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Tour Bhutan In October / November we went to North India and Bhutan for two weeks. We did not have a good
Berlin, Germany March 21 - April 4, 2016
Exploring Bhutan from West to East Dear Rinzin Jamtsho, A big hello from Berlin. Let us thank you and your amazing team for a wonderful journey through
Toronto, Canada. Nov 10 - 24, 2015
Bhutan Traverse from West to East (Fall, 2015) Bhutan Traverse From West to East. Hi jambay Sorry my reply is late but I really wanted to give some feed back.. My tour
Huntington, NY, USA Oct 12 - Nov 02, 2015
Bhutan Traverse from West to East, Oct, 2015 Bhutan Traverse from West To East, Oct, 2015 In October, 2015 we traversed Bhutan over 21 days with Wind Horse Tours
Witikonerstrasse, Zürich, Switzerland. March 25 - April 08,2015
Positives were the beauty of the country and friendliness of people in general. TID 8650 March 25 - April 08, 2015 (Tashi Gyalteshen - Guide) First of all, let me say that i enjoyed
Bhutan is a beautiful country made more so by the art, architecture and customs of its people Bhutan, India, Sikkim Tour Dear Amit, We were very happy with the Complete Bhutan tour. A good guide can make such a
Esslingen, Zurich, Switzerland Nov 19- Dec 03, 2014
We felt in very good hands from the beginning to the end. Bhutan Traverse from West to East – Tour(TID 8532) Nov 19- Dec 03, 2014 Overall we had a great experience and
Graham Drive, Calgary T3E, Canada Nov 18 - Dec 04, 2014
Jon and I both fell in love with Bhutan, the countryside and the people. TID - 8607 (Nov 18 - Dec 04, 2014) Attention Ugen I want to thank you for putting up with my
Chelsea Circle, Georgia, USA Nov19 - Dec03, 2014
The guide, Penjor; and the driver, Baliman, were top-notch. Bhutan Traverse from West to East – Tour(TID 8532) Nov19 - Dec03, 2014 Hello, I want to thank you for a
Edinburgh, UK Dec 4 to 18, 2013
I couldn’t ask for more… except for more time in Bhutan. TID 741 - Dec 4 to 18 Bhutan Traverse from east to west ( in reverse order of Bhutan Traverse
Ontario, Canada Oct 11 -25, 2013
Our guide and drivers looked after us exceptionally well like we were family. TID 595 Bhutan Traverse from West to East (11.10.13 – 25.10.13) Dear Windhorse Tours We recently concluded our trip Bhutan Travers
Canada Oct 11 - 25, 2013
We all enjoy hiking in a pristine environment so anyone including the locals should adopt the policy of “Garbage in Garbage Out” 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
Calgary, Canada March 14-April 1,2013
I look forward to an ice cold Druk 11000 and a bowl of chili cheese and some great conversation again. TID 655-Bhutan Traverse from East to West (March 14-April 1,2013) Thank you for the great trip from which I am still
Lakewood, WA, USA (11-29, Nov. 2012)
These two itineraries are EXACTLY what I wanted. I couldn’t be more pleased about the overall experiences gained on these two tours 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
Hasselt, Belgium Dec 17,2012
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 just come home after a fascinating trip to Bhutan. We were surprised by the kind way of welcoming
Paris, France 23rd April - 6th May,2012
Our trip was excellent and Bhutan is fascinating. Bhutan East to West (23rd April - 6th May) Bhutan Traverse from West to east in reverse order Dear Jambay, Our
Minnetonka, Minnesota Sep 9-29,2010
This was the trip of a lifetime for me! As I mentioned, I am happy to give you my personal feedback on this trip. This was the trip of
Florida,USA Sept 10-29,2010
the many faces and experiences of Bhutan are indelible fixed in our minds Just a few selected photos to give you a hint of what we were doing in Bhutan. Ugen, I'll send
London, UK March -10, 2010
It has been a wonderful experience and loved every minute of it I have just returned from your exquisite country still wishing I was there… It has been a wonderful experience and
Astridlaan XXXX Knokke Heist, Belgique. April 20,2006
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 Pour un futur voyageur au Bhutan. Je recommande vivement Kinga Dechen et son agence WINDHORSETOURS. En janvier 2006, j'ai passé 12
Meadowbank, HouseCraggs HillOver Kellet, Carnforth UK Oct 06-21,2008
We had a marvellous time! Both Jambay Dorji and Mr Baliman, our driver, could not have been more helpful. TID:147: Complete Bhutan Travese into India (Oct 6-21,2008) Dear Ugen, We had a marvellous time! Both Jambay Dorji and Mr Baliman,
Benowa, QLD, Australia March,23, 2006
the Lundmarks had a great time and TL thoroughly enjoyed his 50th birthday Again some very happy travellers have returned from Bhutan – the Lundmarks had a great time and TL thoroughly enjoyed
San Diego, California, USA
I hope to someday return to Bhutan as your client and continue with my discoveries. West to East and return to West Bhutan Gentlemen, I am sorry to have taken so long to write. When I arrived
Alta, Utah, USA October,26,2005
Thanks for all the help putting the tour together for us. It was more than we had hoped Chomolhari Laya Gasa Trek and across Eastern Bhutan 32 Days trip with Wind Horse in Bhutan - Oct & Nov 2005 And.......thanks
Bhutan Traverse Tour from west to east or eastern to western Bhutan is extremely exciting journey passing from idyllic west to old fashioned 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 colours 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 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 and 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 afar and near. There are some exciting short walks, most of which are optional.
P.S. Almost always the tour starts in West, but some Bhutan Traverse tours also start in the east and ends in the west (mentioned in the Detailed Trip brochure), in order to fit with the festival or for favorable weather conditions (eastern part is warmer and lower).
Option 1: East to West Version
Day 1: Guwahati to Samdrup Jongkhar
Arrive by flight into Guwahati, Assam (connected by flights from Delhi, Kolkata and other cities). (India Visa required)
Upon arrival, meet your Bhutanese Guide and drive for 2-3hrs through rice-fields, lush tea gardens and through some of vibrant small village markets, that seem like a scene of India of the past. Enter Samdrup-Jongkhar a small frontier town located at the foot of the hills. We will have a chance to stroll around the town after completing the border formalities. Overnight in Menjong or Druk Mt. Hotel.
Day 2 &3 : Trashigang
Leaving the plains behind, climb up to the foothills, then through rolling landscapes with views of remote villages in distance to Trashigang. The drive will take most of the day but you will have the opportunity to stop and take in the scenery and visit a village or two on the way, including a stop at Khaling weaving center. Check into hotel where we spend the next two nights. Next day, is an easy day, when we visit historic 17 century Trashigang Dzong (fortress-monastery) located on a promontory over looking the confluence of the Drangme Chhu and the Gamri Chhu and later stroll into charming township of Trashigang, which draws people from far flung villages.
Day 4: To Trashiyangtse
Today we plan to journey to Trashiyangtse, that occupies a large bowl-shaped valley in one of the furthest corners of the kingdom. Depending on the road conditions, our agenda is to take a detour via Ranjung, Ramjar and other isolated villages. Visit Rangjung, where we also visit Rangjung Woesel Choling monastery. Then crossing the river, climb up and drive past hilltop villages of Bidung, Bartsam, and Ramjar, stopping in each to visit them briefly. The views of rolling hillsides with villages are beautiful. After Ramjar, rejoin the main road to Yangtse at Doksum. Upon arrival, visit large Chorten Kora stupa, Wood Turning & Laquering Cluster, Traditional Art School (when in session). Stroll around the town and overnight in a simple Guest House.
Day 5: Trashiyantse to Mongar
Retrace drive back to Doksum, from where you follow the main road, along Kholong chu river that joins Drangmechu river. En-route, visit Gomkora temple filled with colorful Buddhist carvings. At Chazam bridge, the road to Trashigang and Mongar separate, and we follow the river downstream for a while. High above the river, view of Trashigang Dzong can be seen for miles.
Soon, our road begins a climb up to Korila ridge, past Yadi and other villages to descend into Mongar town, which should take about 5hrs in total. Visit Mongar Dzong and stroll around the town.
Day 6 & 7: In Bumthang
Prepare for one of the most scenic drives in Bhutan! Leaving Mongar, the road drops and hits the lowest point at Kuri Zampa (570m), before making an amazing ascent of over 3200m in few hours to cross Thrumshingla Pass (3800m). We’ll make numerous stops on the way to ease this long drive which could take over 7hrs. Next day, after a long drive yesterday, it is natural that we now feel like spending sometime outside, so we do a light walks. Combined with short drives and short walks, visit the attractions in the valley that is considered the cultural heartland of Bhutan . The wide valleys with fields of buckwheat, apple orchards, and chalet-like houses, surrounded by pine forested hills, make Bumthang extremely beautiful. Overnight in hotel.
Day 8: To Gangtey, Phobjikha
En-route, visit Trongsa Dzong, yet another majestic architectural masterpiece and once Ancient Bhutan’s capital. Continuing over Pela la pass, we make a turn-off from the main road to Gangtey, also called Phobjikha Valley, which is one of the most beautiful alpine valleys in Bhutan. It is the wintering home to the rare black-necked crane, that migrate from Tibet to Bhutan for the winter (from November-March). Overnight hotel.
Day 9 & 10: In Punakha & Wangdue
After visiting Gangtey, we journey to Punakha & Wandgue valley, which takes about 3 hours and consists of a scenic drive through beautiful forests of rhododendron, dwarf bamboo, wildflowers, and ever-changing vegetation, descending into the low-lying sub tropical valley of Punakha. Next day we have a full-day to visit this fertile and beautiful valley located along Punatsangchu river. Idyllic countryside with gently slopping terraced fields, among subtropical fruit trees, and traditional villages straddling the hillsides, makes Punakha absolutely gorgeous. Overnight hotel in Punakha valley.
Day 11 & 12: The capital Thimphu
Along the way to Thimphu, first stop briefly at the Lamperi Nature Park, followed by longer stop at Dochula pass, which provides one of the most astounding panoramic views of the snow-capped peaks. In the afternoon, we arrive at the capital city, where we have half day today and full day tomorrow to visit some of its many attractions, including visiting colorful farmer's market, view points, local arts centers, temples and Dzongs etc and have some free time to wander around. Overnight in hotel.
Day 13: Thimphu to Paro
A short drive of about 1hr. gives us full day to explore the serene Paro valley. Visit Paro Rinphung Dzong (‘Fortress on a Heap of Jewels’), followed by the Ta Dzong, which was formerly a Watch Tower and now the country’s national museum. Later, visit Kyichu Temple, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan built in 7th century. Visit one of traditional farm houses in the village and stroll through the small and charming Paro town. Overnight hotel.
Day 14: In Paro (Hike to Tigers’s nest)
Our journey culminate in a hike to iconic Taktsang (tiger’s nest) monastery located at about 3100m, clinging to a seemingly vertical cliff. It is one of the most amazing and important pieces of architecture and the most important pilgrimage site. Riding horses are available for the uphill part till the first view-point (cafeteria). Overnight hotel in Paro.
Day 15: Departure
Departure transfer to the airport in time for your flight. From Paro, there are regular flights to Bangkok, Kolkata, Delhi and Kathmandu. Sometimes there are flights to Guwahati, Bagdogra and Singapore as well.
Option 2: West to East Version
Day 1 & 2 : In Paro
Upon arrival, meet your guide. Visit serene Paro valley by easy stroll and short drives covering historical monuments, temples and villages. Overnight in hotel in Paro.
Day 3: Hike to Takstang (tiger's nest) monastery
Hike to the iconic Takstang monastery and upon return, transfer to capital Thimphu. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 4: In Thimphu
A full day tour in the capital, where we also visit local market and have some time for stroll. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 5 & 6: Punakha & Wangdue
Drive east across spectacular Dochula Pass to Punakha and Wangdue valley. On the pass, we spend some time to enjoy the views and explore.We have an afternoon and a full next day to explore this sub-tropical valley. Overnight in hotel in Punakha/Wangdue.
Day 7: Gangtey - Trongsa
In the morning, drive east, climbing up the black-mountain National Park to arrive in alpine Gangtey or Phobjikha valley, wintering home of the Black-necked cranes that migrate from the Tibet and Central Asia (around mid October till early March). Visit ancient Gangtey Gompa monastery and if it is a season for Crane, we will take a short walk in the valley to see them.
After lunch, continue back to the main road, cross Pele La pass and journey through spectacular landscape, past villages to Trongsa, Ancient Bhutan’s capital. Its historic significance is such that every King, before ascending the Throne, must serve as the Penlop (Governor) of Trongsa. Visit the Tower Museum of Trongsa. Overnight hotel in Trongsa.
Day 8, 9: In Bumthang
Visit Trongsa Dzong, then drive over Yountongla pass and enter Chumey, the first valley of Bumthang, where we stop to visit Yathra weavers. A short while later, we arrive in Jakar, the main center of Bumthang after about 3-4hrs from Trongsa. This afternoon, visit Jakar Dzong, take a stroll and visit Chamkhar town, followed by visit to Kharchu Dratsang during their evening prayer/debate. Next day we have a full day to do light walks and access some of the beautiful temples and monasteries, visit local weaving village, Swiss Farm etc. Bumthang is considered the cultural heartland of Bhutan. The wide valleys with fields of buckwheat, apple orchards, and chalet-like houses, surrounded by pine forested hills, make Bumthang extremely beautiful. Overnight in hotel.
Day 10: Drive to Mongar
Prepare for one of the most scenic drives in Bhutan !. This long and spectacular 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, and 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. The area is also a paradise for bird watchers. Overnight hotel in Mongar.
Day 11: Mongar -Trashiyangtse
Visit Mongar Dzong and drive to Trashiyangtse, that occupies a large bowl-shaped valley in one of the furthest corners of the kingdom. From Mongar, drive for about 3hrs towards Trashigang crossing Korila ridge and descending through Yadi and other villages to Chazam bridge over Drangmechu. From here we take a diversion road that goes north following Kulong Chhu river to Doksum and Tashiyangtse, which takes around 2hrs. Along the way, visit Gomkora temple filled with colorful Buddhist carvings. Once in Tashiyangtse, visit Chorten Kora stupa, Wood Turning & Laquering Cluster, Traditional Art School (when in session). Stroll around the town and overnight in a simple Guest House.
Day 12 & 13 : In Trashigang
After a leisurely morning, drive back till Doksum, from where you follow different road, taking in Hilltop villages of Ramjar, Bartsam and Bidung. We will stop in each of this remote villages for brief visits and descend into Ranjung township and visit Wosel Choling monastery. From Ranjung, Trashigang is a bit over half-hour’s drive. Next day we have a full day to take it easy in Trashigang. Visit historic Trashigang Dzong and stroll through the small and charming township of Trashigang, which draws people from far flung villages. Overnight hotel in Trashigang.
Day 14: Drive to Samdrup Jongkhar
The drive will take most of the day but you will have the opportunity to stop and take in the scenery and visit a village or two on the way, including a stop at Khaling weaving center. The scenery is beautiful as you descends from the mountains, through the rolling landscapes with views of remote villages, down into the plains of Samdrup Jongkhar at the border with India.
Day 15: Exit Bhutan to Guwahati - Departure
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. From Guwahati, there are flights to Delhi, Bagdogra, Kolkata and other cities. Flight costs are extra and charged at best available fare. If you arrange this flight yourself, be sure to choose an afternoon flight. You may take also wish to take some of our private tours in North East India
Group Size9 members maximum.
MealsAll meals and evening tea is included
Trip AccommodationGood hotels (3-4 star) with few clean Guest houses where there is no choice.
Trip Type Cultural Tour
Trip SeasonsTrips are scheduled at the best times.
Best MonthsMarch, April, October, November
Good MonthsJanuary, February, May, September, December
Lean MonthsJune, July, August
Prices & Dates
Tier Pricing cost based on the total sign-ups. Starting from $2800 to $4300 Per person.
Plus airfares to Bhutan and out of Guwahati.
Price Policy: Price is subject increases. We guarantee our prices for those who have already signed-up. Full price details upon request.
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- Bhutan Daily tourists fees & taxes
- Bhutan Visa and Permits
- Accommodations in listed or similar.
- All meals in Bhutan.
- Evening tea/snacks
- All land transfers by good quality vehicle
- Sightseeing with entrance fees
- English Speaking Bhutanese Leader/Guide.
- Bottled water and other complimentary services in the vehicle
- Flights into Bhutan and out of Guwahati (listed separately)
- Indian Visa.
- Travel / Medical Insurance (recommended)
- All other optional personal expenses such as Tips, Bars, Beverages, Telephone, Laundry, Gifts and other personal expenses.
Hotels in Thimphu
Hotels in Paro
Hotels in Punakha
Hotels in Trongsa
Hotels in Jakar
Hotels in Mongar
Hotels in Trashigang
Hotels in Samdrup Jongkhar
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 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.
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.