Oct 17 -23, 2017 Rating:
This is long overdue. My partner & I have planned our Bhutan trip since last year. We were working with another tour company when we came upon Wind Horse. Just our first phone conversation with Ugen, we knew we had to switch to Wind Horse and have not regretted our decision. I had mixed emotions about this trip. I was excited to see this picturesque country but terrified about the trek to Tiger's Nest. Thanks to our wonderful guide, Kinley, and our quiet driver, Yamraj, (Raj, as we called him), they put my mind at ease. Kinley, who was very knowledgeable
We highly recommend Windhorse, our wonderful guide Tshering and our driver Subba. We spent a week in Bhutan and it was absolutely wonderful. We visited the cultural highlights of Paro, Thimphu and Punakha. Tshering was very considerate about making the trip a special holiday for us. He tailored the trip to our wishes, even showed us his home. At the end of the trip, they even organized a surprise dinner for our 10 year anniversary! During the trip we had a lot of fun, both Tshering and Subba have a great sense of humor. Thank you for making this an unforgettable
Nov 13 - 29,2017 Rating:
Hi Anand Sorry for the late report. I had a good time in Bhutan. I was able to have so many questions answered by my tour guide. I did the cultural tour. I was expecting fast pace tour but I guess I will need to schedule trek tour next time.I am vegan and I mentioned this to my tour guide. Some hotels did not have breakfast or any meal for vegans. The quality of transportation provided was great. My driver Guddu was awesome! Unfortunately, I suffered an accident coming down of Tiger’s Nest. I twisted my ankle and one of your tour guides Tashis
We traveled to several different festivals in numerous cities, mixed with a few short hikes in between. A once in a lifetime experience. We loved the dances, the colourful costumes, and the journey through Bhutan. Thanks to our marvellous guide Tshering with the support of driver Kencho, the visits to all the monasteries and castles were a great cultural inspiration. Teaching us Dzongkha expressions and songs made the long drives through the impressive mountains a very entertaining trip. We would highly recommend it. Thank you!
March, 4-10, 2017 Rating:
Dear Anand; Both Bhutan and Sikkim trip went well. If I were to mention some specifics, services in Darjeeling Hotel (Little Tibet) was little less than expected. (This could have been due to the demand of several guests who were attending wedding of the owner's son). Wi-fi everywhere is an area of improvement; but this is not specific to any hotel; it is probably due to heavy demand on the services. Transportation in Bhutan was excellent and so was the guide. On the whole the trip turned out well and we enjoyed it. Anil & Ila Shelat
Aug 30 - Sept 05, 2016 Rating:
Hi there! Celia and I had taken part in the “Window to Bhutan Tour” from 8/30 – 9/5 and we would like to share some positive feedback with you regarding our tour guide (Kinley) and driver (Jigme). Both have taken care of us so well during our trip. Kinley was knowledgeable, attentive and definitely had a great sense of humour. Jigme was also friendly, conversational and attentive. More importantly, he was such a great driver that he transported us from point A to point B safely, despite some treacherous road conditions in your country! Both individuals have given us such a
April 17 -23, 2015 Rating:
Dear Mr. Sirs, I really want to thank you again for the most wonderful trip I have made in your beautiful country last April 17th. Asspecially our wonderful guide Duba and driver Dawa. Duba is so kind, attent, helpful, well informed about everything. As I arrange guided nature tours in my country we bought Duba books about birds and flowers which he want himself to improve his knowledge. Even when I arrived at Delhi airport my driver and agent were waiting for me and dropped me off at the guide who showed me Delhi and dropped me at my hotel
April 13- 20, 2015 Rating:
Dear Anand and Ugyen, Dear Laki, What a phenomenal holiday! You have a lovely country and very nice fellow citizens. Though there was a 6 hours delay at the day of arrival - rain in Paro obstructed the sight - we were still able to see a bit of the town. Mr. Yonten took us to a temple and gave a good first impression. As for the itinerary, the trip was and adventure in itself with all the road works. The flight to Bumthang was perfect, but 2 nights in the village might just seem a bit too long. We could have condensed
March 9 - 15, 2015 Rating:
Dear Anand, On behalf of myself and my parents Trish and Ian, I would like to thank Windhorse for such an amazing experience. Our guide Sonam and driver Hemrag went far beyond the call of duty. My mum was sick to start with, not from Bhutan but from India, and then my father was also sick, again from food poisoning in India. Sonam organised antibiotics for my mum, and then my dad ended up in hospital on a drip. Sonam organised everything, quickly and professionally. We cannot praise him highly enough. The main reason that I was in Bhutan was to
Feb 23 - March 01, 2015 Rating:
TID 8737 (23 feb - 1 March) 2015 Guide - Pema Dhendup. Dear Windhorse Travel. I wrote this on behalf of my family Jummi Tandung Raya : "Your service is very nice and kind. Your tour provide me any equipment and tools needed, including instant noodle, drink and some medicine when I am sick. They also want me to speak with the owner, Mr.Tsering but because my english is not very good so I refuse it. haha We will see you soon in our travel to Bhutan." Thank you sir
Feb 06 - 12, 2015 Rating:
TID - 8708 ( 06.02.15 - 12.02.15) Window to Bhutan (Guide - Kezang Norbu) Dear Anand, Sorry for the delayed reply. Overall, we had a fabulous time! Our guide Kezang and driver Chimi provided lots of insight, guidance, and knowledge to us (and kept us safe on the roads in Bhutan). And we really appreciated the photo stops! Our guide Kezang is one amazing individual. We are very happy to have met him and his knowledge of the area and specific sites are phenomenal. (His devotion to Buddhism is very beneficial for tourism in Bhutan.) This was especially evidenced to us when another guide
17 - 23 Oct,2014 Rating:
Window to Bhutan TID 8541 ( 17 to 23 Oct,2014) Hi Jambay Hope you are well.We just wanted to touch base to say how delighted we were with our tour of Bhutan through Windhorse.Sonam was the ultimate professional: well organised, a great communicator, flexible, very knowledgeable. And most importantly to us, fun! We have traveled extensively over the years, and he was by far, the most impressiveGuide we have ever had the pleasure of touring with. Sanger was also to be commended for his excellent driving skills. His car was always neat and tidy and both Sonam and Sangar were always well
Oct 7 – 13, 2014 Rating:
Window to Bhutan, TID 8605, (7 Oct – 13 Oct, 2014) Hello Anand, Yes, we did indeed complete our trip, the last part being a visit to Bhutan and what a trip is was, absolutely fabulous. From the moment we stepped off the plane in Paro and got greeted by our guide Kencho and our driver Pema the trip was wondrous. You have a beautiful country in Bhutan and both Kencho and Pema were excellent in their guidance of showing us a small part of it. Please tell them we arrived home safely after a very long journey, still full of memories
August, 2014 Rating:
Dear Anand, I think the trip exceeded my expectations, but it may have been more the case because of the beauty of Bhutan. Actually, Yeshi and the driver were great traveling companions and were able to accommodate my requests. I did not get a chance to go to Punakha as the road was blocked but we came up with a good alternative. The level of the hotels varied from 3 to 5 star. The Paro hotel Tamsay was of inferior quality compared to the others Druk and Zhiwa Ling. Probably more consistency in the hotel quality (excluding the premium hotels) would
May 09-15,2014 Rating:
Window to Bhutan Tour for Furkan TID: 8508 Hi Anand The trip was amazing....there was the right balance of standard itinerary and free time....the guide Pema was excellent. Everything was organised professionally! If I could do my own itinerary, I would have squeezed the two days in Thimphu into one long day....it would have allowed an extra day to see another part of the country. that's the only thing I would change There really were no complaints...very happy with everything.
April 8 -14,2014 Rating:
TID 732: Megan Byers Family Bhutan Tour(TID 732) Apr. 08 - 14, 2014 Hi Anand, Thank you for your email. There isn't much to improve on- the trip was wonderful. Jambay may have told you I found the wait for confirmations of hotels and visas stressful. I am not used to travelling in packages, and more regular communication would have alleviated some of my stress, along with an initial email explaining the process and usual timelines. As you know, we were travelling with three children, and our guide was really great. If Windhorse has experience in dealing with families, I think you could
Nov 3 - 7, 2015 Rating:
We returned home on November 7th after a wonderful trip to Nepal and Bhutan. We enjoyed everything we saw in Bhutan - the country, culture, people and food. We must thank you and your team that planned our visit so well. You have excellent staff. Pema and Cheemi, our guide and driver are very nice persons and kept us in good spirits all the way. Please convey our personal thanks to them. Our stay at Gayul Home Stay was indeed unique and memorable. I would not hesitate to recommend Windhorse Tours to my friends.Hope to see you next time when
Sonam Pelden, our guide, felt like a member of the family within the first couple of days. His nuanced English was invaluable in helping us understand the complexities of Bhutanese Buddhism and culture -we also laughed a lot! He gave us good suggestions and guidance. It was clear that he was respected by the hotel and restaurant personnel where we stayed. He was a delight. Chimi Rinzin, our driver, had a smile that light up the car and our lives. He is a careful and experienced driver who actually made the rough Bhutanese roads seem less arduous. We felt completely safe
April 19-25, 2013 Rating:
TID 612 Jones Family tour of Bhutan (19.04.13-25.04.13) Wow! Thanks for an amazing trip. As a family we are still buzzing about it and are keen to come back to Bhutan for a longer stay! I've got to say that as a company, you have been fab from the start. You made it easy to book, put up with all my neurotic questions via email and gave us an amazing guide and driver whilst we were over there. If anyone is looking at this page wondering whether to book or not, I can really recommend this company, Wind Horse Tour, especially if
March 18-24,2012 Rating:
Bhutan Private Tour (March 18-24,2012) Dear Ugen, I tried to enter my comments into your website but couldn't figure out how to do so. So, I send you the following paragraph that you may quote. "My husband and I visited Bhutan for a week in March 2012. I knew ahead of time that as a physically handicapped person I may have some problems climbing up and down the high steps that lead to the dzongs. What I didn't expect was that we had to climb steps even up to the front door of hotels and up one or even two flights of stairs
Jan 13 - 19 , 2012 Rating:
Ayesha Bhutan Tour (13 - 19 Jan,2012) Hi Ugen and Jambay, Thanks for the followup, and also for the very prompt and responsive manner in which you guys set up my tour at such short notice. My experience was very positive, and I would definitely recommend your services to others. I really had a great time during my weeklong exploration of Bhutan, and both the tour guide and driver were great the whole time. I remember writing on a trip advisor forum about various tour companies in Bhutan about the trip a while back, but will be happy to add more at
Dec 08-12,2008 Rating:
Bhutan Tour December 8-12, 2008 Dear Fellow Travelers, I just came back from a five days tour through Bhutan, organised by Wind Horse Tours. It was one of the best experiences I’ve made in the past twenty years of traveling in Asia which I have mostly done alone without any organised tours or guides. I can only recommend Bhutan as a destination and Wind Horse Tours as operator. The company provided me a guide who was so well informed about virtually every instance in Bhutan’s history and each feature of Buddhism and at the same time well accustomed to the needs of
November,22, 2012 Rating:
Dear Anand, Marie and I greatly enjoyed our trip to the Kingdom of Bhutan, it was a special trip as the country was in transition from an ancient one to a modern one. We savoured the ancient Buddhist traditions and the most magnificent scenery plus the honesty of the people to their traditions. It was a cameo trip, a once of trip of special significance but as the Kingdom becomes western it may lose some of the attraction that we found so special. Time will tell. You and our able and safe driver were the epitome of care and service
April 25 -29, 2002 Rating:
25 - 29 April 2002 I traveled alone as a visitor to Bhutan in 2002 with Wind Horse. Upon my arrival, I was greeted by a warm and friendly guide and driver with a nice car to travel in. For the next four days, every wish that I had was fulfilled. I enjoy photography and at my request, my driver would stop to allow my taking of pictures. The people I met along the way greeted me in friendship and provided warm hospitality. My lodging was first rate and the meals served to me were delicious and beautifully presented. I always felt that my
Window to Bhutan 7 Days
7 days Tour of Western Bhutan
Trip Price From US$ 1250 | See Details
Trip AccommodationBest Tourist Hotels See Details
Group SizeDepending on Group size
Trip Type Cultural Tour
Trip SeasonsSuitable for all seaseon
Best MonthsJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
The word Bhutan evokes a far reaching reactions to the minds to the outside world. Mostly swinging to the extremes – it is generally perceived as paradise on earth or country isolated and trapped on time wrapped. This 7 days tour widely opens the window that can laid rest to these reactions.. As this tour provide a close encounter with living and unique culture, tradition and religions values along with its spectacular natural beauty, pristine environment ,fabulous architecture. All along the beautiful valley of Thimphu, Punakha and Paro that forms the major portion of western Bhutan.
Starting from capital, Thimphu, which houses some major contemporary attractions as well historical, After visiting Thimphu valley, we drive east, you will cross Docula pass on the crest of a ridge at 3050 m. On clear day, astounding view of snow covered peaks of the eastern Himalayas is conspicuous.Passing through the magnificent group of 108 chortens at Docula then the road descend steeply to bring to fertile Punakha valley, continuing a little further will reach under renovation Wangdi Dzong, dramatically straddling the ridge. After stopping here for a few night, we retrace our step back via Docula pass into Paro valley, one of most beautiful valley in the country, after visiting major religious and cultural attractions, we bring the curtain down to the odyssey with hike to famous Tiger’s nest (Taktsang) monastery
Day 1: Arrive in Paro – Thimphu (L/D) Upon arrival in Paro, you are met by Wind Horse Guide & driver and transferred to Thimphu, which takes around 1hr from the airport.This afternoon visit attractions of Thimphu according to your interests and available time. This may include Tashicho Dzong, which is the main Govt. center with kings’ throne room. Visit Farmer’s market, which is more vibrant during the weekends.
Overnight in the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 2: Thimphu Valley Tour (B/L/D) The capital of Bhutan also has most things to see for visitors. A full day tour of Thimphu’s cultural sites and monuments may include Memorial Chorten, traditional Art school or Painting school, Indigenous Hospital, Nunnery at Zilukha, a short drive up to a view point for aerial view of the capital and its suburbs. Along the way, visit Takin Sanctuary, the national animal of Bhutan. Also visit giant Buddha statue. There are others like Zangdopelri temple, Changangkha monastery, Simtokha Dzong, Crafts workshop, Textile museum which can be visited as per available time or based on your interests.
Overnight in hotel in Thimphu.
Day 3: Thimphu – Punakha/Wangdue (B/L/D) The drive from Thimphu to Punakha across spectacular Dochula takes about 3hrs. From Thimphu, road climbs up to Dochula pass (3,050m),where you have opportunity to view the peaks of the eastern Himalayas. Descend into Wangdue/Punakha valley. Punakha-Wangdue valley is lower (about 1450m above sea leel) and it enjoys sub-tropical climate. In the afternoon, visit impressive Punakha Dzong at the confluence of the two rivers. Later drive short distance north through the idyllic countryside and walk short distance uphill to Khamsum Chorten on Nyenzangang hill. The views from here of the terraced rice fields, dotted with traditional houses, the river and the valley surrounded by mountains is amazing ! On the way to the hotel, stop to visit the township of Punakha at Khuruthang.
Overnight in hotel.
Day 4: Wangdue /Punakha – Paro (B/L/D) Check-out of the hotel. Take a short walk into the village and visit Chimi Lhakhang temple, dedicated to Lam Drukpa Kuenley, affectionately known as “Divine Madman,” for his unconventional ways of teaching using dirty jokes.He is a folk hero and a cultural icon around whom countless yarns of facts and fiction, stories and legends have been spun. Make a brief tour of Wangdue Phodrang; view the ruins of its Dzong, drive through the town area, and return drove to Thimphu recrossing magnificent Dochula pass, with one more opportunity to see the panoramic views of the Eastern Himalayan peaks.
(If you are interested in walking, you can skip Chimi Lakhang & Wangdue this morning and instead take a beautiful hike for about 3hrs from Dochula to Trashigang monastery via Lungchuzekha monastery. The hike is quite easy or moderate. From Trashigang meet the vehicle and drive to Thimphu). After Thimphu, continue 1hr drive to Paro. Along the way, there is a nice small nunnery at Sitsina that you can visit. Upon arrival in Paro, stroll around the town and the check-into you hotel for dinner and overnight.
Overnight in hotel in Paro.
Day 5: Paro Valley Tour (B/L/D) Paro valley is one of the loveliest in Bhutan. The willow trees and apple or chards line many of the roads. Large whitewashed farmhouses and temples complement the terraced fields with forested hills rising on either side to create a beautiful, organic and peaceful whole. Paro is also excellent agricultural land and the people here are better off than many elsewhere in Bhutan. We’ll tour by short drives and walks to see its many attractions such the Drugyal Dzong ruins, Ta Dzong (watchtower) which houses the museum, Rinphung Dzong fortress, the beautiful 7th century Kichu Lhakhang temple, local farm house, and also cover Dumtse Lhakhang temple, known to hold some of the finest murals in the kingdom.
Overnight in Paro.
Day 6: Paro Valley (Takstang)(B/L/D) Our journey in Kingdom culminates with a hike to the most famous pilgrimage site in Bhutan: Taktsang Goempa (tiger’s nest) monastery (at about 3100m/10,100ft). Visible from afar, this magical monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff 1,000 feet above the valley floor, defying logic, gravity, and reason in the quest for spiritual enlightenment. It is one of the most amazing and important pieces of architecture in Bhutan. (If for some reason, some of the members wish to skip hike to Taktsang, our Guide and driver can arrange other interesting alternatives for them.) You can also hire pony for the uphill part, till the first view point & cafeteria but you must be able to walk back downhill on return. The steep hike to the first view point or cafeteria (at 2940m/9,650ft) takes between 1-2hrs (ascending about 300m/1,000ft) from the starting point. From here it is another half hour or so to higher spectacular lookout point after ascending another 200m/650ft that puts you eyeball to eyeball with the monastery. From this vantage point, Takstang seems close enough to touch but it is on the far side of deep chasm and takes a knee breaking descent and ascending of another 40 minutes or so to the monastery. While some will probably not make it all the way to the monastery, but even to get to the first view point is really worth all the effort. Upon return from the hike, we may have time to visit the ruins of Drugyal Dzong. Farewell dinner.
Overnight in the hotel, in Paro valley.
Day 7: Departure (B) After breakfast, transfer to Paro airport in time for your departure flight.
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- 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.
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Hotels in Thimphu
Hotels in Paro
Hotels in Punakha
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Tashi Gyeltshen is like any boy next door. He hails from quaint village in Paro. His initialing school was in and around Paro districts. His […]
One of the guest fondly remarked ” Yeshey Penjor may be short in stature but he walks real tall in term of dedication, knowledge and […]