Grand Cultural Tours of Bhutan
Person Name David Mark Mostyn
Travelled with us on Grand Cultural Tours of Bhutan
Travelled Date Sept 5-15, 2016
Guide Pema Dhendup
Hotels Paro 1 Olathang Hotel
Bumthang 2 Mountain Resort
Gangtey 1 Hotel Dewachen
Punakha 2 Zhingkham Resort
Thimphu 2 Hotel Druk
Paro 2 Tashi Namgay Resort
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 valleys, the visit to Punakha Dzong, the archery competition in Thimphu and the trek up to the Tigers Nest.
For us, making the trip in the first two weeks of September could not have been better timed, we could really enjoy the tour without the company of other tourists! – even finding ourselves as the only guests in an 80 room hotel in Jakar! The downside of travelling when we did, was missing the stunning views of both the high passes that we drove through. On both days the weather was not in our favour and the mountains shrouded in cloud. However this was a small price to pay for the advantages that we enjoyed in so often being the only tourists that were being shown around the many temples and sites.
Many thanks for arranging such a memorable trip and we look forward to returning.