Sorry to be so late replying about our WONDERFUL holiday – thank you so much for all your hard work organising it, and I wish we could go back there soon!!
It more than lived up to my expectations – the people, the landscape, the temples, the whole atmosphere…
I think our itinerary worked really well too – flying to the east* and then driving back towards the west, so we had a chance to experience the whole country – and I would definitely recommend it to any visitors who have the time (*though I’m glad we didn’t know in advance how scary it is to land at Yongphula airport!)
Our guide Pema and driver Yonten were very good.
Pema is brilliant at logistics – very resourceful and very efficient at organising for changes of plan and potential problems. Sometimes I felt a bit lost in all the complexities of Buddhism, and wished he could have given us more “technical” information, especially at the beginning of the holiday, to help us understand and to recognise more of the figures shown in the paintings and statues we saw in the temples, but I liked the way he explained how Buddhism relates to everyday life, and his patience in answering our endless questions about traditional customs and what it is like to live in Bhutan.
Yonten was really exceptional – not just a skilful and careful driver, but also unfailingly cheerful and hard working, and very kind to Franco when a trek was too hard.
There were hardly any disappointments: the very dirty (substitute) hotel at Trashigang, where my bed clearly had unwashed sheets (!), the rubbish and general air of neglect at Bom Deling Wildlife Sanctuary, where there was no guide and we were only allowed to walk along a dirt track road, and the fact that the Royal Heritage Museum at Trongsa, which I had particularly wanted to see, is closed on both days at weekends, and on public holidays, which seems very strange!
So thank you again for all your help – and if there is ever a chance to come back we will definitely use Wind Horse…