- Nhut Tran
California, USA Jan 1970Upper Assam & Eastern Bhutan ( Upper Assam & Eastern Bhutan)5 " " As world travelers, my wife and I have taken several organized l tours around the world. Most of them are with a big group of people. The itinerary is usually packed with touristy spots. However, with Wind Horse, it is totally a different level of traveling. It was the experience and culture learning
Upper Assam & Eastern Bhutan As world travelers, my wife and I have taken several organized l tours around the world. Most of them are with×
As world travelers, my wife and I have taken several organized l tours around the world. Most of them are with a big group of people. The itinerary is usually packed with touristy spots.
However, with Wind Horse, it is totally a different level of traveling. It was the experience and culture learning that makes this trip so memorable.
We loved both Assam & Eastern Bhutan. The locals were so welcoming and very friendly everywhere we go.This would not be possible without the excellent service from the Wind Horse team.
The entire trip was so well planned and organised from A to Z. Anand, our Upper Assam tour guide, took all the worries away from us.
Majuli is such a beauty with white sand, marshland and peaceful bamboo bungalow combined with friendly people make Majuli island inviting for a remote retreat. Whereas Kazaranga is a wild life game sanctuary especially the great one-horned rhino.
In Bhutan, our two most memorable experiences are the horse back riding, trotting with Sonam in Bumthang and climbing the Tiger Nest Monastery in Paro with Pema.
There are not many tourists in the East. The road is bad but continue to be improved. Life is simpler and people are friendlier. In addition, the Wind Horse team were so flexible and accommodating.
On the last day in Paro of Bhutan, we forgot to bring our trekking walking sticks. Pema was so nice. He managed to get us 4 walking sticks from the office within a short time of notice.
The team has gone extra miles to WOW their customers. This tour has made an impact on our traveling experience. We will definitely recommend Wind Horse to others. Hope that we will have Wind Horse again on our future tours.
- Trang Chhu
California, USA Jan 1970Eastern Bhutan Tour ( Eastern Bhutan Tour)5 " " I visited Eastern Bhutan with 3 other friends and family on a custom tour with WindHorse. It was my 2nd time going with WindHorse. The first time I joined the 13-day Drukyul Walking tour and I was mesmerized by the landscape and pristine beauty of Bhutan. So I decided to
Eastern Bhutan Tour I visited Eastern Bhutan with 3 other friends and family on a custom tour with WindHorse. It was my 2nd×
I visited Eastern Bhutan with 3 other friends and family on a custom tour with WindHorse. It was my 2nd time going with WindHorse. The first time I joined the 13-day Drukyul Walking tour and I was mesmerized by the landscape and pristine beauty of Bhutan. So I decided to come back to see Eastern Bhutan which is known to be less touristy.
Going on a tour with WindHorse one was assured the top quality of service. WindHorse prepared everything from how-to-prepare, what-to-pack, visa to greeting and touring without a hiccup. I enjoyed very much emailing with Jambay, preparing for the Bhutan trips.
We entered Eastern Bhutan from Guwahati, India. We got transferred by car from Guwahati to the border town of Bhutan, then we were handed over to the Bhutan tour guide. Due to a strike at the border of India, the WindHorse van could not reach Samdrup Jongkha on time to pick us up. The tour guide Sonam had to go by taxi all the way to Samdrup Jongkha to meet us at the time we reached the border. We were so happy to see Sonam although the van did not arrive on time. Thanks to Sonam for arriving Samdrup Jongkha on time for us.
Sonam took care of our visa at the border. Since the Windhorse van had not arrived, Sonam got us a taxi to get to the hotel. The Windhorse van arrived the hotel just a little bit after us. What a relief !
Eastern Bhutan is very low key and so much quieter with very few foreign tourists at the time we were there. Easter Bhutan is at a lower elevation thus has a subtropical weather and warmer. What stood out of Eastern Bhutan are those small villages, like Wamrong where we stopped for lunch on the day we drove from Samdrup Jongkha to Trashigang. Life was simple at those small towns
We visitied Trashigang, Trashigangtse, Rhadi, Yongkola then drove to Jakar. We visited monestaries and schools. We watched a football game at an elementary school. What a lovely experience in Bhutan.
Yongkola is a paradise for birding. I chose to stop in Yongkola not because I am a serious birder (in fact I know nothing about birds) but because I wanted to stay deep in the forest. Due to our choice to stay in Yongkola we were mistaken for serious birders and got laughed a lot on how well we were prepared for bird watching (with no bicular :-)). Yongkola is very remote, beautiful and quiet. It was exactly as I imagined. We took a long walk in the very early morning to spot birds. The air was very cold, crisp and fresh. The walk was actually on the National Highway, passing through a deep forest. Only bird chirping sounds broke through the silence of the forest. Our tour guide Sonam was very serious in spotting birds to show us but we were just happy walking on such a peaceful morning.
I was most excited when we drove from Yongkola to Jakar, on the zigzagging highway. That part of the highway was my favorite section. The scenery was outstanding. I was so excited seeing snow as we approached Thrumpsingla pass which is the 2nd highest mountain pass of Bhutan. As I love cold weather and high elevation, the snow in Thrumsingla pass really excited me. We stopped and walked out in the snow. Our tour guide Sonam and our driver Dawa hung prayer flags. It was a memorable moment.
Since I liked Jakar so much from my 1rst trip, I chose to come back to Jakar again in my 2nd trip. After the 2nd trip, I still vote Jakar my favorite destination in Bhutan due to its high attitude, beautiful and pristine scenery. As Jakar is far from Paro, it is still not yet inundated by tourist as in Western Bhutan.
Our original itinerary for Jakar was to do sightseeing and visit monasteries. However Sonam came up with a brilliant idea of giving us an introduction to horse riding in Tang valley instead. At first no one seemed to be excited about the suggestion. But the horse riding adventure turned out to be the highlight of the entire trip. Although I had some difficulties with my stubborn horse, I had to admit that horse riding was the greatest adventure. Despite the challenge of being a newbie, the ride was wonderful across beautiful meadows. The scenery up high was gorgeous. Thanks to Sonam for such a wonderful recommendation and making the effort selecting the right horse for each of us. To me, the horse riding adventure was the best event of the trip.
After Jakar, we flew to Paro, and met with another WindHorse tour guide, Tampas,, who gave us a short tour of Paro. The following morning Tampas took us up to the Tiger Nest. Learning from my prior experience, I recommended to start the climb early to avoid the heat and crowd. It was the best decision to start at 6:30am.The cold air in the morning made the walk up to the Tiger Nest so much easier. We completed the round trip in 6.5 hours at almost 2:00pm.
We concluded our private tour of Bhutan in Paro.
Sonam was very funny, knowledgeable and did not miss anything from the smallest facial reaction to hints of complaint from the customers. Sonam was an experienced horse rider and a good birder.
Tampas was also great. He carried our bottles of water and clothing in his backpack, going up and down the Tiger Nest. Thanks so much, Tampas.
I want to leave the best for last: our driver, Mr Dawa, always with a smile on his face, was the most gentle person who helped us a lot with our luggage and food on picnic days.
WindHorse service is always outstanding. One cannot expect less.
- Linh Duong Auberger
Paris, France Jan 1970Upper Assam Tour & Eastern Bhutan Tour ( Upper Assam Tour & Eastern Bhutan Tour)5 " " Hello Anand, Thank you for your email, I received it with pleasure :-) The most memorial moment in Assam for me is the magnificent early morning of elephant ride, getting close to the animals under the fogging sunrise . The landscape of Assam looks like Asian countries with the tea plantations and
Upper Assam Tour & Eastern Bhutan Tour Hello Anand, Thank you for your email, I received it with pleasure :-) The most memorial moment in Assam for me is×
Linh Duong Auberger
Thank you for your email, I received it with pleasure :-)
The most memorial moment in Assam for me is the magnificent early morning of elephant ride, getting close to the animals under the fogging sunrise . The landscape of Assam looks like Asian countries with the tea plantations and rice fields. Amand, thank you again for your service, you’re really a good guide who had taken care of us in the detail things.
After the passage of border from Assam to Bhutan, the first contact of Bhutan is the smiling and helpful service of another good guide of Windhorse Sonam and of course without forgetting our best driver Dawa.
The Eastern part of Bhutan is still very authentic . The Bhutanese live simply with happiness.The most memorial thing in Bhoutan was climbing the Tiger’s nest, 6h30 of hiking ! We did it 🤩
One commun thing for both Assam and Bhutan trips is the kindness of the people.
I had had a cultural and fun trip.
Thank you for everything
- Beal David
Michigan, USA Jan 1970The Eastern Frontier of Bhutan ( The Eastern Frontier of Bhutan)5 " " Dear Anand, I am writing to add my comments to those of Nancy, who wrote you yesterday. The trip in Bhutan was a total success. Eastern Bhutan gave us the rural, agricultural and indigenous views which we sought, and which your tour description promised. Yeshi is an exceptionally talented guide. His command of
The Eastern Frontier of Bhutan Dear Anand, I am writing to add my comments to those of Nancy, who wrote you yesterday. The trip in Bhutan was×
Beal DavidDear Anand,I am writing to add my comments to those of Nancy, who wrote you yesterday.The trip in Bhutan was a total success. Eastern Bhutan gave us the rural, agricultural and indigenous views which we sought, and which your tour description promised.Yeshi is an exceptionally talented guide. His command of English is very strong and, because of this ability and his wide knowledge, he was able to provide a useful answer to every question we had about Bhutan and it's culture, history and people. He is personable, cheerful, friendly,accommodating and helpful. He can't be beat!Our drivers - Sonam and Dharmindrah - were skilled, safe and fun to be around.Please pass on my thanks and praise of all of these people.Best wishes to you all.
- Nancy Ann
Michigan, USA Jan 1970Eastern Bhutan Trip ( Eastern Bhutan Trip)5 " " Anand, We had the ultimate Bhutanese cultural experience and credit the success to Yeshi Dorji who guided us skillfully into Buddhist culture. We were able to have so many questions answered adroitly and with a depth of understanding that Yeshi was able to convery with his English language skill. The trip
Eastern Bhutan Trip Anand, We had the ultimate Bhutanese cultural experience and credit the success to Yeshi Dorji who guided us skillfully into Buddhist×
Nancy AnnAnand,We had the ultimate Bhutanese cultural experience and credit the success to Yeshi Dorji who guided us skillfully into Buddhist culture. We were able to have so many questions answered adroitly and with a depth of understanding that Yeshi was able to convery with his English language skill. The trip flowed so smoothy as we visited families, camped, walked about villages and visited Dzongs, etc. Yeshi possesses a sincerity and kindness that I believe is rare, at least in America. He is a delight to share time with. My husband and I were treated to such respectful and kind thoughtfulness. Another gift Yeshi possess is the ability to talk to anyone with apparent ease and effectiveness. Oh how I wish I was in Bhutan right now. OF course the driver Sonam needs to be honored for his very safe driving. We enjoyed his quiet yet interested disposition. We felt safe the entire time and as Yeshi said if you feel safe then the happiness will follow and so it did. We had such a good time with both of these fine people. Darmindra was our driver for a dåay. We missed his delightfull cheeriness when he left. I could not imagine a richer, more complete experience than that which we had with Windhorse. I miss your country, your people, your culture. The experiences will be revisited for a very long time. So much gratitude to whomever paired us with Yeshi and Sonam.
In the fast changing world, where a subject tend to outlive its relevance in a hurry, Eastern Bhutan Tour in particular contradicts the very idea. As it instill a sense of pulsating stillness. Its prevading quaint charms, exhibits an impression where time have come to grinding halt long time ago, in a way, far removed from the melodrama of modern world.
This region popularily called eastern circuit, over the time, have seen only few visitors. It’s least explored, owing reasons to well guarded isolation, largely, contributing in retaining its tradition, cultural, natural elements in nascent and pristine form. This journey not only expose you to the natural beauty of the regions, it’s social, cultural, traditional dimensions and some of the oldest spiritual practise in the country but also unique community of Brokpa in Merak.
The trip solely focus on Bhutan’s oriental quaint frontier with port of entry and exit in Samdrup Jongkhar – a sleeping town in far east. The journey commences from pick up from Gawahati in India and take its course through Samdrup Jongkhar, Trashigang , Trashiyantshe, Radi and Merak. Discover some major landmarks monuments, visit to local weaving villages – and its trademark back strap wooden loom, manufacturing finest quality textile, using traditional dye and introduction to the exotic community of Merak and more all along the way.
Along the course, in few places the accomodation especially in Radhi and Merak are simple and basic in guest house or farm house. Perhap it add charm of its own. And also some hiking to Merak and short walk to visit the villages. Some long drive are interrupted in between by the visit to roadside villages.
This is certainly different tour on offer than our conventional ones. This was conceived out of our past satisfied guests request to see more of classical Bhutan in its quaint villages and vegetation. This is form of tribute to all our past guests.
Day 1: Arrive in Guwahati- Samdrup Jongkhar Meet the representative and transfer to Samdrup Jongkhar. In the evening, Take a stroll in towm
Day 2: Samdrup – Trashigang After breakfast, we ‘ll drive north to Trashigang, with the gradual gain in altitude, change in vegetation is distinct.
Day 3: In Trashigang (Excursion to Tashiyangtse) After early breakfast, drive to Trashiyangtse as day excursion. It’s a small, quiet town but it boast of production of finest wooden bowl and container in Bhutan. Visit the workshop and then visit Chorten Kora and on the way back visit Gom Kora Temple. Later in afternoon we will visit Trashigang Dzong.
Day 4: Trashigang to Radhi (home stay) Following breakfast, drive for 26 kms to reach Radhi. Before Radhi, visit Rangjang village – tranquil agarian village. At Radhi, visit farm houses surrounded by vast expanse of rice field, its aptly considered as the rice bowl of eastern Bhutan. Not to miss is to witness the women folk in action in traditional back strap loom using traditional dye, resulting in finest quality textile locally called “Burha”
Day 5: Radhi to Merak Today we will use the local outback vehicle and drive along the country road. The dirt road is not tarred and as it is rarely used. The road cannot be taken during the rainy season. The road makes winds up to Chaling village, from where the locals usually trek. After Chaling the road become more rougher but we continue for next two hour or so till the road head. Construction of the road is ongoing and so we may have to trek less than expect trek of 6hrs.
Overnight in a simple Guest house
Day 6: Explore Merak After breakfast, today the whole day will be devoted to visit in and around the Merak village. It involves visit to the local home, if possible school, interaction with people and delving deeper into their their social, cultural and religous structure of this unique community.
Day 7: Merak to Trashigang After early breakfast, retrace our step back with the trek till the road head, meet the vehicle (first into a local Bolero (MUV) and then into our modern (SUV) to Trashigang. Later in evening in Trashigang, being the principal trading town of Eastern Bhutan, bustle with hive of activties. Visit its market.
Day 8: Drive to Samdrup Jongkhar Early morning drive to Samdrup Jongkhar, savouring the kaleidoscope of changing vegetation as we drive downhill. Also stopping at villages along the way. Free evening in Samdrup Jongkhar. You can either rest in hotel or take a stroll in market for souvenirs shopping
Day 9: Samdrup Jongkhar to Guwahati airport.
Transfer to Guwahati on time for your flight
Group SizeAny number of participants.
Trip AccommodationSimple hotels/Guest Houses (best available in Samdrup Jongkhar and Trashigang). In Radhi and Merak we use only available simple guest house or farm house stay.
Route1.Gawahati To S/Jongkhar - 185 kms - 3 1/2 hrs
2. S/jongkhar to Tashigang-180 kms - 6 hrs
3. Tarashigang to Trashiyantse - 55 kms - 2 hrs.
4. Tashigang to Radhi - 26 kms - 1 hrs
5. Radhi to Merak - not available (unpaved farm road)
Trip TypeCultural Tour with fair bit of walking.
Trip SeasonsDuring the month of May & June, it can be hot especially in Samdrup Jongkhar and Tashigang. But substainically pleasant in Radhi and Merak area.Monsoon also influence the region in july and August. Rest of the months are best time to travel to the region. Festival like Trashigang, Gom Kora festival and some indigenous community based ritual in Merak can add a new dimension to your experience which falls during best time.
Best MonthsApril, October, November
Good MonthsMarch, May, June, September, December
Lean MonthsJanuary, February, July, August
Prices & Dates
Cost is based on number of participants and travel dates.
Contact us for details.
- Bhutan Royalties, tourists fees, Visa fees and taxes.
- Accommodations in listed or similar hotels (pleasant hotels 3-4 star type)
- All meals,including evening tea/coffee etc through-out the tour in Bhutan.
- All land transfers, sightseeing with entrance fees.
- Experienced English Speaking Bhutanese Tour Guide.
- Bottled water in the vehicle and other comp. services.
- Flights into and out of Bhutan
- Optional Travel/Medical Insurance
- Personal expenses such as bars, beverages in the hotel, telephone, laundry, trips, and others.
Especially in Radhi and Merak, accomodation tend to get basic in guest house or Home stay, largely due to its remoteness.
Hotels in Trashigang
Hotels in Samdrup Jongkhar
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.
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.
From the outset, Pema Namgyal knew what he wanted to do in life. He love to keep things simple. Right after finishing his Class 12 from school in Thimphu in 2004, he joined guiding course to aspire to be a guide. Initially he started as cultural guide but with time, he felt more connected with wilderness, he did course for trek in 2008.
After a fruitful experiences with other companies, he joined Wind Horse Tours in 2010. He has led many treks, and I seriously doubt, if there are any tourist trails that he hasn’t tread upon. One trek that stand out is challenging Snowman Trek, he comes highly recommended for this. In October, 2014 he successfully completed Snowman trek with 4 guests.
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.
Reviews / Testimonials
- Nhut Tran
California, USA Jan 1970
Upper Assam & Eastern Bhutan As world travelers, my wife and I have taken several organized l tours around the world. Most of them are with
- Trang Chhu
California, USA Jan 1970
Eastern Bhutan Tour I visited Eastern Bhutan with 3 other friends and family on a custom tour with WindHorse. It was my 2nd
- Linh Duong Auberger
Paris, France Jan 1970
Upper Assam Tour & Eastern Bhutan Tour Hello Anand, Thank you for your email, I received it with pleasure :-) The most memorial moment in Assam for me is
- Beal David
Michigan, USA Jan 1970
The Eastern Frontier of Bhutan Dear Anand, I am writing to add my comments to those of Nancy, who wrote you yesterday. The trip in Bhutan was
- Nancy Ann
Michigan, USA Jan 1970
Eastern Bhutan Trip Anand, We had the ultimate Bhutanese cultural experience and credit the success to Yeshi Dorji who guided us skillfully into Buddhist