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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 religious ceremony, a hike we wanted to take) and gave us more information than we can possibly remember. She also has a keen eye and spotted a red panda and a tree full of griffon. We feel extremely fortunate.

Two of the highlights (of a completely highlighted trip) were the festivals – the beauty, fun and grace of Druk Wangyel Festival in Dochu La. The people were so friendly to us and the Queen Mother acknowledged out presence. The National Day Festival was so different from when I attended 4 years ago. The crowds, as the King noted, were so large and welcoming, so much music, the dancing, the games. And to our surprise, we met the King and Queen as they walked through the stadium. They welcomed us and asked where we were from and told us we looked beautiful in our kiras. We were thrilled. When all the Royal Family and the Ministers joined the dances, it was so moving to see all the people together. I can really see the changes that have come to Bhutan in the last four years and how much the people have benefitted. (Not to minimize what his father did before him, but the new King really seems to connect with the people.)

When we hiked up to Tiger’s Nest the last day of our trip, my friend, Helen, went to Tiger’s Nest. Since I had been there before, our driver, Dawa, took me to the Temple just above it. I could see Tiger’s Nest below just to the East. However, I failed to get the name of the Temple. If you could send it to me, I would appreciate it.
I wish you all the best with Wind Horse. I am so impressed with your dedication to service and helping people explore your beautiful country. I hope to come back again.

Please give my thanks to Ms Yandon and Dawa (who was not only an excellent driver, but always ready and willing to help in any way possible). It is not an easy task to take care of people for two full weeks. I am so satisfied with my trip. I couldn’t ask for more… except for more time in Bhutan. I have Ms Yandon’s phone number, but not her email. If you could send it, I would like to send her a personal thank you. I know she is planning to study English in Melbourne.

With all best wishes for a Happy New Year in the world’s happiest place.

I couldn’t ask for more… except for more time in Bhutan.

  • Person Name Ms Elizabeth E
  • From Edinburgh, UK
  • Trip Name Customised in reverse order
  • Travelled Date Dec 4 to 18, 2013
  • Hotels Samdrup Jongkhar - Mountain Hotel
    Trashigang - Lingkhar Lodge
    Mongar - Wangchuk Hotel
    Bumthang - Mountain Resort
    Gangtey - Hotel Dewachen
    Punakha - Meri Phuensum Resort
    Thimphu - Hotel Druk
    Paro - Tenzinling Resort
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