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Bhutan Booked

Post by Cyllarus » Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:42 pm

First time we have even done a tour but no choice as condition imposed by Bhutan government.

It will be a private 9-day tour for the two of us. Booked with Windhorse Tours which I think started in Nepal before opening offices in Bhutan in 1998. Have been dealing with the CEO who is Bhutanese but lives in Minneapolis. To date he has provided very quick responses (called me after my first lengthy e-mail) to the many questions I have posed and provided very helpful information about topography of the various treks we will undertake on 4 of the days. Our tour is based on one of their offered tours but we have changed itinerary and location on 3 of the days. Windhorse prices more reasonable than what was quoted by G-Adventures and a similar international tour company.

Flying Delhi to Paro on Druk Air in mid-March. Our flight is scheduled to leave at 04:45 which will not be pleasant but we arrive in Paro about 3 hours later. Nine days later we fly out to Singapore.

Getting pretty pumped about this.

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Post by DCComic » Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:46 pm

Jealous - fucking loved it. I shall now spam your thread with a load of photos.
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Post by Steve_in_Exile » Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:51 pm

Excellent, I would love to go to Bhutan.

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Post by Cyllarus » Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:58 pm

DC, feel free. Always interested in photos of places before I go.

Steve, it is somewhat costly ($280 US day each) but you get a lot for that - driver and vehicle, english speaking tour guide, all accommodation and meals, some treking gear and visa. Flights are a bit pricey as well but thats the way it is.

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Post by DCComic » Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:03 pm

You asked for it...
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Post by DCComic » Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:09 pm

Massive GNH!

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Re: Bhutan Booked

Post by Cyllarus » Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:26 pm

Some great shots. How about doing trip report in Travel Journalism section?

Like the free "snakes" at the Buzz cafe....Is Buddha Air a subsidiary of Druk or Bhutan Airlines?

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Post by DCComic » Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:29 pm

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Post by EMG » Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:32 pm

Some great photos in there, DCC.

Gets me excited for Nepal in February.

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Post by avalon_ » Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:33 am

Have fun, Cy! I loved my trip there.

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Post by Cyllarus » Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:19 pm

Merci cheres Avalon.

When did you go? How was the food?

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Post by avalon_ » Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:23 am

I think it was 2008. I don't remember anything about the food, only that they eat red rice and everything is organic. Part of my trip was a couple night trek. On the second night, the rains came and we stayed at a farm house. That was a very special experience that I won't forget. My guide got tipsy on their moonshine as we sat on the floor and ate various dishes that were being cooked up right there.
The people are very kind.

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Post by Cyllarus » Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:45 pm

Wonderful trip for you!
Part of our trip involves hiking couple days in the Haa Valley and we stay in a farm homestay at night. Hoping they serve tasty momos like Tibetans.

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Post by avalon_ » Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:05 pm

I don't know what a momo is, but I remember tea with butter from their cow.

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Post by Homerj » Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:54 pm

Cyl...if you don't mind me askin' how much per day are they charging you?
I'm going to the back seat of my car, with the woman I love, and I won't be back for ten minutes!

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Post by DCComic » Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:35 pm

The good is fine, but dull. Emma datse is the national fish. It’s whole fresh green chilliest in yak cheese sauce.
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Re: Bhutan Booked

Post by Cyllarus » Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:52 pm

Homer asked:
Cyl...if you don't mind me askin' how much per day are they charging you?
Homes, mention in post far above but through kindness of my heart will re-post:
"it is somewhat costly ($280 US day each) but you get a lot for that - driver and vehicle, english speaking tour guide, all accommodation and meals, some treking gear and visa. Flights are a bit pricey as well but thats the way it is." Think fee is lowered to $250 US/day if you are 3 or more people.

Flights for the 2 of us are $1810 U.S.
Inward bound we fly Delhi to Paro. This flight leaves at G*d awful 04:45 in morning so have decided to fly J class as it was only $90/seat more, in hope of catching up on sleep.
Outward bound we fly Paro to Singapore economy.

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Post by Cyllarus » Sat Nov 10, 2018 6:45 pm

Ava said:
I don't know what a momo is, but I remember tea with butter from their cow.


Momos are very tasty dumplings.
https://images.vice.com/munchies/wp_upl ... esize=1000:*

We had tea with yak butter when hiking in northern Yunan. Super warming on cold days.

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Post by Homerj » Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:44 pm

Cyllarus wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:52 pm
Homer asked:
Cyl...if you don't mind me askin' how much per day are they charging you?
Homes, mention in post far above but through kindness of my heart will re-post:
"it is somewhat costly ($280 US day each) but you get a lot for that - driver and vehicle, english speaking tour guide, all accommodation and meals, some treking gear and visa. Flights are a bit pricey as well but thats the way it is." Think fee is lowered to $250 US/day if you are 3 or more people.

Flights for the 2 of us are $1810 U.S.
Inward bound we fly Delhi to Paro. This flight leaves at G*d awful 04:45 in morning so have decided to fly J class as it was only $90/seat more, in hope of catching up on sleep.
Outward bound we fly Paro to Singapore economy.
Gracias, thank you for overlooking my endless laziness
I'm going to the back seat of my car, with the woman I love, and I won't be back for ten minutes!

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