Dunsborough, WA, Australian 20 - 25, March, 2019
Rhonda & Andrew Bhutan Tour Dear Anand, Our trip to Bhutan was everything we had imagined. The country is beautiful and we appreciated the chance to see
Mumbai, India 19 - 24 Oct, 2018
Bhutan Tour 2018 Our Party of 4 visited Bhutan in October 2018. Our Guide, Pema Gyeltshen was always attentive, very punctual & professional
Germany 15 -20 May,2018
Glimpses of Bhutan – May, 2018 Thank you for your mail. We have just arrived in Germany after visiting friend in Delhi for a few more
USA March 31 - 5 April, 2018
Glimpses of Bhutan – March 2018 I have traveled a lot--around 130 countries--and I almost never use an organized tour. I thought I didn't like them.
Australia 06 - 10 Jan, 2018
Bhutan Tour – January, 2018 Trip was better than we could have ever expected. The entire process from the first messages with Bas till the
17 - 22 (March),2018
Glimpses of Bhutan for Yuhong x 2 Thank you very very much for arranging our Bhutan trip and assigning Gaki and Tenzin to take us around. We
Chicago, Illinois, USA Jan 21-26,2016
Honeymoon Bhutan Trip Hi Anand, Apologies for taking so long to write this review. We did a tour with Wind Horse in January 2016
New York, USA Dec 27 - Jan 01, 2016
Bhutan Tour for Marcos & Anna Anand, Apologies for the belated reply and not having shared a few words re: our experience earlier. After we returned to
Indonesia May 17-22, 2015
Bhutan was indeed the happiest place on earth and it was truly beautiful. TID 8757, May 17- 22, 2015, guide - Tashi Gyaltshen Dear Ugen and Wind Horse Travel, Our trip was wonderful. Perfect. Bhutan
Georgia, USA April 19-24, 2015
I very much enjoyed the entire trip. The Tiger’s Nest was definitely the highlight of the trip. TID - 8736 (April 19-24,2015) Guide - Pema Our guide, Pema, and our driver Chimmi were both very good. They were
Glenbrook, Nevada, USA Oct 03- 08,2014
I noticed there were other tour companies that were much more expensive, yet they were doing the exact same tour as us. Glimpses of Bhutan for Bednar TID: 788 (Oct 03- 08,2014) Hello, Thank you so much for such an incredible trip!!! First,
Chicago, Illinois,60601 USA Oct 19 - 24, 2014
Bhutan is a wonderful country and a “once in a lifetime” place to visit. TID 8586 Glimpses of Bhutan (19 Oct to 24 Oct,2014) Dear Wind Horse Staff, I would like to thank all the Wind
Tornaco, Italy October, 2014
Bhutan is a wonderful country, its culture and its people will forever sit in my heart in my mind. Dear mr. Jambay I'm home since a week now, and finally I found some time to send this email, in order
Santa Monica, California, USA May 05-10, 2014
He set up an extra hike for us that was really fun. TID 8520 Glimpses of Bhutan (May 05 - May 10,2014) We just got back home from our full trip so I
Thorparch Road London. UK June 30 -July 05, 2014
I also wanted to support a local company. [caption id="attachment_10067" align="aligncenter" width="700"] James with Kinley (Guide)[/caption] Glimpses of Bhutan for James & Friend TID: 8577 (June 30 -July 05,
Cambridge, USA April 28 - May 04,14
Thanks to all of you for making our trip to Bhutan so special. Window to Bhutan TID 8510: April 28 - May 04,14 Dear Ugen, Namgay, and Anand, Thanks to all of you for making
Greenwich, NSW, Australia April,2014
Bhutan is indeed a wonderful country. Hello Jambay and Ugen, we have just returned from Bhutan and wish to thank you for a very enjoyable and well
Beijing, China April 08-13,2014
It really felt more like we were meeting a friend of a friend. Alejandra & Andre Glimpses of Bhutan Tour TID: 8524 Dear Anand, My sincere apologies to reply to you so late! These past
Brasschaat,2930, Belgian April,2014
Thanks to our daughter Kirsi we have been able to make the trip to your beautiful country. Dear Mr Thapa Thanks to our daughter Kirsi we have been able to make the trip to your beautiful country. We
Blandford, Dorset, UK March 07-13,2014
We had a wonderful time and the care and kindness shown to us by Penjor and Sonam could not be improved upon Glimpse of Bhutan Hudson & Friends TID 751 (March 07-13,2014) Dear Anand - First and foremost all four of us wished
San Francisco, California, USA Nov 24 - 30, 2013
Overall, our trip was well organised, educational, comfortable, inspiring and filled with unique and unforgettable memories. TID 718 Bhutan Tour (24.11.13 – 30.11.13) Dear Mr. Tshering, Dechen, Jamtsho, Dorji and Wind Horse Travel Staff: Happy Tuesday! We hope
San Antonio, TX, United State. July 19 - 24,2013
We had a really lovely time in Bhutan and the visiting your country was truly impactful. TID 710 Glimpse of Bhutan (19.07.13 – 24.07.13) Hi Ugen, Thanks very much for your follow up on our trip. We
Guerneville,California, USA Oct 5- 10,2013
I sense the philosophy of the people is one that highly values kindness to all things, people, animals, and the environment. TID 697 Thornton Bhutan Tours (5.10.13 -10.10.13) Hi. The trip went well, I really enjoyed Bhutan. I sense the philosophy of
Bandung, Indonesia Dec 23,2011
The trip went very well and I am very satisfied with the service provided by your tour guide, Karma, and your driver, Baliman. Sylvia and Family Bhutan Tour Dec. 2011 Dear Ugen and Jambay: I am back home and am looking over the photos that
Thank you for the excellent trip that we had in Bhutan James Weiss from 09-15 April Dear Kinga + Pema Thank you for the excellent trip that we had in Bhutan. First, let
Dover Heights, NSW, Australia April24,2009
We have just returned from an excellent holiday with Windhorse in Bhutan and would like to thank you for the great experience. Dear Windhorse Directors, We have just returned from an excellent holiday with Windhorse in Bhutan and would like to thank
Buffalo, New York Feb 17 -March 14,2009
LIFE IN BUFFALO HAS RETURNED TO NORMAL AFTER A SPECTACULAR TRIP TO INDIA AND BHUTAN INDIA BHUTAN TOUR (17 FEB - 14 MARCH 2009) MARCH 29,2009 LIFE IN BUFFALO HAS RETURNED TO NORMAL AFTER A SPECTACULAR
Zurich, Switzerland Sept 01,2009
Never-the-less our days were filled with great impressions and experiences, thanks to Sonam. Dear Mr. Jamtsho, My family and I visited Bhutan January 2009 with Wind Horse Tours as our travel agency. Sonam Gyembo,
Chertsey Road, Sunbury on Thames, Middlesex TW16 7LN UK March 20,2008
Thank goodness there are still places like Bhutan to remind us Westerners of the values and priorities we have forgotten. Dear Kinga We would like to thank you and Ugen for a wonderful time in Bhutan. We loved your country and
Rowville VIC, Australia October,25,2007
Our trip to Bhutan was wonderful and everything we expected. All service and accommodation were fine and staff very friendly and helpful. Thanks for your email. I only returned to work this morning, so had not received your email until now. Our trip
For better part of last century, Bhutan remained in glorious isolation, denying to the outside world, the glimpses into its rich culture, tradition, religion and social-political structure thus adding to its deepening enigma – the last bastion of mythical Sangri-la. However, this itinerary concedes more than the glimpses rather insights into the undiluted tradition, culture, religious structures, Dzongs, monasteries, natural environment, quaint and serene valleys that has withstood the time and its fury. Although for 6 days only, this itinerary cover well three beautiful valleys that constitute western Bhutan.These valleys with varying degree of altitude are generally marked with high passes in between.
Starting from the capital, Thimphu, temperate valley – which house many attractions modern as well as historical. After visiting these attractions, we drive east and pause for substantial period at Docula Pass. The pass that separate Thimphu and Paro valleys with Punakha. Savouring the astounding surroundings and peaks of eastern Himalayas. We move downhills and stops at sub tropical agrarian Punakha/ Wangdi valley, the former winter capital of the Kingdom. Thereafter we retrace back and visit emerald -green temperate valley of Paro and at the end hike up to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) monastery -the cultural icon of the country.
This itinerary can be manoeuvred further for those who wish to spend more time in one place and do not like driving around, we can remove the drive to Punakha. This will allow extra time in Thimphu and Paro.
Day 1: Arrive in Paro
Upon arrival in Paro airport, you are met by Wind Horse guide and a driver and transferred to the hotel.This afternoon visit National Museum, followed by visit to Rinphung Dzong (Monastery/Fortress). Later visit 7th century Kichu Lhakhang (temple) and Dungtse Lhakhang that contains some ancient murals. Stroll through the charming Paro town.
Overnight in hotel.
Day 2: Paro – Punakha
After breakfast, drive for about 2hrs till Dochula pass (3,050m). Along the way, we get the glimpse of capital Thimphu as well. At Dochula pass, we take a short break for tea and to enjoy the panoramic views of the eastern Himalayan peaks. Continue our drive, descending about 1500m in two hours through ever changing vegetation into semi-tropical Punakha and Wangdue valley. After lunch, visit 17th century Punakha Dzong, straddling at the confluence of Pho and Mo Chu river. Then drive short distance through idyllic countryside to Khamsum Yuley temple on Nyinzergang hill, that provides good vista of the valley and paddy fields (optional).
Return to Punakha for overnight (1450m)
Day 3: Drive to Thimphu
In Wangduephodrang, visit Richengang village, unique for cluster of houses connected with each other, followed by short walk to visit Chimi Lhakhang temple, dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kunley (1455 – 1529), popularly known as ‘the divine madman, a folk hero and a cultural icon around whom countless yarns of facts and fiction, stories and legends have been spun. Drive back over spectacular Dochula Pass to capital Thimphu, which takes about 3hrs.
Late afternoon, visit great Tashicho Dzong and the giant Buddha statue on Kuensel phodrang ridge.
Overnight in Thimphu (2400m)
Day 4: In Thimphu
Full day to tour the capital of Bhutan, where there are lots to see and do. Visit memorial Chorten, Takin Preserve, Zilukha nunnery, a Viewpoint, followed by visit to traditional Art school (also called painting school) and visit Indigenous Hospital. In between, we can stop at the Post Office for stamps or send postcard home. See the textile academy and museum, stroll through the Farmer’s market, peek at Changlimithang ground, where you may see the archery (national game) in progress. Stroll in the core city area, and shop for souvenirs.
Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 5: Paro (Takstang Hike)
Drive for about hour to Paro and hike to famous Taktsang (tiger’s nest) monastery (3120m/10,200ft). Visible from afar, this magical monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff 1,000 feet above the valley floor. It is one of the most amazing and important pieces of architecture in Bhutan. If for some reason, you are not able to hike, your Guide can arrange other interesting alternatives. You can also hire pony for the uphill part, till the first view point & cafeteria but you must be able to walk back downhill. While some will probably not make it all the way to the monastery, however it is worth even to try getting till the first view point. Return to Paro, where we may have more time for stroll around the town. Farewell dinner in the evening.
Overnight in the hotel, in Paro valley.
Day 6: Departure
After breakfast, transfer to the airport in time for your departure flight.
Group SizePrivate Tour
MealsFull board in Bhutan
Trip AccommodationBest available tourists standard hotels.
RouteParo, Punakha, Thimphu
Trip Type Cultural Tour
Trip SeasonsThrought out the year.
Best MonthsJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Prices & Dates
Cost start from, USD$ 1350. It 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
Hotels in Thimphu
Hotels in Paro
Hotels in Punakha
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.
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.
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.