Memorable Trip This is long overdue. My partner & I have planned our Bhutan trip since last year. We were working with
Highly recommended We highly recommend Windhorse, our wonderful guide Tshering and our driver Subba. We spent a week in Bhutan and it was
Colorado, Denver Jan 1970
Window to Bhutan for Maria by Wind Horse Hi Anand Sorry for the late report. I had a good time in Bhutan. I was able to have so many
Elinor and Sam
Zurich, Switzerland Jan 1970
Bhutan Cultural Tour We traveled to several different festivals in numerous cities, mixed with a few short hikes in between. A once in
Austin, Texas, USA Jan 1970
Bhutan Tour for Anil Shelat and Group Dear Anand; Both Bhutan and Sikkim trip went well. If I were to mention some specifics, services in Darjeeling Hotel (Little
New York, USA Jan 1970
Window to Bhutan For Andrew and Celia Hi there! Celia and I had taken part in the “Window to Bhutan Tour” from 8/30 – 9/5 and we would
Mrs. Tanja E
Rockanje, Netherland Apr 2018
I really want to thank you again for the most wonderful trip Dear Mr. Sirs, I really want to thank you again for the most wonderful trip I have made in your
Bandra (E) Mumbai. Jan 1970
What a phenomenal holiday! You have a lovely country and very nice fellow citizens. Dear Anand and Ugyen, Dear Laki, What a phenomenal holiday! You have a lovely country and very nice fellow citizens. Though there was
Ian , Patricia & Lawrence Party
Keswick Road, Leatherhead Surrey, UK. Jan 1970
Thank you Windhorse for such an amazing experience Dear Anand, On behalf of myself and my parents Trish and Ian, I would like to thank Windhorse for such
Jummi T. R.
JL. KH Makassar Sulsel Indonesia Jan 1970
They also want me to speak with the owner, Mr.Tsering but because my english is not very good so I refuse it. haha TID 8737 (23 feb - 1 March) 2015 Guide - Pema Dhendup. Dear Windhorse Travel. I wrote this on behalf of my
Angus M & Kelly M.C.
Suite Street, Edmonton Alberta,Canadian Jan 1970
We are very happy to have met him and his knowledge of the area and specific sites are phenomenal. TID - 8708 ( 06.02.15 - 12.02.15) Window to Bhutan (Guide - Kezang Norbu) Dear Anand, Sorry for the delayed reply. Overall, we
Nerissa and Kellie
Gordon Avenue, Victoria, Australia Jan 1970
We were sad to leave magical Bhutan – an amazing country with wonderful people. Window to Bhutan TID 8541 ( 17 to 23 Oct,2014) Hi Jambay Hope you are well.We just wanted to touch base to
Bridget L & Melanie G
Baltimore, Maryland,21223 USA Jan 1970
You have a beautiful country in Bhutan Window to Bhutan, TID 8605, (7 Oct – 13 Oct, 2014) Hello Anand, Yes, we did indeed complete our trip, the last
New York, USA Aug 2018
I think the trip exceeded my expectations Dear Anand, I think the trip exceeded my expectations, but it may have been more the case because of the beauty
Hounslow, United Kingdom May 2018
There was the right balance of standard itinerary and free time. Window to Bhutan Tour for Furkan TID: 8508 Hi Anand The trip was amazing....there was the right balance of standard itinerary and
Meagan, Micheal & Kids
Gatineau, Quebec, J8X3L7, Canada Apr 2018
There isn’t much to improve on- the trip was wonderful. TID 732: Megan Byers Family Bhutan Tour(TID 732) Apr. 08 - 14, 2014 Hi Anand, Thank you for your email. There
Vasanthi & Subramany B
United State of America Jan 1970
We enjoyed everything we saw in Bhutan – the country, culture, people and food. We returned home on November 7th after a wonderful trip to Nepal and Bhutan. We enjoyed everything we saw in
Spokane, WA. USA Jan 1970
He gave us good suggestions and guidance Sonam Pelden, our guide, felt like a member of the family within the first couple of days. His nuanced English
6 Rope WalkMount Hawke Apr 2018
As a family we are still buzzing about it and are keen to come back to Bhutan for a longer stay! 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
Dr. Sechung C
California, USA Mar 2018
I love the architectural decorative styles that adorn almost all buildings 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
Washington, USA Jan 1970
I really had a great time during my weeklong exploration of Bhutan Ayesha Bhutan Tour (13 - 19 Jan,2012) Hi Ugen and Jambay, Thanks for the followup, and also for the very prompt and
Hamburg, Germany Dec 2018
Bhutan is worth every penny. Bhutan Tour December 8-12, 2008 Dear Fellow Travelers, I just came back from a five days tour through Bhutan, organised by Wind
Colin and Marie Ward
Sydney, Australia Jan 1970
It was a special trip as the country was in transition from an ancient one to a modern one Dear Anand, Marie and I greatly enjoyed our trip to the Kingdom of Bhutan, it was a special trip as
Hollywood CA U.S.A Apr 2018
I traveled alone as a visitor to Bhutan in 2002 with Wind Horse. 25 - 29 April 2002 I traveled alone as a visitor to Bhutan in 2002 with Wind Horse. Upon my arrival, I
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
After breakfast, transfer to Paro airport in time for your departure flight.
Group SizeDepending on Group size
Trip AccommodationBest Tourist Hotels
Trip Type Cultural Tour
Trip SeasonsSuitable for all seaseon
Best MonthsJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Prices & Dates
Please request cost after deciding on the choice of hotels.
For larger groups, contact us for special quote.
Private Journeys for independent travel with your own dates.
- 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
Sonam Palden is smitten by games most notably national sports of Bhutan- Archery.While growing up in beautiful Ura valley in Bumthang, unlike other kid, he played with traditional traditional bows and arrows. He completed his class 12 from Punakha in 2003. Subsequently he pursued his passion for five years that took him to national limelight. But he missed by whisker to qualify for international.
Slightly disheartened, he refocussed with same intensity and passion to make a mark as a travel guide. In 2008, brandishing his guide license and dream in his eyes he joined Wind Horse , the rest as they is history…
One of the guest said, ” If not a travel guide, Sonam could be Buddhist scholar and his command over english concedes to be an Oxford educated”.
There is hardly any prize for guessing for what he does during his free time, 145 m (476 ft) between 2 wooden targets in archery ground still rules his passion with frenzy.
Love for sport is inherent in him, when Wind Horse started specialised tour like mountain Biking, he jumped into bandwagon happily, although he was doing mountain biking before but in bits and pieces, an opportunity was served on platter, it largely assisted him to hone his skill as well to live to his sporting adrenaline rushes. Whenever free he does a recce of region lying in Thimphu and leads the tour across country. The most audacious biking trip till date along with Sonam Loday, Sonam Palden was from Haa to Phuentsholing via narrow trail, through untamed vegetation and uncharted territory.
Chencho Dem is a mother, doting wife and a travel guide. Its a conventional wisdom that a person should keep home front in harmony to achieve a better result at work, she manage all with perfection, no wonder its clearly reflects on the way she conduct the tours with smile and cheerfulness at large.
After finishing her class 12 from Thimphu in 2010, though there were varied options but she chose to pursue Hotel Management and tourism programme for 2 years. Rather than being behind the desk, she felt she could expressed better being in field. She led many tours as freelance guide for Aman Kora and finally joined Wind Horse Tours in 2014. She is also among the few lady guides in the country who has treaded upon most of the trekking routes in Bhutan.
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 love for nature was imbibed while growing up in the beautiful Paro valley and stayed strong till date
His passion for studies took him to Shillong, a hill station in North East India to do degree course in management in 2010. After completing, he felt he could contribute and express himself well by being part of Tourism Industry. Subsequently, he completed his guiding course in 2012. He is as well versed in cultural aspects as in trek. He is more than useful, when it comes to understand flora as well as untying the knot of intricate Buddhists iconography for he did refresher course in 2013.
Well equipped, he joined Wind Horse Tour in October 2013. He has led countless cultural Tours and trek with flair and diligent.
One of the guest fondly remarked ” Yeshey Penjor may be short in stature but he walks real tall in term of dedication, knowledge and the way he carries and does his work” Except perhaps during the nightmare at night, he wear his smile almost all the time. His soft spokenness and demeanour make him most sought after guide for guests travelling with kids. He gel with kids like as any good adhesive and impress the adults with his profound knowledge on subjects and his conduct.
For over 5 years he has been leading guests with panache and authority both culture and trekking. But he jumped gleefully into when he is assigned to do the trek. For his love for lush natural amphitheatre of vegetation and wildlife date back to growing days in far flung village in Mongar ( Eastern Bhutan).
He make up his lack of interest for sport with serious hiking. The best place to find him over weekend or free time is at camping hotspot within the vicinity of Thimphu.