I wanted to let you and Wind Horse Tours how much Mie and I enjoyed our trip to Bhutan.
Kudos to Tin Zen for a wonderful week. He took very good care of us and was able to fulfill all of our requests. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of Bhutan and Buddhism. He took us to many temples and historic sights which we enjoyed. The hike to the Tiger’s Nest was memorable. I feel very proud that I could do this very strenuous trek. Just walking through the rice paddies was so nice and relaxing. We were able to see so much of your beautiful country. All of the people we met were very nice and hospitable. Land of smiles. Also to our driver Vin who transported us safely from one end of Bhutan to the other.
My one complaint was the food. Simply put, I do not like Indian food, the spices upset my digestion. All of the hotel buffets seemed to be based on Indian cuisine. It’s part of your culture I know, I’m not in the USA. And the hotels must cater to the majority of their clients. We did enjoy our traditional Bhutanese lunch. Most of the lunches were better that the dinners at the hotels. Tin Zen was able to change our preference to a la carte for the last few nights and that helped us a lot.
I have a request. One day we drove to the end of a road and then we walked to a monastery. We were the only visitors there. I’m sorry I don’t remember the name. We met several of the young teenage monks. We talked for quite a while. They were very curious about the world outside of Bhutan. They took us inside their temple (which was locked up) and then to another temple inside. I drank some holy water and they let Mie roll the dice. She got a 15! They were impressed. So was I. It was a very special place and time. I have some Bhutanese currency that I can’t seem to get exchanged anywhere. Can I send this money to you and then ask Tin Zen to deliver it to the monastery the next time he visits? It’s only about $22 USD but maybe it will help them.
I will try and get a review up on Trip Advisor soon.