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Karma Lama

Leading cultural & trekking trips for over 20 years in Nepal & Sikkim & Darjeeling. Karma Lama claims working as free-lancer guide best suit his temperament – the space liberates him to conduct tour with renewed vigor. He has worked with major travel outfitters in the region and has earned many accolades for his inviolate honesty and undiminished competence.
He is integral part of Wind Horse (Sikkim & Darjeeling portion) and has been leading tour for us with his usual flair and panache. Born, brought up and studied in Darjeeling – tourism’s Mecca in North East India. Started right after his Bachelor degree, he started as culture guide and over the time he added trekking in his repertoire too.

Pasang Wangchu Sherpa

Mountains has its own way to strike bond with individual . For Pasang Wangchu Sherpa, the romance with mountain or Himalayas to be specific started when he was a kid. Growing up in Darjeeling under constant watchful eyes of pious Kanchenjunga and whole gamut of Himalayas ranges, left an indelible imprint that influenced his adolescent. After his graduation in academic  from  Darjeeling college , he renewed his love affair with mountains. He trekked countless times into various ranges in Himalayas such as Sandakphu Trek, Dzongri and Goechela trek, Kanchenjuga Base camp. In 2004, he was part of successful Mt Everest trek expedition in Nepal. Also he has led tour in Kashmir (India) such as Stok Kangri in Ladakh. Its been over 25 years and counting and his love for mountain has hardly diminishes.

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  • Goechala, Dzongri Trek & Bhutan Tour
    Goechala, Dzongri Trek & Bhutan Tour San Mateo, California Trip Date:
    April 26 - May 13, 2018
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    Five of us was on custom trip that included Goeha La trek in Sikkim and 5 days in Bhutan. From the moment guides met us in airport to the last day of our trip everything was perfectly organized with every little detail taken care of.Food on trek was exquisite! Our cook managed to cook 3-4 different dishes every evening. Good comfortable accommodations in Bhutan. We learned a lot about Buddhism, and Bhutanese culture and history. Had so much to see in just a few days it’s unbelievable. I would like to say big thank you to the whole Wind horse team from all


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Dorji Dema

Dorji Dema was born in Kurtoe region in north eastern Bhutan but for most part, she raised in the capital Thimphu. Wind Horse is her first job. She is quick to observe and meticulous in details. She handles travel reservation in Thimphu office.

 

Apurav Sharma

Cold climes, majestic peaks, sweeping vista, pristine ambience in mountains can capture imagination of any young minds, Apurav  Sharma is no exception. Although born and brought up in vibrant Delhi but he found refuge for himself far from maddening crowd and in mountains,  which lies not so far from there. A love that  grew with every vacations during his childhood days with family. A progression that can still find expression in his yearly visit to mountains, which he partakes at least once if not twice.

More often, these trait formed during formative years  usually breeds love for travelling. And its this love for travelling he pursued whole heartedly in his later years. To give firm anchorage to his passion, he did his MBA specialising in Tourism. In travel, languages could pose a barrier, to combat it,  he studied Spanish and French as languages, which makes him fluent in 4 different international dialects.

Recently, his best friend has been his bike to give company in his travel. Saddling on it, he covered miles in mountains and plains of India. Among many, a notable one is biking trip in Spiti valley – world highest motor able village. Although, he joined Wind Horse India recently but he is already making a huge difference leading the biking tour with flair and dexterity, if behind the desk then with his travel oriented innovated ideas. If not in both of these places, and if he is letting his hair down then there is hardly any price for guessing – MOUNTAINS.

 

Tashi

Mr. Tashi is from the Amdo region of Tibet. Studied Tibetan Buddhism and English literature in Varanasi India from for 5 years. He speaks excellent English and some Hindi, and wonderful Mandarin Chinese.

His passion for the scenery of his homeland has led him to deepen his knowledge of Tibet’s  less traveled paths, particularly in the central and western Tibet (Kailash area), where he traveled and led so many groups toHis patience and detailed oriented personality has earned him a really good judgement from our guests

guest reviews

  • Three Himalayan Kingdom, Oct, 2018 Houston, Texas, USA Trip Date:
    05 -20 Oct,2018
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    Dear Ugen, Jambay, and all Windhorse staff, Thank you so much for everything you did to make our tour the trip of a lifetime!  The only thing that I would have changed would have been to arrive a week later, as we did not know that the first week of October is National Holiday in China’s-the crowds were insane and we were unable to exchange money as all banks were closed. All of the accommodations were lovely, food was good, and the guides and drivers were simply amazing. We were so glad we chose to fly into Chengdu, instead of Beijing,


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  • Three Himalayan Kingdom Fall 2018 San Francisco, USA Trip Date:
    08 - 22 Sept, 2018
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    TID 9203 These guys are the experts to turn to if you what to go to Bhutan. They choose the best guides, drivers and hotels for the price point, which is very reasonable given the quality delivered across the board. Expect local hotels with good character. By example, we had individual chalets built for the coronation of the king of Bhutan in the 70s. We did the Three Himalayan Kingdom tour. It was physically demanding to some extent as there is a lot packed into your trip....and lots of steps on the temples at high altitudes to take. :) The guide


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  • Grand Cultural Tour of Bhutan – April 2018. France Trip Date:
    30 - 09 April, 2018
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    Thanks for your email below. I'm now back in Luxembourg :-) I've had a great time in Bhutan. As a general fashion everything went well and I've been very happy with the overall program. The driver did a great job and the guide was fine as well despite the miscommunication issues - This is something that he can easily improved by the way. One thing a bit worrying, perhaps due to the policy of the country, was that I found it difficult to get some moments to be on my own like having a walk in city centres for instance as the guide insisted


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  • Three Himalayan Kingdom May, 2017 San Francisco, California, USA Trip Date:
    May 14 - 28,2017
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    We planned a trip with Wind Horse for Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan, traveling for approximately 2.5 weeks, with a local guide and driver in each of the three destinations. We opted for the Three Kingdoms Tour. Wind Horse has many different pre-packaged tours to choose from, from challenging, lengthy treks, to horseback riding adventures, to culture tours with mostly easy walks. They can also customize the trip for you depending on your preferences. We planned this trip from the comfort of our homes in the U.S. Communications/email was fast and easy during the entire planning process. They helped us book flights


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Rohit Shukla

Rohit Shukla is an eternal seeker and innate traveller. A trait that was plausibly imbibed by his father. In his early days he used to tag along with his father and sometime running  errands to  local weekend market, in a sense, left a big void on his young mind to be filled.  Immersive and interactive setting, undeniably fascinating stories , in more than a way  trigger the passion to know what lies beyond this market and his town.
He was born and brought up in small town -Nashik in Maharastra (India). But his strong sense of adventure and call of unknown took him to places. After passing his Class 12, he set his focus toward India’s capital -Delhi. To give wings to his dreams, he felt apt to give intellectual mooring to it. So, he enrolled for MBA with Adventure as specialisation. Where he learnt to think big and finer point of life in smaller things.
He found Motorbike to take him closer to his passion. Where he can set his own pace, savour the landscapes, bridging gulf with locales through interaction. Since long, he has traverses far and wide on his bike, to name a few , Leh,  Ladakha highways, North East  India and more.

Now he is all geared up as bike team leader for Wind Horse  to give a new dimensions to biking in Bhutan and India.

Yeshi Dorji

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.

guest reviews

  • The Eastern Frontier of Bhutan
    The Eastern Frontier of Bhutan Michigan, USA Trip Date:
    April 18-26,201
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    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 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


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  • Eastern Bhutan Tour.
    Eastern Bhutan Trip Michigan, USA Trip Date:
    April 18 - 26, 2017
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    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 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.


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Min Singh

Min Bahadur Singh was born in 1977 in Bajura district, far western development region of Nepal and later on he moved to Pokhara, permanent resident of Kristi-3 Kaski, Pokhara. He is Trek and City Tour Guide in Pokhara city, Nepal, a city of natural beauty and on the lap of the Himalayas. He has completed his intermediate education level and various training related to the travel and tourism industry. He started his career in the hospitality industry since 1992. He’s worked in the tourism sector for 24 years and has 12 years of guiding experience involving in different travel and trekking agencies in Nepal. Min has joined to this company since 2014, and he does city tour guide in Pokhara and Annapurna region Trekking as well.On top of that, he is also bird watching specialised in the mountain region of Nepal. Min speaks English very well and has been the beloved guide for English speaking tourist. He loves to travel, meet new people and share his ideas and experiences to other people.

Vijaya Gyawali

Bijaya Gawali permanent resident of Kausaltar, Bhaktapur, Nepal is one of the experienced City tour Guide in Kathmandu valley, Nepal. He has completed his bachelor degree from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu Nepal. He has got several pieces of training including City tour guide licence. He has started his career working in 4-star hotels in Kathmandu for 12 years. He has been working as a city tour guide in Kathmandu valley since He loves to meet new people, reading newspapers and listening music. When he has free time, he goes out with family and friends. Bijaya Gawali is not only the english speaking guide but also the french guide. His knowledge of French language gives him an edge in handling our French guest better. He has joined to this company since 2014, and he is well versed in both English and French language and taken care of our guest very well.

Hem Raj Bastola

Hem Raj Bastola is a permanent inhabitant of Pokhara-25.  He has been working as a  tour and trekking guide  since 2010. Formerly he has worked as a guest service agent at the hotel Pokara Grande. He started his career as a Cave guide,  ticket sales man at Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave in Pokhara. So must of his working experience is related to tourism and hospitality industry. Beside his guiding profession, he enjoys reading and writing poetry. His poets have been published in different forums and medias.  When get free time loves to work in the field as well.

guest reviews

  • Three Himalayan Kingdom Fall 2018 San Francisco, USA Trip Date:
    08 - 22 Sept, 2018
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    TID 9203 These guys are the experts to turn to if you what to go to Bhutan. They choose the best guides, drivers and hotels for the price point, which is very reasonable given the quality delivered across the board. Expect local hotels with good character. By example, we had individual chalets built for the coronation of the king of Bhutan in the 70s. We did the Three Himalayan Kingdom tour. It was physically demanding to some extent as there is a lot packed into your trip....and lots of steps on the temples at high altitudes to take. :) The guide


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  • A Beautiful and Lasting Experience Trip Date:
    12 - 29 Jan, 2018
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    Our group of 4 recently returned from a trip through Wind Horse Tours. Ugen helped us for months with all the details of the trip, answering our questions and arranging personalised custom changes for us. We visited Northern India and Nepal. All of us have traveled quite a bit, but none of us had been to India. I cannot thank Wind horse Tours enough for the excellence we had with the activities, hotel choices and mostly the guides. With Delhi being such a big city, you can imagine pre-travel jitters, but it was all for naught. We were met at the airport


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  • Three Himalayan Kingdom May, 2017 San Francisco, California, USA Trip Date:
    May 14 - 28,2017
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    We planned a trip with Wind Horse for Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan, traveling for approximately 2.5 weeks, with a local guide and driver in each of the three destinations. We opted for the Three Kingdoms Tour. Wind Horse has many different pre-packaged tours to choose from, from challenging, lengthy treks, to horseback riding adventures, to culture tours with mostly easy walks. They can also customize the trip for you depending on your preferences. We planned this trip from the comfort of our homes in the U.S. Communications/email was fast and easy during the entire planning process. They helped us book flights


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  • Dream Trip to Nepal
    Dream Trip to Nepal San Francisco, California, USA Trip Date:
    March 26-April 18,2017
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    I was fortunate enough to book a last minute trip to Nepal through Windhorse for March/April 2017. I had confidence in them because I had a wonderful experience with them in Bhutan. Ugen and his team are really great at putting custom trips together. I was interested in wildlife and trekking, seeing the Himalaya, and every day was simply amazing!!! Three days in Chitwan National Park watching rhinos, elephants, crocodiles, and amazing array of birds. The hotel was beautiful and right on the river, and you could even see rhinos from the deck every day! Then off to a 5 day trek


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  • Bhutan Tour and Nepal Trek Arkansas, USA Trip Date:
    May 21- June 06,2016
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    Bhutan Tour and Nepal Trek (Spring 2016) Ugen and Jambey, Michel and I want to thank you for the amazing job your team did in organizing our recent tour to Nepal and Bhutan.  Every detail was perfectly arranged and exceeded our expectations.  Our guides in Bhutan and Nepal were very knowledgeable and very pleasant and the pacing of the trip (even the trek in Nepal) was perfect.  I have been traveling the world for almost 40 years (on organize trips and by myself) and your company did among the best jobs I have ever experienced.  If future clients have questions about your


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  • Nepal Trek and Tour
    Nepal Trek & Tour Washington, USA Trip Date:
    March 4-13,2016
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    We were delighted to find a Bhutanese company with an office in the States that could help us plan trips to both Nepal and Bhutan. The fact that Ugen , a partner in the business and our stateside contact made the trip to both countries himself a month before our trip, gave us current updates and information relevant to our itinerary. My husband and I are both seniors (he is 65 and I am 72) .  I had some concerns about the Nepal leg of this trip; concern about my physical fitness to take it on after some serious spinal surgeries


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Nima Dhondup Bhutia

Nima Dhondup Bhutia is the senior most guide for Darjeeling, Sikkim and Doars Tour. From past political turmoil to changing tourism scenario in the region, he has seen it all from close quarter. His career as guide started from 1980, and going great gun still. His experience along with amicable nature and soft-spokenness brings forth a subtle difference in every tour that he conducts.

He was born and brought up in Tibetan Self-help camp in Darjeeling, when it was still quaint and serene towns unlike now. He still remember fondly the days of yore and growing changes that the time dictates. He graduated from one of prestigious school – Mt Hermon school in 1977. You will still find vestige of old school of English  in his accent.

guest reviews

  • Sikkim & Bhutan 1 month trip for Gassman Switzerland Trip Date:
    Oct 11 -Nov 11, 2017
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    We very much enjoyed our travel through Sikkim/Bhutan. All was perfectly organized and everything met our expectations. We are happy to talk to you on the phone to give you some more details.  


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  • Bhutan Festival & Sikkim Tour Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Trip Date:
    April 3 -19,2017
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    Hello Anand, I'm writing at the end of a very busy week at my hospital; let's see how far I get before my energy and memory are failing. I'd like to break the trip into 2 segments: Bhutan and Sikkim/Darjeeling. I liked Bhutan. The country has a fascinating history based on it's religion. This is shown very clearly in every corner we visited. Yet, there is also a strong movement forward, in a diligently controlled way, for which the king probably deserves most credit. The trip showed this in an intelligent way, not the least through our excellent guide who embodied both worlds,


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  • I would like to thank everyone for their help in such a splendid trip. Mill Valley, CA, USA Trip Date:
    April 05 - 16, 2015
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    Dear Anand - Thank you so much for your email. I was planning on writing and giving my thoughts, but you prompted me to get started. Firstly,  I would like to thank everyone for their help in such  a splendid trip.  We thoroughly enjoyed every moment.For the sake of simplicity and time, I will condense my comments instead of in a paragraph form.  ORGANIZATION Excellent. Over the course of the past year, my questions were always answered promptly and professionally. GUIDES. Excellent. Very attentive and wanting to please. DRIVERS Excellent. I still admire the way they navigated the mountain turns! ACCOMMODATION. Excellent. One exception being Hotel Y.T. Punakha.  Not


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  • I am so pleased that we chose a tour group that is not only run by Bhutanese but also has a strong track record and an office presence in the United States Santa Barbara ,California USA Trip Date:
    Oct 03 - 19, 2014
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    TID 781 (Oct 03 - 19, 2014) My partner and I recently participated in the Windhorse Tour to Bhutan, Sikkim and Darjeeling. We had a marvelous time. We were both extremely impressed with the knowledge and enthusiasm of our Bhutanese Guide, Sonam. And our bus driver, Arun, did an amazing job keeping us all safe amidst the traffic on the curving mountain roads. Our guide in Sikkim and Darjeeling was excellent as well. Plus, the Windhorse office staff was efficient and did all they could to make the appropriate arrangements for the trip in a timely fashion. I am so pleased


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  • We had an excellent experience not only in Bhutan, but also in Sikkim and Darjeeling. Sonora Drive, Santa Barbara, California Trip Date:
    Oct. 03 - 19, 2014.
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    Bhutan Festival Sikkim Tour TID 781 Oct. 03 - 19, 2014. My partner and I recently participated in the Wind horse Tour to Bhutan, Sikkim and Darjeeling. We had a marvelous time. We were both extremely impressed with the knowledge and enthusiasm of our Bhutanese Guide, Sonam. And our bus driver, Arun, did an amazing job keeping us all safe amidst the traffic on the curving mountain roads. Our guide in Sikkim and Darjeeling was excellent as well. Plus, the Wind horse office staff was efficient and did all they could to make the appropriate arrangements for the trip in a


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  • I was provided with an abundance of information from the company Sonoma. Ft. Myers Florida 33908 USA Trip Date:
    3 to 14 Oct, 2014
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    Bhutan Festival & Sikkim Tour ( 3 to 14 Oct, 2014) TID 781 Dear Wind Horse and future Wind Horse travelers, I would like to start off by saying thank you for providing such an amazing trip! Touring Bhutan and India with Wind Horse was actually my first experience out of the country. I was provided with an abundance of information from the company, from helpful packing tips to how to obtain our Indian and Bhutan visas. Any questions that my travel partner or I had were answered in a very quick manner, which was greatly appreciated.


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  • It was a great experience to spend time in your wonderful country. United Kingdom Trip Date:
    Mar. 22-Apr. 07, 13
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    Bhutan Festival & Sikkim Tour TID 598 (Mar. 22-Apr. 07, 13) Ugen/Jambey.Hello Have returned home from the above trip which was enjoyed immensely. It was also nice to have met you after so many emails back and forth over the last few months! I enjoyed the trip very much indeed; it was a great experience to spend time in your wonderful country. Penjor was a delightful guide who was very efficient and unassuming. I liked him very much indeed! I did find that he struggled a bit with his English and consequently did not always offer the information that he would have done


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  • It was truly a journey of discovery 915 Talbot Avenue Trip Date:
    March 22 -April 7 2013
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    TID 598 Bhutan Festival & Sikkim Tour (March 22nd to April 7th 2013) Dear Ugen, Jim and I have traveled to 106 countries. The Bhutan Festival & Sikkim tour we booked through you was fantastic and ranks as one of our favorites. It was truly a journey of discovery. The small group size (9 pax) was manageable and made for a more personal experience. We were pleasantly surprised with the quality and abundance of food along with the choice of accommodations. All were more than we had expected. Penjor, our Bhutan guide, was one of the most considerate, caring guides we have ever met. He


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  • The trip was very well organised and we liked the guides as well as the hotels. Atlanta, GA, USA. Trip Date:
    Sept 28-Oct 14, 2011
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    Bhutan Festival & Sikkim Tour Sept 28-0ct 14, 2011 Hi Ugen,We are still digesting our trip - we had a great time and will write you a favorable review. The trip was very well organized and we liked the guides as well as the hotels. Kathrina & Douglas M, Atlanta, GA, USA


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Dawa Lama

Dawa Lama hails from queen of hills – Darjeeling. He is well versed in cultural aspects but his love for mountains, wilderness of Trek is more profound. For his love for the trek, he treaded many paths less travelled. He feels at peace and at home in mountains and he believes that being in mountain  is being close to his root and to his very existence. To give wings to  his passion, he enlisted in mountaineering course in H.M.I. Darjeeling and disaster management course and completed in flying colours after one and half years .

Following the tradition, he started as a a cultural guide in 2008, simultaneously, he was pursuing his degree course also and completed in 2004. His early education  was in school run by Jesuits father. He grew up watching the sun rises at far horizon of eastern Himalayas from Tiger hill, which still is one of his favorite place.

guest reviews

  • Darjeeling Sandakphu Trek (India) Melbourne, Australia Trip Date:
    Nov 06 - 18, 2015
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    Following the touring we completed the six day Sandakphu trek along the border of Nepal and Darjeeling, India. Unlike the treks in Bhutan, which are wilderness treks where you have to camp each night, the Sandakphu trek was a cultural tea house based trek. While the terrain for the Sandakphu trek was much easier than the trekking terrain in Bhutan, the Sandakphu trek was really enjoyable because of all the interaction with the local people along the way. Our very experienced guide, Dawa, seemed to know someone in every village and we were welcomed into people’s houses wherever we went,


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  • Our days were filled with wonderful activities and no question went unanswered. Barrack Hill Rd., Ridgefield, Ct. Trip Date:
    December, 2014
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    Just wanted to commend your company and our guide, Yeshi and driver, Dawa, on the well planned program that you developed for your guests. Our days were filled with wonderful activities and no question went unanswered. We truly both saw and understood the culture and would highly recommend your company and these two employees in the future. Not only did Yeshi and Dawa lead our tour, they also became our friends and helped us when we had trouble with the ATM, taking certain climbs, and focusing on our special interests. For example, my husband loves archery and Yeshi and Dawa


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  • 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. Hasselt, Belgium Trip Date:
    Dec 17,2012
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    We have just come home after a fascinating trip to Bhutan. We were surprised by the kind way of welcoming us at Paro airport and by the caring attitude of our guide and driver during our trip. They have supported us throughout our journey when things were difficult at times eg when climbing up to Tiger's Nest or when being carsick. 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 appreciated the nice hotels and the good food and we have even


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Dechen Duba

For Dechen Duba, nothing is much more fulfilling than being in tour with guests. He comes a long way from quaint village of Mongar to the capital city of Thimphu. It wasn’t a easy journey, nothing was served on a platter. He earned every bit of rave review  from guests through his hard work and dedication. His favourite line “Hard works beats talent”.

To be part of tourism fraternity was what he desired most, he made a splash headlong after  class 12 by enrolling for Tourism and management course. After its completion, he joined Wind Horse in 2013 and has been leading groups umpteen times.

You may find him in basketball court playing hard, when he is not leading the group.

 

guest reviews

  • Customized tour Bhutan and India Rotthalmünster, Germany Trip Date:
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    We had a great tour in India as well as in Bhutan. We felt perfectly looked after. The whole trip was extremely well organised and your agency made our time in Bhutan special. Our visa problems were quickly solved and even our wish to bring a present for the royal baby to the palace could be fulfilled. Duba and Jigme (guide and driver) are a great team and very entertaining. We spent a lot of time laughing with them during our tour from the west to the east of Bhutan. Our expectations were clearly exceeded. We had a great tour


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  • Exploring Bhutan from West to East Berlin, Germany Trip Date:
    March 21 - April 4, 2016
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    Dear Rinzin Jamtsho, A big hello from Berlin. Let us thank you and your amazing team for a wonderful journey through Bhutan. We had a marvellous time from the first minute on and Duba and Jigme are an excellent team. It was perfectly organized and the combination of culture and nature experience kept us in constant amazement. We also had a lot of fun and giggled our way through from west to east. Now the 1200 pictures have to be selected and shown to our friends in Berlin. We will recommend your agency at the end of the presentation and who knows, maybe you will


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  • Cultural Tour and Snow Leopard Trek California, USA Trip Date:
    Sept 27 - Oct11, 2015
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    Cultural Tour and Snow Leopard Trek. Hi guys, I hope all is well with you, and apologies for such long silence. After spending two wonderful weeks in Bhutan, we came back home to a heavy work load, and I just had the chance to put together all my photos from the trip. I don't have the emails of our first guide, Tsering, and the hike crew. Can you please forward the link to them as well?   This was the best trip I've ever done in my life, and thank you all for such a wonderful experience. I have been in touch with the wildlife biologist


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  • Limitation of Indian e-tourist Visa Lysterfield South Victoria, Australia Trip Date:
    Sept 20-27,2015
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    We had an 8 day trip to Bhutan & our Windhorse guides were excellent throughout. We especially appreciated their help when we tried to cross the land border from Bhutan into India. We had been told in Kolkata that the Indian e-tourist visa could be used here - it can't! It can only be used for 1 entry into India & is only accepted at certain airports. Because it's relatively new, not even the officials know its limitations. Our guide Duba & driver Tashi refused to leave us until it was all sorted out. This meant an overnight stay at


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  • Bhutan Tour Lysterfield South, Victoria, Australia Trip Date:
    Sept 20 - 27, 2015
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    Bhutan Tour TID 8766 Hello Anand Profuse apologies for not being in contact before now, but we’ve had serious computer problems since our return which have taken a long time to sort out.  Thank you so much for all your help & support on the border – we really appreciated you coming out on a Sunday afternoon, taking us to the Indian consul & all your other attempts to get our visa issue sorted.  We also appreciated Duba & Tashi staying on to ferry us across the border in the Wind horse van – I hope they didn’t lose out too much


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  • There was a good balance within our cultural, physical and urban shopping activities. Ontario, Canada Trip Date:
    March 31 - April 14,2015
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    TID 8628 (March 31- April 14,2015) The guide - Dechen Duba Hello Anand, It is now more than a month since we finished our trip with Wind Horse.  It was truly the best trip we've had in a very long time and one we've been hoping to take since the mid-80s.  I know the places we visited are places that many tourists see; however, Duba, our guide, introduced the places in an understandable and relevant way.  Chimmie, our driver, kept us safe on the roads and managed the blocks so as to minimize the time we had to spend waiting for road


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  • I really want to thank you again for the most wonderful trip Rockanje, Netherland Trip Date:
    April 17 -23, 2015
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    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


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  • Bumthang Owl trek was the highlight of the trip Preston, chevy chase, Maryland, USA Trip Date:
    March 04 -17,2015
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    TID 8721 (March 4-17) 2015 Guide Duba Hello Anand - Firstly,  we want to tell you how amazing our guide was!  Duba really made our trip.  He was professional, punctual, knowledgeable, kind, and exceptionally friendly.  For example, our guide would always rush to open our door, carry our handbags, and would ask us how we were feeling. Other positive factors were: -The Chumey nature valley resort was exceptional -The trek was very beautiful and a highlight of our trip -The fertility temple was very interesting -Our driver was safe and curteous Some negatives: -The food was redundant so in Thimphu Duba was able to give us more western food


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  • Jon and I both fell in love with Bhutan, the countryside and the people. Graham Drive, Calgary T3E, Canada Trip Date:
    Nov 18 - Dec 04, 2014
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    TID - 8607 (Nov 18 - Dec 04, 2014) Attention Ugen I want to thank you for putting up with my questions and phone calls. They were well worth it for me, as I think that Jon and I had a perfect trip. Our guide and driver,Duba and Sonam were the perfect choice .They couldn’t have been more obliging, sensitive to our wants and needs, and helpful in customizing the trip to our interests. You certainly have a couple of true winners in them. Jon and I both fell in love with Bhutan, the countryside and the people.We feel that this


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Rajat Gupta

Rajat Gupta is the gun young at Wind Horse Tours, New Delhi. With his advent there is  infusion of fresh ideas, exuberance and passion , that changing travel scenario demands. He completed his degree course in Tourism Management in 2014.
At Wind Horse Tour, India, he is  setting pace for innovations and fresh perspectives to thrive and to meet new demands. With opening of window for Visa on Arrival for many countries by Indian Government, this has thrown door wide open for travel industries to redesign structural patterns in term of infrastructures and itineraries.

He inherited the passion for the travel business from his father Santosh Gupta. While growing up or still now the travel talks  hogs the limelight at the  dinner table. He alway knew what he wanted or how he wants to shape up his career. Choosing travel management course was a conscious choice to  hone his passion.

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  • Golden Triangle of India with Deeg Tour
    Golden Triangle of India with Deeg Tour Kansas City, Missouri, USA Trip Date:
    May 15 -20, 2017
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    Anand and colleagues at Wind Horse, My husband and I were thrilled to have visited Deeg.  Although, it was in a terrible state of disrepair it was beautiful and very interesting.  We were delighted to be in a location that did not have many, many tourists.  It was interesting because it was more 'contemporary' and the water features would be beautiful if the trash was removed.   We enjoyed seeing a smaller town, but would have been uncomfortable "strolling in the village"  of Deeg.  Are they prepared  to welcome foreigners?? We enjoyed staying in the old section of  Laxmi Vilas Palace in


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  • Golden Triangle Of India With Amritsar Tour Singapore Trip Date:
    April 28 - May 07,2017
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    Hi Rajat. Li and I both had a good time on the tour. Our guide and driver were excellent and we had good conversations on the longer drives.I thought Amritsar's golden palace was one of the more amazing experiences while the ceremony at the Pakistani Border underwhelming. The long drives impressed upon us the vast scale of India. Our impression was that there is little to see between cities in the semi arid farmlands. Perhaps in future visits to India we would consider this in terms of or destinations and ability to take local flights between major internal destinations. We also have a


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  • Unforgetable trip Trip Date:
    April 1-16,2017
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    I am impressed how well organized was our trip ! And I didn't make it easy ! We had a little bit of everything : Varanasi in India, Kathmandu, Pukhara and tiger in Chitwan in Nepal, and the top - Bhutan with Tiger Nest and Festival ! All the guides are excellent, transportation great and we liked all places we stay in  ! I am highly recomending individual trips. It cost more, but you can decide about everything to the smallest details , they are going to work with you


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  • Golden Triangle of India With Varanasi Tour (August 2016) Quito, Ecuador Trip Date:
    August 2016
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    Dear Santosh,  Thank you for your email. I greatly appreciate your interest to learn about our experience in India with Wind Horse.  I'm now in Dhaka and I think it will take some time to get back to my routine after the wonderful time that I spent in India with my parents.  The trip exceeded our expectations. It is hard to identify highlights since we enjoyed a lot everything that we experienced. However, some of the things we liked the most are the Teej Festival in Jaipur, the visit to Fatehpur Sikri and the Taj Mahal, and the overnight train to Varanasi. Also, my


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  • India tour of Delhi Agra & Jaipur
    India Tour of Delhi, Agra & Jaipur San Fransico,USA Trip Date:
    Nov 04 - 09,2015
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    India Tour of Delhi, Agra & Jaipur (India Portion) Hi Santosh, We are now at the hotel in Delhi - reflecting on our great trip here.  Thank you for making everything work so smoothly and adjusting to have Raj join.  He was excellent to support our journey in many ways - and we got to know so much more about the culture, current events while he managed every detail along the way. Denish was amazing as our driver - we never once were feeling anxious given the extremely busy roads...he was ever so skillful in navagating.  We would daily comment on how he


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Ghanshyam Gupta

Finance & Logistics

Ghanshyam Gupta take care of logistic, specifically of airport assistances and financial bearing of Wind Horse Tours, Delhi. New Delhi, being the capital of India houses one of the biggest and high end airport of the country. Inflow and out of passengers are huge, he keep tracks of all Wind Horse guests and depute guide for the transfer.

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  • THANK YOU Santosh and Ugen for setting me up on the Palace on Wheels San Gabrielle, CA, USA Trip Date:
    Nov,28,2007
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    THANK YOU Santosh and Ugen for setting me up on the Palace on Wheels. It was excellent to meet you Santosh in Delhi, especially because you came to meet me and my friend and to personally take us to the train. May your business bloom and prosper.


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Laxman Bhattarai

Tourism is the key driver for economy in Nepal and its so difficult to keep a person away from glitz of tourism especially in Kathmandu. Largely, people are connected in one way or other. Laxman Bhattarai is no exception to the rule. Though a computer web programmer/developer by orientation but tourism has always captured his imaginations.

Love for tourism was imbibed during his early days in Palpa, which still retain its medieval feel and its Newari charms. He says it was a tough choice to choose between tourism and computer.During those days, though pursuing the intricate of computer but he harboured an idea of romancing being part of tourism fraternity.

Working as senior web developer took him to roads much loved, designing and developing the travel website. He is man behind the Wind Horse Tours dyanmic website.

And with inception of Sixth Sense Travel Pvt Ltd in 2014, dedicated to Nepal trip solely gave a concrete shape to his childhood dream. Perseverance and diligence marks his traits and set a very standard when he frames an itineraries.

Mahendra Raj Bhusal

After completing college from Kathmandu University, Mahindra pursued Post Graduate In Community Welfare and MBA from Australia, where he also worked as Social and Community Care Coordinator in Royal Darwin Hospital for 1 and half years and as a Community Service Worker and Disability Service Coordinator in Somerville Community Services. He returned to Nepal and has been Consultant/Manager of Health Care International for 2 years and finally left to join the exciting career in promotion of Tourism in Nepal.

 

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  • Three Himalayan Kingdom, Oct, 2018 Houston, Texas, USA Trip Date:
    05 -20 Oct,2018
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    Dear Ugen, Jambay, and all Windhorse staff, Thank you so much for everything you did to make our tour the trip of a lifetime!  The only thing that I would have changed would have been to arrive a week later, as we did not know that the first week of October is National Holiday in China’s-the crowds were insane and we were unable to exchange money as all banks were closed. All of the accommodations were lovely, food was good, and the guides and drivers were simply amazing. We were so glad we chose to fly into Chengdu, instead of Beijing,


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  • A Beautiful and Lasting Experience Trip Date:
    12 - 29 Jan, 2018
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    Our group of 4 recently returned from a trip through Wind Horse Tours. Ugen helped us for months with all the details of the trip, answering our questions and arranging personalised custom changes for us. We visited Northern India and Nepal. All of us have traveled quite a bit, but none of us had been to India. I cannot thank Wind horse Tours enough for the excellence we had with the activities, hotel choices and mostly the guides. With Delhi being such a big city, you can imagine pre-travel jitters, but it was all for naught. We were met at the airport


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  • Customized Tour of Northern India & Nepal for Jackie x 4 TID: 9142 US Trip Date:
    12/1/2018
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    A Beautiful and Lasting Experience Our group of 4 recently returned from a trip through Windhorse Tours. Ugen helped us for months with all the details of the trip, answering our questions and arranging personalized custom changes for us.We visited Northern India and Nepal. All of us have traveled quite a bit, but none of us had been to India. I cannot thank Windhorse Tours enough for the excellence we had with the activities, hotel choices and mostly the guides. With Delhi being such a big city, you can imagine pre-travel jitters, but it was all for naught. We were met


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Bas Naus

Since his early childhood, every summer Bas visited the European Alps with his parents. Hiking and trekking at first, rock climbing and mountaineering when he was older. Later he started enjoying other mountain activities such as skiing, snowboarding and mountain biking. After completing his studies in Environmental Science, where he specialized in the subject of nature conservation and poverty alleviation in developing countries, he decided to book a plane ticket to Delhi and fulfill a long time childhood dream: see the great mountains of the Himalayas. For about a year he travelled to the remote corners of the Himalaya in India, Nepal and Tibet. During this time he also started studying Tibetan Buddhism.

After returning home he decided to start working as a tourleader in Asia. For 3 years he guided many Dutch trekking groups in Nepal, India and Tibet. During this period he learned that sharing his passion for mountains and Buddhism with other people gave him tremendous satisfaction. In 2008 he started an office job as product manager Asia at the biggest Dutch adventure tour operator in the Netherlands. In the next 7 years he would learn many different aspects of the travel business. During this period he visited Bhutan twice, and instantly fell in love with this Himalayan Kingdom.

In 2016 a new chapter in his career started with the opening of a Wind Horse Tours office in Europe. Here he will engage himself with marketing Bhutan as a amazing destination and with advising customers in order to create itineraries which perfectly suit their wishes and needs. But most of all, he will be able to share his passion for the Himalaya and Bhutan with other people.

Bas lives in Nijmegen (Netherlands) with his wife and two young daughters. His daughters regularly ask him to tell bedtime stories about yaks, tigers and dragons.

Hemant Arya

North India Tour Guide

Hemant Arya says ” There is no half measure in what ever I do. Its either 100% or nothing”. With these thought driven, it has taken him to many different frontiers, sometime prickly but mostly well charted territory. And this is what guests find an outstanding traits in him that make the tours smooth and informative. Since 2008, He has been leading tours in Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and north India vindicating his above philosophy.

Since kid, he had a strong liking for this trade, he actually studied to be in travel industry. He did his bachelor degree in Art with History as major. He makes best use of what ever he learnt.

He hails from Delhi and grew up watching Delhi grow up into bigger cities as well. He has fond memories of all the attractions and monuments that he visited with his friends and family.

He loves to read, if not home you can find him in his favourite hang out point at National Library in Delhi.

guest reviews

  • A Beautiful and Lasting Experience Trip Date:
    12 - 29 Jan, 2018
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    Our group of 4 recently returned from a trip through Wind Horse Tours. Ugen helped us for months with all the details of the trip, answering our questions and arranging personalised custom changes for us. We visited Northern India and Nepal. All of us have traveled quite a bit, but none of us had been to India. I cannot thank Wind horse Tours enough for the excellence we had with the activities, hotel choices and mostly the guides. With Delhi being such a big city, you can imagine pre-travel jitters, but it was all for naught. We were met at the airport


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  • We really had a fantastic trip and everyone said that it really has been an experience of a life time. California, USA Trip Date:
    March,23,2007
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    Dear Santosh We just wanted to say a very big 'thank you' on behalf of ourselves and the other intrepid explorers. We really had a fantastic trip and everyone said that it really has been an experience of a life time. You did an excellent job putting it all together and everything just ran like clockwork. What can we say about our Tour Director except that he was just wonderful. He did a first class job, under difficult circumstances sometimes. One of our travellers was not the easiest to deal with. Good hearted but almost always cantankerous, in America never mind India. You


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Shyam Vijay

Being linguist goes a long way in finding expression to a certain beliefs that you hold aloft. Shyam Vijay is one among a very few mortal who speaks almost all north India regional languages along  with fluent Spanish and English. Some beliefs hold long, it hardly becomes vague or blur with time. The love for travelling and passion to share to one and all rang true as a child, and grew mammoth as he grew up.

His fascination for languages was inspired largely with travelling and relocating to different regions in India due to his father’s jobs. Once he came across Spanish tourist speaking the language. He was mesmerised with its sound, articulation and countenance on guest face. He felt like to hear and watch them forever.

Next moments he enrolled for Spanish class and passed out in flying colours. Along with his post graduate degree with major in History in 2008. He was all set to roll.

He started his career as guide as free lancer. Treading upon the path less trodden in the regions in trek of north India Himalayas as well as leading  cultural tours in the region with flair and panache. He joined Wind Horse Tours in 2010. He hails from picturesque town of Jaipur in Rajasthan.

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  • It almost brought tears to my eyes. USA Trip Date:
    Oct 06 25, 2014
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    TID 8575 India, Bhutan & Nepal Trip (India Portion) Oct 06 - 25, 2014 However delayed, I wanted to let you know what an amazing time we had on our trip in India with Wind Horse. Everything my husband had on his list of things he wanted to do and see was planned for and it was apparent to us that every representative we encountered from Wind Horse was intent on making sure that we were happy, and having the experience we wanted to have. Your country is amazing. Some of the most beautiful things I've ever seen are there, and


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  • Thank You again for your splendid selection of companies to serve me in the various cities that I was in Canada Trip Date:
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    Hello Santosh Now that I am home from all my journeys, I have some time to write you. Thank You for arranging my trip with such great people, meeting me and driving in all the cities that I visited on my whirlwind tour of Northern India. They were always on time and they waited for me at the airport sometimes for hours due to my delayed flights. Of specific mentioning were the Driver and Guide in Agra/Jaipur ...they were super. The driver was MORE THAN excellent ...he was totally a great guy .In fact he was the best driver that I


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  • Ricky and the drivers (Mani and Shaam) were all excellant and we felt like we were in great hands. New York, NY Trip Date:
    March,23, 2006
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    We all enjoyed the tour. After seeing Old Delhi the last day, we are glad that we did not see too much of Delhi the first day. It would have been too overwhelming. Namaste. Hello. We are back safe and sound in NYC. We had a wonderful time and wanted to thank you for helping put together a great tour. Santosh, Ricky and the drivers (Mani and Shyam Vijay) were all excellant and we felt like we were in great hands. One comment I would like to make is about the long drive from Jodhpur to Udaipur, as the road is still


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Pema Dhendup

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.

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  • Snow Leopard Trek ( Oct, 2018) Arlington, Massachusetts, USA Trip Date:
    07 -20,Oct,2018
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    Hi Anand! I hope the tipping issue went ok…if anything, I tipped high…but for great service, so ok with me. The trip went very well, from my perspective.  I was so excited to cross that high pass!  I don’t know if you heard about the eldest queen mother visit in the monastery.  She said it was “auspicious” that no one else signed up for the tour, and she turned out to be right.  I had trouble on parts of the descents—(a) I HATE exposure and (b) trail rocky, scree, “kneebanger,” slippery that I needed to do slowly to protect knees and out


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  • Glimpses of Bhutan – March 2018 USA Trip Date:
    March 31 - 5 April, 2018
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    I have traveled a lot--around 130 countries--and I almost never use an organized tour. I thought I didn't like them. But this trip changed my mind. Mr. Pema, my guide, was impeccable, as was my driver, Mr. Ugee. They anticipated my every need, were beautifully friendly and polite and quite interesting people. I felt like I was traveling with friends. Mr. Pema was very skillful and knowledgeable as a guide to both the sites and the culture, and we had philosophical as well as historical conversations of some depth. Windhorse made all the arrangements painless, kept in touch just enough, and


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  • Bhutan Tour For Bates Berkeley, California, USA Trip Date:
    Nov 07 - Nov 20
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    Dear Ugen, I wanted to get back to you to tell you about how wonderful our trip was trip to Bhutan. Pema Wangdi, our guide has exceptional. He knew all about the country, past and present. His knowledge of Buddhism and the geography was amazing. Tenzin Jamtsho, our driver couldn't have been better. You are fortunate to have such great employees. Sincerely, Tom Bates and Loni Hancock


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  • Bhutan Customised Tour For Labat. France Trip Date:
    18 -29 Sept,2017
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    "Our trip to Bhutan was globally above expectation and will stay in our minds for a long time. The program was perfect, except for the last night planned in thimpu, but Pema kindly changed it on our request (to Paro). We were also satisfied of our guide and driver who always did their best to answer our needs and expectations. We particularly had a lot of fun playing darts and archery with them the last day: this kind of event should be included in all your trips! We were also satisfied of the entire process with wind horse and will recommend it


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  • Grand Cultural Tour for Nilza
    Grand Cultural Tour for Nilza Sao Paulo Trip Date:
    March, 2-11, 2017
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    Visiting Bhutan was the trip of a lifetime. I loved the Bhutanese people, always kind and smiling, the atmosphere at the temples and monasteries, the architecture, the artwork (paintings, sculptures, carving, etc), nature (mountains and valleys, rhododendrum starting to bloom !!), .... I am not used to travel with an organized tour, and was a little worried, but it was much better than I could have ever imagined. I would like to thank Ugen, Jambay and all the Windhorse team, for the organization, planning,  professionnalism and the excellent service.  Everything went just perfect. My very special thanks to Pema, for his kindness,


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  • Grand Cultural Tours of Bhutan for Julia
    Grand Cultural Tours of Bhutan for Julia Brazil Trip Date:
    Feb 17-26,2017
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    Dear Ugen, Jambay and the whole Windhorse Team, This is a quick note to thank you all for the support and wonderful vacation we had in Bhutan. We had very high expectations, and the trip was even better than we ever thought it could be. It usually goes by unnoticed when absolutely everything goes right, and we wanted to recognize the effort it takes to provide an excellent service, from the booking process to the moment we left Bhutan. Pema, besides being a great company, has incredible knowledge and social intelligence to skillfully to solve issues without us even noticing - this quality


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  • Grand Cultural Tours of Bhutan USA Trip Date:
    Sept 5-15, 2016
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    Dear Anand Apologies for not replying sooner. Thank you for setting everything up. We were very happy with the whole experience of our Bhutan trip. We always felt we were in good hands and enjoyed the company of both Soman and our driver, Chimi. The way the schedule was arranged worked well and made us appreciate the very different and contrasting areas, from the remoteness of the village life of Jakar with the stunning open plans of the Phovjika valley [Blackneck crane valley] and the busier town life of Punakha, Thimphu and Paro. The highlights were trekking through the Bumthang and Phovjika


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  • Highly Flexible Bhutan Tour for Martin North Yorkshire, UK Trip Date:
    Feb 7 - 16, 2016
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    Flexible Bhutan Tour This trip was honestly so much more amazing in real life, and far exceeded my original (high)expectations. Thanks to everyone in the office at Windhorse who were always efficient and helpful in answering questions over e-mail, and willing to be flexible and build the itinerary round what I wanted to achieve - this is their greatest strength. They were always willing to say what could be done, while occasionally respectfully reining in my more extreme suggestions, which I now realise after my visit were at times too ambitious for the travel infrastructure of the country. Obviously particular mention for Pema & Tenzing with


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  • I understand that Bhutan is changing and that the roads are good for the local economy. Tahoe City, California Trip Date:
    May 09-26, 2015
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    Hi Anand, - I think the trip went well.  I did get sick at one of the hotels from food being incorrectly described.  Pema said he told the hotels in advance of my Celiac condition, and I asked the woman serving the food if there was any wheat in a vegetable dish and she said no.  I asked her to please double check.  She said she asked the chef if there was any wheat in the dish and he told her no.  I got sick that night and was sick for about a day and a half during the trip because


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  • I very much enjoyed the entire trip. The Tiger’s Nest was definitely the highlight of the trip. Georgia, USA Trip Date:
    April 19-24, 2015
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    TID - 8736 (April 19-24,2015) Guide - Pema  Our guide, Pema, and our driver Chimmi were both very good. They were both professional, helpful and pleasant. I very much enjoyed the entire trip. The Tiger's Nest was definitely the highlight of the trip. My one criticism would be of the food. It wasn't bad, but it was always basically the same buffet. More opportunities to experience some different variety outside of a hotel restaurant buffet would have been nice.


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Namgay

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.

guest reviews

  • Above the Cloud (Fall 2018) Reno, Nevada USA Trip Date:
    23 Sept - 16, Oct, 2018
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    I loved almost everything about our trek.   Our guide, Namgye, was fantastic.    He answered all of our questions, instructed us skillfully through the trekking, had a great feel for guiding each one of us individually as well as guiding us as a group.   The cook, Mon, made delicious and nutritious meals and allowed me to watch him cook.   His momos were fantastic.   All the assistants were helpful and so kind.    The pony masters were also talented and so fun! However, I would recommend getting new mats.   The mats were pretty thin.   I’d recommend


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  • Dagala Trek - 2018
    Dagala Trek – 2018 Western Hills, Nebraska, USA Trip Date:
    13 - 22 May,2018
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    Dear Anand, Thank you for checking in with me about the trip.  I have been meaning to write reviews for Tripadvisor, but there is so much in my mind I haven't been able to get it done yet. The trip was a peak experience of my life.  My daughters (plus one boyfriend) and I loved it.  Namgyel was an exceptionally good guide and he took great care of us every day.  The trekking staff was excellent, especially the food service.  The tents were very good in spite of difficult weather most days.  I think the itinerary Windhorse prepared was perfect for our


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  • Bhutan Tour for Aaron Maryland, USA Trip Date:
    3 - 11, April, 2018
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    Hi Anand, I really enjoyed my trip quite a lot. Namgay and Yamay were both terrific. And the support team at Wind Horse was really great and answered all my questions. My only feedback would be that perhaps you should add a version of the trip that includes more hiking. It’s a lot of sightseeing and the day could have been broken up a bit with more walking/hiking/etc. We got back to the hotels quite early and in some of places there isn’t much to do. A lot of people I am sure enjoy the rest and relaxation but others may appreciate


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  • Customised Trip for John & Sue Maine, USA Trip Date:
    14 -22 Feb, 2018
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    Jambay:   It was a pleasure meeting you when we were in Paro in mid-February.   We are back in the United States as of early March just in time for the end of winter in Maine with three late snowstorms totaling 65 cm of snow.   But spring has finally arrived and temperatures are reaching 6 degrees Celsius during the day.    The wonderful Wind Horse book on Bhutan that you gave us sits proudly on our coffee table.   It’s a treasure and reminds us of our memorable trip every time we look at it. First. Thank you for the help you, Anand along with Ugen


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  • Culture Tour with Short Druk Path Trek. Switzerland Trip Date:
    Nov 08 -17,2017
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    As promised I let you know our comments  about the trip. Everything was good organised, the trekking was what we expected, food was very good and people so nice. Hotel was in the average even if we normally preferred small one, where you get in contact with the owner and the other guests, but, I know, we were too late for this kind of place. The only one thing for our point of view that  you could improve is the choice of restaurants. Namgay most of the time proposed us for lunch restaurants only for tourists. For us find good food and nice places 


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  • Rhododendron & Walking Tour
    Rhododendron & Walking Tour Highland Park Illinois Trip Date:
    March,02 -15,2017
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    Ugen, we have now returned from the wonderful trip you planned for us. Excepting an unexpected snow storm everything worked great. We enjoyed the Radisson very much for our one night layover in Delhi on the way to Bhutan, and Druk air was able to ticket our luggage directly to Chicago via our Air India flight, making that much more convenient. Our guide Namgay was charming and a pleasure to be with. I would be happy to share more details with you but for now I wanted to touch base and thank you again.  We look forward to planing further trips with


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  • Bhutan Custom Trip for Matt
    Bhutan Custom Trip for Matt Naperville, Illinois, USA Trip Date:
    Dec 10 -20, 2016
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    Hi Anand, Firstly, apologies for my late response. It's been a particularly busy time at work and I've had 3 days off in the past month! Nevertheless, enough excuses and time for my thoughts. I first came to know about Bhutan when reading this website about the 25 least visited countries in the world a year or two ago. I like to go off the beaten path, and the idea of an entire country with centuries of history, it's own unique culture, people, and way of life, can exist with so many people not even knowing about it's existence is surreal to


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  • Customised walking Tour for Sewell
    Customised walking Tour for Sewell Mount Eliza,Victoria, Australian. Trip Date:
    8 -22, Nov,2016
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    Hi Anand, Thank you for your email. Our trip was excellent in every respect and we have no hesitation in recommending a holiday in Bhutan with Wind Horse to all our friends. From the start: • Ugen was extremely helpful in assisting us to plan our two week trip taking into account our interests • The pre departure information was very comprehensive and useful • All the documentation arrived in a timely manner and Jambay answered any queries very promptly • Our guide, Namgay, was excellent – very knowledgeable and friendly and his English was very good. • Our drivers (Tenzin around Paro, and Chimmi for the rest


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  • Honeymoon Bhutan Trip
    Honeymoon Bhutan Trip Chicago, Illinois, USA Trip Date:
    Jan 21-26,2016
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    Hi Anand, Apologies for taking so long to write this review. We did a tour with Wind Horse in January 2016 (Trip ID 8855) as part of our honeymoon. We had a wonderful time! The Wind Horse staff was very helpful, from booking the tour, flights and visas with Ugen in the Minnesota office to working with our guide, Namgyel, and our driver, Dawa Tshering, in Bhutan. Everything ran smoothly from start to finish. Namgyel was a great guide - friendly and full of information and suggestions for extra sights. He was a big part of making our trip so enjoyable. He


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  • Bhutan Tour for Marcos & Anna New York, USA Trip Date:
    Dec 27 - Jan 01, 2016
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    Anand, Apologies for the belated reply and not having shared a few words re: our experience earlier. After we returned to NYC, we just resumed our routine and our promise slowly faded. Alas, it is not lost. See it below. In a few words, we loved our trip to Bhutan. We went to Tibet in 2013 and could notice that the two regions share a lot of similarities: strong Buddhism faith, the Himalayas, blue never ending sky and humble people. However, the "small things" found in Bhutan made it unique and I dare say more special than Tibet in our view: the


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Pema Namgay

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.

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  • 8 days in Bhutan with Windhorse
    8 days in Bhutan with Windhorse USA Trip Date:
    13 -20 August, 2018
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    My husband and I took our first trip to Bhutan with our 20yr old daughter.We chose Wind Horse as our guide service via Kimkim travel service. I was more than happy with our team. We were well taken care of and came to appreciate all the preparations and in spite of our apprehension about being led around by guides it actually was one of the highlights.In the 8 days we spent together our guide Pema Namgyel and driver Sonam Tenzin came to feel like travelling companions rather than hired travel company employees. Pema's professionalism and knowledge of the history and culture


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  • Bhutan Tour for John Begale North Fairfield, Chicago, IL, USA Trip Date:
    15 - 19, June, 2018
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    Anand, Thanks for reaching out!  Would love to share about my experience, because it was incredible! Not knowing much about Bhutan, if anything really, I was hoping to see Tiger's Nest and left the rest of what I was to do up to Wind Horse.  As you know, I spent time in Paro and Thimphu, learning about the culture, history, Buddhism, and general way of life for the current Bhutanese people. Ugyen (spelling?), was a great tour guide, providing a constant smile and a lot of laughs.  He opened my door, tried to carry my backpack, etc. and always attempted to make the


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  • Bhutan Tour for Jenny x 4 – March 2018 New Zealand Trip Date:
    12 - 18,March,2018
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    Steve and I really enjoyed our trip to Bhutan. Highlights for us was visiting the art school, textile museum and paper making factory in Thimphu. The hotel was lovely but the downside was not being able to sleep because of the many dogs barking in the square. The fort at Punakha was amazing. The four of us were all surprised when Pema explained that we would have a 6 hour car drive the following day to the Ha Valley - as it was stated in the itinerary it was 3 hours. However, Pema did explain that was the distance from the temple


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  • Bhutan Tour with short Trek for Eric and Sarah TID: 9127 US Trip Date:
    Nov 17-25,2017
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    On our 9-day tour in November my husband and I had an amazing time! We were particularly blown away by the temples, unspoiled landscapes, and the kindness of the local people of Bhutan! The accommodations were very comfortable - we especially loved our hotel up in the hillside in Punakha! We also loved touring all of the temples and dzongs, and really appreciated the patience and wisdom of our guide Pema, who was also very willing to go on all of the hikes that my husband insisted on! Another highlight was visiting the Artist College in Thimphu - as a


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  • Bhutan Travel for Parenti Florida Trip Date:
    Jan. 02-10, 2018
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    Dear Anand, Thank you for your email. We have finally adjusted to the time changes, and are settled in back home. First, we want to thank you and your staff for such a wonderful trip. Our trip included India and Nepal, but our time in Bhutan will always stand out as the highlight. We also want to thank Pema and Sonam for their knowledgeable and friendly service. Pema was especially helpful to me, since I suffered a fractured ankle in September was sometimes a little less than sure-footed. He made sure to steady me up and down stairs, as well as on the


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  • Bhutan Trip for Corina Germany Trip Date:
    Oct 24 - Nov 03, 2017
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    In general I`m still amazed by what I was able to experience. I´ve never expected anything like this. It was one of the best countries I´ve seen and experiences I´ve made. I`m very grateful I was able to do this journey. A big Kadrinchhe la to you and to Wind horse for putting this together for me. I always felt it`s very professional and I know it was the best choice for me to chose Wind horse. I already recommended Wind horse to some other friends and people. The Itinerary For me, everything was just perfect. Even though the schedule was quite tight from the way I used


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  • Snow Leopard Trek -Fall 2017 San Francisco, California, USA Trip Date:
    Sept 27 -Oct 10,2017
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    A little late to responding to this but just wanted to say that the trip was fabulously planned and organised. From the beginning, we were set up with the packing list, the itinerary etc. Pema was an amazing guide - always happy to answer our questions and support us through the toughest parts of the hike. The rest of the crew was also incredible - so SO helpful. The food was fantastic and all of the camping gear was excellent. Thanks for such a great adventure! TID 8990


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  • Snow Leopard Trek – Autumn 2017 San Francisco, California, USA Trip Date:
    Sept 27 -Oct 10, 2017
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    Of course see'ing the snow leopard was the highlight!  Pema, our guide, added to the experience with his amiable personality and amusing stories. If I had to give constructive criticism, I would say the food could have been more interesting at the Thimphu Hotel Restaurant, named Swiss Restaurant.  My modest dissatisfaction with food could also have been because I never had Swiss food before.  :P rob TID 8990


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  • Snowman Trek-Fall, 2014 Raanana, Israel. Trip Date:
    Sept 21 - Oct 16, 2014
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    Snowman Trek - once in a lifetime experience. My husband and I have recently completed the Snowman trek in Bhutan led by Wind Horse tour company and both felt that we had an amazing experience. One of the best trips we have ever had. Before the trek we read that things can be slow and somewhat bumpy in Bhutan and contingency days are must. So we were ready for "things to happen". But we worried for nothing. Wind Horse has organised the trek to the last detail. The crew was very professional and friendly, the service was outstanding, food delicious, tents comfy


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  • Bhutan Perspective
    Bhutan in Perspective Oakville, Ontario, Canada Trip Date:
    I -26, April,2017
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    June 7, 2017 The lure to travel to and experience Bhutan began more than 20 years ago when its relative isolation lent it an “other-worldly Last Shangri-la” sheen. Over the years, the call became even more pronounced as Druk Yul (a.k.a the Land of the ThunderDragon) adopted the seemingly abstract vision of measuring Gross DomesticHappiness versus Gross Domestic Product to gauge its economic development and the quality of life of its people. More recently, Bhutan’s Constitution which mandates that it maintain no less than 60% forest cover, makes it a carbon negative country. At present, Bhutan’s forest cover which approximates 72%


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Kezang Norbu

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.

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  • Cultural Tour Bethesda, Maryland, USA Trip Date:
    12 -22 Oct, 2016
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    Dear Jambay, We enjoyed our dinner with you and I am sure that I speak in behalf of my travel companions when I say that we came away not only with a great impression of Bhutan but also of Windhorse. The book you gave us on Bhutan is quite well done and has beautiful photographs. Our communications with you were consistently very efficient, the program was great, we liked the hotels, and both sets of tour guides and drivers were excellent. We learned a lot from Sonam and  Kezang who were always on time, very attentive, flexible when we wanted to change


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  • Grand Cultural Tour of Bhutan. Miami, Florida, USA. Trip Date:
    Oct 12 -22,2016
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    Bhutan is a fascinating country and visiting it was easily one of the most memorable trips I have ever taken. The planning on the part of Wind Horse (superlative), guides (most knowledgeable) and drivers (the best and safest) made our visit ideal. Only the drive on the East-West highway with work being done between Bumthang and Punakha via Trongsa was uncomfortable and long, but we survived it.


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  • customised-bhutan-trip
    Bhutan Tour Belgium Trip Date:
    Nov 1 - 6, 2016
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    Hello, We have just finished our trip in Bhutan and I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for a great organisation, which made our trip even more memorable. Everything was perfect, from the guide, driver, hotels to amazing sights. Bhutan is amazing country and I will make sure that I will recommend your travel agency to my friends who will visit Bhutan. In general, we have shared the remarks with the guide: only downside was the quality of the food in our hotel in Phunaka and it might be better to plan Haa valley in the beginning to just avoid


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  • We really enjoyed the trip and organization despite the fact that my husband got sick the second day we arrived. Petain Rd,Singapore. Trip Date:
    Aug 06 - 10, 2014
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    TID 8590, Aug - 06 - 10, 2014 Dear Anand, - We really enjoyed the trip and organization despite the fact that my husband got sick the second day we arrived. Within the highest positive experiences are flexibility of the the itinerary and the way our trip was promptly rearrange when we missed the flight. I also have to mention our guide a - un-bothering personality and great knowledge about the country, traditions and Buddhism. Scenery/sightseeing was covered well. As for the suggestions - it would have been nice to see local culture - dancing/singing, maybe some performances. We spotted some kind of the dancing in the


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  • We are very happy to have met him and his knowledge of the area and specific sites are phenomenal. Suite Street, Edmonton Alberta,Canadian Trip Date:
    Feb 06 - 12, 2015
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    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


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Sonam Tenzin

Sonam Tenzin is versatile. Although his primary job is to driver, he started with Wind Horse Tours as a trekking cook in 2010. He is assigned as a driver cum cook, when he we require camping during cultural and birding tour for individual travels. He is nicknamed as Chagpala.

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  • Bhutan Country Walk for Catherine & Family.
    Bhutan Country Walk for Catherine & Family. Santa Barbara, California, USA Trip Date:
    Sept 4- 10, 2016
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    Hi Anand, We did make it home safe and sound after a week in Japan and finally back to the US. We had a wonderful trip! Our guide Sonam and our driver Sonam were both excellent. Our guide, Sonam, was very knowledgeable and took very good care of us. He listened to all of our requests and was very accommodating. Our favorite parts of the trip include the Haa Valley and the hike up to the Tiger's Nest. We enjoyed seeing the sites and learning about the culture of Bhutan in Thimpu. Overall, we felt like the trip was action packed and


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  • Flexible Bhutan Customised Trip
    Flexible Bhutan Customised Trip Al Zeina, Abu Dhabi, UAE Trip Date:
    Dec 03 - 06, 2015
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    Flexible Bhutan customised Trip Dear Anand, Thank you for your email. Our trip to Bhutan was truly an amazing experience. I would like to thank you for welcoming us with hospitality into your country. The highlights 1.Warm on-time greeting at the airport by your professional tea 2.Extremely friendly, well-spoken, and very well-educated staff 3.Knowledgeable explanations for all sites and history 4.Diverse selection of visiting options - Tchencho sat with us and we hand-picked the places we would like to visit, then we made a day-to-day schedule that would match how much activity we liked to do and places of interest 5.Brilliant introduction to Bhutan's delicious cuisine. We ate in


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  • Being invited to share in a butter tea with some local elders at one of the temples London, UK. Trip Date:
    April 14 -29, 2015
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    TID 8716, April 14-29,2015 Hi Anand, We had a safe trip back home (via a couple of nice days spent in Thailand!) and are now stuck back into work. I just wanted to re-iterate the feedback we gave to you throughout our trip, that we had an incredible time visiting Bhutan and were very impressed by the service and experience offered by Wind Horse. We had high expectations of what we hoped to get out of our trip and we can honestly say that we were not disappointed in the slightest. We left feeling like we had really been able to authentically experience


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  • We loved our trip! It was everything we had hoped for Robinson Street, Carson City,Nevada, USA Trip Date:
    Feb 26-11 March, 2015
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    Dear Anand, I apologize for my slowness in answering your letter. Since our return from Asia some 10 days ago, we have been busy doing chores. We loved our trip! It was everything we had hoped for. The itinerary allowed us to see many parts of your beautiful country and interesting culture. Attending the Tharpaling Thongdrel, while in the itinerary, was an unexpected highlight. Tashi, our guide, and Sonam, our driver, were excellent. Tashi and my husband liked to joke with each other which made our hikes and walks extra enjoyable.  Someday we hope to return to Bhutan to visit the eastern portion of the


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  • We loved the entire trip, especially the Haa Valley. Lechuna Heritage Hotel is a gem. USA Trip Date:
    Dec 21- 29, 2014
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    Village Tour of Bhutan for Ms. Susan Thomas & Son TID 8626: Dec. 21 - 29, 2014 I just returned a few days ago.  Bhutan was part of a 2 month trip.  I do plan to write a review on Trip Advisor. Both Tashi and Sonam were terrific. I have hired guides and drivers around the world and they rate with the best.  We loved the entire trip, especially the Haa Valley.  Lechuna Heritage Hotel is a gem. The only problem we encountered was with Tashi Namgay Resort.  We stayed there our first night in a new room with radiant heating in the


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  • He was able to share important insights on local activities, history, current affairs, nature, etc. Ossining New York Trip Date:
    Oct 09-20, 2014
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    TID 8525(Grand cultural tour with extension) Firstly, we must note how our journey through Bhutan was made all the more special by our guide, Yonten Phuntsho (and the very able driver, Mr. Sonam). Yonten’s steady hand, patience, experience and broad knowledge allowed us to understand more about Bhutan that we’d hoped for in our tour. He was able to share important insights on local activities, history, current affairs, nature, etc. in ways that were heartfelt, thoughtful, and not “canned” tourist-talk. We all felt very fortunate to have their services during our time in Bhutan. Thank you, again, to him and Mr.


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  • Jon and I both fell in love with Bhutan, the countryside and the people. Graham Drive, Calgary T3E, Canada Trip Date:
    Nov 18 - Dec 04, 2014
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    TID - 8607 (Nov 18 - Dec 04, 2014) Attention Ugen I want to thank you for putting up with my questions and phone calls. They were well worth it for me, as I think that Jon and I had a perfect trip. Our guide and driver,Duba and Sonam were the perfect choice .They couldn’t have been more obliging, sensitive to our wants and needs, and helpful in customizing the trip to our interests. You certainly have a couple of true winners in them. Jon and I both fell in love with Bhutan, the countryside and the people.We feel that this


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  • Our trip was far beyond any expectations Franklinville, New York,14737,United States Trip Date:
    June 1-15, 2014
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    Hello to the Windhorse team, Thanks for the opportunity to give some feedback on our recent tour. Back this past winter my daughter Leah and I were discussing where we might travel to celebrate her graduation from college. We discussed a number of different locations bur were intrigued by the idea of visiting Bhutan and experiencing the culture, particularly as influenced by the underlying Buddhist philosophy as well as the beautiful landscapes. As we looked at different agencies to arrange our tour, Windhorse was the only one offering a horse trekking tour. Both of us love to ride, so this settled


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  • We were very happy with the service and the arrangement of the tour Cameo court, Hongkong Trip Date:
    May 09-18,2014
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    Bhutan tour for Alyssa & her friend TID: 8544 Hi, Anand. Thank you for the following-up email.My sister and I had a great time in Bhutan thank to Windhorse Travel and its tour guide Sonam and driver Sonam. We were very happy with the service and the arrangement of the tour. Some special points I would like to mention: (1) On the second day when we were at Paro Airport waiting for the flight to Bumthang, the flight was 5 hour delay, but we were very touched by the fact that we were the only 2 out of 20 passengers on the


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  • We had a wonderful time and the care and kindness shown to us by Penjor and Sonam could not be improved upon Blandford, Dorset, UK Trip Date:
    March 07-13,2014
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    Glimpse of Bhutan  Hudson & Friends TID 751 (March 07-13,2014) Dear Anand - First and foremost all four of us wished to thank you all at Wind Horse for a most enjoyable and well run trip. We had a wonderful time and the care and kindness shown to us by Penjor and Sonam could not be improved upon. The hotels that you chose for us were excellent too, very comfortable and the food good. However, you asked me if there any things we could think of to improve your service in the future. Obviously you would not want to repeat our


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Sheikh Idris

More often than not, the place influence the minds, and it was no exception for Sheikh Idris, for historical and beautiful Udaipur cast its spells on his mind, body and soul. He says “He has eternal love affair with Udaipur”.

As he grew up in this beautiful city, his affections and passion grew in prominence. His longing to share his passion to others grew in proportion as well. Being a guide sets a perfect platform to vent his desire. He left no stone un-turn to equipped himself to meet challenges that travel industry sometime throws in.

After completing his Bachelor degree in Arts, he let loose himself in defining his passion. He started his career as free lancer in 2000. After working in varied travel companies in varied capacities. He joined Wind Horse Tours India as free lancer in 2007. He leads the tour as guide or Trip leader for the tour in Rajasthan. His passion for this craft coupled and being local hardly leave any rooms for guests to be desired.

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  • Thank You again for your splendid selection of companies to serve me in the various cities that I was in Canada Trip Date:
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    Hello Santosh Now that I am home from all my journeys, I have some time to write you. Thank You for arranging my trip with such great people, meeting me and driving in all the cities that I visited on my whirlwind tour of Northern India. They were always on time and they waited for me at the airport sometimes for hours due to my delayed flights. Of specific mentioning were the Driver and Guide in Agra/Jaipur ...they were super. The driver was MORE THAN excellent ...he was totally a great guy .In fact he was the best driver that I


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Gaurav Goyal

Gaurav Goyal remains stalwarts  of Wind Horse Tours, India since its inception in 2005. Along with company he gained salience. His friend says ” He aged once he started to work “. Like any other works, it was hardly a stroll in park at the start. In initial days, where every little aspects was overwhelming to learn but he weathered  the storm tenaciously and befitting he is in the stage where a rave review from the guests is just like another day in the office.

He grew up in old Delhi locality and did his college from there itself. He is familiar with every nook and corner around Delhi and surrounding regions. This assist in untying knots of intricate history of Delhi and its monuments it harbours in its fold when taking guests on tours.

When not guiding, you can find him in cricket ground  with a Kookaburra cricket ball in hand all geared up to disturb the three timbers that batman passionately guard.

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  • Customised Trip of Golden Triangle (India), Darjeeling & Bhutan Tour USA Trip Date:
    13 - 31 May, 2018
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    Overall, the trip was fantastic and I am truly grateful that you suggested India before Bhutan. However, the hotel in Delhi was superb. They upgraded us to a fabulous room the the 2nd and 3rd times that we were there which was lovely. Our guides in India were fine. I do have a couple of suggestions....I think we could have done with 1 night in Rathombore. We saw 1 tiger on all our safaris, although others saw many more...just lucky. We really liked Jaipur and maybe should have had 2 nights there instead. Darjeeling. Bhutan was really spectacular...we loved it.


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  • Bhutan & India Customised tour for Diem x 3 Montreal, Canada Trip Date:
    l3 -17, April, 2018
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    I traveled with my elderly parents to Bhutan and India with Windhorse in April 2018. I cannot say enough good about them. From the time I contacted them to organize the trip, to the time they drop us at the airport, all went without a single glitch. While organizing the trip, they always answered me within 24hrs of an email and always addressed my concerns with reliable information and appropriate changes. At every step our concerns, requests, questions have been promptly answered and addressed. The trip in itself was extremely well organized and yet very flexible. Our guide (Sonam) and driver (Dorji)


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  • Our guide Gaurav was fantastic and we thoroughly enjoyed his company. USA Trip Date:
    April 25 - May 02, 2015:
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    I also wanted to say what a wonderful tour we had. Our guide Gaurav was fantastic and we thoroughly enjoyed his company. He loves his country and religion and we learnt so very much from him. He always went the extra mile to make our trip extra special and to make sure we were enjoying every moment. The driver did a fantastic job in the chaotic traffic and got us safely to our destinations. We were so grateful that he was driving. The hotels were lovely and Gaurav made sure that we took time to enjoy the hotel and pool. Thank


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  • This trip was truly remarkable, and my mother-in-law and I had the experience of a lifetime. West Chicago,Illinois, 60185, United States Trip Date:
    Sept 13 to Oct 03,14
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    Petrie's India,Nepal & Bhutan Private Tour. TID -753 (Sep 13 - Oct 03, 2014) Dear Anand and team, Namaste! Thank you for your follow up message! My apologies for the delay in response. It would be my pleasure to provide feedback and any endorsements that would be useful to you in future planning and for promotional purposes in bringing on new guests. This trip was truly remarkable, and my mother-in-law and I had the experience of a lifetime. It is with reluctance that we are making our transition back into life now in the US again, because we enjoyed our time abroad


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  • Did you ever eat in Broadway? For me as a foreigner it is the best Indian food I ever tasted SNP Reizen, The Netherland Trip Date:
    April - 23,2009
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    Hello Santosh, The group had a great holiday in Bhutan. What a special destination! The services by Windhorse were excellent in the opinion of the group. And I fully agree with them. In Delhi I was happy to be received by Mr Gayul (???) who picked us up from the airport. I think he did an excellent job! Did you ever eat in Broadway? For me as a foreigner it is the best Indian food I ever tasted. I have eaten there many times with groups and the food is always great. Maybe for you as a local resident it is


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  • I do really appreciate what you did do to make things work out for a very memorable trip to a very magical country……amazing to say the least! Iowa City, IOWA Trip Date:
    Oct, 25,2006
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    Bhutan & India Tour, Sept & Oct 2006 The trip was really great......there were two mess ups that occurred that were related to the Druk Air tickets........otherwise things were awesome....and our guide, Sonam, was especially awesome......Wes and I made our flight connections into Bangkok without any problems, however, it was not clearly explained to us that we would have to present our hand written Drukair tickets to a special location for an actual boarding card to be created. Instead we went straight to the DrukAir departure gate (we had tons of time in BKK airport as we had a 6 hour


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Penjor Lhendup

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.

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  • Tour of Thimphu & Paro Valleys. United Kingdom Trip Date:
    Nov 06 - 10,2017
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    We had a brilliant time in Bhutan. Firstly , thank you to you for organising everything for us. Secondly, Yeshi, our guide and Tandin, our driver were excellent. They both spoke very good English (which really helps) and they were both extremely knowledgeable. From the start they made us feel very relaxed in their company and from the many conversations we had with them we learnt a lot about life and culture in Bhutan. We never felt rushed. Each day we discussed the itinerary and as well as making sure we did the 'must' sees we  included a few 'like to' sees. And were also able to have some


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  • Customised trip for Gilboa Serman Oak, California, USA Trip Date:
    Oct 8 - 13, 2017
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    Hi Anand We had a great trip. Our guide was excellent...he was flexible and gave us great recommendations. We wish we could have stayed in slightly nicer hotels, but we understand that our top picks were booked. The country is beautiful, and our guide and driver worked very hard to make us happy. Thank you for all your help My best Leatt


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  • Three Himalayan Kingdom (Autumn 2017) Manhattan, New York, USA Trip Date:
    Sept 22- Oct 06,2017
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    Dear Anand, Jambay and Ugen, I have been meaning to send a note, but life gets in the way when you return from extensive travel. Thank you all for putting together a very professional and well organized program.  The guides were a thoughtful group of individuals and their flexibility and good humor was a real asset to the program.  Each country brought a new inspiration and the group, for the most part, respected each other's  personal goals along the way, to make it a very memorable experience.  My special regards to Jigme and Penjore and thank you for reaching out. All best, Mary McGlynn


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  • Three Himalayan Kingdom (Fall, 2017) Glenwood Springs, Colorado, USA Trip Date:
    Sept 22 - Oct 06, 2017
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    Anand Just a note to let you know that our trip with Wind Horse Travel and your incredible guides on the Himalayan Tour 9/22-10-7 2017, was just spectacular in every way. We are still digesting it all, the history, traditions, people, sights, smells, sounds...and going through 1774 photos. We want to reply  with kudos for each of the three locations and our guides, who were teachers, scholars and friends. Give us a bit more time to do so. Until then, we are voraciously continuing our learning about the wonderful cultures we were introduced to on your expertly planned experience for our


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  • Unforgetable trip Trip Date:
    April 1-16,2017
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    I am impressed how well organized was our trip ! And I didn't make it easy ! We had a little bit of everything : Varanasi in India, Kathmandu, Pukhara and tiger in Chitwan in Nepal, and the top - Bhutan with Tiger Nest and Festival ! All the guides are excellent, transportation great and we liked all places we stay in  ! I am highly recomending individual trips. It cost more, but you can decide about everything to the smallest details , they are going to work with you


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  • Bhutan Traverse from West to East for Iris & Family
    Bhutan Traverse from West to East for Iris & Family Ontario, Canada Trip Date:
    1-12,Dec,2016
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    Hello Ugen, We returned from Bhutan yesterday.  I had to email you and let you know that the tour was flawless.  Our guide Penjore was kind, knowledgeable, and so attentive to our needs.  Such a pleasure to be around for 12 days and our drivers - both Sonam and Jimmy were beyond wonderful (and great with Maya our 8-year-old daughter). Our entire experience from the process of booking to the actual trip was such a positive experience, we thank you for your contribution in creating an absolute dream come true.  Your choice of staff and hotels is impeccable (the only exception was


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  • Tour of Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan Florida, USA Trip Date:
    Oct 4-18,2016
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    We recently had the pleasure of traveling through Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan with Wind Horse Tours. They offer a number of different options and have expert guides in each country. They worked very hard to develop an itinerary that worked for everyone in the group (6 of us total) and made adjustments on the fly as necessary. This is a fairly difficult part of the world to navigate and they really did do a nice job. The accommodations throughout the trip were good to excellent and our guides did a nice job of calling in advance to see that things were


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  • Three Himalayan Kingdom Trip USA Trip Date:
    Oct 04 -18,2016
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    Hi Ugen and Jambay, We reached home yesterday , with no problems. The trip was very memorable. Except for the minor mishaps which gave us a scare of our lives everything worked out fine in the end. Tibet , and Bhutan were both fantastic. The guides , drivers were very good. The sight seeing that were organized were very good. Thank you very much for making the arrangements. Can you please send me Brad and Hillary's e mail. I have misplaced them. We all got on famously. We were all compatible and enjoyed the trip like one family. All the best.


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  • Introduction to Bhutan for Robert & Family
    Introduction to Bhutan for Robert & Family El Paso, USA Trip Date:
    April 10 - 17, 2016
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    Dear Anand Thanks for writing. We had a wonderful time on our trip to Bhutan. The itinerary and the guides were fine. We enjoyed the trip very much. We do look forward to coming back and getting into eastern Bhutan, and also to do some trekking. The only thing I found odd on the trip, and this is very minor, but still odd, is how guests have to pay for water at meals. Seriously? Couldn't this be included in the cost of the meal? The price is so small that it is annoying. Tourists don't carry around Bhutanese money that small. Paying for


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  • Bhutan Customised Tour Santa Monica, California Trip Date:
    Dec 21 - 25,2015
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    Bhutan Customised Tour Stuti's Feedback Hi Anand, Happy new year! We had an amazing trip. Tashi and Sonam (our driver) were wonderful and very flexible based on our needs. We also really enjoyed staying at two Le Meridien properties - both had excellent services and facilities. Our favorite part was the hike to the Tiger's Nest. Thanks! Ankur's Feedback Hi Anand, I second that! We had a fabulous time. We especially appreciated how you guys were able to tailor the trip to our needs. Bhutan is a beautiful country and I hope a lot more people get to experience it for what it is. Thanks again. Best,


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Pema Loday

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Pema is a former tourist trekking cook from Merak Valley in the remote eastern Bhutan. He joined Wind Horse to take care of our Horse Ranch in Tang valley and accompanies riding treks. When on the trek he can cook as well or assist trekking chef. He has received Horse care and riding training from western trainers. And being from the nomadic enclave, Pema has lived with horses and Yaks all his life.

Kinley Tenzin

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.

 

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  • Stopover Bhutan Tour – Feb 2018 Portugal Trip Date:
    26 -01 March, 2018
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    Our trip in Bhutan was ok. Tenzin the guide and Doha the driver were 5 stars, really profissional and very very very kind. They made it! Bhutan is not the country media are selling but we enjoyed after all! Best regards and thank you for wind horse!


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  • Bhutan Festival & Sikkim Tour Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Trip Date:
    April 3 -19,2017
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    Hello Anand, I'm writing at the end of a very busy week at my hospital; let's see how far I get before my energy and memory are failing. I'd like to break the trip into 2 segments: Bhutan and Sikkim/Darjeeling. I liked Bhutan. The country has a fascinating history based on it's religion. This is shown very clearly in every corner we visited. Yet, there is also a strong movement forward, in a diligently controlled way, for which the king probably deserves most credit. The trip showed this in an intelligent way, not the least through our excellent guide who embodied both worlds,


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  • Walking Tour
    Walking Tour California, USA Trip Date:
    09 - 21 Oct.2016
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    Dear Ugen and Jambay, I am finally back home from my trip. I would like to send you this email to thank you for the great trip and the service WindHorse has provided. Bhutan is the 2nd most beautiful place that I have seen in the world. Except one incident with the hotel in Trongsa, I have a lot of positive comments to say about WindHorse and the itinerary. I am sure you have put a lot of thoughts about the proposed walking itinerary which is the best to my opinion. The flight to Bumthang made a lot of sense. Starting from Bumthang back to


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  • Beautiful Bhutan! USA Trip Date:
    Nov 20 - 27,2015
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    My husband and I absolutely LOVED our 8-day "Introduction to Bhutan" tour.  We have both done lots of traveling, both before we met and together, and this trip was the BEST!  Our guide (Kinley) and driver (Sonam) made everything so easy and relaxing for us.  We are especially grateful to the Wind Horse staff for their willingness to customize our itinerary to include a wedding ceremony at Dechenphodrang monastery, overlooking Thimpu valley.  We can't thank Wind Horse enough for a once-in-a-lifetime, phenomenal vacation!  We hope to return to Bhutan again in the future -- maybe for a trek next time!


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  • Tour of Western Bhutan
    Tour of Western Bhutan Australia Trip Date:
    March 26- April 04,2016
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    Dear Jambay, I just wanted to follow up my trip to Bhutan with a big thank you, and praise for my guide and driver, Kinley and Tenzin. They were both really professional. Tenzin was a polite and very safe driver, especially on some of the scarier roads, and, Kinley in particular, being the guide who was with me for most of the time, just made the entire trip an unforgettable experience. I can’t fully describe the amazing time I had in Bhutan, but it was certainly made even better through having an incredible guide like Kinley for the whole time. I look


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  • Definitely recommend Windhorse team to any of my friend who is planning to go to Bhutan. USA Trip Date:
    March 28 to April 7,2015
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    Dear Yonten, We've had the most memorable trip in Bhutan. Please send our thanks to the Windhorse team behind  the scene who makes sure that our trip is safely arranged and well-organised. We are specially thankful to Kinley and Tshewang for a wonderful trip, they always went beyond our expectations to make sure that we enjoy the trip the most, from small little things like buying newspapers everyday for me, borrowing scarfs for all of us, driving with at most care, to trying to give us a taste of true Bhutanese cuisine. They are very professional at work and we found


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  • The hotels were above expectation almost in all cases, and food was equally very good. Arrigoni 4,Locatello,Italy Trip Date:
    Sept 28 - Oct 07, 2014
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    TID - 8572 from 28 Sept to Oct 7 Dear WH team, Warm greetings! A few months after returning to Italy from our honeymoon, we finally find some time to give you our impressions about the trip. During the planning phase everything went smoothly, and the regular exchanges with Jambay and Ugen made us feel safe and confident despite the distance and the many unknown aspects of the process. The few difficulties that arose during the payment and visa phases because of some wrong data were promptly managed by the team. Our only suggestion, as already written, would be to offer some other payment systems


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  • I also wanted to support a local company. Thorparch Road London. UK Trip Date:
    June 30 -July 05, 2014
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    Glimpses of Bhutan for James & Friend TID: 8577 (June 30 -July 05, 2014) Dear Windhorse team, I recently travelled to Bhutan with yourselves and was lucky enough to have Kinley as our tour guide. I wanted to express to you as a company my great thanks for the tour and how well it was run and set up and in particular the professionalism of Kinley Tenzin and our driver. My trip to Bhutan has been a dream for a long time and I was lucky enough to finally get a two week break in my dairy that allowed me to plan


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  • Overall, our trip was well organised, educational, comfortable, inspiring and filled with unique and unforgettable memories. San Francisco, California, USA Trip Date:
    Nov 24 - 30, 2013
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    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 this email finds you all doing well. My husband (Juan Ochoa) and I just came back from the beautiful and breathtaking Kingdom of Bhutan. We spent 6 amazing days (Nov. 24 - 30) and the trip was beyond our expectations! Our unforgettable travel experience started here in the US working with Jambay Dorji and Ugen Tshering. They provided us with timely and detailed responses about the trip and the alternatives we had while visiting Bhutan. In Bhutan, we were lucky to have


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  • We had a wonderful time during our tour thanks to the very capable Kinley and Chimmi our guide and driver. San Diego, California, USA Trip Date:
    Oct 14 - 23, 2013
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    TID 707 Grand Cultural Tour of Bhutan (14.10.13 - 23.10.13) Hello! Well we're finally back into our routines and feel like we're in the right time zone! We had a wonderful time during our tour thanks to the very capable Kinley and Chimmi our guide and driver. Each of them went out of their way to make us happy and comfortable. The hotels were always taken care of and so were our bags. I'm not sure whether it was purely Kinley's idea but at one point he told us he was able to get us a "better hotel" in Punakha and


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Dawa Tshering

Dawa Tshering ranks  among the gentle souls who provide an impression of a man of few words bordering with shyness. A few lines of conversation with the guests he turn red with blushes. He fit the bills perfectly with his traits of gentleness, humbleness, calmness that require most in order to manoeuvre sinuous roads of Bhutan.

He hails from a remote village in far east village of Tashigang. His journey of life from Tashigang to Thimphu has been as sinuous as roads from there. With elementary education to lean on, he tried his hand and luck on various jobs.

After being a driver and with a handful of experience, he joined Wind Horse Tours in 2007. And he has been driving with great level of dedication.

guest reviews

  • I really want to thank you again for the most wonderful trip Rockanje, Netherland Trip Date:
    April 17 -23, 2015
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    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


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  • Thank you, we are impressed by your welcome and services. Bangkok Trip Date:
    April 11 - 15 April, 2015
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    Dear Kinga - Now we have been arrived Bangkok safely.Thank you so much for your hospitality, we enjoyed and had memorable experiences during our recent trip.We believe that you will pass our thanks to Karma and Dawa. Karma is expert in Bhutan history and religion. He can explain deeply without tiredness.Dawa is a good driver with excellent driving skill.We are very appreciated their services. Anyway, there are some tiny points we would like to share you for better service next time. 1. Food at Punatsangchhu Cottage was not provided punctually. Dinner should be started at 7.00 p.m. as confirmed but it's late around 15-30 minutes,


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  • Huge appreciation towards Wind Horse and your staff. Park Row, New York, USA Trip Date:
    March 24 - Apri l3, 2015
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    - TID-8675, March 24 to April3, 2015. Guide Sonam Loday Jambay - Several weeks have passed since the group I participated with in Bhutan, said goodbye to that Beautiful country and that team of Guide and Driver Wind Horse provided. I write this day, to satisfy my own need to express the huge appreciation I continue to experience towards Wind Horse and your staff. Sonam and Dawa most assuredly provided the finest of experiences I could ask for. You may recall, that I asked to arrive some days prior to the others in the group as to honor my own interests when entering a country


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  • We can’t say enough good things about his service as our guide. Chicago, USA. Trip Date:
    Aug 05 - 07, 2014
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    Window to Bhutan tour for Lee & Cole TID: 8604 Dear Anand, It all seems to have happened a long time ago, as we are in Phuket packing for our long trip home to Chicago later today (via BKK and NRT). Our two days with Yeshi were wonderful; we can't say enough good things about his service as our guide. Also, Dawa was a wonderful driver, but, of course, we spent much less time with him. Because our Bhutan trip was cut short, we had the opportunity to visit Kathmandu for two days, which also was very nice. The bottom line is


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  • I couldn’t ask for more… except for more time in Bhutan. Edinburgh, UK Trip Date:
    Dec 4 to 18, 2013
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    TID 741 - Dec 4 to 18 Bhutan Traverse from east to west ( in reverse order of Bhutan Traverse from West to East) Dear Jambay, Thank you for all your help in making my second trip to Bhutan one of the highlights of my life. Ms Yandon, our guide, was professional and friendly and did everything she could to make our trip interesting and exciting. We were blessed to have her. She was very successful in adjusting our schedule when we learned of things that interested us (a farm we were invited to and a home that was having a


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Yonten Phuntsho

Yonten Phuntsho may give way to being  shy guy bordering with man of a few words. But he is man who loves to be in thick of action . He leads from the front whilst on the tour. Behind  his facade lies the guide whose knowledge and passion runs deep for the love of his works. His aptly quote Barbara Kingsolver “I do my best work if I think about what it is I have to offer”.

From the outset, he knew what he wants to do in his life. Right after finishing his Class 12, he enrolled for guide course for culture initially then extended few more month to complete course on Trekking as well in 2008. After doing free lancing for a while, he joined Wind Horse Tours in 2010.

For most Bhutanese, appeals that mountainous terrains throw in for an out door adventures are native. In the case of Yonten, it was no exception. He easily gave in to the temptation of Mountain biking with its advent. He explored and lead tours in his bike but his allegiance is more inclined to off road biking trips that leads to quaint villages. To explore the unknown and love for nature, these attributes  that he cultivated while trekking the alpine highlands and wilderness in remote corner of country was what prompt him to readily agree to embark on audacious Haa to Phuentsholing on mountain bike, overcoming challenges of carrying bike in tough terrains, untamed vegetations and unexplored areas.

 

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  • Window to Bhutan (Sept, 2018) Oceanside California Trip Date:
    09 - 15, Sept, 2018
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    Hi Anand, Thank you for reaching out.  My daughter and I would like you to know that we had an absolutely fantastic time in Bhutan.  The country is beautiful, the people are friendly, and there were many truly amazing sites to see.  Our guide Yentin and driver, Mister Jetney, were both wonderful and very accommodating.  We enjoyed our time with them, and were sorry to say goodbye at the end of the trip.  The high point for us was of course the hike to Tiger's Nest.  What an awesome experience.  We have no low points on this trip. Thank you again for


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  • Bhutan & Nepal Customised Tour for Dale & Sherry Hubertus, Wisconsin, USA Trip Date:
    Feb 18 -March 03, 2018
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    Dear Anand, I am sorry for getting back to you so late.  I started typing something up then never got back to it. Our trip was great.  Everything went as planned.  The weather was a little cold and overcast at first, in Bhutan, but then warmed up as our trip went on.  The Dzongs, temple and monasteries were amazing.  The country was beautiful and we had some fantastic views while we were driving.  Our guide for most of the Bhutan portions was Mr. Yenten.  He was fantastic.  He spoke very good English and was very knowledgeable.  Our drive (also Mr. Yenten) was


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  • Masagang Trek – April 2018 Italy Trip Date:
    30 - 10 April, 2018
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    All good.  Yonten is a great guy and we enjoyed the time spent. the itinerary was kind of approximated but we managed to walk and see a lot.  Great places.  Thanks to all of you.


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  • Snow Leopard Trek – Jan 2018 Australia Trip Date:
    Jan 30 - Feb 08, 2018
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    Our journey in the mountains of Bhutan was richly rewarding. A gift not wrapped in paper but bound instead in the thread of discovery and the characters we were blessed to encounter along the way. A journey of reflection and life in focus - so generously mentored by the welcoming will and inspiring talents of the Bhutanese people, Like our fabulous guides Yonten and Pema, who helped us climb higher..beyond....as each new step took our breath further away. Thank you! And also thank you to all our amazing crew and the nine ponies ... especially camera pony! Everyone we encountered helped


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  • Above the cloud trek, 2017, Fall.
    Above the Cloud Trek – Fall, 2017 Seattle, Washington, USA Trip Date:
    Oct 10- 28,2017
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    Dear Anand, I wanted to take a few minutes to add my personal thoughts on what Peter said about our Windhorse experience. Most importantly we all agree that in no way should our comments be judged a criticism of our guides Yonten and his crew. They worked very had to accommodate us and were always trying to enhance our experience. They were excellent!! Personally I was fascinated by and loved Bhutan and it's people. It is a remarkable and beautiful country and I was very happy to have been able to experience it. Trekking is a good way to see that beauty. While I am


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  • Above the cloud trek, 2017, Fall.
    Above the cloud trek, 2017, Fall. Seattle, Washington, USA Trip Date:
    Oct 10 - 28, 2017
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    Windhorse Tours – Above the Clouds Trek – October 2017 Our group of 5 from Seattle was hastily formed in late summer 2017 for an October trip. Windhorse did an excellent job of arranging our trip on such short notice. We took the 19- day Above the Clouds Trek that involved 12 days of trekking and 5 days of visits to cultural sites. The five of us joined three other trekkers to make a group of eight. Our guide, Yonten, and driver, Gudo, were both excellent. Yonten provided in-depth explanations of Buddhist practices and beliefs as well as information on Bhutan,


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  • Snow Leopard Jhomolari Trek Spring 2017
    Snow Leopard Jhomolari Trek Spring 2017 MILL VALLEY, California, USA Trip Date:
    May 22- June 03,2017
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    Hi Anand - Thanks for reaching out! Overall we were overwhelmingly pleased with our experience with Windhorse. Our tour with Yonten was seamless. From the time we were picked up at the airport, to changing our trekking itinerary after our biggest hiking day, to finding us great pizza, then finally dropping us off at the airport - the experience was wonderful. Yonten was very accommodating. We came in wanting to find our Uncle's tsa-tsas in one of the caves on the way up to Tiger's Nest so after 7 days in the mountains we asked Yonten to take us up to Tiger's


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  • Bhutan Tour & short Trek
    Bhutan Tour & short Trek Trip Date:
    Nov 20-27,2016.
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    I traveled with 3 other adult family members to Bhutan in November 2016. We did a mix of cultural tourism and trekking in Thimpu, Paro, and Punakha over 7 days. We are so glad we found Windhorse Tours in the Lonely Planet guide. We can't recommend our guide, Yen Den and driver Mr. Jimmy enough. They were both incredibly kind, generous, and hospitable. Yen Den's English was excellent, and we had great and inspiring conversations about life in Bhutan. The man is a walking encyclopedia of information. He can tell you anything about anything in Bhutan. We were in awe of


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  • Short Trek and Cultural Blend
    Short Trek and Cultural Blend Sweden Trip Date:
    May 20 - 23, 2016
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    Short Trek and Cultural Blend Dear Anand, We are back in our daily routines for sure, it's been hectic but at least I have recommended Wind horse to two friends in Dhaka who are looking to go to Bhutan in the near future, So yes, we were very pleased with our trip and grateful that you guys were flexible enough to change plans along the way. It is not always that you want to follow a certain schedule to 100 %. If we planned the trip ourselves fully we would probably have gone for a wider range of food, but the last day


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  • Above the cloud Trek, Spring 2016
    Above the cloud Trek, Spring 2016 Australia Trip Date:
    April 19- 09May, 2016
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    The 13 day 'Above the Clouds Trek' is a magnificent walk. I rate it more interesting, enjoyable and challenging than the Everest Base Camp walk which I completed 15 months earlier. The trek takes you through remote and wild country. For much of the time, the trail follows along the southern edge of the Himalayas and only 2-3 hours walk from the Tibetan border. It is also the home of the snow leopard. Although it is unlikely you will see one, the realisation that you are walking in their country is exciting. I felt privileged to see the paw prints of a leopard that had  walked the trail


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Chimi Rinzin

Chimi Rinzin hails from a quaint village in far eastern region of Mongar. And it is adequately reflected on the way he carries himself -soft spoken with gentle demeanour. But when it comes to his driving, he is altogether a different person. He is focused, patience and fiercely guards the driving decorum. He is stickler for cleanliness. Looking for strains or specks of uncleanliness in the vehicle is like proverbial looking for needle in haystack.

He started working for Wind Horse Tours in Thimphu from 2009. And guests always have good words for him for his conducts and driving.

guest reviews

  • Private tour for Shreenath & Swarna Bangalore Trip Date:
    June 19-26,2017
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    Just a short note from the departure lounge of Paro airport. We had the most memorable time in Bhutan and we are glad we chose this beautiful country for our silver jubilee. Both Yonten and Chimi were wonderful hosts; caring, thoughtful and cheerful; they are a credit to your organisation. For sure, we shall be recommending Windhorse to all our friends and family. Best regards, Sreenath and Swarna.


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  • Amazing moments - walking down the Rinpung Dzong (Paro)
    Amazing moments – walking down the Rinpung Dzong (Paro) Gahanna, USA Trip Date:
    Oct 12-16, 2015
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    A handwritten note by the Lisa, who travelled with us from Oct 12- 16, 2016. A gesture she felt necesaary to put it in words before the moments becomes inexplicable. It was 5 days tour, but the moments she landed in Paro, she instantly felt connected with place, people and pristine nature. Largely, one aspects that stand out was the stellar role played by Yonten (Guide). The most amazing moments for her was walking down the Rinpung Dzong with perfect natural setting will linger forever in her memory. Lisa came as a guest and departed as a family. Even for


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  • Bhutan Walking Tour Grand Junction, Colorado, USA Trip Date:
    Sept 24 - 07, Oct, 2015
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    TID - 8663 - Bhutan Walking Tour We booked a walking tour with Wind Horse Tours. We were met at the airport by our guide, Leki, and driver, Chimi. It was a private tour, so we spent 2 weeks with just the two of them. They were both incredible ambassadors of Wind Horse and Bhutan. They made us feel like family instead of tourists. Our walking tour of Bhutan was breathtaking. The land is beautiful and the Bhutanese are the warmest and friendliest people we have ever met. We absolutely loved our experiences in Bhutan, and a great deal of the credit


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  • There was a good balance within our cultural, physical and urban shopping activities. Ontario, Canada Trip Date:
    March 31 - April 14,2015
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    TID 8628 (March 31- April 14,2015) The guide - Dechen Duba Hello Anand, It is now more than a month since we finished our trip with Wind Horse.  It was truly the best trip we've had in a very long time and one we've been hoping to take since the mid-80s.  I know the places we visited are places that many tourists see; however, Duba, our guide, introduced the places in an understandable and relevant way.  Chimmie, our driver, kept us safe on the roads and managed the blocks so as to minimize the time we had to spend waiting for road


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  • I very much enjoyed the entire trip. The Tiger’s Nest was definitely the highlight of the trip. Georgia, USA Trip Date:
    April 19-24, 2015
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    TID - 8736 (April 19-24,2015) Guide - Pema  Our guide, Pema, and our driver Chimmi were both very good. They were both professional, helpful and pleasant. I very much enjoyed the entire trip. The Tiger's Nest was definitely the highlight of the trip. My one criticism would be of the food. It wasn't bad, but it was always basically the same buffet. More opportunities to experience some different variety outside of a hotel restaurant buffet would have been nice.


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  • The communities of Merak and Sakten were so special – I will never forget my time there. Denmans, Elstead, UK Trip Date:
    Oct 21- Nov 7, 2014
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    TID - 772 (Oct 21 - Nov 07, 2014) Guide - Dorji Tshering Dear Anand, Apologies for such a delayed reply. The Merak and Sakten trip was incredible, I daydream about my time in Bhutan all the time now when I should be working! The driver, Chimi, and guide, Dorji, were friendly and welcoming and extremely hardworking - I feel very grateful to have met them. Our trek team were brilliant and so friendly. and The communities of Merak and Sakten were so special - I will never forget my time there. I am very interested in plants and birds so East Bhutan is


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  • Mr. Kinga was there for us with bright Wind Horse sashes and a smile as big as the country. 1420 Sunset Boulevard Trip Date:
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    Concise Druk Path Trek  During our short stay in Bhutan, the people of this amazing country opened their hearts to us and instilled in us a love for their country.  When we arrived in Paro, Mr. Kinga was there for us with bright Wind Horse sashes and a smile as big as the country. From that moment on, we were not only safe and well cared for , but pampered beyond anything we could have imagined.  The next day we set out with our incredible Wind Horse guide, Pema, and our wondrous driver, Chimi, to begin a trip across Bhutan that


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  • The country and culture and people were every bit as welcoming and fascinating and beautiful. Princeton, New Jersey,USA Trip Date:
    March 16 - 26,2014
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    Grand Cultural Tour for Lemonick TID: 786 (March 16 - 26,2014) The trip was amazing--ideal in every way. We're planning to post very positive reviews everywhere we can think of, but I wanted to locate the paper where I wrote down Namgay and Chimi's names so I can mention them personally. The itinerary was great, the country and culture and people were every bit as welcoming and fascinating and beautiful as we'd hoped, and our guide and driver were simply outstanding.


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  • They ‘go the extra mile’ offerring their excellent skills and experience with guiding tours Minneapolis, MN USA Trip Date:
    Dec 09-20,2013
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    TID - 687, Dec 09-20,2013 Grand Cultural Tour We are so grateful and inspirted by our trip to the amazing country of Bhutan.. Our Windhorse guide, Jambay was so knowledgeable, and took extra good care of us all. Chimmey such a kind presence and capable driver , we felt so safe on the rough and winding roads through the beatiful, mountains, passes and valleys. Jambay included special experiences for us to experience , like a home visits and rituals as well as helping us deal with my husband's health crisis. Kinga and Deschen we Thankyou so much as well. for supporting us.


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  • What a marvelous trip! Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Trip Date:
    Dec 09 - 20,2013
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    TID 687 Grand Cultural Tour (Dec 09th to Dec 20th) 2013 Well, Patrice and I have been back from Bhutan for about 10 days now. What a marvelous trip! Chimi and Jambay provided extraordinary service, flexibility, and good humor in accommodating our little group's challenges. Chimi's ready smile was always a pleasure and his driving skill exemplary. Jambay made numerous extra efforts for us, was always successful in providing us unique experiences. He also showed total patience and resourcefulness in helping us through William (and Merra's) medical crisis. Windhorse did an excellent job preparing us for the trip, and also in helping with


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Tak Bhadur Rana

He is known by the nick name Baliman. For Tak Bahadur Rana – versatility is just a another word. For he can drive two wheeler of office, to sedan car to buses of the company.Moreover, he didn’t limit himself to being mere driver, he knows nuts and bolts of mechanical aspects of vehicle as well. For any minor ailment of vehicle, he can fix it readily,

Beside that the most notable aspects that stand out is his forbearance, unswerving concentration once he sits behind the driving handle. He gained lot of kudos from guests for his remarkable level of care driving and instilling a sense of safety on sinuous roads of Bhutan.

After joined Wind Horse Tours, Thimphu in 2008. After a brief stint with other Travel companies in Thimphu.

guest reviews

  • The guide, Penjor; and the driver, Baliman, were top-notch. Chelsea Circle, Georgia, USA Trip Date:
    Nov19 - Dec03, 2014
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    Bhutan Traverse from West to East – Tour(TID 8532) Nov19 - Dec03, 2014 Hello, I want to thank you for a wonderful tour of Bhutan. The guide, Penjor; and the driver, Baliman, were top-notch. I certainly will recommend Wind Horse to my friends; and I hope to use your firm again in a return trip to Bhutan.


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  • I have to say that it was seeing Bhutan through our guide Sonam’s eyes. Seattle, Washington, USA Trip Date:
    Nov 12-25,2013
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    TID 692 Drukyul Walking Tours (12.11.13 – 25.11.13) When people ask me what my favorite part of Bhutan was, I have to say that it was seeing Bhutan through our guide Sonam's eyes. Being in the presence of a devout Buddhist and hearing stories of his life and the people of Bhutan was remarkable. His enthusiasm made me feel like we were his first personal guests in Bhutan! While most people seem to really like their guides, I am convinced that Sonam is the best la! I felt I truly entered another world, so different from my life in the USA


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  • Overall, the trip was well organized, except for a few minor glitches Maryland, USA Trip Date:
    Oct 29 - Nov 06,2013
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    TID 680 Dr Rupinder Bhutan Tour (29.10.13 – 06.11.13) Dear Anand, We are finally getting settled after the amazing time we had at Bhutan. KT and Baliman were great for taking us to all the wonderful places and getting us back safely. Overall, the trip was well organized, except for a few minor glitches. We were not crazy about the hotel in Punakha. My wife did fine, but I would have liked a little more diverse food. All in all, it was a wonderful trip and we are defiantly coming back, and when we do, I'll like you folks to make


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  • Thanks for putting together a great itinerary and for doing all the upfront work in getting our visas and plane tickets, etc. Working in Kathmandu, Nepal Trip Date:
    Dec. 28, 2012-Jan 6, 2013
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    TID 626 Grand Cultural tour of Chris and Charles (Dec. 28, 2012-Jan 6, 2013) Jambay and Ugen, We had a great trip to Bhutan. Penjor and Baliman were excellent in leading us from Paro to Bumthang and back again. I will definitely add a positive review to trip advisor. I do have a few suggestions that I'll write to you in an email, but I don't have time right now. But it was a really wonderful trip. I'm so glad that we live in Nepal and had the chance to visit Bhutan. Thanks for putting together a great itinerary and for doing all


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  • The trip went very well and I am very satisfied with the service provided by your tour guide, Karma, and your driver, Baliman. Bandung, Indonesia Trip Date:
    Dec 23,2011
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    Sylvia and Family Bhutan Tour Dec. 2011 Dear Ugen and Jambay: I am back home and am looking over the photos that I took during the trip to Bhutan in December 2011. The photos are very beautiful. It is not because I am a skilled photographer but simply because the places in Bhutan, the dzong, the goemba, the lhakhang, the people, and the landscape are very beautiful and it seems that I couldn't get enough photos to capture these beauty. I would like to thank both of you to all your help and information during preparation of my trip. The trip went


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  • We had a marvellous time! Both Jambay Dorji and Mr Baliman, our driver, could not have been more helpful. Meadowbank, HouseCraggs HillOver Kellet, Carnforth UK Trip Date:
    Oct 06-21,2008
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    TID:147: Complete Bhutan Travese into India (Oct 6-21,2008) Dear Ugen, We had a marvellous time! Both Jambay Dorji and Mr Baliman, our driver, could not have been more helpful; please convey our thanks once again to them. The hotels were not all as advertised to us but were better. We had been prepared to 'rough it' a little, especially in the east, but the level of accommodation, washing facilities and food was excellent throughout. The car was very comfortable and we were able to visit more places than a larger group would have been able to do. We were very pleased to


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Yamraj Karki

Some guests remarked ” Travelling around in Bhutan on vehicle on its sinuous roads is itself adventure of sort” For a great trip in Bhutan, a comfortable transport and a good driver is paramount. Yamraj Karki learnt driving at a very young age. In fact his older brother Guddu, who also works in Wind Horse Tours has been instrumental in teaching  this craft.

Right after passing his class 10, he knew pretty well to drive but even though he joined driving school to obtain his licence in 2005. In the same years he joined Wind Horse Tours.

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  • Memorable Trip Trip Date:
    Oct 17 -23, 2017
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    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


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  • Introduction to Bhutan for Andrew & Family USA Trip Date:
    Feb 05 -12, 2016
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    Dear Anand, Please excuse this belated note. My husband Andrew has been quite busy with work, so I decided to respond on my family's behalf. All in all, our 7 days in Bhutan were truly remarkable. The pastoral and rugged beauty of the country will stay with us for a long time.  Our guide Tashi was the ideal match for our family of three. He was engaging and informative without being garrulous. Also, he was so thoughtful to arrange a birthday cake for our daughter on the day of our arrival because we landed in Bhutan on her 13th birthday. The royal


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  • We loved walking through the small townships and visiting the local stores. Norman Gardens, Queensland, Australian Trip Date:
    Dec 02 - 14, 2014
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    TID 8556 - Private Drukyul Walking Tour- Dec 02 - 14, 2014 (Guide - Yonten) We want to Thank Windhorse tours management and organising staff for their wonderful service and taking the time to promptly answer any and all of our questions.  You were so easy and great to deal with. We want to especially thank Yonten (Guide) and Yamraj (Driver) for a wonderful memorable holiday that we will never forget.  We had been wanting and planning to visit Bhutan for over 5 years and to finally get there and enjoy it much as we had hoped was unbelievable.  We have been recommending


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  • But not all can “pinch-hit” when plans have to be changed, and Windhorse did a great job! 7872 Fairview Rd, Boulder USA Trip Date:
    May 13 - 29,2015
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    TID 8595 -May 13 - 29,2015 (Yonten Phuntsho - Guide) Dear Jambay,  Thank you to all at Windhorse for such a wonderful trip! We all enjoyed our visit, and Yonten and Yumraj were both excellent. It was a trip of a lifetime for us, and we enjoyed seeing your beautiful country and learning about your rich history and culture. Yonten was flexible, accommodating, knowlegable and professional--he worked very hard to tailor each day to our interests in birds/animals, short hikes, cultural stops. Yumraj was a wonderfully reassuring driver.  Thanks also regarding the Druk flight from Jonkar to Paro--they tried very hard to operate


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  • It was a dream for a long time and we realized. You have a wonderful country. France Trip Date:
    April,24-May 8,2015
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    Dear Sir, This small word to tell you that we are very very happy to have come to Bouthan. It was a dream for a long time and we realized. You have a wonderfull country. We adored everything : landscape, dzong, your culture, hotels and food ................... Everything was brilliant!! We are very satisfied with your services (we shall return to Bouthan). Our guide, Yeshi Penjor, and our driver, Yam Raj, were great, very in the listening. Perfect! We thank them for the kindness. We also thank you for having made the formalities "boarding pass" in Delhi. There was no problem during the transit. Thanks for all. Best


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  • Wind horse Tours has made our trip to Bhutan truly unforgettable. South Horizons, Hong Kong. Trip Date:
    March 30-April 08,2015
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    TID-8731, Village Tours of Western Bhutan, March 30 -April 08, Guide Sonam Palden. Wind horse Tours has made our trip to Bhutan truly unforgettable. From my first correspondence with Mr. Jambay via email to our arrival in Bhutan, everything was absolutely outstanding in terms of organisation and professionalism. The response Mr. Jambay gave was immediate and positive and Windhorse Tours managed our expectations exceedingly well. From the accommodation to the itinerary, to the hotels and meals, Wind horse Tours was considerate and extremely proactive in thinking ahead and being immaculately organised. As we were travelling with two children with allergies, Wind horse


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  • Thank you Windhorse for such an amazing experience Keswick Road, Leatherhead Surrey, UK. Trip Date:
    March 9 - 15, 2015
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    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


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  • Bhutan have a very beautiful scenery country.. there”s a lot of antique temples, mountains, rivers,,,, no.66, jalan PJU1A/1G,Ara Damansara 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Makaysia. Trip Date:
    June 2012
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    Our family trip to bhutan was great and interesting. our tour guide " sonam" and the driver " kamalraj" was very responsible for taking care all of us and they're very funny:) bhutan have a very beautiful scenery country.. there"s a lot of antique temples, mountains, rivers,,,, we're going in summer season so is quite cloudy in the morning, and can't see the himalaya clearly. but if go for winter I thk should not be a problem... Bhutan foods are very healthy and delicious!!! we all love the red rice, beef and of course their " green chilli with cheese.."


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  • I liked knowing I had someone in the US I could call with questions Duluth, MN, USA Trip Date:
    Dec. 21-30, 2012
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    TID 607-Grand Cultural Tour of Christian & Wife (Dec. 21-30, 2012) My wife and I had a great time in Bhutan, thank you. I chose your company because talking to Ugen on the phone was very helpful before I made the booking. I liked knowing I had someone in the US I could call with questions. We were never disappointed by your company at any point during the trip and I’m glad I went with Wind Horse. Tashi our guide and Yamraj our driver were easy to communicate with and get along with. Tashi went out of his way to help


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  • They are excellent at what they do, accommodating and consistently pleasant. Oakland, CA,USA Trip Date:
    Sept 24- Oct 7, 2012
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    I believe it is important that all members of a tour get the same treatment. It is only fair. Several times, on my recent Drukyul Walking Tour, I found myself in rooms that were by far a lower standard or location than other members of my group. It does not seem equitable when I paid extra for a single supplement. If a hotel cannot accommodate all members with equivalent accommodation, another accommodation should be found. People should either get money back for lower standard rooms without views or the poorer rooms should be systematically distributed so no one is having


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Gudu Mahat Chhetri

Gudu Mahat Chhetri is another person on the list of senior most driver at Wind Horse Tours, Thimphu. His calmness, composed and unwavering focus is his great forte. And he applies these attributes with greater freedom while driving.

He is the older brother of Yamraj, who is also driver at Wind Horse Tours. He started his driving career early, right after passing his class 10 from his village in Tshirang. For him, driving is more of a passion, he could have continued his education to aspire to do white collar job but he opted to diligently enroll for driving school.

He worked in many companies before joining Wind Horse Tours in 2004.

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  • A Memorable Adventure In Bhutan Trip Date:
    Sep 23 - 0ct 8, 2015
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    We have nothing but praise for the way Windhorse organized and handled our two weeks in Bhutan. From the initial planning of our custom itinerary for a group of eight, the visas and airline flights, the hotel reservations, the week of touring and finally the week on the Jhomolhari/Snow Leopard trek;  every aspect of our trip was expertly managed by Ugyen in the USA and Jambay in Bhutan. First and foremost we would like to recognize the excellent guidance of Pema Namgyal who trained our eyes to the majestic beauty of his country.  From historical dzongs to spiritual sites, from mountain passes to


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  • Bhutan is a beautiful country made more so by the art, architecture and customs of its people USA Trip Date:
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    Bhutan, India, Sikkim Tour Dear Amit, We were very happy with the Complete Bhutan tour.  A good guide can make such a difference in one’s enjoyment of a tour and Sonam was wonderful.  He’s very open and friendly and we learned a lot about Bhutan from him, not only about the places we visited, but also the food and customs and religion.  Gudu was an excellent driver and also a pleasant traveling companion.  We were very fortunate to have good weather almost the whole time.  We found the Bhutanese to be friendly, particularly the children.  We were happy with the accommodations; we


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  • I also hope that Bhutan will continue to succeed in its fine balance of development/modernization and preservation of its culture and heritage. Bay Area, SF, USA Trip Date:
    Nov 01-08,2010
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    Miriam R x 02 : 01-08 November 2010 Hi Ugen, I have now been back for a few days from my wonderful trip to Bhutan and started to settle back in. It is important to me to take a moment to thank you, Wind Horse Tours and your great team for allowing me to enjoy such an amazing experience. I'd also like to congratulate you to your very professional team of guides and drivers: Sonam was a delight to have as a guide and trek partner. He was fun to be around while teaching me fundamental knowledge about Bhutanese history. He


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  • This was the trip of a lifetime for me! Minnetonka, Minnesota Trip Date:
    Sep 9-29,2010
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    As I mentioned, I am happy to give you my personal feedback on this trip. This was the trip of a lifetime for me! Thank you, Cindy- Bhutan Traverse & North India Sept 9-29, 2010.


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  • the many faces and experiences of Bhutan are indelible fixed in our minds Florida,USA Trip Date:
    Sept 10-29,2010
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    Just a few selected photos to give you a hint of what we were doing in Bhutan. Ugen, I'll send a short report to you in the near future. I completed the longer form that Wind Horse provided at the beginning of our adventure. The bottom line is that while we are glad to be home after three long and fairly rigorous weeks, the many faces and experiences of Bhutan are indelible fixed in our minds. Sonam and Mr. Guddu (sp?) were our perfect hosts. Jb. West to East Bhutan Traverse from Sept 10-24 & North India from 24-29 Sept 2010.


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  • It has been a wonderful experience and loved every minute of it London, UK Trip Date:
    March -10, 2010
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    I have just returned from your exquisite country still wishing I was there… It has been a wonderful experience and loved every minute of it, even the long drives and some confusions in the hotel reservations…I will send you the feedback form as soon as I have completed it but would like to take this opportunity to say that our guide Sonam Jamtsho and our driver Guddu Chhetri were marvellous and did everything they could do to make our trip very enjoyable.


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  • Everything was well organised,the hotels were all good Luxemburg Trip Date:
    20091029
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    Everything was well organised,the hotels were all good (some really good, others just good, as one expects making such a long tour). Just at Badami Court it didn't work out as foreseen, because the hotel was overbooked and Christian was sent to very poor premises. But to excuse themselves they offered compensations, so it was no tragedy. The Hotel Dewachen in Buthan was lovely in it simplicity, but the nice people who manage it still have to learn a lot about receiving guests; when we arrived every place was very cold, both dining room and bedroom (and temperature outside was


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  • It is a beautiful country, and we had a great time. Switzerland Trip Date:
    April10,2009
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    Drukyul Walking Tour (March/April 2009) 7 pax Ugen, thank you again for all your help in arranging our trip to Bhutan. It is a beautiful country, and we had a great time. I'm sorry it has taken a while, but here is some feedback from our trip. Our guide, Tshewang, was knowledgeable and approachable. He openly answered all our questions, and gave us a feel for local customs and traditions. Our driver, Guddu, was careful and friendly. He had to negotiate some difficult roads in the mountains, and did an excellent job. The itinerary was good overall; it gave us a view


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  • A good guide can make such a difference in one’s enjoyment of a tour Lindsay Holgrem & John Anderson Trip Date:
    March10,2009
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    Dear Amit, We were very happy with the Complete Bhutan tour. A good guide can make such a difference in one’s enjoyment of a tour and Sonam was wonderful. He’s very open and friendly and we learned a lot about Bhutan from him, not only about the places we visited, but also the food and customs and religion. Gudu was an excellent driver and also a pleasant traveling companion. We were very fortunate to have good weather almost the whole time. We found the Bhutanese to be friendly, particularly the children. We were happy with the accommodations; we were prepared for


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  • Never-the-less our days were filled with great impressions and experiences, thanks to Sonam. Zurich, Switzerland Trip Date:
    Sept 01,2009
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    Dear Mr. Jamtsho, My family and I visited Bhutan January 2009 with Wind Horse Tours as our travel agency. Sonam Gyembo, our guide, is an excellent man. He could show and tell us so many things that without him we couldn’t have experienced the social, spiritual and environmental beauty of Bhutan as intensively as we did. Sonam is punctual and reliable. He was also very flexible and adapted with great respect to our particular requests due to the fact that my husband and my daughter had the flu and therefore couldn’t participate fully in the foreseen program and activities. Never-the-less our


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Dorji Nidup

Everyone call Dorji Nidup fondly “Ata” a Bhutanese term for big brother. He is senior driver at Wind Horse Tours, Thimphu. Soft spoken, polite and down to earth. His driving experience is more than a few new young executives at Wind Horse Tours at Thimphu.

He is on wrong side of 40 and as with age comes the experiences, it rub off while driving – patient, well paced, calm and composed on the twists and curvy roads of Bhutan.

Before joining Wind Horse Tours in 2004, he worked for almost 15 year in Bhutan army as a driver.

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  • We’re enjoying our time in your beautiful country. United States Of America Trip Date:
    Jun 22-30,2013
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    Introduction to Bhutan Tour TID 690(Jun.22-30,2013) Dear Ugen:Andrew and I are in Punakha with Yeshi and Dorgi. Right now, Yeshi and I are in the open-air lobby of the Hotel Meriphuensum. Everybody else seems to have gone to bed early so he and I are sharing our thoughts about life.We're having a great time and I want to send you special thanks for arranging for Yeshi to be our guide and for Dorgi to be the driver. Yeshi is a wonderful guy. He's charming and intelligent, has a highly-developed sense of humor, and he possesses a special sensitivity that is rare.


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  • It was a wonderful trip and we were very happy with all of your people. Kingwood, West Virginia,USA Trip Date:
    Oct 3-16, 2012
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    Dear Ugen, These are very late comments on a wonderful trip we had to Bhutan with Windhorse Tours. My wife Sandi had dreamed of seeing the Himalaya's since she was a little girl. We were very happy with the advanced information that was provided. We were well prepared for the trip. Our Guide and Driver (Karma Letho and Dorji Nedup were great. Karma had a group of varied age and ability and he was able to keep everything moving smoothly. He was very knowledgeable and energetically shared it with the group. Karma was always there with information or a helping hand


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  • My husband and I were very pleased with the tour. Feldafing, Germany Trip Date:
    Nov 7 - 23,2011
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    Bhutan Festival & Sikkim Nov.7,2011- Nov. 23,2011 Dear Ugen, Jambay and team, I prefer to give a personal comment (the links were indicated as perhaps insecure). My husband and I were very pleased with the tour. We think the guide, Robin Gurung, was very knowledgeable and went out of his way to help our friend to get around which was not always easy. The driver, Mr. Dorje, as well is an excellent driver and was very helpful. The planned itinerary was rather full. In retrospect we would have preferred some extra time to wander around or just relax and watch. If I would do


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  • An exposure to the faith and devotion evident in Bhutan was an inspiration. Andrew P G Holmes Trip Date:
    Nov-19,2010
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    Dear Kinga/BirderGuru, Rosie and i would like to thank you so much again for making our visit to Bhutan so fantastic and special. We reflect on the time together with you, the things that we saw, the people we saw and met, the places we visited, the festivals we were so privileged to have attended, and all we learnt.....not to mention the birds I saw, of course....and we cannot imagine that we could have had a more fascinating and enjoyable time. This of course is all down to you and your planning of the trip. It all went so very well,


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  • We had an amazing time and feel very privileged to have visited your beautiful and mystical country. London, UK Trip Date:
    Nov 20 - 28, 2009
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    Tsaluna Trek Bhutan( Reverse & concise version of Druk Path Trek) with group of 5 from UK and Malayasia Nov 20-28, 2009. Dear Ugen, Just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for organising a journey of a lifetime! We had an amazing time and feel very privileged to have visited your beautiful and mystical country. We are grateful to have had Tashi and Dorji lead our tour and honoured to have met Mr Kinga, who are all testament to Bhutanese hospitality and have helped us form many fond memories which we will cherish for a long, long time.Thanks again and we


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  • I did manage to sneak a morning or two to just soak the ambience on my own Wells Road, Beaumaris Trip Date:
    March22-April 07,2013
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    Bhutan Festival & Sikkim Tour:TID 598 (Start Mar 22-Apr 07 2013) Like the Canadian person before me, after a month of being back home, I too am suffering from Bhutan withdrawals.Before our trip, we checked out many of the travel operators in Bhutan. We chose WindHorse Tours for their quick response.We were shown a grand tour of Bhutan by our guide Penjor and our driver Dorji.Loved everyday we spent there. Perhaps a day of wondering around (free day) would have been excellent, as we were on the go every day. I did manage to sneak a morning or two to just soak


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  • The trip to Bhutan was fantastic. It is quite different from anywhere else that I have ever been and was well worth the money. Cuesta Del Cerro, Alcobendas, Madrid, SPAIN Trip Date:
    Oct 5-20, 2008
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    TID 153/187: India, Bhutan & Nepal (Oct 5-20, 2008) I got back yesterday morning. The trip to Bhutan was fantastic. It is quite different from anywhere else that I have ever been and was well worth the money. Everything in Bhutan ran very smoothly and I would particularly like to mention both Tashi the guide and Dorje the driver, who were both excellent. At one point, I lost the key to my suitcase and by ringing around, Tashi managed to locate it at the place where we had stopped for morning tea and the next day, it arrived via one of


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  • An excellent guide. Went out of his way to be helpful considering he was ill with flu Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia Trip Date:
    Sept 30,2008
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    TID 153: Introduction of India, Bhutan and Nepal (Sep. 30 till Oct 20 2008) Bhutan portion of the trip: Guide: Tharpa Tashi, Driver: Dorji Needup 1) Were you provided adequate information about your trip prior to coming here ? What did you need to know more? Should have been informed that we could not cash 500 or 1000 Indian rupee note in Bhutan 02.Were you met at the point of arrival with the maximum efficiency and courtesy? YES!! 03. Did the tour get off to a good start? Yes!! 04. Did your guide fulfill your itinerary? Yes, an excellent guide. Went out of his way to be helpful considering


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  • Sonam was a wealth of knowledge and answered all of our questions about Bhutanese culture, traditions and Buddhism Handel Place, Boca Raton, Florida Trip Date:
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    01. Were you provided adequate information about your trip prior to coming here ? What did you need to know more? Mostly except for the banking situation. I didn’t know I wouldn’t be able to get my funds once in the country. More importantly, I didn’t realize INR 500 notes were not able to be changed in Bhutan. Ugen knew we were arriving from India. This should have been made clear. As a result, I had to change more US Dollars (instead of the rupees to bought) and had less to tip the guide and spend on souvenirs. 02. Were you met


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Yeshi Penjor

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.

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  • A Peaceable Kingdom Toronto, Canada Trip Date:
    07 -12, Oct,2018
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    The mountains, rivers, forests and rice fields are beautiful and all considered to be alive and intelligent in Bhutan culture. The monasteries, Dzongs and markets are fascinating. But is the kindness and generous hearts of the Bhutanese people that made my trip so pleasant. In particular, the patience and kindness of Yeshi and Chimi, my guide and driver, that make the experience more wonderful than I could expect from any tour company.


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  • Glimpses of Bhutan – May, 2018 Germany Trip Date:
    15 -20 May,2018
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    Thank you for your mail. We have just arrived in Germany after visiting friend in Delhi for a few more days. The trip was amazing and just what we were looking for. The moment we arrived in Bhutan, it felt like a comfortable bubble because the driver and guide took very good care of us. Both were really excellent. The driver always drove carefully and fully concentrated while the guide was very knowledgeable, flexible and provided just the right amount of information. Personally we enjoyed Bhutan a lot. It is a really nice country. Our highlights were the tiger nest (obviously I


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  • Window to Bhutan – April 2018 Poland Trip Date:
    14 -20, April, 2018
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    Thank you for your email and apologies for the late reply. I am traveling and I am not checking my emails very often. The trip was very interesting. Buthan is a beautiful country. My guide was very knowledgeable and also a nice person to talk to. Also the driver was really good. I was surprised that I was not feeling bad even once, considering how curvy roads are. I must admit though that I was a bit disappointed and at times frustrated with the program. I think that 0.5 day in Thimphu and 1 day in Paro would be enough (I spent


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  • Bhutan Tour with Trek – April, 2018 UK Trip Date:
    23 - 07 April, 2018
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    Sorry it's taken me awhile to get back to you, I've been rather busy writing and doing book layouts. My trip was great thank you. I thought you matched my guide with me very well. Yeshi and I got on great. The first driver I had till my trek was great too. However I'm sure you've heard about the young driver I had from Gasa to Phobjika valley! He was literally dangerous! I'm not a nervous person at all and I tried joking first en route and then as it continued I I started to be more firm. I'm aware that Bhutanese do


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  • Customised Trip of Golden Triangle (India), Darjeeling & Bhutan Tour USA Trip Date:
    13 - 31 May, 2018
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    Overall, the trip was fantastic and I am truly grateful that you suggested India before Bhutan. However, the hotel in Delhi was superb. They upgraded us to a fabulous room the the 2nd and 3rd times that we were there which was lovely. Our guides in India were fine. I do have a couple of suggestions....I think we could have done with 1 night in Rathombore. We saw 1 tiger on all our safaris, although others saw many more...just lucky. We really liked Jaipur and maybe should have had 2 nights there instead. Darjeeling. Bhutan was really spectacular...we loved it.


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  • Recommended Trip Date:
    Nov 06 - 13, 2017
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    A year of planning to the Land of happiness and the Dragon led to a life time of memories. We as a girls Whatsapp group of Andhra Medical College, Visakhapatnam embarked on the idea of a reunion in Bhutan. Based on the web reviews chose Wind Horse Tours and they took care of all queries, substantial and silly from us 17 ladies for a period of nearly 10 months as the plan started taking shape. The tour commenced on Nov. 6th 2017 for a period of 8 days and 7 nights. Our group included a mix of Indian and non-Indian(US/UK)


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  • Window to Bhutan for Maria by Wind Horse Colorado, Denver Trip Date:
    Nov 13 - 29,2017
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    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


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  • Laya – Gasa Trek for Debby & Kathy Wilmington, Vermont. USA Trip Date:
    April 23- May 5,2017
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    Wind Horse was an incredibly wonderful company to work with. They catered the trip to my specific wants. Trekking with Yeshi and rest of crew was highlight- 12 days with pack horses- the planning, care, food was fantastic, never mind the most amazing scenery! I owe such thanks to the sweetest, most thoughtful crew anyone could ask for! They even gave me a surprise birthday party at 14,000 feet! This was followed by two weeks of traveling the country and visiting monasteries where we were invited in. I hope to return and see more of the country. Everyone I met was


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  • Bhutan Tour for Anil Shelat and Group Austin, Texas, USA Trip Date:
    March, 4-10, 2017
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    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


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  • Bhutan Tour for Peter and Sue
    Bhutan Tour for Peter and Sue UK Trip Date:
    Oct 25 -Nov 07,2016
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    Dear Kinga, We do hope that you had a successful trip to the UK in October. Sue and I were very pleased to meet you in Thimphu before you went. Windhorse certainly deserves to be in the top rank of travel agents for our type of holiday. Our trip to Bhutan was one of the most enjoyable holidays we have had.  Over this Christmas and New Year period we have been composing our usual 'holiday album' and it has been bringing back happy memories of our time in Bhutan. We congratulate you on having such a successful organisation. Your attention to detail


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Tashi Gyeltshen

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.

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  • Window to Bhutan – March, 2018 Australia Trip Date:
    08 - 14,March, 2018
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    First of all I apologise for the delay in my review. I got back to Australia a few days ago. I am very pleased with my trip to Bhutan. First of all your reactiveness was great, every time I had a request or a question you would reply to me in a few hours, it was great tot know that you were onto it. I did find it a bit difficult to use the kimkim platform, maybe because I only had phone. I did not receive the attachments you send on kimkim and I was unable to upload documents (I had to get


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  • Bhutan Tour – January, 2018 Australia Trip Date:
    06 - 10 Jan, 2018
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    Trip was better than we could have ever expected. The entire process from the first messages with Bas till the fairwell hugs with tashi and Jigme at the airport and everything in between was beyond words! Tashi as a guide is phenomenal, can’t fault him. And Jigme was his perfect side kick. Nothing was too hard for the boys. Thank you for a wonderful trip! After our trip we have no doubt we will both go back to Bhutan, and when I do I know I’ll be going with Windhorse through you guys! We are safely on the south of India


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  • Snow Leopard Trek, April, 2017.
    Snow Leopard Trek, April, 2017. New South Wales, Australia. Trip Date:
    April 6 -19,2017
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    Hi Anand The trip was fantastic. I had a fantastic time. I can't wait to visit your wonderful country again. As a matter of fact, I have already recommended your company to some friends that want to Bhutan in October. The trek was fantastic, the food was fantastic, the helpers were very attentive and friendly. Tashi my guide was fantastic, provided me with a lot of knowledge about Bhutan and the fauna and flora. Jimmy the driver was wonderful. If you have any further questions to ask me, please do. I am happy to recommend this company for anybody that wants to


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  • Introduction to Bhutan for Andrew & Family USA Trip Date:
    Feb 05 -12, 2016
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    Dear Anand, Please excuse this belated note. My husband Andrew has been quite busy with work, so I decided to respond on my family's behalf. All in all, our 7 days in Bhutan were truly remarkable. The pastoral and rugged beauty of the country will stay with us for a long time.  Our guide Tashi was the ideal match for our family of three. He was engaging and informative without being garrulous. Also, he was so thoughtful to arrange a birthday cake for our daughter on the day of our arrival because we landed in Bhutan on her 13th birthday. The royal


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  • Review of Bhutan Trip
    Review of Bhutan Trip. handler, Arizona, USA Trip Date:
    Sept 17-30, 2015
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    Review of Bhutan Trip Hey Everyone, I recently returned from a 6 day tour in Bhutan with Windhorse Tours. This was actually part of a larger itinerary that included Nepal, Beijing, and Tibet as well, but since this is the Bhutan forum I guess I'm only supposed to write about Bhutan. To start, I found it hard to choose a tour company since there are so many reviews here, but decided to make an inquiry with Windhorse as I've seen their name mentioned on here multiple times with positive experiences. Nobody asked me to write this review, nor was I compensated for


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  • Wonderful Holiday in Bhutan Phoneix, Arizona, USA Trip Date:
    Sept 20 - 28, 2015
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    Bhutan Festival Tour with Wangdi and Thimphu Festival, 2015 Hello to all - Charlie and I had a fantastic time in Bhutan.  One of our best trips ever!!  We had wonderful fellow travelers and great guides and driver.  Sonam, Tashi, and Barleyman made our trip very special.Hope everyone made it home safely - or hope you are enjoying continued travels. If you have some special pictures that came out extra good - please send them along to us at ......... Also - would love to hear about upcoming travel plans as travel is always of great interest to us. Again - it was wonderful meeting


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  • Bhutan was indeed the happiest place on earth and it was truly beautiful. Indonesia Trip Date:
    May 17-22, 2015
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    TID 8757, May 17- 22, 2015, guide - Tashi Gyaltshen Dear Ugen and Wind Horse Travel, Our trip was wonderful. Perfect. Bhutan was indeed the happiest place on earth and it was truly beautiful. The only thing we regretted was we only had five days. If Bhutan were only a few hours flight from California, we would visit every year! Tashi, our guide, and Tashi, our driver were wonderful, welcoming, friendly, accommodating, and enthusiastic about showing us the beauty of Bhutan. We wanted a balance between nature and culture and Tashi delivered exactly that. The hiking trails that Tashi picked for us were


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  • Positives were the beauty of the country and friendliness of people in general. Witikonerstrasse, Zürich, Switzerland. Trip Date:
    March 25 - April 08,2015
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    TID 8650 March 25 - April 08, 2015 (Tashi Gyalteshen - Guide) First of all, let me say that i enjoyed the trip very much.Positives were the beauty of the country and friendliness of people in general.I think a 14 day trip really is worth it and through your choice of sights offers a great insight of the country. I  thought hotels in general were very good and the services of driver and guide as well. The car was always clean and the driving of the driver was very safe and skilful. Tashi always explained the sights we were visiting well. Generally he


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  • We loved our trip! It was everything we had hoped for Robinson Street, Carson City,Nevada, USA Trip Date:
    Feb 26-11 March, 2015
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    Dear Anand, I apologize for my slowness in answering your letter. Since our return from Asia some 10 days ago, we have been busy doing chores. We loved our trip! It was everything we had hoped for. The itinerary allowed us to see many parts of your beautiful country and interesting culture. Attending the Tharpaling Thongdrel, while in the itinerary, was an unexpected highlight. Tashi, our guide, and Sonam, our driver, were excellent. Tashi and my husband liked to joke with each other which made our hikes and walks extra enjoyable.  Someday we hope to return to Bhutan to visit the eastern portion of the


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  • We loved the entire trip, especially the Haa Valley. Lechuna Heritage Hotel is a gem. USA Trip Date:
    Dec 21- 29, 2014
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    Village Tour of Bhutan for Ms. Susan Thomas & Son TID 8626: Dec. 21 - 29, 2014 I just returned a few days ago.  Bhutan was part of a 2 month trip.  I do plan to write a review on Trip Advisor. Both Tashi and Sonam were terrific. I have hired guides and drivers around the world and they rate with the best.  We loved the entire trip, especially the Haa Valley.  Lechuna Heritage Hotel is a gem. The only problem we encountered was with Tashi Namgay Resort.  We stayed there our first night in a new room with radiant heating in the


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Sonam Pelden

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.

guest reviews

  • Robert (Dragon Festival, Fall, 2018) Acton, Massachusetts USA Trip Date:
    10 -21 Sept,2018
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    TID 9184 I just returned from a 12 day trip to Bhutan organized by Wind Horse Tours. I cannot recommend them enough. The pre trip communication was excellent, and our guide Sonam and driver (also Sonam!) were fabulous. The roads are treacherous in many places and the driver's skill gave me much needed confidence. Sonam the guide's knowledge was extensive and he was a friendly outgoing person with a sense of humor. He went the extra mile when one of our party was sick, going to his room late in the evening to personally administer an herbal treatment, which our friend


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  • Customised Bhutan Tour with Festival – March 2018 UK Trip Date:
    26 - 12 March, 2018
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    Thank you we are back home safely although it was a rather painful journey for me.   My bruising is still extremely painful and my daughter came from Yorkshire to meet us off the flight and to help me which is wonderful. As far as our holiday goes I really couldn’t fault it.  It was amazing and we loved every moment largely due to Sonam who must be the best guide you have.  We loved him and he went out of his way to make everything perfect for us.   Of course Jigme was wonderful too and they make the perfect


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  • Bhutan & India Customised tour for Diem x 3 Montreal, Canada Trip Date:
    l3 -17, April, 2018
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    I traveled with my elderly parents to Bhutan and India with Windhorse in April 2018. I cannot say enough good about them. From the time I contacted them to organize the trip, to the time they drop us at the airport, all went without a single glitch. While organizing the trip, they always answered me within 24hrs of an email and always addressed my concerns with reliable information and appropriate changes. At every step our concerns, requests, questions have been promptly answered and addressed. The trip in itself was extremely well organized and yet very flexible. Our guide (Sonam) and driver (Dorji)


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  • Western Bhutan Village Tour California, USA Trip Date:
    Feb 18 - 26, 2018
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    Hello Anand- We had an incredible trip with Sonam and Dawa and can't think of a single "low moment" !!!!! Sonam was so knowledgable about everything from the Buddhist religion to the birds of Bhutan. He and Dawa were so respectful and conscious of our needs and abilities the entire trip. Every day was a wonderful experience. We cherish our memories of our trip to Bhutan, and would highly recommend Wind horse to anyone thinking of a trip to your wonderful country.We would love to come back and travel to Eastern Bhutan in the future. Many thanks Maureen


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  • Snow Leopard Trek for David New York, USA Trip Date:
    Sept 25 - Oct 10,2017
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    Hi Anand Here is some feedback: Trip was fantastic overall, every single day had some sort of surprise or something unexpected happen. My guide did a great job. Festivals in Bumthang and Thimphu were incredible. In the Tang Valley, I saw a Swiss man in a photo in a museum and inquired with sonam who the guy was. Somehow, Sonam arranged for me to eat lunch with this man and his famous wife the same day. I have no idea how he did this!! Drayangs were very amusing and a lot of fun! I very much appreciated my guide and driver doing this since I


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  • Bhutan Tour for Jasmine
    Bhutan Tour for Jasmine Japan Trip Date:
    May17-20, 2017
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    Dear Anand, Thanks for reaching out to me. My first trip to Bhutan was fantastic. In particular, coming from Dhaka, the place was peaceful and civilised (I know I had some issues with public loos - Rebekah teased me a lot on this). Bhutan reminds me of 40-50 years ago rural Japan, though you might have no clue. I think the schedule was very good, well paced, your staff were fantastic. I have no complain. I was happy in 'breaking records' of going up and down of Taktsang, ha ha. I wish I could have stayed more but my holiday was


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  • Customised Family Bhutan Trip of Hamilton Hopkinton, New Hampshire. Trip Date:
    Dec 11-20, 2016
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    We are grateful for a lifetime of memories gathered during our 9 day tour of Bhutan. Sonam our driver and Sonam our guide were both such wonderful people, it made the tour that much more special for us all. They accommodated our request to go further West and were game when we wanted even more authentic local food. Sonam our guide was incredibly knowledgeable about Bhuddhism and that helped us to understand the culture and the life philosophy that guide so much of Bhutan. We normally hike on our own and don't take guided tours, so we appreciated their willingness to


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  • Bhutan Country Walk, Fall 2016 Queensland, Australia Trip Date:
    Oct 11 - 17,2016
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    Hello We had a great time in Bhutan and would recommend Bhutan and Windhorse to our friends. Sonam and "0007" did a great job, particularly as needed to plan around some bad weather. We enjoyed all the activities and the food was great. It was really appreciated that bottle water was always on hand. Thank you Windhorse for a fantastic trip to Bhutan. Maree Brockie & Peter Handley


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  • Druk Path Trek La Garde Freinet, France Trip Date:
    10 - 22, Oct, 2016
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    Druk Path Trek Dear Chencho We are now at the airport after a fantastic time in Bhutan. Thank you for all your organisation and your very kind invitation to dinner and the hot stone bath. It was an honour to visit you and Tashi in your home for our best meal in Bhutan. We were very sad to say goodbye to Sonam and Jigme. Please thank them for their care and attention throughout our trip. They have been excellent. Best regards Jim and Philippa


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  • Bhutan Country Walk for Catherine & Family.
    Bhutan Country Walk for Catherine & Family. Santa Barbara, California, USA Trip Date:
    Sept 4- 10, 2016
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    Hi Anand, We did make it home safe and sound after a week in Japan and finally back to the US. We had a wonderful trip! Our guide Sonam and our driver Sonam were both excellent. Our guide, Sonam, was very knowledgeable and took very good care of us. He listened to all of our requests and was very accommodating. Our favorite parts of the trip include the Haa Valley and the hike up to the Tiger's Nest. We enjoyed seeing the sites and learning about the culture of Bhutan in Thimpu. Overall, we felt like the trip was action packed and


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Sonam Loday

A good sense of humour is the currency that prevail everywhere regardless of the time or circumstances. An asset that that has potential to make  even the ordinary trip into extraordinary. Sonam Loday has this traits in abundance. This is intrinsic and come as naturally as bees to the flower. He wears it in his sleeve in every tours that he conducts and this is one aspects that steal the limelight when we receive the feedbacks from the guests.

He finished his higher secondary school in 2005. Subsequently, he was at loose end trying to find meaning to his life and career, a chance meeting with a group of tourists resurrected his passion for the trade. He did his cultural guide course in 2005 and trekking in 2007. He burn the midnight oils to complete his senior guide course in 2008. He joined Wind Horse Tours in 2009 and has led countless tours with flair and his brand of humour.

Along with great sense of humour, he is well versed on both aspects cultural as well as trek. The Horse riding course refuelled his passion for horses to a new height in 2010. He is the coordinator and manager of Wind Horse Ranch and Riding Club – a low carbon footprint product.

When it comes to giving air to his interests and passion, he has varied propensities, it ranges from being cultural and trek guide to horse manager to his new found passion – mountain biking, his new best friend. On weekend, perhaps he will be one among the many  guys to come across in Thimphu biking zone. And also among the few to volunteer first for audacious  Haa to Phuentsholing Trip.

guest reviews

  • Three Himalayan Kingdom, Oct, 2018 Houston, Texas, USA Trip Date:
    05 -20 Oct,2018
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    Dear Ugen, Jambay, and all Windhorse staff, Thank you so much for everything you did to make our tour the trip of a lifetime!  The only thing that I would have changed would have been to arrive a week later, as we did not know that the first week of October is National Holiday in China’s-the crowds were insane and we were unable to exchange money as all banks were closed. All of the accommodations were lovely, food was good, and the guides and drivers were simply amazing. We were so glad we chose to fly into Chengdu, instead of Beijing,


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  • Window to Bhutan -April, 2018 USA Trip Date:
    18 - 24 April,2018
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    Our group of 4 just returned from a 7 day tour of Bhutan. From the beginning of my contact with Bas, to touring the amazing countryside of Bhutan with Sonam and Tawa (guides from Bhutan). My experience was phenomenal, two thumbs up for the curtosy, kindness and professionalism of all the staff.


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  • Upper Assam & Eastern Bhutan
    Upper Assam & Eastern Bhutan California, USA Trip Date:
    6 - 20 March, 2018
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    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


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  • Eastern Bhutan Tour
    Eastern Bhutan Tour California, USA Trip Date:
    10 -20,March, 2018
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    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


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  • Customised Trip for Holger Germany Trip Date:
    Oct 14 - 26,2017
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    Thank you very much for the good organization and the impressive journey. Special thanks to the driver and the guide. We have not yet seen our pictures. I hope we see each other for the ITB in Berlin


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  • Customised Trip for 12 days for Anita & Daniel Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Trip Date:
    Nov 13 -24, 2017
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    Hi Anand, The trip was terrific.  Bhutan is an amazing country.  It is beautiful, wonderfully aware of the need for sustainablity, and carefully following a path to modernization while maintaining a firm hold on its culture.  I don't know of any other country so positively focused. The plan for our trip was a great balance between seeing the many and wondrous sites, walks/hikes or other activities like archery, and free time.  Our guide, Sonam was really excellent. He is extremely knowledgeable, flexible, and seems to know everyone in Bhutan.  He quickly understood both our interests and our  limitations and adjusted the schedule


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  • Bhutan Festival Tour – Fall 2017 Miami Beach, Florida Trip Date:
    Sept 26 - Oct 04, 2017
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    Dear Anand, First, I would like to thank you and the entire staff of Wind Horse for the effort spent to set up our tours. We greatly appreciate the way that we were kept informed from the initial booking through our final departure. Your ground staff, both guides and drivers, were always well informed. In general both tours were very special as they took us to places that are hard to navigate and we were always visiting sites that we had only dreamed of seeing. Suggestions would be: 1. Try to do long drives every other day … not two consecutive days. On Day


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  • Fantastic Bhutan Tour – august 6-16 2017 Milan, Italy Trip Date:
    Aug 6-16, 2017
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    Hi Yonten and Sonam; happy to get in touch with you again. We came back to Italy few weeks ago, after a fantastic time and custom trip in Bhutan. The travel was great, the accommodations really nice,the food excellent. We have to make a special mention of our guide, Sonam: he did an outstanding job both driving our pick-up and providing us with a lot of information, friendly, attentive, accommodating and helpful for 10 days, sometimes in very difficult moments along a road in restoration from west to east . The country has a fascinating history based on its religion. Sonam was able to


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  • Three Himalayan Kingdom May, 2017 San Francisco, California, USA Trip Date:
    May 14 - 28,2017
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    We planned a trip with Wind Horse for Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan, traveling for approximately 2.5 weeks, with a local guide and driver in each of the three destinations. We opted for the Three Kingdoms Tour. Wind Horse has many different pre-packaged tours to choose from, from challenging, lengthy treks, to horseback riding adventures, to culture tours with mostly easy walks. They can also customize the trip for you depending on your preferences. We planned this trip from the comfort of our homes in the U.S. Communications/email was fast and easy during the entire planning process. They helped us book flights


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  • Customised Mountain biking with active Adventure
    Customised Mountain biking with active Adventure San Francisco, California Trip Date:
    Sept 24 - Oct 08, 2016
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    We spent 15 days in Bhutan touring the country on mountain bikes, 4 wheel drive, horseback, and day hiking. It was an adventure of a lifetime, and really made so by our guides, Sonam and Sonam, and the organization of Wind Horse Tours, Treks, & Expeditions. This was a custom trip, as it was just two of us. The people at Wind Horse were really great at putting our trip together. They were extremely flexible and had a lot of great ideas for things a bit off the beaten track. I don't even really know how to describe it, except


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Binita Thapa

Binita Thapa is lady behind the fact and figure of the company for Sale & Support office, Phuentsholing and USA office. She is a Accountant. To a larger degree, she let us sleep soundly with a feeling that all is well on financial front. Her job doesn’t merely rest as accountant only. Sometime it also include to provide support to booking reservations, when the going get tough specifically during on season. Her versatility come more than handy in smooth functioning of daily affairs in office.

She hails from Jaigoan, bordering with Phuentsholing, Bhutan. She did her initial schooling in Bhutan, after which it took her to many places in India, finally doing her Bachelors of Commerce from Kuersong college in Darjeeling Districts.

Sonam Tshering Bhutia

Sonam Tshering Bhutia is the operation head and look after the office affairs of Wind Horse Tours of Sikkim, Darjeeling and Doars region. Under his supervision, the office was established in 2005  and after 2 years the office was relocated in Gangtok, Sikkim. This also reinforce our core ideal of having local partner. He is a partner and MD of the Sikkim and Darjeeling office.

He is originally from Darjeeling. He is also among those who started as a travel guide in 2007. Naturally, the attraction towards this trade, can largely be contributed  to the place, Darjeeling itself. Hardly anyone can escape from its charms – majestic Mt Kanchenjunga, its colourful history, lush green tea garden imbibed an eternal love  for this trade, and a desire to pass on this love to every one. As a guide he visited every nook and corner of the region and this is what stands in good stead when he takes the guests on tour to this region.

He has his schooling in Darjeeling and later he completed his Bachelor degree with Geography as major. To reaffirm his conviction and desire for travel trade he completed his Master in Tourism  also.

guest reviews

  • My husband and I were very pleased with the tour. Feldafing, Germany Trip Date:
    Nov 7 - 23,2011
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    Bhutan Festival & Sikkim Nov.7,2011- Nov. 23,2011 Dear Ugen, Jambay and team, I prefer to give a personal comment (the links were indicated as perhaps insecure). My husband and I were very pleased with the tour. We think the guide, Robin Gurung, was very knowledgeable and went out of his way to help our friend to get around which was not always easy. The driver, Mr. Dorje, as well is an excellent driver and was very helpful. The planned itinerary was rather full. In retrospect we would have preferred some extra time to wander around or just relax and watch. If I would do


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  • I would like to thank you and your team at Windhorse Travel for putting it together to meet our needs, and for the wonderful tour that you executed for us. Beachood, Ohio, USA Trip Date:
    March 09-April1,2011
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    Stephen Freeman x 03 - 09 Mar/01 Apr, 2011 Dear Sonam, Now that we have returned home after our trip to Bhutan and India following our memorable week touring in Sikhim and Darjeeling with you, I would like to thank you and your team at Windhorse Travel for putting it together to meet our needs, and for the wonderful tour that you executed for us. From the greeting at Badgdora upon our arrival to our departure across the border into Bhutan, you went out of your way to find out our personal interests and then tailored the tour to ensure we


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  • I want to thank the tour guides in each location who are all outstanding individuals who have left lasting memories of the lands we visited Ohio, USA Trip Date:
    March 9 -April1,2011
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    Stephen Freeman Family 09 March - 01 April, 2011 Dear Ugen, Now that we have returned home after a memorable 3 weeks in Sikhim, Bhutan and India I would like to thank you and your entire team at Windhorse Tours for putting it together to meet our needs, and for the wonderful tour that you executed for us. From the greeting upon our arrival to our departure, your staff went out of their way to find out our personal interests and then customized the tours to ensure we got the very most out the vacation. In particular I want to thank the


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Yonten Jamtsho

Yonten Jamtsho may concede an air of youthful exuberance, footloose and fancy freeness  and laid backness to a larger degree,  however beneath these exteriors lies a hard working, focussed, patient  and a manager whose skills is par excellence. He joined Wind Horse Tours in 2010 in a modest capacity. But he has worked through ranks gradually and now have reached as overall in-charge and manager of operational  works. With his sheer diligent, he has not only earn the respects of staffs and colleagues but also earn the stakes at the company.

He is the guy who springs into action, if vehicle break down midway of tours or need replacement at short notice. Largely his passion for travelling or more specifically seeking adventures can contribute to the way he does his works. He simply loves what he do. In prior to joining Wind Horse Tours and after finishing his college with Bachelor Degree with Sociology as major from Darjeeling, he tried many jobs but finally was at home at  Wind Horse Tours, Thimphu, Bhutan.

You can find him talk endlessly on the subjects that command his passion and enthusiasm specifically about Bhutan and world of travel. To add colours to  his craving for adventures he leads the group, preferably to remote villages, and wilderness of trek that naturally finds natural setting for his new found passion for Photography.

guest reviews

  • Snowman Trek (Fall) 2016
    Snowman Trek (Fall) 2016 London, UK Trip Date:
    Sept 22 -Oct 17,2016.
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    "We enjoyed our trip and were looked after very well by Yonten throughout. We were very pleased by the service we received. The only thing which was not good at all was the weather and we could not change that.  Yonten is a charming guide and always thinks ahead to anticipate problems and think of solutions.  He was knowledgeable but also discrete in giving us time to ourselves and he was very good company for the three and a half weeks. He also took good care of our safety at all times at high altitude." regards,


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Pema Choden

Following the tradition, Pema Choden joined Wind Horse Tours, Thimphu, Bhutan as a reservation trainee in 2008. Right after passing her 12th standard from Thimphu School. Over the time she quickly learn the trade and along with Nidup Gyelmo, they form a competent duo. They are the pillars through which the reservation of hotels fall into its places.

She harbour passion for reading books, dancing and render unconditional support to the cleanliness drive that the Wind Horse undertake regularly.

Sangay Lham

The territory of accountant as a career was once predominantly ruled by male specifically in Bhutan. Now we find refreshing good to see women  foraying into this territory. Sangay Lhamo is among the new breed. She maintains facts and figures of account of Wind Horse operational Office in Thimphu.
At the end of days, all business boils down to financial aspects that keeps the ball rolling for any company to sustain.Along with other accountant , Maya Giri, they reassure that all is quiet on these front. After completing her school from Punakha, she moved down to south in Phuentsholing for training in financial software programme. After brief sojourn with other company, she joined Wind Horse Tours, Thimphu in 1998.

Karma Jigme

Karma Jigme is the head of the sale operation in Sale and Support office in Phuentsholing. Once the booking is received he springs into action, it is him who works tirelessly to provide accommodation of your choice. Which during season periods is hardly a walk in the park.

He monitors all the sale operation and in tandem with reservation staffs in Thimphu he ensure a smooth transition of the reservation process. He belongs from quaint and serene valley of Haa, which is adequately reflected in his amicable traits.

Before joining Wind Horse Tours, he was working in a firm that involved travelling to remote eastern Bhutan. Largely he is acquainted with region in Bhutan that is less travelled.

His early days and schooling was in Haa, but he studied in other school as well as the nature of his father job entail to relocated every 1 year.

His passion are enclosed in pages of book. He is a voracious reader.

 

Pankaj Pradhan

Pankaj Pradhan hails from Kuersong in India but his upbringing was in Thimphu. He has seen from close quarter the growing stature of tourism in Bhutan. While kid, he says that he could see a a handful of tourist in Thimphu during festival, but now it has grown substantially . Schooling was natural to him as his mother was a teacher.

He did his school in Thimphu. After trying few hand in business, he finally settled for his inner call – to be in travel trade. He joined Wind Horse Tours in  2011 in sale and support office in Phuentsholing. His works profile speaks versatility as he lend support in marketing, sales, promotion and formulation of new products.