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Bhutan Traverse from West to East – Tour - 15 Days Exciting Traverse across Bhutan attending festival along the way

m Bhutan traverse from west to east is extremely exciting journey passing from idyllic west to old fashion charms of  far east through gamut of vegetation, which also gives a fascinating insight into its ever changing landscapes and lesser-known eastern quarter before crossing over the southern border into India.

Combine the colors of the Western and Central Valleys with the wilderness of Bhutan’s un-spoilt forests and the lush tangle of its tropical jungle. You will be surprised at the diversity of its vegetation in such a seemingly tiny and remote Kingdom. The only aspects of the journey which never change are the friendliness of the people and the awe-inspiring views, which delight at every twist and turn of the road.

Our odyssey across this emerald jewel of the Kingdom begins in the West, through towns of Paro, Thimphu and Punakha. Then journey through the cultural heartland of Bumthang. Savor the distinct corners of the country as you slowly travel further and further back in time. Work your way to the Eastern-most outpost of the Kingdom, including the remote villages of Trashiyangtse. Exit into India via beautiful and rarely visited Assam. * All small group journeys are scheduled to visit at least one festival, allowing you the unique opportunity to experience lively festivities that attract thousands of villagers from far and near. There are some exciting short walks, most of which are optional.

Ps. Almost always the tour starts in West, but some Bhutan Traverse tours also start in the east and ends in the west to time with the festival and also for favorable weather (eastern part being much warmer)


Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Paro  Arrive by flight into Paro. Upon arrival, meet and transfer to the hotel. Visit Paro Rinphung Dzong, Dungtse Lhankhang and stroll in the town area.
Overnight in hotel in Paro.

Day 2: Paro Valley Tour Visit Dzongdrakha cave temples by short walk from Bondey village. Visit local farm house and village. Later in the afternoon, visit beautiful 7th century Kichu Lhakhang temple complex, Satsam Chorten and the ruins of Drugyal Dzong. Overnight in Paro.

Day 3: Paro (Taktsang hike) Those who wish, may hike to famous Takstang (tiger’s nest monastery), a quintessential Bhutan travel experience. If you are not into hiking, the driver can take you around for further tour of Paro valley. At the end of our hike, drive to Thimphu which takes just over 1hr.
Overnight hotel in Thimphu.

Day 4: Thimphu Valley Tour A full day tour in the capital, which may include visit to Memorial Chorten, Takin sancutuary, Zilukha nunnery, traditional Art School, Indigenous hospital, textile museum, Handicraft Workshops,Zangdopelri temple,Farmer’s market and other sights and attractions as per available time. In the evening, visit great Tashicho Dzong, the main seat of the Govt and monastic body.
Overnight in hotel in Thimphu.

Day 5 & 6: Punakha & Wangdue  Spend the morning of the Day 5 in Thimphu to cover any unseen sights or attractions. Towards afternoon, drive east across spectacular Dochula Pass to Punakha and Wangdue valley. On the pass, we spend some time to enjoy the views and explore. That evening we also visit Chimi Lhakhang temple near Wangdue. Next day, visit Khamsum Yuley Namgay Chorten (by 45 minutes uphill walk). Then visit impressive Punakha Dzong located at the confluence of two rivers. Later visit Punakha town and a nunnery on the hill. As per available time, we will also visit other places in the area.
Overnight in hotel in Punakha/Wangdue.

Day 7:  Gangtey (Phobjikha) – Trongsa  Our drive takes us over the Black-mountain National Park to Phobjikha valley. Visit Gangtey Gompa monastery, followed by an easy walk into the valley to explore and admire in beautiful valley. Among others, we will visit local homes and Nature center. From late October until March, the black-necked cranes are in residence in the valley and so we will spend some time to see them. For most of departures, instead of spending night in Gangtey, we continue further to Trongsa. Overnight hotel in either Gangtey or Trongsa

Day 8, 9 & 10: Trongsa – Jakar, Bumthang  On day 8, visit Trongsa and drive over Youtonga pass to Jakar, visiting Chumey valley en-route. We have two full days for Bumthang to tour and attend the local festivals. Bumthang is considered the cultural heartland of Bhutan. It was here that Buddhism was introduced by Padmasambhava in A.D 746, and the area continues to thrive as a spiritual center. The wide valleys with fields of buckwheat, apple orchards, and chalet-like houses, surrounded by pine forested hills, make Bumthang extremely beautiful.
Overnights in hotel in Jakar, Bumthang.
Please note that one day of Bumthang may be used for Ura or Mongar to attend their respective festivals.

Day 11: Drive to Mongar The long drive east from Jakar to Mongar, passes through Ura village, crosses Thrumshing La pass (3800m)with spectacular mountain views into Sengor village. Then the road descends through ever changing vegetation, until it hits the lowest point in Kuri Zampa at 570m above the sea level. From here it is little over 1100m climb to the town of Mongar located on the hillside. It is a long drive, but nonetheless a scenic one, with opportunity to see wide varieties of flora and fauna. Overnight hotel in Mongar.

Day 12: Mongar – Trashigang  Visit Mongar Dzong and drive to Trashigang, which takes around 3hrs. Along the way, we will visit local village, if possible school etc. Upon arrival, visit Trashigang Dzong and visit the town area.
Overnight in a hotel in Trashigang.

Day 13: Excursion to Tashiyangtse Drive to Tashiyangtse, visiting Gomkora temple, Doksum village along the way. In Trashiyantse, visit traditional Art School, Chorten Kora and stroll around its’ small town.
Return to Trashigang for overnight.
Note: Trashyangtse excursion will be skipped for some trips to Gomkora festival or Trashigang festival respectively

Day 14: Drive to Samdrup Jongkhar  Drive from Tashigang to Samdrup Jongkhar and along the way; stop at some of villages and small towns of eastern Bhutan, such as: Kanglung, Khaling, Wamrong and Deothang. The drive is a long one, but very interesting as we descend down hills and pass through several villages to the frontier town. Overnight in a simple hotel (best available) in Samdrup Jongkhar

Day 15: Exit Bhutan to Guwahati – Departure (B) After breakfast drive across the border into India. (Indian Visa required). Transfer directly to Guwahati airport (just under 3 hrs. drive), in time for your departure flight. Flights from Guwahati connect to Delhi, Bagdogra to Kolkata or you may take one of our Northeast India trips. Flight costs are extra and charged at best available fare. If you arrange this flight yourself, be sure to choose afternoon flight.

 


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Trip highlights

Overland Tour across Bhutan incorporating local festivals.

Trip Overview

Trip Price From US$ 3100 | See Details

Trip AccommodationGood hotels (3-4 star) hotels through-out. Best available Guest House in Samdrup Jongkhar.

Trip SeasonsTrips are scheduled at the best times.

Group SizeMaximum 9 members

MealsAll meals included

RouteParo, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdue, Gangtey, Trongsa, Jakar, Ura, Mongar, Trashigang, Yangtsi, Samdrup Jonggkhar, Guwahati.

Trip Type Cultural Tour

Best MonthsMarch, April, October, November, December

Good MonthsJanuary, February, May, September

Lean MonthsJune, July, August

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Paro  Arrive by flight into Paro. Upon arrival, meet and transfer to the hotel. Visit Paro Rinphung Dzong, Dungtse Lhankhang and stroll in the town area.
Overnight in hotel in Paro.

Day 2: Paro Valley Tour Visit Dzongdrakha cave temples by short walk from Bondey village. Visit local farm house and village. Later in the afternoon, visit beautiful 7th century Kichu Lhakhang temple complex, Satsam Chorten and the ruins of Drugyal Dzong. Overnight in Paro.

Day 3: Paro (Taktsang hike) Those who wish, may hike to famous Takstang (tiger’s nest monastery), a quintessential Bhutan travel experience. If you are not into hiking, the driver can take you around for further tour of Paro valley. At the end of our hike, drive to Thimphu which takes just over 1hr.
Overnight hotel in Thimphu.

Day 4: Thimphu Valley Tour A full day tour in the capital, which may include visit to Memorial Chorten, Takin sancutuary, Zilukha nunnery, traditional Art School, Indigenous hospital, textile museum, Handicraft Workshops,Zangdopelri temple,Farmer’s market and other sights and attractions as per available time. In the evening, visit great Tashicho Dzong, the main seat of the Govt and monastic body.
Overnight in hotel in Thimphu.

Day 5 & 6: Punakha & Wangdue  Spend the morning of the Day 5 in Thimphu to cover any unseen sights or attractions. Towards afternoon, drive east across spectacular Dochula Pass to Punakha and Wangdue valley. On the pass, we spend some time to enjoy the views and explore. That evening we also visit Chimi Lhakhang temple near Wangdue. Next day, visit Khamsum Yuley Namgay Chorten (by 45 minutes uphill walk). Then visit impressive Punakha Dzong located at the confluence of two rivers. Later visit Punakha town and a nunnery on the hill. As per available time, we will also visit other places in the area.
Overnight in hotel in Punakha/Wangdue.

Day 7:  Gangtey (Phobjikha) – Trongsa  Our drive takes us over the Black-mountain National Park to Phobjikha valley. Visit Gangtey Gompa monastery, followed by an easy walk into the valley to explore and admire in beautiful valley. Among others, we will visit local homes and Nature center. From late October until March, the black-necked cranes are in residence in the valley and so we will spend some time to see them. For most of departures, instead of spending night in Gangtey, we continue further to Trongsa. Overnight hotel in either Gangtey or Trongsa

Day 8, 9 & 10: Trongsa – Jakar, Bumthang  On day 8, visit Trongsa and drive over Youtonga pass to Jakar, visiting Chumey valley en-route. We have two full days for Bumthang to tour and attend the local festivals. Bumthang is considered the cultural heartland of Bhutan. It was here that Buddhism was introduced by Padmasambhava in A.D 746, and the area continues to thrive as a spiritual center. The wide valleys with fields of buckwheat, apple orchards, and chalet-like houses, surrounded by pine forested hills, make Bumthang extremely beautiful.
Overnights in hotel in Jakar, Bumthang.
Please note that one day of Bumthang may be used for Ura or Mongar to attend their respective festivals.

Day 11: Drive to Mongar The long drive east from Jakar to Mongar, passes through Ura village, crosses Thrumshing La pass (3800m)with spectacular mountain views into Sengor village. Then the road descends through ever changing vegetation, until it hits the lowest point in Kuri Zampa at 570m above the sea level. From here it is little over 1100m climb to the town of Mongar located on the hillside. It is a long drive, but nonetheless a scenic one, with opportunity to see wide varieties of flora and fauna. Overnight hotel in Mongar.

Day 12: Mongar – Trashigang  Visit Mongar Dzong and drive to Trashigang, which takes around 3hrs. Along the way, we will visit local village, if possible school etc. Upon arrival, visit Trashigang Dzong and visit the town area.
Overnight in a hotel in Trashigang.

Day 13: Excursion to Tashiyangtse Drive to Tashiyangtse, visiting Gomkora temple, Doksum village along the way. In Trashiyantse, visit traditional Art School, Chorten Kora and stroll around its’ small town.
Return to Trashigang for overnight.
Note: Trashyangtse excursion will be skipped for some trips to Gomkora festival or Trashigang festival respectively

Day 14: Drive to Samdrup Jongkhar  Drive from Tashigang to Samdrup Jongkhar and along the way; stop at some of villages and small towns of eastern Bhutan, such as: Kanglung, Khaling, Wamrong and Deothang. The drive is a long one, but very interesting as we descend down hills and pass through several villages to the frontier town. Overnight in a simple hotel (best available) in Samdrup Jongkhar

Day 15: Exit Bhutan to Guwahati – Departure (B) After breakfast drive across the border into India. (Indian Visa required). Transfer directly to Guwahati airport (just under 3 hrs. drive), in time for your departure flight. Flights from Guwahati connect to Delhi, Bagdogra to Kolkata or you may take one of our Northeast India trips. Flight costs are extra and charged at best available fare. If you arrange this flight yourself, be sure to choose afternoon flight.

 


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Cost Information

Tier Pricing cost based on the total sign-ups. Starting from $3100 Per person.
Plus airfares to Bhutan and out of Guwahati.

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Price is subject increases. We guarantee our prices for those who have already signed-up. Full price details upon request.

Start date End Date Remarks Status  
02 Apr, 201716 Apr, 2017 With Gomphukora, Paro & Dzongdrakha FestivalAvailable Book now!
10 Apr, 201724 Apr, 2017 With Paro Tshechu FestivalAvailable Book now!
30 Apr, 201714 May, 2017 With Domkhar & Ura FestivalAvailable Book now!
24 Sep, 201708 Oct, 2017 With Wandgue & Tamshing FestivalsAvailable Book now!
27 Sep, 201711 Oct, 2017 With Thimphu & Thangbi FestivalAvailable Book now!
29 Oct, 201712 Nov, 2017 With Parker & Jambay Lhakhang DrupAvailable Book now!
16 Nov, 201730 Nov, 2017 With Mongar & Trashigang FestivalAvailable Book now!

Accommodations


Hotels in Thimphu

Hotels in Paro

Hotels in Punakha

Hotels in Phobjikha

  • Hotel Dewachen

    Dewachen Hotel features sixteen double rooms with modern bathroom fittings, comfortable bedding. The restaurant is cozy with magnificent views and the meals prepared by a professional chef are delicious. The hotel or lodge is located in the pine fore...

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Hotels in Jakar

  • Mountain Resort

    Mountain lodge is located about one km north of Jakar town, on the way to Kurjey temple, overlooking Wangdicholing. It is one of the oldest hotel in Bumthang, owned and operated by the family. The eldest son was trained in Austria in hotel management...

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Hotels in Samdrup Jongkhar

Hotels in Trashigang

Testimonials

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    5 "Martina G" Dear Rinzin Jamtsho, A big hello from Berlin. Let us thank you and your amazing team for a wonderful journey through Bhutan. We had a marvellous time from the first minute on and Duba and Jigme are an excellent team. It was perfectly organized and the combination of culture and nature experience kept

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    5 "Janet S" TID - 8607 (Nov 18 - Dec 04, 2014) Attention Ugen I want to thank you for putting up with my questions and phone calls. They were well worth it for me, as I think that Jon and I had a perfect trip. Our guide and driver,Duba and Sonam were the

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    5 "Terry & Carol T" TID 595 Bhutan Traverse from West to East (11.10.13 – 25.10.13) Dear Windhorse Tours We recently concluded our trip Bhutan Travers West to East (Oct. 11 – 25) with the Parnells. We were met at the Paro airport by our guide, Pema Tenzin, and taken to our hotel that exceeded our

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  • We all enjoy hiking in a pristine environment so anyone including the locals should adopt the policy of “Garbage in Garbage Out” Canada Trip Date:
    Oct 11 - 25, 2013
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    We all enjoy hiking in a pristine environment so anyone including the locals should adopt the policy of “Garbage in Garbage Out” ( We all enjoy hiking in a pristine environment so anyone including the locals should adopt the policy of “Garbage in Garbage Out”)
    5 "Grant & Judy P" TID 595 Bhutan Traverse from West to East (11.10.13-25.10.13) Let me first say that we enjoyed our trip immensely! The sight where nothing short of spectacular and although we were Dzonged out by the end of the tour it was very informative. Always our guide made the information we received interesting

    TID 595 Bhutan Traverse from West to East (11.10.13-25.10.13) Let me first say that we enjoyed our trip immensely! The sight where nothing short of spectacular and although we were Dzonged out by the end of the tour it was very informative. Always our guide made the information we received interesting and spoke with great passion while relaying his stories. We realize this was a very active (always on the move) tour but would have appreciated some down time just to take in the views, shops etc.. When we (the four of us) discussed this back home I think Terry summed


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  • I look forward to an ice cold Druk 11000 and a bowl of chili cheese and some great conversation again. Calgary, Canada Trip Date:
    March 14-April 1,2013
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    5 "Daniel D" TID 655-Bhutan Traverse from East to West (March 14-April 1,2013) Thank you for the great trip from which I am still going through some serious Bhutan withdrawal. From the initial contact with Ugen then Jambay, my interactions with your company were always positive and your efforts considerate. I wanted a private journey

    TID 655-Bhutan Traverse from East to West (March 14-April 1,2013) Thank you for the great trip from which I am still going through some serious Bhutan withdrawal. From the initial contact with Ugen then Jambay, my interactions with your company were always positive and your efforts considerate. I wanted a private journey which covered Bhutan from East to West and the itinerary was comprehensive and well planned. My guide Karma Letho and driver Tsering were my eyes and hears into your country with its incredible history deeply interwoven with its unique Buddhist culture which gave me many things to ponder after returning


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  • These two itineraries are EXACTLY what I wanted. I couldn’t be more pleased about the overall experiences gained on these two tours Lakewood, WA, USA Trip Date:
    (11-29, Nov. 2012)
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    These two itineraries are EXACTLY what I wanted. I couldn’t be more pleased about the overall experiences gained on these two tours ( These two itineraries are EXACTLY what I wanted. I couldn’t be more pleased about the overall experiences gained on these two tours)
    5 "Karen K" TID 562/563-Bhutan Traverse From West to East & Extension Tour of Sikkim/Darjeeling (11-29, Nov. 2012) I just finished Wind Horse's Bhutan Traverse, from Paro to Trashigang, during festival time, then a short week long excursion to Darjeeling and Sikkim. These two itineraries are EXACTLY what I wanted. I couldn't be more pleased about the

    TID 562/563-Bhutan Traverse From West to East & Extension Tour of Sikkim/Darjeeling (11-29, Nov. 2012) I just finished Wind Horse's Bhutan Traverse, from Paro to Trashigang, during festival time, then a short week long excursion to Darjeeling and Sikkim. These two itineraries are EXACTLY what I wanted. I couldn't be more pleased about the overall experiences gained on these two tours.The itineraries were GREAT! Bhutan's beauty is simply magnificent; that makes up for the fact that the roads make for difficult travel at times, but Wind Horse certainly can't do anything about that! The Guides were wonderful. Jambay's follow-through and vast knowledge of Buddhism,


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  • We have appreciated the interesting conversations with Tashi, our guide, about Bhuddism and we have certainly appreciated the safe and gentle driving of Dawa, our driver. Hasselt, Belgium Trip Date:
    Dec 17,2012
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    We have appreciated the interesting conversations with Tashi, our guide, about Bhuddism and we have certainly appreciated the safe and gentle driving of Dawa, our driver. ( We have appreciated the interesting conversations with Tashi, our guide, about Bhuddism and we have certainly appreciated the safe and gentle driving of Dawa, our driver.)
    5 "Chantal & René M V H" We have just come home after a fascinating trip to Bhutan. We were surprised by the kind way of welcoming us at Paro airport and by the caring attitude of our guide and driver during our trip. They have supported us throughout our journey when things were difficult at times

    We have just come home after a fascinating trip to Bhutan. We were surprised by the kind way of welcoming us at Paro airport and by the caring attitude of our guide and driver during our trip. They have supported us throughout our journey when things were difficult at times eg when climbing up to Tiger's Nest or when being carsick. We have appreciated the interesting conversations with Tashi, our guide, about Bhuddism and we have certainly appreciated the safe and gentle driving of Dawa, our driver. We have appreciated the nice hotels and the good food and we have even


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  • Our trip was excellent and Bhutan is fascinating. Paris, France Trip Date:
    23rd April - 6th May,2012
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    Our trip was excellent and Bhutan is fascinating. ( Our trip was excellent and Bhutan is fascinating.)
    5 "Jerome F" Bhutan East to West (23rd April - 6th May) Bhutan Traverse from West to east in reverse order Dear Jambay, Our trip was excellent and Bhutan is fascinating. I would like to thank you for your efficiency and organisation. Your Company is highly recommendable. Best regards,

    Bhutan East to West (23rd April - 6th May) Bhutan Traverse from West to east in reverse order Dear Jambay, Our trip was excellent and Bhutan is fascinating. I would like to thank you for your efficiency and organisation. Your Company is highly recommendable. Best regards,


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  • This was the trip of a lifetime for me! Minnetonka, Minnesota Trip Date:
    Sep 9-29,2010
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    This was the trip of a lifetime for me! ( This was the trip of a lifetime for me!)
    5 "Cindy S" As I mentioned, I am happy to give you my personal feedback on this trip. This was the trip of a lifetime for me! Thank you, Cindy- Bhutan Traverse & North India Sept 9-29, 2010.

    As I mentioned, I am happy to give you my personal feedback on this trip. This was the trip of a lifetime for me! Thank you, Cindy- Bhutan Traverse & North India Sept 9-29, 2010.


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  • the many faces and experiences of Bhutan are indelible fixed in our minds Florida,USA Trip Date:
    Sept 10-29,2010
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    the many faces and experiences of Bhutan are indelible fixed in our minds ( the many faces and experiences of Bhutan are indelible fixed in our minds)
    5 "John B" Just a few selected photos to give you a hint of what we were doing in Bhutan. Ugen, I'll send a short report to you in the near future. I completed the longer form that Wind Horse provided at the beginning of our adventure. The bottom line is that while

    Just a few selected photos to give you a hint of what we were doing in Bhutan. Ugen, I'll send a short report to you in the near future. I completed the longer form that Wind Horse provided at the beginning of our adventure. The bottom line is that while we are glad to be home after three long and fairly rigorous weeks, the many faces and experiences of Bhutan are indelible fixed in our minds. Sonam and Mr. Guddu (sp?) were our perfect hosts. Jb. West to East Bhutan Traverse from Sept 10-24 & North India from 24-29 Sept 2010.


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  • It has been a wonderful experience and loved every minute of it London, UK Trip Date:
    March -10, 2010
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    It has been a wonderful experience and loved every minute of it ( It has been a wonderful experience and loved every minute of it)
    5 "Nicole M" I have just returned from your exquisite country still wishing I was there… It has been a wonderful experience and loved every minute of it, even the long drives and some confusions in the hotel reservations…I will send you the feedback form as soon as I have completed it but

    I have just returned from your exquisite country still wishing I was there… It has been a wonderful experience and loved every minute of it, even the long drives and some confusions in the hotel reservations…I will send you the feedback form as soon as I have completed it but would like to take this opportunity to say that our guide Sonam Jamtsho and our driver Guddu Chhetri were marvellous and did everything they could do to make our trip very enjoyable.


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  • In French, one says : Jamais deux sans trois, which means Never two without three,and I am already contemplating a new journey to be organized by Windhorsetours Astridlaan XXXX Knokke Heist, Belgique. Trip Date:
    April 20,2006
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    In French, one says : Jamais deux sans trois, which means Never two without three,and I am already contemplating a new journey to be organized by Windhorsetours ( In French, one says : Jamais deux sans trois, which means Never two without three,and I am already contemplating a new journey to be organized by Windhorsetours)
    5 "Marie Lippens" Pour un futur voyageur au Bhutan. Je recommande vivement Kinga Dechen et son agence WINDHORSETOURS. En janvier 2006, j'ai passé 12 jours au Bhutan et ai visité Thimphu, Punakka, Paro et environs avec un guide épatant, KINGA DECHEN. Grâce à sa connaissance remarquable de l'histoire, de la religion, de la nature

    Pour un futur voyageur au Bhutan. Je recommande vivement Kinga Dechen et son agence WINDHORSETOURS. En janvier 2006, j'ai passé 12 jours au Bhutan et ai visité Thimphu, Punakka, Paro et environs avec un guide épatant, KINGA DECHEN. Grâce à sa connaissance remarquable de l'histoire, de la religion, de la nature du Bhutan ( et des régions avoisinantes) , grâce aussi à sa présence toujours pleine d'attention, à son intelligence et à son excellent sens de l'humour, j'y ai fait un séjour inoubliable. je m'étais promis de revenir et c'est chose faite. En novembre (2008), j'e suis venue de Gauhati, dans l'Assam,


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  • We had a marvellous time! Both Jambay Dorji and Mr Baliman, our driver, could not have been more helpful. Meadowbank, HouseCraggs HillOver Kellet, Carnforth UK Trip Date:
    Oct 06-21,2008
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    We had a marvellous time! Both Jambay Dorji and Mr Baliman, our driver, could not have been more helpful. ( We had a marvellous time! Both Jambay Dorji and Mr Baliman, our driver, could not have been more helpful.)
    5 "Christopher & Vivienne P" TID:147: Complete Bhutan Travese into India (Oct 6-21,2008) Dear Ugen, We had a marvellous time! Both Jambay Dorji and Mr Baliman, our driver, could not have been more helpful; please convey our thanks once again to them. The hotels were not all as advertised to us but were better. We had

    TID:147: Complete Bhutan Travese into India (Oct 6-21,2008) Dear Ugen, We had a marvellous time! Both Jambay Dorji and Mr Baliman, our driver, could not have been more helpful; please convey our thanks once again to them. The hotels were not all as advertised to us but were better. We had been prepared to 'rough it' a little, especially in the east, but the level of accommodation, washing facilities and food was excellent throughout. The car was very comfortable and we were able to visit more places than a larger group would have been able to do. We were very pleased to


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  • the Lundmarks had a great time and TL thoroughly enjoyed his 50th birthday Benowa, QLD, Australia Trip Date:
    March,23, 2006
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    the Lundmarks had a great time and TL thoroughly enjoyed his 50th birthday ( the Lundmarks had a great time and TL thoroughly enjoyed his 50th birthday)
    5 "Sherron M" Again some very happy travellers have returned from Bhutan – the Lundmarks had a great time and TL thoroughly enjoyed his 50th birthday – he said he was very surprised that Wind Horse knew about it and made a fuss – so thank you very much indeed for all your

    Again some very happy travellers have returned from Bhutan – the Lundmarks had a great time and TL thoroughly enjoyed his 50th birthday – he said he was very surprised that Wind Horse knew about it and made a fuss – so thank you very much indeed for all your work on this booking – they enjoyed every moment of their travel. They wished that they more time. They told me their guide and driver were exceptional. ZEPPELIN TRAVEL - Travelscene/American Express Benowa Gardens Shopping Centre


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  • I hope to someday return to Bhutan as your client and continue with my discoveries. San Diego, California, USA Trip Date:
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    I hope to someday return to Bhutan as your client and continue with my discoveries. ( I hope to someday return to Bhutan as your client and continue with my discoveries.)
    5 "Phil S " West to East and return to West Bhutan Gentlemen, I am sorry to have taken so long to write. When I arrived home from my splendid vacation in India and Bhutan I was just in the beginning stages of coming down with the flu. I was sick for more than a week,

    West to East and return to West Bhutan Gentlemen, I am sorry to have taken so long to write. When I arrived home from my splendid vacation in India and Bhutan I was just in the beginning stages of coming down with the flu. I was sick for more than a week, but I am doing much better now. I have some thoughts and suggestions regarding my tour in Bhutan. First, let me say that it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. I was able to visit so many interesting and exciting places and to see a great deal of the country. Of course,


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  • Thanks for all the help putting the tour together for us. It was more than we had hoped Alta, Utah, USA Trip Date:
    October,26,2005
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    Thanks for all the help putting the tour together for us. It was more than we had hoped ( Thanks for all the help putting the tour together for us. It was more than we had hoped)
    5 "Gerald O" Chomolhari Laya Gasa Trek and across Eastern Bhutan 32 Days trip with Wind Horse in Bhutan - Oct & Nov 2005 And.......thanks for all the help putting the tour together for us. It was more than we had hoped. Tashi dele with Windhorse. Jerry Oyama.

    Chomolhari Laya Gasa Trek and across Eastern Bhutan 32 Days trip with Wind Horse in Bhutan - Oct & Nov 2005 And.......thanks for all the help putting the tour together for us. It was more than we had hoped. Tashi dele with Windhorse. Jerry Oyama.


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Trip Leader


  • Kezang Norbu

    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.

  • Pema Dhendup

    Pema Dhendup is  the one among the few young guns at Wind Horse Tour, Bhutan. He possess an  infectious smile and exuberance that rub off to child and old alike. Unwarily,  he has a mature head on his young shoulder and it is most conspicuous when he is among guests, untying knots of  religion and its intricate iconography with ease and dexterity.
    It took him to many different regions in the country to finish his school as his father’s job demanded. This helped to pick up different local dialects of the region. Currently, this stand in good stead for him. In 2011, he completed his Degree in Arts with history as major from Darjeeling, a hill station in India. He knew what he wanted and it was such a easy choice to opt for guide training. He led his first group 2013  at Wind Horse Tours and the rest the guests’ feedbacks and testimonial itself  speak volumes.

    He harbours a new found passion for birds, which was ignited when he was doing a tour with bird enthusiast.

  • Penjor Lhendup

    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.

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