley.
Our journey brings us back to Pele la pass, passing through several small towns and alpine settlements, with spectacular views. After short decent, our road makes a diversion off the main high-way to Gangtey. Famous as a main wintering ground for Black Necked Cranes, which arrive here late October and stay until early spring before heading back to their breeding grounds in Tibet and Siberia. Visit ancient Gangtey Gompa, one of the oldest Nyingma monastery, located atop the hill. Then walk along the nature trail, a footpath encircling the winter roosting grounds of the cranes.
Overnight hotel in Gangtey. (Total 4-5hrs drive)
Day 8: Gangtey – Thimphu.
Backtracking our drive back through ever changing vegetations to Punakha and Wangdue valley. From Punakha, climb up to Dochula pass, for one more opportunity to take in a magnificent mountain vista. Enjoy the views over cuppa near the pass in cafeteria. This evening, we should have sometime available to visit great Tashicho Dzong and stroll along the main street of the capital.
Overnight hotel in Thimphu. (Total 6+hrs drive).
Day 9: In Thimphu.
Thimphu is an attractive valley location and is relatively small for a capital city that has grown greatly in recent years. We have a full day to tour and visit the capital of Bhutan as per interests. Drive up to giant Buddha statue, visit Memorial Chorten, Takin Preserve, Zilukha nunnery, Traditional Art School, Hospital for traditional medicine, National Library, Textile Academy and Museum, Changlimithang ground where you may see Archery, Centennial farmers’ market, which is more vibrant over the weekend (Fri-Sun) or you can spend half day hiking to Cheri or Tango Monastery north of Thimphu. You can decide these activities with you guide when you are here. Overnight hotel in Thimphu
Day 10: Thimphu – Paro.
Today is another easy day. We will cover any remainder sightseeing of Thimphu in the first half of the morning and then drive to Paro, which takes only about an hour. Along the way, we will stop to visit a nunnery in Sitsina village and depending on your interest, we can also stop to walk across the river and visit Tamchoe Lhakhang temple. Upon arrival in Paro, visit Dzongdrakha, a group of temples and farmhouses located along the cave. Then in afternoon visit beautiful Kichu Lhakhang, and Dungtse temple, followed by visit to local village, including a visit to local farm house.
Overnight hotel in Paro
Day 11: Paro (Hike to Takstang).
After breakfast, head north of the town (1/2 hr) to the trail head for hike uphill to the iconic Taktsang (tiger’s nest) monastery, perched some 600m/2,000ft up on a cliff overlooking the valley. It is said to be where the legendary Guru Padma Sambhava, flew from Tibet on the back of a tigeress to subdue the demons, who were opposing the spread of Buddhism in Bhutan. Descend the same way back, meet the vehicle and transfer to the hotel. After freshen up, you may wish to take one more visit in the town, before your farewell dinner.
Note: For those looking to take up more challenging hike, one can climb up further uphill to visit Zangdopelri temple and Ugyentsemo monastery.
Day 12: Departure.
Transfer to the airport in time for your departure flight.
Group Size Private trip with your own group
MealsAll Meals including evening Tea.
Trip AccommodationOur set of hotels are tourist standard, designed to meet the western guest needs. In some places, where there are opportunity to upgrade, we avail, such as Tashi Namgay Resort and Hotel Druk (4*) in Paro and Thimphu respectively.
RouteParo, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdue, Gangtey, Trongsa, Jakar
Trip Type Cultural Tour
Trip SeasonsSpring (March -May) and Fall (Sept -Nov) are ideal not just in term of weather but also some prominent festival fall during this period. Although tour can run throughout the year however during july & August, It can get wet due yto monsoon. You may see snow in high passes during Dec & Jan but valleys are usually devoid of it.
Best MonthsMarch, April, October, November
Good MonthsJanuary, February, May, September, December
Lean MonthsJune, July, August
Prices & Dates
Starting USD $ 2230 per person (Land) however costs varies by travel date and number of travelers. Contact us for details.
- Daily tourists fees
- Bhutan visa fees and permits
- Accommodations in listed or similar hotels (good mix of 3-4 star hotels)
- All meals and some evening tea/snacks
- All transfers and sightseeing with entrance fees.
- Local English Speaking Tour leader/Guide.
- Flights into and out of Bhutan
- Travel/Medical Insurance
- Personal expenses such as bar/beverages, optional tips, gifts etc
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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.
Former graduate in arts from Shillong, a hill town in North East India.On a first impression Kinley Tenzin may concede as man of few words. But there is much more than meet the eye.Beneath his exterior he is a power house of informations. He speak english eloquently and once in tour he is altogether a different person. A person filled with driving passion and articulation. He says ” He aspires to transform idea of guests into great experiences”
He is big time book reader and doesn’t have any genre in particular. He read anything that comes his way. He claim that book have open door to a complete new world. If not reading, then he is mostly seen in his mountain bike traversing rough terrain within the vicinity of Thimphu.
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.
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.