We had a fantastic time on our twelve-day Bhutan trip in October 2016. The itinerary developed by Wind horse Tours was perfect and everything went smoothly. The hotels we stayed at were comfortable and usually nicely located, sometimes in the middle of paddy fields with a lovely view. The only hotel we didn’t like was the totally oversized and impersonal Mountain Lodge in Jakar, but our guide and the Wind horse office managed to arrange a change to the Swiss Guesthouse after one night, and this in the middle of the high season!
Subash is an excellent guide: very knowledgeable on all kinds of subjects, from Tibetan-Buddhist iconography to development projects and agriculture; cheerful and funny and always polite.
We loved the architecture, artwork and especially the atmosphere at the Buddhist temples and monasteries, and we visited lots of them. Particularly impressive were the ceremonies which we were sometimes lucky enough to witness. As we were also interested in everyday life in Bhutan, Subash managed to arrange a visit to a secondary school for us or visits in the markets. He did everything to make our trip most enjoyable and adapted the programme very flexibly to our wishes, even if it involved some logistic burden and required an extra effort on his side. For instance, in Bumthang we felt like hiring mountain bikes for half a day, and Subash didn’t hesitate to guide us on a spontaneous mountainbike trip. He also assisted us in buying a gho (traditional men’s dress) and instructed us how to wear it correctly.
Before our trip, we had not been aware of the road extension work going on in most parts of the main west-east road that makes travelling from Thimphu eastwards very lengthy and tiring, and, telling from the numerous boulders lying on the road, also a bit risky. So we were glad we had an excellent driver, who didn’t complain even after an exhausting ten-hour-drive on that terrible road, and made us feel safe despite the difficult circumstances. It was a good idea to fly back from Bumthang to Paro though, saving us the same bumpy road back. Our second driver, who awaited us at Paro airport for the remaining days, was also friendly and very professional.
Bhutan is an expensive country to travel in, but it was definitely worth the money. We highly recommend Windhorse Tours as an experienced and very professional travel agent.